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On Global Handwashing Day, UNICEF focuses on creating awareness about the link between hand washing and Polio prevention in Somalia
14 October 2013 - Washing hands regularly with soap and water is one of the simplest, most affordable and effective ways of preventing disease and saving lives.

New York meeting sets agenda for progress in education in Somalia
27 September 2013. A meeting between the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown and Somali Ministers has set the agenda for a transformation in the approach to education in Somalia.

High level signing ceremony highlights importance of strategic partnerships for getting Somali children to school
23 September 2013 – A high level signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Somalia, the Government of Denmark, and UNICEF took place on 23 September in New York.

The United Nations working together with the African Union to protect children in armed conflict
19 September 2013 – In an effort to better protect African children affected by armed conflict, the Peace and Security Department of the AU Commission and the Office of the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict signed an agreement.

Massive campaign to get one million Somali children into school to be launched
6 September 2013 - The Somali authorities are launching a wide ranging campaign to give one million children and youth access to education as part of an ambitious Go 2 School Initiative.

News notes: Media, Community oriented on the Somali Go 2 School Initiative
30 August 2013 - The Directorate of Education in the Ministry of Human Development and Public Services, Somali Federal Republic, held a sensitization workshop on the Go -2 -School Initiative at the Jazeera Hotel in Mogadishu.

Japan steps up to help stop polio outbreak in Somalia
5 August 2013 – UNICEF has received an emergency contribution of US$1.3 million from the Government of Japan to procure and distribute urgently needed polio vaccines for children in Somalia.

Breastfeeding is the cheapest and most effective life-saver in history – UNICEF
1 August 2013 – During World Breastfeeding Week starting today, UNICEF is focusing on breastfeeding as the most effective and inexpensive way of saving a child’s life.

Central Emergency Response Fund allocates Somalia $20 million to support vital humanitarian aid
19 July 2013 - The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Philippe Lazzarini, has expressed his appreciation to the Central Emergency Response Fund for allocating Somalia US$20 million for underfunded emergencies support.

The European Commission gives 4.5 million Euros to reduce Somali child deaths from malnutrition
8 July 2013 –The European Commission has donated 4.5 million Euros (5.8 million dollars) to UNICEF Somalia to help save the lives of children in Somalia at risk from malnutrition and diarrhea.

High Level Conference in Mogadishu to discuss the future of Somali education
18 June 2013 – More than one hundred Somali education experts are being hosted by the Somali Federal Government for a three day high level Conference in Mogadishu to discuss how to design an education system for the country after two decades of conflict.

See the child – before the disability, UNICEF says
30 May 2013 – Children with disabilities and their communities would both benefit if society focused on what those children can achieve, rather than what they cannot do, according to UNICEF’s annual State of the World’s Children’s report.

Six years after its last reported case, polio outbreak confirmed in Somalia
23 May 2013 - The first confirmed case of the Wild Poliovirus in more than six years has been reported in Somalia. The case occurred in a two-year old girl from the capital Mogadishu.

Major new funding for teachers’ salaries in Puntland and Somaliland
23 May 2013-The Global Partnership for Education had just approved significant grants which will provide a major boost to efforts to get more children in Puntland and Somaliland into the classroom.

Children in Somalia to receive new vaccination against deadly diseases
24 April 2013 – The Somali authorities have launched today a new five-in-one-vaccine against several potentially fatal childhood diseases which could save thousands of young lives.

News Note: Japan supports basic service delivery for children in Somalia
13 March 2013 – The Japanese Government has contributed USD 15 million to help UNICEF address a wide range of urgent needs for children in Somalia.

Somalia’s food insecurity eases but acute malnutrition remains high
1 February 2013 – While the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance in Somalia has halved to 1.05 million since August 2012, malnutrition rates remain among the highest in the world, according to the latest data released today.



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