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The State of the World's Children

Past editions archive

At launch of flagship report, Lucy Liu and Ann M. Veneman celebrate achievements for children
NEW YORK, USA, 19 November 2009 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Lucy Liu and former child soldier Grace Akallo joined Executive Director Ann M. Veneman today to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). To mark the occasion, UNICEF has released a special edition of its flagship publication, ‘The State of the World’s Children’, outlining progress made on children’s rights over the past two decades.

‘State of the World’s Children’ special edition marks 20 years of child rights
NEW YORK, USA, 19 November 2009 – On the eve of the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), UNICEF today launches a special edition of its flagship report, ‘The State of the World’s Children’, focusing on the ground-breaking human rights covenant for children.

‘State of the World’s Children’ special edition marks 20 years of child rights

Turkey encouraged by UNICEF report on maternal and newborn health
ANKARA, Turkey, 19 January 2009 – UNICEF’s flagship publication, ‘The State of the World’s Children 2009’, received a warm welcome in Turkey, where it was recently unveiled by UNICEF Representative Reza Hossaini.

UNICEF launches flagship report on maternal and newborn health
NEW YORK, USA, 15 January 2009 – UNICEF’s flagship publication, ‘The State of the World’s Children 2009’ – launched today in South Africa – addresses maternal mortality, one of the most intractable problems for development work.

Flagship report urges investment in a continuum of care for mothers and newborns
NEW YORK, USA, 15 January 2009 – UNICEF’s flagship publication, ‘The State of the World’s Children 2009’ – launched today in South Africa – addresses maternal mortality, one of the most intractable problems for development work.

Midwife training programme aims to reduce maternal mortality in Afghanistan
PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan, 13 January 2009 – Dr. Forough Malalai is the only female maternal health doctor in Panjshir province, a mountainous region in central Afghanistan. With vast valleys and harsh winters, many of Panjshir’s 600,000 residents live in villages that are inaccessible by road and often blocked by floods and avalanches.

Community-based care helps reduce child deaths in Senegal
KOLDA, Senegal, 13 January 2009 – Daddo Sabaly's first four children all died before their first birthday, from either disease or malnutrition. Sabaly lives in the Kolda region of Senegal, which historically has had one of the country's highest rates of infant mortality. Her fifth child, a boy named Abdoulaye, is now five. Her sixth is a healthy nine-month-old girl.

A lifeline for mothers in a Port-au-Prince hospital
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 12 January 2009 – In the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, no one struggles harder than the women trying to support their families.

Mothers in Niger ensure health of their babies by caring for their own
NIAMEY, Niger, 9 January 2009 – Aminatou Moukaila, eight months pregnant with her second child, came to the Madina Integrated Health Centre in Niamey for a regular check-up.

Staying healthy with child-centred hygiene education in Mozambique
XAI-XAI DISTRICT, Mozambique, 25 March 2008 – Argentina Mondlane, 37, a widowed mother of four young children, makes her way to the village well in Ngoanine village on the southern coast of Mozambique. Ms. Mondlane treasures this morning ritual of collecting water for her family because it gives her a chance to exchange stories and jokes with the other women.

Immunization campaigns reach out to Syria’s vulnerable children
QARAHTA, Syria, 18 March 2008 – Barely 10 months old, Sundus has her mother Aida’s eyes: dark brown, with a hint of turquoise at their centres. Sitting on her mother’s lap, Sundus looks peaceful amidst the bustle of an immunization point in Qarahta, 20 km from the capital, Damascus.

Life-saving hygiene programme for students in rural Tajikistan
ISFARA, Tajikistan, 10 March 2008 – School 57 is located in Tajikistan’s Aerport Mahalla village, which is home to approximately 400 families. Since 2002, this high school has been the site of a water, sanitation and hygiene programme that has transformed how the local community views vital health issues.

Children and parents learn together at Columbia University Early Head Start Centre
NEW YORK CITY, USA, 3 March 2008 – Sunlight streams through the windows of the classroom at the Columbia University Early Head Start Centre – part of a federally funded, nationwide, community-based programme for low-income families with infants and toddlers, as well as pregnant women.

Nutrition Rehabilitation Centre brings hope for newborn health in India
LALITPUR, India, 19 February 2008 – Her name, ‘Abhilasha’, means ‘wish’ in Hindi. Not so long ago, she showed all the characteristic symptoms of severe undernutrition. Weighing just 4.5 kilograms, two-year-old Abhilasha had sunken eyes, a swollen belly and shriveled skin.

A new strategy to improve primary health care in Garaku, Nigeria
GARAKU, Nigeria, 12 February 2008 – It is an overcast Wednesday afternoon in the town of Garaku in north-central Nigeria. Rita Jiriko, 23, dressed in a colourful blouse, patiently waits her turn on the veranda of the Garaku Primary Health Care Clinic. As she gently rocks the younger of her two children to sleep, she recalls an earlier visit to the health centre.

‘Family Talks’ broadcasts the message good health to Brazil
PALHANO, Brazil, 25 January 2008 – Principal Socorro Leni da Silva stands before the group of eager faces which have gathered in her classroom. On this afternoon, however, the room is not filled with her usual primary school pupils, but rather with their mothers. The women are waiting to be recorded for the UNICEF supported radio show, ‘Family Talks’.

Bringing good hygiene to rural Bangladesh through ‘Para Centres’
BARAICHARI, Bangladesh, 22 January 2008 – In a classroom made of tin in the Baraichari Village preschool, five-year-old Umenu Marma and her friend clap each other’s hands and sing along to the beat. However, this typical children’s game has a twist – these girls are singing a rhyme their teacher taught them about good hygiene, which translates as, “If you don’t brush your teeth regularly they will hurt, but if you brush regularly, you can eat anything.”

‘Untouchable’ women in Nepal get the opportunity they never had
UDAYPUR DISTRICT, Nepal, 26 December 2006 – She is the 45-year-old ‘musahar’ woman from Nepal’s Udaypur District with four children and an ailing husband. Until four years ago, this pithy description constituted her only identity.

Mother and Child Health Weeks save lives in Madagascar
BELOBAKAY FOKONTANY, Madagascar, 19 December 2006 – “Good morning! Rise and shine! Mothers! Don’t forget to take your children to the health centre today! Husbands, don’t forget to send your pregnant wives! Grandmothers! Grandfathers, I am counting on you to remind everyone in your household about the importance of this week!”

Opening doors for women in Nicaragua
CARIBBEAN COAST, Nicaragua, 19 December 2006 – Poverty, lack of education and few opportunities epitomize the lives of many indigenous women on the impoverished Caribbean coast of Nicaragua.

Health workers reach remote villagers in Ethiopia with tetanus vaccine
TURMI, Ethiopia, 18 December 2006 – The town criers had been out since dawn, walking around the domed, wood-framed huts, calling out and blowing their horns.

Deputy Executive Director talks women’s and children’s rights in the Middle East and Africa
NEW YORK, USA, 10 December 2006 – As UNICEF launches its flagship annual report, ‘The State of the World’s Children’ – which focuses this year on the links between women’s rights and children’s well-being – UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah has just returned from an extensive field visit in which those links featured prominently.

Using political clout to empower women in Madagascar
IHOROMBE REGION, Madagascar, 10 December 2006 – Things have changed in this region of southeastern Madagascar since Moana Essa Raseta became the first woman governor here in 2005.

UNICEF flagship report says gender equality benefits both women and children
NEW YORK, USA, 10 December 2006 – On its 60th anniversary, UNICEF is launching a report that says gender equality is critical to child survival and development.

A new life for tsunami widowers in Sri Lanka
BATTICALOA PROVINCE, Sri Lanka, 5 December 2006  Thangaiah Simson, 59, a small, slight man with an intense, weather-beaten face, has four sons. One of them is married and has moved away from home, two are fishermen and the youngest, Satharsan, is 12 years old and still goes to school.

Workshops help Palestinian women take the lead in a refugee camp
MADABA CAMP, Jordan, 27 November 2006 – Sitting around a sunny classroom in the pre-school at Madaba Refugee Camp, 27 km west of Amman, the Jordanian capital, 65 children sing nursery rhymes, cheerfully clap their hands and stomp their feet.

A young Roma woman in Serbia overcomes poverty and discrimination
BELGRADE, Serbia, 21 November 2006 – Ljiljana Ilic, 28, is a Roma woman who has risen above the odds, conquering social, economic and cultural barriers to earn both a college and a graduate degree. But reaching her goal was far from easy.

For a young married girl in India, education is a dream come true
BIHAR, India, 13 November, 2006 – When Buna Devi, 18, walks to the learning centre in her village in the Patna District of India’s Bihar State, she says she hears her neighbours whispering, “Look at that old woman with two children – she is going to study now, at her age!”

Botswana wireless company supports UNICEF efforts for orphaned children
GABORONE, Botswana, 30 June 2006 – Hot on the heels of the launch of the UNITE FOR CHILDREN  UNITE AGAINST AIDS campaign here last month, Botswana’s primary mobile telephone company, Mascom Wireless, has donated $127,000 to UNICEF orphan care projects.

UNICEF Executive Director accepts Webby award
NEW YORK, USA, 13 June 2006 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman attended the 10th Annual Webby Awards ceremony in New York last night to accept the organization’s first-ever Webby for the online multimedia report, The State of the World's Children 2006.

UNICEF wins 2006 Webby Award: Thanks for your support!
NEW YORK, USA, 10 May 2006 – We are proud to announce that UNICEF’s online multimedia presentation, ‘The State of the World's Children 2006’, has won a 2006 Webby Award in the charitable organizations/non-profit category. The award-winning presentation brings to life UNICEF’s flagship global report with interactive features, photos and videos in which children tell their own stories.

UNICEF nominated for 2006 Webby Award
NEW YORK, 18 April 2006 – UNICEF is proud to announce that the organization’s online publication The State of the World's Children 2006 has been nominated for a 2006 Webby Award in the charitable organizations/non-profit category.

President of Timor-Leste Xanana Gusmão launches UNICEF report ‘The State of the World’s Children 2006’
DILI, Timor-Leste, 30 December 2005 – UNICEF’s flagship report ‘The State of the World’s Children 2006’ has received prominent attention in Timor-Leste this year. The country’s President, Xanana Gusmão, personally launched the report on 15 December 2005, lending a strong support to the efforts to improve the wellbeing of tens of thousands of Timorese children.

Abused and neglected, millions of children have become virtually invisible says UNICEF report
LONDON, UK, 14 December 2005 – Hundreds of millions of children are suffering from severe exploitation and discrimination and have become virtually invisible to the world, UNICEF said today in a major report that explores the causes of exclusion and the abuses children experience.




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