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16-12-09: Government of Japan officials hand over school supplies to Somali students and teachers

Over 180,000 Somali children and 3,000 teachers across the country have received textbooks and other learning and teaching materials thanks to a generous contribution made by the Government of Japan. Press release attached in Word below.


20-11-09: UNICEF welcomes decision by the Somali Transitional Federal Government to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child

UNICEF today welcomed the announcement by the Somali Transitional Federal Government that it intends to become a party to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). This declaration coincides with global commemorations on the 20th Anniversary of the Convention. Press release attached in Word below.


11-11-09: For the First Time, Child Health Days Reach Displaced Communities in Afgoye, South Somalia

Somali children and women have received a high-impact life-saving health package during the Child Health Days Campaign in the Afgoye Corridor, a 30 kilometer stretch of road west of Mogadishu and the world’s most densely populated settlement for the displaced. For more on the issue, read Press release attached in Word below.


13-8-09: Somali children at high risk as escalating hostilities against aid work cause postponement of life-saving supply delivery

UNICEF has today had to postpone the dispatch of hundreds of tons of life-saving nutritional supplies meant for the prevention and treatment of acute malnutrition in over 85,000 Somali children in certain areas in the central and southern regions of Somalia due to increased hostility towards aid organisations. For more on the issue, read Press release in Word below.


31-7-2009: UNICEF says exclusive breastfeeding of Somali children could save thousands of lives every year

In Somalia, where one child in every ten dies before its first birthday, exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months would be one of the most effective life-saving interventions for thousands of children. This is according to UNICEF Representative to Somalia Ms. Rozanne Chorlton while commenting at the start of World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August). See press release attached in Word below.


20-5-09: UNICEF condemns looting of life-saving humanitarian supplies in Jowhar

UNICEF strongly condemns the looting and destruction of humanitarian supplies and its facilities in Jowhar by militiamen and is deeply distressed by the impact this will have on UNICEF’s programmes supporting the children and women of Somalia, said Christian Balslev-Olesen, UNICEF Representative to Somalia, in a statement today. Press release in Word below.


24-04-09: Malaria prevalence drops in Somalia as UNICEF scales up distribution of nets

UNICEF is scaling up distribution of Long Lasting Insecticide-treated mosquito nets in Somalia as evidence shows that they are contributing to a decrease in the prevalence of malaria, UNICEF Representative Christian Balslev-Olesen has said on the occasion of World Malaria Day being marked tomorrow 25 April 2009. For more on the issue, please read the Press release attached in Word below.


17-04-09: UNICEF appeals for urgent funding for emergency programmes for Somali children and women

As the humanitarian situation in Somalia continues to deteriorate, Christian Balslev-Olesen, UNICEF Representative to Somalia, called on the international community to provide a stronger and more comprehensive commitment in addressing the current needs of Somalia. For more on the issue, read Press release attached in Word below.


31-12-08: Innovative approach to prevent child malnutrition launched in Somalia

UNICEF has introduced a new emergency nutrition intervention to prevent malnutrition in over 100,000 of the most vulnerable children in Somalia.  ‘Plumpy’doz’ is the latest generation of ready-to-use food designed to satisfy the nutritional needs of young children aged 6 to 36 months.




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