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Lake Chad conflict: alarming surge in number of children used in Boko Haram bomb attacks this year – UNICEF
DAKAR/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 12 April 2017 – The number of children used in ‘suicide’ attacks in the Lake Chad conflict has surged to 27 in the first quarter of 2017, compared to nine over the same period last year, UNICEF said in a new report released today.
Statement on the release of children from administrative custody- attributed to UNICEF Representative for Nigeria, Mohamed Malick Fall
Abuja, 10 April 2017: UNICEF welcomes the release women, children and elderly men from Giwa military barracks in Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria.
Japan gives US$ 33.3 million in emergency polio funding
Abuja, 20 March 2017 – Japan, as one of the largest supporters of efforts to eradicate polio in Nigeria, has provided a grant of US$33 million for emergency polio vaccination efforts in the Lake Chad region.
At least 65,000 children released from armed forces and groups over the last 10 years, UNICEF
NEW YORK/PARIS, 21 February 2017 – At least 65,000 children have been released from armed forces and armed groups in the past 10 years, UNICEF said today as world leaders gather in Paris on the anniversary of the Paris Commitments....
Nearly 1.4 million children at imminent risk of death as famine looms in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen – UNICEF
NEW YORK/DAKAR/NAIROBI/AMMAN, 21 February 2017 – Almost 1.4 million children are at imminent risk of death from severe acute malnutrition this year, as famine looms in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, UNICEF said today.
UNICEF seeks $3.3 billion in emergency assistance for 48 million children caught up in conflict and other crises
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 31 January 2017 – 48 million children living through some of the world’s worst conflicts and other humanitarian emergencies will benefit from UNICEF’s 2017 appeal, which was launched today.
4.7 million children in vaccination campaign against measles in northeast Nigeria
Abuja, 26 January 2017 – In a major vaccination campaign concluding this week, 4.7 million children are being vaccinated in response to a measles outbreak in northeast Nigeria. The campaign is covering the 3 states most affected by the Boko Haram conflict
Statement by UNICEF Director for Emergency Programmes Manuel Fontaine on the tragic loss of life in the Rann camp for displaced people, northeast Nigeria
NEW YORK, 17 January, 2017 – “UNICEF is deeply concerned by the loss of life in Tuesday’s tragic incident in Rann, Borno State. Our thoughts are with all those who were injured.
Norway gives US$11.5 million for education in northeast Nigeria and support for women and girls held by Boko Haram
ABUJA, 16 December 2016 – The Government of Norway has donated $11.5 million, to improve basic education and support girls and women who have been victims of sexual violence by Boko Haram in the conflict-affected northeast Nigerian states.
Statement by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, on the situation of children in northeast Nigeria
NEW YORK, 13 December 2016 – “The violent conflict in northeast Nigeria has left children severely malnourished and at risk of death. “In the three worst-affected states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, farming has been disrupted and crops destroyed...
Nigeria Joins African Union Campaign to End Child Marriage
Abuja, 29 November 2016 – Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo officially launched a nation-wide Campaign to End Child Marriage at a ceremony in Abuja this morning, making Nigeria the 16th country to join the African Union Campaign.
Collaboration saving children’s lives in northeast Nigeria and protecting them in the future
Abuja, 29 November 2016 – Over a hundred thousand families in conflict-hit northeast Nigeria have been reached so-far with food and nutrition support in a US$20 million (£16.1m) multi-year joint project funded by DFID.
Universal Children’s Day: A wake-up call on child rights violations
Abuja, 21 November 2016 – Despite enormous progress realized for children since the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989, the rights of millions of children are being violated every day, UNICEF said today.
UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake statement on Universal Children’s Day: Protect the rights of every child
NEW YORK, 20 November 2016 – “Universal Children’s Day is more than a day to celebrate children everywhere. It is an annual opportunity to recommit ourselves to protecting the rights of every child.
President of Nigeria launches campaign to End Violence Against Children by 2030
Abuja, 25 October 2016 – At the State House Conference Centre this morning, the President and Commander in Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari, launched an ambitious campaign to End Violence Against Children by 2030.
Girls held by Boko Haram need support to rebuild shattered lives
ABUJA, 18 October 2016 – The emotional reunification with their families on Sunday of 21 of the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram more than two years ago in Chibok, northeast Nigeria, highlights the need for intensive support for women and girls who have been
Massive immunization campaign to reach 41 million children in Nigeria and region to contain polio outbreak
Dakar, Senegal, 11 October 2016 – A major health campaign is underway in the Lake Chad Basin area to vaccinate over 41 million children against polio to contain the recent outbreak of the disease in north-east Nigeria.
UNICEF more than doubles its funding appeal to provide life-saving assistance for children in northeast Nigeria
ABUJA/DAKAR/NEW YORK, 29 September 2016 – UNICEF has revised its humanitarian appeal for Nigeria from US$ 55 million to US$ 115 million to assist an additional 750,000 people who can now be reached across conflict-affected areas in the northeast.
New polio cases in northeastern Nigeria underline risks for children in conflict - UNICEF
NEW YORK, 11 August 2016 – The sobering news that two children have been paralyzed by wild poliovirus in northeastern Nigeria underscores the urgency of eradicating the disease in conflict-affected areas, UNICEF said today.
More than 5 million Nigerian newborn miss out on head start in life – UNICEF
ABUJA, 3 August 2016 – More than 5 million newborns in Nigeria are deprived of essential nutrients and antibodies that protect them from disease and death as they are not being exclusively breastfed said UNICEF today, as it marks World Breastfeeding Week.
Aid continues despite attack on humanitarian convoy in northeast Nigeria: UNICEF
Abuja, NIGERIA, 29 July 2016 - UNICEF continues to provide assistance to millions of conflict-affected children in northeast Nigeria, despite yesterday’s attack on a humanitarian convoy.
UNICEF statement on attack on humanitarian convoy in northeastern Nigeria
NEW YORK, 28 July 2016 - Today unknown assailants attacked a humanitarian convoy that included staff from UNICEF, UNFPA and IOM. The convoy was traveling from Bama to Maiduguri in Borno State, Nigeria
Almost a quarter of a million children severely malnourished in Borno state, Nigeria - UNICEF
Abuja/DAKAR/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 19 July 2016 – Nearly a quarter of a million children are severely malnourished in Borno state, northeast Nigeria, and face a high risk of death, UNICEF said today
Majority of men and women oppose Female Genital Mutilation in countries where practice persists – UNICEF figures
New York 16 July 2016 – Approximately two-thirds of men, women, boys and girls in countries where female genital mutilation is common say they want the practice to end – according to UNICEF data.
UN and partners step up assistance in north-east Nigeria, urge more action
ABUJA, 01 July 2016: United Nations agencies and partners in north-eastern Nigeria are reporting high levels of severe malnutrition and desperate conditions in areas that have recently opened up to humanitarian assistance.
Experts and academics call on West African leaders to end child poverty
Abuja, 30 June 2016 - A group of experts hosted by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), UNICEF, ILO and other organizations issued a communique today urging West African leaders to eradicate child poverty.
Poverty, illiteracy and early deaths await world’s most disadvantaged children:
NEW YORK, 28 June 2016 – Based on current trends, 69 million children under five will die from mostly preventable causes, 167 million children will live in poverty, and 750 million women will have been married as children by 2030
Update on UNICEF response to humanitarian situation of displaced persons in Bama, Borno State, Nigeria
ABUJA, Nigeria, 23 June 2016 – UNICEF has been working with partners in Bama, Borno State, since March 2016, providing health, nutrition and water and sanitation support in a camp housing 25,000 people displaced by the conflict, including 15,000 children.
African youth to African leaders: “You must do more to end conflicts in Africa”
GAMBELLA (Ethiopia) / Dakar / Nairobi, 16 June 2016 – African leaders are not doing enough to stop conflicts in Africa, said two-thirds of the nearly 86,000 youth surveyed in a recent mobile-based poll conducted in nine African countries.
Cross River State commits to ending violence against children
Cross River, 16 June 2016 – Cross River State Governor His Excellency Prof Ben Ayade launched a state-wide campaign to end violence against children this morning in Calabar, Cross River.
Nigeria regional conflict: 10-fold increase in number of children used in ‘suicide’ attacks
DAKAR, Senegal/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 12 April 2016 – The number of children involved in ‘suicide’ attacks in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger has risen sharply over the past year, from 4 in 2014 to 44 in 2015, according to a UNICEF report released today.
Prevention is key to reducing child malnutrition in northern Nigeria
Abuja, 3 March 2016 – Taking action to address the root causes of child malnutrition is key to reducing the staggeringly high rate of child malnutrition in northern Nigeria, a group of experts from Federal and State Governments, development partners...
Female Genital Mutilation in Nigeria must end within a generation, says wife of President
Abuja, 9 February 2016 – At a ceremony in the Nigerian Capital State House this afternoon, Her Excellency, the wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, launched a national response to eliminate the practice of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C)...
Nigeria conflict forces more than 1 million children from school
DAKAR/NEW YORK, 22 December 2015 – Violence and attacks against civilian populations in northeastern Nigeria and its neighboring countries have forced more than 1 million children out of school, UNICEF said today.
Release of the findings of the Nigeria Violence Against Children Survey
Abuja, September 10 2015 Findings from the Nigeria Violence Against Children Survey, the study that provides the first nationally representative data on the prevalence of sexual, physical, and emotional violence among children in Nigeria
UNICEF’s social media platform to engage communities reaches one million responders
Abuja, 31 August 2015 – Nigeria has become the first country to reach one million responders on the SMS-based U-Report platform, designed to strengthen community-led development and citizen engagement, UNICEF announced today.
Over a million children reached with life-saving malnutrition treatment
Abuja, 17 August 2015 – The Government of Nigeria and UNICEF announced today they have reached more than a million Nigerian children with a highly successful and cost-effective treatment for acutely malnourished children, saving over 200,000
Airtel Partners with UNICEF to Empower Nigerian Communities
Lagos, 1 July 2015 - UNICEF and Airtel, a leading telecommunications services provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, have entered a partnership agreement to expand their collaboration across all 36 states and FCT in Nigeria.
Investments in Girls’ education impacts Child marriage
Abuja, 16 June 2015 - The theme for this year’s celebration of the Day of the African Child, “25 Years after the Adoption of the African Children’s Charter: Accelerating our Collective Efforts to End Child Marriage in Africa, ‟ is timely.
Northeast Nigeria: Alarming spike in suicide attacks involving women and girls
Abuja, 26 May 2015 – More women and children have been used as suicide bombers in Northeast Nigeria in the first five months of this year than during the whole of last year, according to reports collated by UNICEF.
U-Report targets one million u-reporters in 2015
Lagos, 29 April 2015 – UNICEF and partners today launched the U-Report, an innovative SMS-based platform that empowers Nigerians by enabling them to participate and engage in policy-making and governance and access real time information on key social...
2.5 million People gained access to safe water in rural areas in Nigeria
Abuja, 20 March 2015 - Some 2.3 billion people have gained access to improved sources of drinking water since 1990. As a result, the Millennium Development Goal target of halving the percentage of the global population without access was met in 2010.
Japan grants UNICEF N750 million for life-saving emergency interventions in Northeast Nigeria
Abuja, 17 March 2015 - UNICEF today received a grant of US $ 3.4 Million or N750 million) for Integrated Provision of Life-Saving Emergency Interventions for Vulnerable Populations in the north east of Nigeria, from the Government of Japan.
Innovation can drive change for most disadvantaged children – UNICEF report
NEW YORK, 20 November 2014 – Urgent action is needed to prevent millions of children from missing out on the benefits of innovation, UNICEF said in a new report launched on the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Cash programme for girls to go to school launched in Sokoto State
WURNO, SOKOTO, Nigeria, 22 September 2014 - Thousands of girls in northern Nigeria are set to receive cash to pay for textbooks and other school-related costs, as part of a UNICEF-supported girls' education programme - launched in Sokoto Monday.
Teachers in Nigeria receive Ebola training
Harcourt, 15 September 2014 - Port Harcourt, Nigeria, Sept 15 - Teachers in Nigeria are getting a valuable lesson on how knowledge about the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) can help save lives, contain the disease and avoid stigmatization.
28,000 communities in 70 LGAs in six States to become Open Defecation Free
Abuja- 28 June 2014- As Nigeria commemorates its National Environmental Sanitation Day today, six states in Nigeria - Katsina, Bauchi, Benue, Jigawa, Kaduna and Zamfara have embarked on “Sanitation, Hygiene and Water in Nigeria (SHAWN)” project...
UNICEF steps up lifesaving interventions in north-eastern Nigeria
BAUCHI, Nigeria, 18 June 2014 – UNICEF is scaling up its support to conflict-affected communities in north-eastern Nigeria to improve health, nutrition, and water and sanitation services.
Out of school and out of luck New Reports show that many will never set foot in a classroom
DAKAR/NAIROBI, 16 June 2014 – Despite major progress over the past decade, sub-Saharan Africa is still home to more than half of all the out-of-school children of primary school-age in the world. Moreover, millions who are in school are learning little
Insecurity threatens gains in girls’ education
Abuja- 15 June 2014 - The theme of this year’s Day of the African Child - “A child friendly, quality, free and compulsory education for all children in Africa” - offers us an opportunity to reflect on the situation of education in Nigeria.
Yandaki Yamma; access to safe water enhances ODF status
March 2014 - At the onset of the SHAWN Project in Katsina State, the news of anticipated improvements in water, sanitation filtered among stakeholders down to the beneficiary populations and plans were gradually made to reach out to the most vulnerable.
The European Union and UNICEF sign agreement €44.75 Million (N9 billion) for Health, Water Supply and Sanitation Projects in Plateau, Ekiti, Adamawa and Kebbi States
May 2013 - The European Union and UNICEF signed a five-year contribution agreement for a Rural Water worth €14.75 million (about N3 billion) and a four-year contribution agreement worth €30 million (about N6.75 billion) to scale up improvement in MNCH
Mother of polio-affected girl opens doors to vaccination – and helps rid Nigeria of polio for good
May 2013 - Hafsat may not be able to read, but she never forgets a name, or a child. Her own tragedy was too great. "Where are Hassan, Hassana and the other kids?" Hafsat asks the woman of the house from the doorway.
Nigerian Children mark Day of Prayer and Action for Children (DPAC) with Prayers, Drama and Songs
23 November 2012 - UNICEF supported the Abuja Women of Faith - a network of Christian and Muslim women leaders and an affiliate of Religions for Peace, to organise an interactive session with key stakeholders on "Ending Violence against Children.”
29 June 2012 - The European Union and UNICEF sign agreement for €31 million (Naira 6.5 billion) for Water Supply and Sanitation Programme in six States
29 June 2012 - EU Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. David MacRae and UNICEF Nigeria Representative Dr. Suomi Sakai signed a five-year contribution agreement for a Rural Water and Sanitation Programme worth €31 million (about Naira 6.5 billion).
UNICEF statement on second abduction of Nigerian school girls
6 May 2014 – “The abduction of eight more girls in Nigeria is an outrage and a worsening nightmare for the girls themselves and for the families of the more than 200 girls who have been stolen from their communities in the last several weeks.
UNICEF calls for immediate release of abducted school girls in Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria
16 April 2014 - UNICEF condemns in the strongest possible terms the reported abduction of some 100 school girls between 12 and 17 years old from their school hostel in Chibok Borno State, and calls for their immediate and unconditional release.
Primary health care for all - Lagos State Government launches a ground breaking investment case: Nigeria’s megacity shines a light on the doable and affordable
March 2012 - The investment case – Reducing Disparities in Health Care in Lagos State - seeks to extend coverage of essential health services to all citizens, including to previously unreached areas
Japan Boosts Child Survival in Nigeria with 1.24 Billion Naira
20 March 2012 - The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today received a grant of JPY 600 Million (approximately US $ 7.85 Million or N1.24 Billion) for Child Survival programmes in Nigeria, donated by the Government of Japan.
The Wife of the Vice President, Hajia Amina Namadi Sambo Flags off 2011 Sheraton Walk for UNICEF
ABUJA, 23 October 2011- Hundreds of people gathered at the Sheraton Abuja Hotel on Saturday 23, October 2011to participate in the annual Road to Awareness Charity Walk organized by the hotel to raise awareness on the plight of children around the world
Nigerian children to benefit from UK grant to combat malnutrition
Abuja, September 2011 - On September 29 in Abuja, Head of Dfid in Nigeria, Mr. Richard Montgomery, and Representative of UNICEF Nigeria, Dr. Suomi Sakai, signed a memorandum of understanding to combat child malnutrition in Nigeria. Under this agreement
UNICEF Receives 3 Million Euros From ECHO to Fight Child Malnutrition in Northern Nigeria
ABUJA, 14 January 2011 - About 54,000 severely malnourished children in seven drought-affected, northern Nigerian states will benefit from emergency aid funded by a 3-million Euro grant from the European Commission for Humanitarian Aid to UNICEF Nigeria.
Just 10 Steps: UNICEF joins Government to urge healthcare workers to promote exclusive breastfeeding
ABUJA, 3 August 2010—As they continue to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, Nigeria and UNICEF are calling on health professionals to encourage new mothers to breastfeed their babies exclusively for the first six months.
Sokoto State Governor signs performance contracts with 23 local government chairmen to boost child and maternal survival
SOKOTO, 5 July 2010—The chairmen of all 23 local government areas in the State have now signed performance contracts that itemize measures they agree to take in 2010 to improve child and maternal survival and wellbeing.
Kebbi and UNICEF sign MOU on services to procure health supplies
BIRNIN KEBBI, 24 June 2010—The government of Kebbi State and UNICEF today signed a Memorandum of Understanding for procurement services for primary healthcare supplies, notably ready-to-use therapeutic foods for treating children with malnutrition.
Anthony Lake begins his tenure as UNICEF's Executive Director
NEW YORK, 1 May 2010 - Anthony Lake today begins his tenure as UNICEF’s sixth Executive Director, bringing more than 45 years of public and international service to the position.
Exchange of Notes between Government of Japan and UNICEF
18 August 2009 - "Since the year 2000, the government and people of Japan has donated about N10 billion just through UNICEF to support child survival programmes in Nigeria."
Nigerian First Lady supports maternal mortality reduction with “mama kits”
25 November 2008 - Nigerian First Lady Hajia Turai Yar’Adua has pledged commitment to maternal mortality reduction in Nigeria during a courtesy visit to her office by UNICEF Nigeria Country Representative, Dr. Suomi Sakai...
Top policy makers make commitment to improve lives of children and women in Northern Nigeria
17 September 2008 - The Governor of Gombe State and other top policy makers, supported by UNICEF, have given firm commitment to enunciate policies; set up systems; and make adequate budgetary allocations to actualise children and women rights...
National Launch of 2008 International Year of Sanitation in Nigeria
24 July 2008 - The 2008 International Year of Sanitation in Nigeria was officially launched on July 24, 2008 in Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island Lagos as part of the National Council on Water Resources Meeting.
2008 Children's Day celebrations
June 2008 - "We should never allow children to suffer or die when we could have prevented it. This annual celebration is a reminder to all of us that we need to keep our promises to the children of this country..."
Kaduna Polo Club teams up with UNICEF to fight HIV/AIDS - As Emir of Katsina Charity Shield Polo Tournament ends
8 June 2008 - The Polo tournament for the Emir of Katsina Charity Shield organised by Fifth Chukker raised six million naira to support UNICEF’s Children and AIDS programme. The money goes towards providing support to orphans and vulnerable children.
Low coverage of life-saving interventions
June 2008 - The tragedy behind this lack of progress in child survival is that two-thirds of the under-five deaths could be avoided, since life-saving interventions are well known and can be implemented on a large scale.
Together we can fight the scourge of Malaria
25 April 2008 - The World Malaria Day in Nigeria this year took a new and different dimension with the introduction of a novel feature in the form of the 'Malaria torch.'
Kano State Ministry of Health, Japan Embassy and UNICEF commission vaccine cold store
4 October 2007 - Children’s immunization in Kano State is to benefit from the new vaccine cold room commissioned today in Kano at Muhammadu Abdullahi Wase Specialist Hospital by the Acting Governor of Kano State...
Private sector and Kanu Nwankwo play football in support of Children and AIDS campaign
3 December 2006 - As the World just marked World AIDS Day, twelve companies and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Kanu Nwankwo engage in a special UNICEF Football Cup match in support of the ‘Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS campaign...
Japan donates N544 million to UNICEF for polio eradication and malaria prevention in Nigeria
23 August 2006 - As Nigeria is still reporting the largest number of poliovirus cases in the world, the Government of Japan today donated N544 million (JPY 495 Million) to UNICEF in order to support the immunization drive...
Millions of Nigerian children devastated by HIV/AIDS
27 May 2006 - As Nigeria celebrates Children’s Day, UNICEF is concerned by the slow progress made in reducing the impact of HIV/AIDS on children...
The missing face of AIDS: UNICEF and UNAIDS launch 'Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS' in Nigeria
8 November 2005 - UNICEF, the UN Theme group on HIV-AIDS and the Federal Government of Nigeria today launched in Abuja the Unite for Children, Unite Against AIDS campaign...