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Building resilience to protect children

March 2011: UNICEF's 2011 Humanitarian Action for Children appeals for US$1.4 billion to meet the needs of children and women affected by emergencies in 32 countries. UNICEF's response includes addressing vulnerabilities before tragedy strikes, to help communities mitigate the effects of disasters and recover more rapidly.

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October 2016: "The roofs and tree branches flew away. Water started coming in, things were flying everywhere".

September 2016: Having risked all to get to Europe, many refugee and migrant children find new obstacles on their path to asylum. 

June 2016: The internet brings opportunities for expression online, but opportunity and risk often go hand-in-hand.

May 2016: One of the worst droughts in decades continues to threaten the futures of children across Ethiopia.

April 2016: Bound by violence, and freed by dreams.

December 2015: Tackling undernutrition in Asia and Africa through a global EU-UNICEF initiative.

December 2015: Early diagnosis, treatment, and care ensures long, healthy lives for those diagnosed with HIV.

November 2015: Refugees and migrants seeking safe passage in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia.

September 2015: Education is every child's right. These 10 photos show how learning is universal.

August 2015: For two adolescent boys, 15-year-old Fares and 18-year-old Fahed, practising parkour helps them cope with life in Gaza.

May 2015: Usher, who has a physical disability, is attending a UNICEF-supported inclusive school in Guinea-Bissau.

March 2015: Orphaned by Ebola, Mercy starts anew in the loving home of a foster family.

December 2014: Reuniting Ebola-affected children in Liberia with family or caregivers is of utmost priority.

November 2014: Photographs by typhoon-affected children portray recovery and healing one year after the storm.

September 2014: Sierra Leone aimed to reach every household with life-saving information to prevent the further spread of Ebola.

September 2014: Health workers and relief organizations are struggling to keep up with the largest Ebola outbreak in history.

June 2014: Ten newborn babies die every minute, but the majority of these deaths are due to preventable causes.

December 2013: A European Union and UNICEF initiative aims to improve nutrition security and fight under-nutrition in Asia.

May 2013: Throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, the number of children living in institutions is conservatively estimated at 240,000.

December 2012: Adolescent participants in a UNICEF-supported project digitally mapped HIV risks in two Port-au-Prince neighbourhoods.

July 2012: UNICEF recently launched a four-year nutrition security initiative, supported by the European Union.

June 2012: 'Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed' was launched by the Governments of Ethiopia, India and the USA.

March 2012: Children affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan documented their recovery.

December 2011: Children faced poverty, conflict and climate change in 2011 but also saw improved services.

August 2011: Some 1.3 million children grow up in alternative care settings in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

May 2011: In Zambia, programmes to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV are proving effective, inexpensive and life-saving.

May 2011: As Côte d’Ivoire’s post-election conflict ends, lingering instability and ruined health systems continue to exact a toll on children.

February 2011: In late 2010, mass immunization efforts were launched in the wake of a deadly polio outbreak in the Republic of the Congo.

January 2011: Despite global support after the January 2010 earthquake, continued dislocation and new crises are challenging recovery.

September 2010: More than 8 million children are among the 18 million people affected by Pakistan’s worst flood crisis in living memory.

July 2010: An estimated three million African girls undergo female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) every year.

June 2010: UNICEF held a photography workshop with 20 students in South Africa’s poorest province.

June 2010: The devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in January 2010 also deepened the crisis of maternal health care in the country.

June 2010: Part II of II: UNICEF held a photography workshop for 19 young people in the Gaza Strip of the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

May 2010: Nineteen of Mongolia's 21 provinces continue to face emergency conditions caused by heavy snow and extreme cold.

February 2010: Each year UNICEF and partners respond to over 200 emergencies worldwide.

January 2010: Thirty Bangladeshi adolescents in rural communities joined a Government- and UNICEF-supported photography workshop.

November 2009: Zambia's programmes to prevent mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV are steadily expanding.

November 2009: Endemic poverty, the global economic downturn and recurrent natural disasters are deepening a nutrition crisis in India.

November 2009: The global economic downturn, growing poverty, conflict and rising food costs are deepening a nutrition crisis for Pakistan.

July 2009: Since the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, countries have created national laws to help implement the treaty.

July 2009: Children in Gori, Georgia participated in a photography workshop to document the impact of the 2008 conflict over South Ossetia.

June 2009: Since its creation in 1992, ECHO has worked with UNICEF to meet the needs of children affected by conflict or natural disasters.

May 2009: Over 2 million people are fleeing conflict in Pakistan, amounting to the largest and fastest-growing displacement crisis in recent years.

April 2009: The welfare of Namibia's children is threatened by poverty, violence and a raging HIV/AIDS pandemic.

April 2009: In June 2008, 15 children who have lived on the streets in the Central African Republic participated in a UNICEF photography workshop.

March 2009: Part I of II: In West and Central Africa, millions of children die annually of water-borne diseases.

January 2009: 410 children have been killed and 1,855 injured since the start of the Israeli military incursion into the Gaza Strip.

December 2008: Children continue to suffer amid renewed fighting in North Kivu Province in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

October 2008: World-renowned pianist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Lang Lang launched a new foundation to help support young musicians.

April 2008: To raise awareness about malaria and explore its impact on their community, 20 children participated in a photography workshop.

April 2008: The Countdown to 2015 is a global partnership for renewed action in achieving health-related Millennium Development Goals.

February 2008: ‘Albania Reads’ is a UNICEF and IKEA-supported Government initiative to restore a culture of reading among the country’s youth.

February 2008: UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham travelled to Sierra Leone to draw attention to the issue of child survival.

January 2008: 'The State of the World’s Children' 2008 proposes key strategies to reduce under-five mortality by 2015.

November 2007: Two 9-year-old girls in the hard-hit Barisal District work to ensure their families’ recovery.

August 2007: The government’s 'Go to School' initiative has increased enrolment to over 850,000, with over one-third of all students being girls.

April 2007: In 2007, 25 years into the epidemic, children are still largely missing from the global HIV/AIDS agenda.

March 2007: Part IV of IV: Despite advances, gender violence and discrimination is still on the rise.

March 2007: Part II of IV: Education is essential for the elimination of discrimination and violence against girls and women.

February 2007: The Krishnamurthy sisters are still recovering from the death of their mother in the 26 December 2004 tsunami.

December 2006: Two years after the tsunami, much has been rebuilt, but children's recovery from the trauma is far from complete.

December 2006: The State of the World’s Children 2007 focuses on the gains for both women and children of gender equality.

November 2006: Part IV of V: The Convention on the Rights of the Child becomes international law, establishing State obligations to children.

November 2006: Part II of V: UNICEF joins the UN-led partnership to jumpstart global development.

October 2006: The EYE SEE II project features photographs by 160 Pakistani children affected by the 2005 devastating earthquake.

September 2006: All children have a right to safe water and basic sanitation - and to the health they sustain.

August 2006: 'Child-friendly’ schools offer free, quality education in safe environments that promote gender equity and diversity.

July 2006: In late 2005 in Iran, 125 children, including Afghan and Iraqi refugees, took part in a UNICEF-supported photography competition.

June 2006: After decades of war, Southern Sudan’s new government has launched an ambitious ‘Go To School’ campaign.

May 2006: In early 2006, several students at Amar Jyoti School in New Delhi, India, participated in a UNICEF photography workshop.

April 2006: Bangladesh reports that 99 per cent of children under 10 were vaccinated against measles in a major immunization campaign.

February 2006: Children in Somalia have already survived war, hunger, floods and forced dislocation.

December 2005: Since its adoption, countries have created national laws to help implement The Convention on the Rights of the Child.

November 2005: The Convention on the Rights of the Child celebrates childhood and codifies in international law the rights due every child.

September 2005: Recapturing lost momentum is vital if reducing under-five mortality by two-thirds by 2015 – MDG 4 – is to be achieved.

August 2005: One year after the armed takeover of School No. 1, Beslan children express their continuing pain and sorrow through photos.

June 2005: Six months later, children and their families continue to recover from the loss of loved ones and the destruction of their worlds.

June 2005: UNICEF supports health & nutrition services for children and women in camps hosting some 1.8 million people.

April 2005: National Immunization Days (NIDs) against polio targeted 14.7 million children under the age of five.

April 2005: The 28 March 2005 earthquake off Indonesia’s western Sumatra Island follows the devastating December 2004 tsunami.

March 2005: "Africa Live: Roll Back Malaria Concert" in Dakar, Senegal, supports a global reduction in malaria deaths.

March 2005: UNICEF helps to provide shelter, education, special protection and other basic services to Darfur's displaced people.

February 2005: Recovery begins in Indonesia’s Aceh Province, the area which bore the brunt of the tsunami disaster.

January 2005: Children in two of the most-affected districts in southern Thailand photographed their communities’ efforts to rebuild.

September 2016: UNICEF-supported child-friendly spaces provide a safe and protective environment, helping children cope in Bujumbura.  

June 2016: Deprivation in childhood touches every area of children's lives, compromising their health, safety and education.


June 2016: Children need protecting from online sexual exploitation in an online world that often reflects society-at-large.

April 2016: Almost two-thirds of all unvaccinated children live in conflict-affected countries.

January 2016: Education - a child's fundamental right - is most at risk during emergencies.

December 2015: Seven decades after World War II, refugees fleeing conflict continue to seek safety beyond their homelands.

November 2015: The movement of children and families across Europe is the largest since World War II.

October 2015: Arrivals by sea in Greece this year have now passed 500,000 - with over 153,000 in September alone.

August 2015: #WaterIs a family affair: Access and usage across continents.

June 2015: Despite significant gains, millions of the world’s most vulnerable children still need to be reached.

May 2015: A massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on 25 April 2015 has devastated children and their communities.

March 2015: We aspire to a world where every woman and every girl is empowered to achieve her fullest potential.

December 2014: The year 2014 subjected children to a growing number of crises.

October 2014: Workers on the frontlines of the Ebola outbreak are putting themselves at risk in an effort to control the disease.

July 2014: The CEE/CIS region shows one of the fastest increases in the spread of HIV/AIDS worldwide.

August 2014: At Ahmadiya Muslim Primary School in Sierra Leone, the child-friendly model of education is driving better learning results. 

April 2014: Health workers rely on a system known as the ‘cold chain’ to ensure that vaccines remain potent, to keep children healthy.

July 2013: Violence affects children in every country and at all levels of society, but the problem is often invisible or shrouded in silence.

March 2013: An October 2012 immunization campaign against measles and rubella in Mongolia reached over 500,000 children.

October 2012: Pakistan is one of only three remaining polio-endemic countries in the world.

June 2012: Decades of conflict, deep poverty and recurrent drought continue to devastate Somalia's children.

May 2012: Crossing the borders offers an escape from poverty, along with possible exploitation.

January 2012: UNICEF’s 2012 Humanitarian Action for Children report appeals for support for vulnerable children affected by emergencies.

August 2011: Children express themselves through photography in a UNICEF workshop held in Bamako, Mali.

July 2011: Over a million people have fled ongoing conflict in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, and nearly 250,000 are internally displaced.

May 2011: Paediatric HIV infections are declining in Zambia, thanks to programmes to prevent mother-to-child transmission of the virus.

March 2011: UNICEF's 2011 Humanitarian Action for Children appeals for US$1.4 billion to support emergency aid in 32 countries.

January 2011: Six months after record flooding devastated Pakistan – affecting 20 million people – the country struggles to recover.

October 2010: In Cameroon, the Government is leading a renewed campaign to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT).

August 2010: Tens of millions of girls in the world are married while still children, many before puberty and often to much older men.

July 2010: Programmes to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV continue to expand in Zambia.

June 2010: Pregnancy and childbirth remain perilous in Afghanistan, where maternal and child mortality rates are second highest in the world.

June 2010: Sierra Leone continues to have one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world.

June 2010: Part I of II: UNICEF held a photography workshop for 16 young people in the West Bank of the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

March 2010: Five-year-old Sterling is reunited with her father after being separated during the aftermath of the January 2010 earthquake.

January 2010: The 12 January earthquake killed an estimated 112,000 people and left 1.5 million homeless, many of them children.

December 2009: 26 December 2009 marks the fifth anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami that killed more than 200,000 people.

November 2009: The photography book 'The Rights of Children' celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

November 2009: The global economic crisis, rising food prices, natural disasters and persistent poverty are deepening a nutrition crisis in Nepal.

November 2009: The global economic downturn, natural disasters and rising food prices are deepening a nutrition crisis in Bangladesh.

July 2009: The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most endorsed human rights treaty in the world.

July 2009: HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention programmes are beginning to reverse the pandemic's growth in Zambia.

May 2009: The global economic downturn threatens to increase poverty for tens of millions and to wipe out recent gains in child survival.

May 2009: Zambia has 95,000 HIV-positive children under age 14 and one of the highest adult infection rates in the world.

April 2009: The Vietnamese Government, with support from UNICEF and IKEA, is working to improve primary education for ethnic minorities.

March 2009: Part II of II: West and Central Africa has the lowest improved sanitation coverage and highest under-five mortality rates in the world.

January 2009: UNICEF’s Humanitarian Action Report 2009 appeals for funds for children and woman affected by emergencies worldwide.

January 2009: The State of the World's Children 2009 examines the global maternal health crisis and outlines cost-effective solutions.

November 2008: The World Congress III against the Sexual Exploitation of Children seeks to prevent the sexual abuse of children.

May 2008: Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar’s south-west coast, killing an estimated 100,000 people and leaving 1.5 million more struggling to survive.

April 2008: In a recent photography workshop in Rwanda, children explored the impact of malaria on their lives and communities.

March 2008: The children and women of Yemen face severe challenges in a country often forgotten by the international community.

February 2008: Gaza’s children, inheritors of the world’s longest-running conflict, now also bear the brunt of new import and border controls.

February 2008: UNICEF’s annual Humanitarian Action Report appeals for funds for children and woman affected by emergencies worldwide.

December 2007: 'Progress for Children' in 2007 reports on progress towards achieving A World Fit for Children targets.

October 2007: Maternal health reflects the social status of women and is vital to meeting the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

July 2007: One year after the war between Hezbollah and Israel, instability and insecurity continue to impede children’s recovery.

March 2007: In March 2007, Nigeria launched the latest in a series of polio immunization campaigns.

March 2007: Part III of IV: Adolescence, the passage between childhood and womanhood, is a time of particular vulnerability to exploitation.

March 2007: Part I of IV: Despite significant gains, girls and women continue to face unique challenges and threats throughout their life cycle.

January 2007: Illicit drug use among adolescents in Maldives increased dramatically since the 26 December 2004 tsunami.

December 2006: Journalists and photographers shared their skills with children in Thailand through the InSIGHT Out! workshop series.

December 2006: Part V of V: Children are at the heart of the United Nations’ eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

November 2006: Part III of V: UNICEF launches the ‘Child Survival Revolution’ with low-cost health interventions that save millions of lives.

November 2006: I of V: On 11 December 1946, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund – UNICEF – is created.

October 2006: The workshops for Pakistani children affected by the 2005 earthquake introduced them to basic photography skills to document their lives.

September 2006: Millennium Development Goal 4 aims, by 2015, to reduce by two-thirds the mortality rate among children under five.

July 2006: Namibia completed the second round of a campaign to immunize all of its 1.8 million people in response to a polio outbreak.

July 2006: UNICEF continues to support Government recovery efforts more than a month after the 27 May earthquake.

June 2006: Before Medina Humed Ahmed started school, she was silent on the subject of her future. Now, she says, she wants to learn to fly.

May 2006: Good nutrition is the cornerstone of health – and vital to achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

March 2006: Lack of safe water is a public health emergency for children and their families.

February 2006: More than 8 million people face starvation and disease in drought-stricken East Africa and the Horn.

December 2005: The State of the World’s Children 2006 focuses on the millions for whom global commitments remain unfulfilled.

October 2005: The five-year Global Campaign on Children and AIDS places children and their needs at the top of the AIDS agenda.

September 2005: The OIC, ISESCO and UNICEF call for a greater investment in the children of the Islamic world.

June 2005: Nine-year-old Sufrisa survived the December 2004 tsunami that devastated Indonesia’s Aceh Province. This is her story.

June 2005: UNICEF helps to provide safe water and sanitation facilities, as well as hygiene education, for camp residents.

April 2005: In sub-Saharan Africa, AIDS has killed one or both parents of more than 12 million children under 15 years.

April 2005: Progress for Children reports that eliminating gender disparities is key to achieving universal primary education.

March 2005: Ninety days after the tsunami, UNICEF merges child-focused relief with long-term rehabilitation.

March 2005: Through art, children express their fears and sorrows caused by the December 2004 tsunami.

February 2005: After conflicts end, violence against women and girls can persist for decades.

February 2005: After securing basic shelter, food and medical care, a return to school and play are key to psychosocial recovery from trauma.

January 2005: UNICEF visited 225 camps to distribute supplies and demonstrate good hygiene and sanitation practises.