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Renowned photographer Jan Grarup documents UNICEF child survival efforts in Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic, 17 June 2011 – Renowned Danish photographer Jan Grarup recently visited Central African Republic (CAR) to document the challenges facing young children in the country, and how UNICEF responds.

Child-friendly village schools support education for all in Mali
DOUGOUBA, Mali, 15 June 2011 – Just 15 years ago, there were no primary schools in the village of Dougouba. In fact, some members of this community, located in Mali’s Segou Region, had resisted the idea of formal education for decades.

‘EYE SEE’ Bamako: empowering marginalized children through photography in Mali
BAMAKO, Mali, 25 April 2011 – Hawa, 16, has spent the last nine months training to become a tailor, but she is also interested in photography as a profession.

In Benin, new monitoring tool engages illiterate parents in their children's education
BANGUI, Central African Republic, 17 June 2011 – Renowned Danish photographer Jan Grarup recently visited Central African Republic (CAR) to document the challenges facing young children in the country, and how UNICEF responds.

UNICEF airlifts emergency aid for those displaced by the conflict in Côte d’Ivoire
DUÉKOUÉ / MAN, Côte d’Ivoire, 15 April 2011 – "Duékoué is far west, we need to find our way back to normal," said Ibrahim, 39, head of an extended family of eight.

Despite the deepening political crisis, many children finally return to school in Côte d'Ivoire
MAN, Côte d'Ivoire, 31 March 2011 – More than 800,000 Ivorian children are finally resuming their studies after several months in which their schools remained closed due to on-going political conflict.

Liberia - Deputy Executive Director calls for step up of emergency response for Ivorian refugees
GRAND GEDEH, Liberia, 4 April 2011- More than 100,000 Ivorians have fled to Liberia since last November’s disputed presidential election.

Challenges in reaching children and families as fighting flares across Côte d'Ivoire d’Ivoire
NEW YORK, USA/DAKAR, Senegal, 1 April 2011 – UNICEF staff in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire have been trapped in their offices for a second day, as forces loyal to President-elect Alassane Ouattara made an assault on the country’s commercial capital, Abidjan.

Supporting victims of rape in Côte d'Ivoire
BOUAKÉ, Côte d’Ivoire, 14 March 2011 – Rose (not her real name), 12, lives in Bouaké, the second largest city in Côte d’Ivoire. This tall and gracious middle-school student is carrying upon her shoulders the heavy weight of a family secret: she was raped

UNICEF and partners bring an integrated response to displaced families
Tiébissou, Côte d’Ivoire, 10 March, 2011 - Thérèse Konan, 55 year old retired certified teacher, is affectionately called "Maman Thérèse".

UNICEF steps up efforts to vaccinate displaced women and children in Côte d'Ivoire
TIÉBISSOU, Côte d’Ivoire, 3 March 2011 – Since last November’s disputed presidential election, the political crisis in Côte d’Ivoire has deepened into an emergency.

In Niger, new sanitation programme is transforming lives through better hygiene
BANDE, Niger, February 16, 2011—Rabe Amman, 24, leads his visitors through the spotless courtyard of his family compound and past his wife who is pounding millet with her neighbours outside their thatched huts in the remote Nigerien village of Bande.

UNICEF supports emergency immunization drive to contain measles outbreak in Liberia
Zoeluapa, Liberia, 10 February 2011 – Zoeluapa has no electricity, no sanitation and no health clinic. And now the town of 4,000, located at the heart of north-eastern Liberia's impoverished Nimba County, is also battling a measles outbreak.

In Côte d’Ivoire, families cope with life in a divided nation
Tiebissou, Côte d’Ivoire, 10 February 2011 – Theresa Konan lives in small town, near this West African nation’s ‘zone de confiance,’ a militarized boundary that separates the country into two territorial parts.

Warnings on shortage of essential drugs amidst crisis in Côte d'Ivoire
KANI, Côte d’Ivoire, 3 February 2011 – Malaria is the leading cause of mortality among children under five, and UNICEF is concerned that stocks of essential drugs to treat the deadly disease are in danger of running out in two to four wee

Amidst political uncertainty, UNICEF supports yellow-fever immunization in Côte d’Ivoire
KATIOLA, Côte d’Ivoire, 31 January 2011 – Amidst a continuing political stalemate in Côte d’Ivoire, more than 800,000 people received life-saving injections against yellow fever last week.

Au Tchad, l'UNICEF et ses partenaires réagissent à la crise nutritionnelle provoquée par la sécheresse
MAO, Tchad, 24 janvier 2011 - Après quatre semaines dans un centre alimentaire médical, Fatime, 5 ans, pèse 7 kilos, moins de la moitié de ce que devrait peser un enfant de son âge. Ce sont de bonnes nouvelles.

Going the extra mile: UNICEF supplies for the displaced reach western Côte d’Ivoire
MAN, Côte d’Ivoire, 24 January 2011 – Late last week, after an exhausting three-day drive across the country, a UNICEF cargo truck safely offloaded emergency supplies for nearly 20,000 displaced people in western Côte d’Ivoire.

UNICEF works with communities to improve key family practices in Niger
GARIN BAWA, Niger, 24 January 2011 – In the courtyard of her family’s compound, Zuliah Baba, 32, goes through her nightly chores under a full moon.

UNICEF and partners respond to a drought and nutrition emergency in Chad
MAO, Chad, 24 January 2011 – After four weeks in a hospital feeding centre, Fatime, 5, weighs 7 kg – less than half what a child her age should weigh. This is good news.

Help for Côte d’Ivoire's displaced families in the midst of a national crisis
DUÉKOUÉ, Côte d’Ivoire, 19 January 2011 – In a region of this West African nation that has a history of heightened ethnic tensions, an estimated 15,000 people, most of them children and women, are seeking safety here in a overcrowded Catholic mission.

Liberia and UNICEF support health and education for Ivorian refugee children
NIMBA COUNTY, Liberia, 17 January 2011 – The river is calm as Basile, 8, stands on its bank and casts his fishing line.

Libéria : Ressources insuffisantes pour les réfugiés de Côte d’Ivoire et les familles qui les accueillent
COMTÉ DE NIMBA, Libéria, 14 janvier 2011 - Sanata, 9 ans, était seule chez elle quand le chaos a éclaté dans son village situé à la frontière occidentale de la Côte d'Ivoire.

Strained resources for refugees from Côte d’Ivoire and their hosts in Liberia
Nimba County, Liberia, 14 Jan. 2011 – Sanata, 9, was home alone when chaos erupted in her village on the western border of Côte d'Ivoire.

Plus de 15 000 Ivoiriens ont fui la crise politique pour chercher refuge au Libéria
COMTÉ DE NIMBA, Libéria, 28 décembre 2010 - Wonyen Basee, 12 ans, décrit les épreuves subies par sa famille à la suite des violences qui ont suivi le second tour de l'élection présidentielle le mois dernier dans sa Côte d'Ivoire natale.

UNICEF and partners prepares for long-term recovery in flood-ravaged Benin
PORTO NOVO, Benin, 28 December 2010 – Over the past two months, Benin has experienced some of the worst floods of its history.

More than 15,000 Ivoirians flee political crisis, seeking refuge in Liberia
Nimba County, Liberia, 27 Dec 2010 - “We walked from Gotuo (Cote d‘Ivoire) for three days through the bush to come here. There were many people walking with us. We ran away because we were afraid that the rebels would come to beat us,” said Wonyen Basee.

UNICEF helps to begin changing attitudes towards early marriage in Niger
Maradi, Niger, 23 December 2010 – Sahira, 15, sits in front of a social worker at the Office of the Promotion of Women and the Protection of Children with a blank stare on her face.

Au Bénin, après les inondations, l'année scolaire débute dans des conditions difficiles
Ganvie, Bénin, 16 décembre 2010 - Au cours de deux derniers mois, le Bénin a subi une partie de ses plus graves inondations depuis les années 60.

En RD du Congo, l'UNICEF et ses partenaires aident les enfants déplacés par les conflits à accéder à l'éducation
Walikale, RD Congo, 20 décembre 2010 - Ujumbe Kiwabantu et sa famille ont été déplacées il y a deux ans par le conflit en RDC après s'être s'enfuies de chez elles et être venues vivre avec des parents éloignés à Walikale.

In Senegal, Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo addresses violence in schools
Dakar, Senegal, 20 December 2010 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo urged students at a Dakar elementary school to speak up about what is often a silent crime: violence in schools.

UNICEF and partners help educate children displaced by conflict in DR Congo
Walikale, DR Congo, 20 December 2010 – Ujumbe Kiwabantu and her family were displaced by the conflict in DR Congo two years ago, when they fled their home and came to live with distant relatives in Walikale, a remote rainforest territory.

National Children’s Forum brings young voices to Niger's electoral process
Niamey, Niger, 20 December 2010 – A quiet revolution is taking place in the unlikeliest of places, with children at its forefront.

UNICEF provides education supplies and support for rehabilitation in Benin
Ganvie, Benin, 16 December 2010 – In the past two months, Benin has experienced some of its worst floods since the 1960s. And now, students in the flood zone are returning to school under harsh conditions.

UNICEF supports village clinics to improve maternal and child health across Niger
Maradi, Niger, 15 December 2010 – With babies strapped to their backs and with health cards in hand, women begin arriving soon after daybreak, seemingly from every direction, in the dusty village of Sarkin Yamma Soffoua.

UNICEF supports emergency polio immunization efforts in Congo
Pointe Noire, Republic of Congo, 14 December 2010 - The Republic of Congo is currently undergoing a three-round emergency immunization campaign launched in the wake of an explosive and deadly polio outbreak.

Meningitis vaccination campaign targets 12 million in Burkina Faso
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 8 December 2010 – By the end of next week, 12 million Burkinabe children and young adults will receive a new meningitis vaccine.

UNICEF supports large-scale intervention to prevent and treat malaria in DR Congo
DJUMA, DR Congo, 7 December 2010 – The first day of Djuma’s mosquito net distribution provided the most festive few hours of two-year-old Nicole Katshinga’s life.

L'Ambassadeur itinérant Italien, Roberto Bolle, souligne le problème de la malnutrition en République centrafricaine
Bangui, République centrafricaine, 30 novembre 2010 - Pendant un voyage en RCA au début de novembre, le célèbre danseur de ballet et Ambassadeur itinérant de l'UNICEF Italie, Roberto Bolle, a été le témoin direct de la crise de malnutrition des enfants.

Italian Goodwill Ambassador Roberto Bolle highlights malnutrition in Central African Republic
Bangui, Central African Republic, 30 November 2010 – During a trip here in early November, acclaimed dancer and UNICEF Italy Goodwill Ambassador Roberto Bolle witnessed first-hand the malnutrition crisis afflicting children in CAR.

In Sierra Leone, partnerships with religious leaders help combat child mortality
Freetown, Sierra Leone, 29 November 2010 – Dauda Sesay, 2, squirms in his mother’s arms as they wait in line to receive their free mosquito nets at the distribution point in the Clinetown section of Freetown in Sierra Leone.

In Nigeria, religious leaders and communities join initiative to improve children’s health and well-being
Abuja, Nigeria, 24 November 2010 – Christian and Muslim religious leaders in Nigeria urged thousands of their followers to follow practices to ensure their children’s health and survival, particularly breastfeeding of infants.

DRC: Faiths unite for "Breast is best"
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 23 November 2010 – Tens of thousands of Congolese Muslims gathering for prayers in Kinshasa’s Martyrs Stadium heard an unusual message this Eid Al Adha.

UNICEF supports mothers and children in flood-stricken Benin
Cotonou, Benin, 9 November 2010 - When floodwaters inundated Vossa, a suburb of Cotonou, Lucie Zanou had to leave her house in the middle of the night carrying her two children. The floods destroyed most of her belongings and all of the crops.

Immunization rounds aim to reach 11 million children in high-risk areas in DR Congo | L'UNICEF et ses partenaires réagissent face à la réapparition de la polio en RD du Congo.
Kananga, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 8 November 2010 – Kasai Occidental Province is the epicentre of a recent polio outbreak in the DR Congo, and the provincial capital Kananga is where a three-day immunization drive began at the end of October.

UNICEF school kits support children returning to classrooms in flood-ravaged Benin
Kpoto, Benin, 4 November 2010 – As floodwaters slowly recede in Benin, the magnitude of the tragedy is being revealed. The recent floods here and elsewhere in West Africa have killed almost 400 people and affected 1.5 million.

Emergency aid and long-term solutions meet cholera outbreak in northern Cameroon
Mokolo, Cameroon, 27 October 2010 – At the temporary cholera treatment centre in Mokolo village, northern Cameroon – a series of specially built tents accommodating cholera patients – Aminatou, 14, lies listlessly on a bed.

Immunization campaign in Cameroon fights deadly neo-natal tetanus
Bafut District, Cameroon, 22 October 2010 – In the forests of northwest Cameroon, steep rutted dirt roads cling precariously to mountainsides, occasionally slipping into the ravines below.

Campagne de vaccination contre une maladie mortelle au Cameroun : le tétanos néonatal
District de Bafut, Cameroun, 22 octobre 2010 - Dans les forêts au nord-ouest du Cameroun, malgre le terrain, la campagne contre le tetatnos a touche des enfants dans des zones difficile d'acces.

Across Cameroon, support to pregnant women lifts stigma and prevents mother-to-child transmission of HIV
Mbalmayo, Cameroon, 12 October 2010 - In the large white room of Sainte Rosaire Catholic Health Center, a group of mothers sit in the circle discussing a range of topics.

A community-led approach to sanitation and hygiene saves lives in Mali
Bamako, Mali, 11 October 2010 – Defecating in the open is still a common practice throughout rural regions of Mali, and in many villages, latrines are constructed only for the elderly or disabled.

Mauritania: back to school in Rosso!
Rosso, Mauritania, 19 September 2010- It is end September and in a small village, just a few miles outside of Rosso, Bobo (right) and his friend Mohamed (left) are running around on a schoolyard.

Au Mali, une approche d'assainissement pilotée par la communauté sauve des vies
Bamako, Mali, 11 octobre 2010 - Déféquer à l'air libre reste une pratique courante dans les régions rurales du Mali et, dans de nombreux villages, les latrines sont construites seulement pour les personnes âgées ou handicapées.

Preventing malnutrition with free distribution of supplementary food in Mauritania
Nimlane, Mauritania, 12 October 2010 - Fatimetou, head nurse in Nimlane – a village in the region of Tagant, in the center of Mauritania – is visiting her neighbors on a mission.

Mothers volunteer to help girls complete their education in Cote d’Ivoire
Abobo, Côte d'Ivoire, 8 August 2010 - Habibata Ouattara was 17 years-old when she was forced out of school to get married with a man her family had chosen for her.

Five new “Child-friendly spaces” for displaced population in Chad
Ndjamena, Chad, 10 August 2010 - UNICEF and one of its partners in Chad, INTERSOS, inaugurated this week five Child-Friendly spaces in the displaced sites around Koukou Angarana, in South-Eastern Chad.

Cinq nouveaux "Espaces amis des enfants" déplacés ouverts au Tchad
Ndjamena, Tchad, 10 août 2010 - L’UNICEF et l’un de ses partenaires au Tchad, INTERSOS, ont inauguré cette semaine cinq "Espaces amis des enfants" dans les sites de déplacés autour de Koukou Angarana, au Sud-Est du pays.

Roumanatou, infirmière référente, aime sauver des vies
Zinder, Niger, 6 août 2010 - A 27 ans, Roumanatou adore son travail : elle est infirmière référente en "phase bébés": "tout le monde aime travailler dans ce service.

Roumanatou, focal point for the baby ward, loves saving lives
Zinder, Niger, 6 August, 2010 - 27 year old Roumanatou loves her job: she is the focal point in the ‘baby ward’ of the intensive therapeutic centre in Zinder.

Saving underweight babies with human contact in Senegal | Au Sénégal, sauver les bébés souffrant d'insuffisance pondérale par un contact humain
Dakar, Senegal, 06 July 2010 - Olivier was born last September at a health post in rural Senegal. He weighed just one kilogram at birth, and his mother, Lourdes Gomez, cried because she thought he would not live.

FIFA World Cup 2010 champion Sergio Ramos of Spain inspires children in Senegal
Dakar, Senegal, 20 July 2010 – Just days after becoming a champion as a member of the victorious Spanish national football team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, Sergio Ramos chose to spend his time off the field visiting UNICEF projects in Sene

Nutrition crisis in Niger: health centers at the frontline | Crise nutritionnelle au Niger: les centres de santé sur la ligne de front
Takieta, South Niger, 15 July 2010- The heat is scorching in Takieta, a village in the east of Niger, as some hundred women wait to have their children screened for malnutrition at the public health center.

Niger: missing the second birthday
Madarounfa, Niger, 25 June 2010 - Mariam Awal is a very pretty 25 year old mother of two.

Niger: animal deaths sparks second crisis for children
Gadabedji, Niger, 27 June 2010 - Ibrahim Tonga can’t bear to see the physical condition of his nine children.

Providing relief for malnourished children in Nigeria
Sokoto, Nigeria, 7 July 2010 - When the UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa, Dr. Gianfranco Rotigliano, arrived at the village of Kadadi Buda in Gada Local Government Area in Sokoto State, northwest Nigeria, it was 45 degrees Celsius.

Getting and keeping girls in school in Nigeria
Sokoto, Nigeria, 7 July 2010 - When Dr. Gianfranco Rotigliano, UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa, visited Nigeria in June, he met Rahina Husseini, a community mobiliser at the Kundus Primary School in Kundus village.

UN Secretary-General visits a child protection centre in Gabon
Libreville, Gabon, 1 July 2010 – On a recent trip to Gabon, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with children living in a child protection centre supported by UNICEF in Angondgé a neighborhood of Libreville, the capital of Gabon.

Niger: Inoussa's path to recover from severe malnutrition
Zinder, Niger, 8 June 2010 - There’s a family gathering at the nutrition rehabilitation centre of Zinder, Niger. The doctor is showing Inoussa’s parents snap shots of children who have left the centre having been restored to health.

Maina, the nurse who fights malnutrition in the Chadian desert | Maina, l’infirmier qui combat la malnutrition dans le désert tchadien
Mao, Chad, 08 June 2010 - Mahamat Abakar Sedik is a nurse and he is in charge of Mao’s therapeutic feeding centre in the Kanem region of Chad. Although it misses equipment and qualified staff, the team is working hard to save children’s lives.

Rising food prices in Mali escalates undernutrition amongst children | La flambée des prix alimentaires au Mali accentue la dénutrition chez les enfants
Sikasso, Mali, 3 June 2010 – In the far south of Mali, one of the country’s main agricultural areas, the Sikasso region, is rich in fertile soil. But, the children of Sikasso are suffering from alarmingly high rates of undernutrition.

Bitter seeds: Addressing the nutrition crisis in Niger | Au Niger, où même les graines sont amères, l'UNICEF fait face à la crise nutritionnelle
Angalnadinao, Niger, 31 May 2010 – “This year’s harvest was disastrous,” says Ali, the Angalnadinao village chief. “No cowpeas, no millet, no peanuts – nothing, absolutely nothing, was harvested. A total crop failure.”

UNICEF and partners support reintegration of child soldiers in Chad | Au Tchad, l'UNICEF et ses partenaires soutiennent la réinsertion des enfants soldats
N’djamena, Chad, 28 May 2010 – For Dowa Samna, 19, working at a garage in the Chadian capital, N’Djamena, is a far cry from his former life in the armed forces. The former child soldier recalls that conditions in the military were rough.

Expecting nearly 400,000 cases, partners work to treat severe acute malnutrition in Niger | Attendant 400 000 cas, les partenaires répondent à la malnutrition sévère chez les enfants au Niger
Magaria, Niger, 28 May 2010 – Souréba, 3, is as light as a bird. Resting on her mother’s knee, the little girl seems indifferent to the noises and movements around her.

In Senegal, UNICEF Executive Director cites the urgency of education for all | Au Sénégal, le Directeur général de l'UNICEF s'exprime sur l'urgence de l'éducation pour tous
Dakar, Senegal, 18 May 2010 – Surrounded by the concrete bricks and flood-stained walls of her school, Anta, 11, attends classes and dreams of becoming a paediatrician. She knows she is lucky.

In Central African Republic, newly settled nomadic children go to school | En République centrafricaine, des enfants de nomades récemment sédentarisés vont à l'école
Yaloke, Central African Republic, 13 May 2010 – Fatima Yadik, a mother of 12 and grandmother of 18, recently settled in the Central African Republic town of Yaloké after 60 years with her nomadic community.

Amidst severe food crisis, health and nutrition centres support children in Chad | En pleine crise alimentaire, des centres de nutrition et de santé aident les enfants au Tchad
Moussoro, Chad, 27 May 2010 – Radié Hami holds her baby girl, Achta, close to her as they wait at the new Moussoro health and nutrition centre. The young mother is accompanied by her husband and an uncle.

In Chad, 102,000 severely malnourished children in need of life-saving care | Au Tchad, 102000 enfants sévèrement malnutris ont besoin de soins vitaux
Moussoro, Chad, 10 May 2010 - There was no question that Hissène needed treatment when he arrived at the nutrition center of Moussoro town. He is a child in the ‘red zone’, meaning that he is severely malnourished.

In Niger, the chief who predicted the food crisis | Au Niger, un sage chef de village attendait la crise
Foura Guireke, Niger, 6 mai 2010 - People in the village of Foura Guireke look up to their chief. And with good reason. He read the signs before the food crisis engulfed his village.

Senegal: health workers strive to get vaccines to vulnerable children
Dakar, Senegal, 29 avril 2010 -In Senegal there are 2,562,825 children that UNICEF and its partners want to reach with the polio vaccine.

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mohmoud Kabil promotes child rights in Mauritania
Nouakchott, Mauritania, 28 April 2010- Three-year old Mohamed, in Dar-Naim, a poor suburb of Nouakchott, calmly received from the hands of the Regional Goodwill Ambassador (GWA) Mohmoud Kabil, the two vaccine drops aiming to protect him from polio.

UNICEF and partners transforming lives of children through improved schools in Niger
BANGUI, Central African Republic, 17 June 2011 – Renowned Danish photographer Jan Grarup recently visited Central African Republic (CAR) to document the challenges facing young children in the country, and how UNICEF responds.

Senegal: text messaging helps improve children’s nutrition monitoring
Pout, Senegal, 27 April 2010 - A program in rural Senegal finds an efficient and effective way to relay important information.

Sierra Leone’s free health care policy sets to reduce maternal and child deaths
Port Loko, Sierra Leone, 6 April 2010 – Gbassay, 2, is attending the peripheral health unit in Rosinta village, Port Loko District with her mother Fatmata.

Health workers are crucial to the success of Sierra Leone’s free health care initiative
Port Loko, Sierra leone, 6 April 2010 – Vandy Kormoh is a community health officer in Petifu village in Port Loko District. He has been in charge of the village’s health post for the past three years.

New safe-water systems in rural Niger enable children to go to school
Chinwaghari Village, Niger, 22 March 2010 – Surrounded by a throng of other children, each carrying empty containers, Fatima Hamouma, 8, walked to the new, modern water taps in her village.

Cameroun: des "Groupes de soutien communautaires" pour mieux prévenir la transmission du Sida de la mère à l’enfant
Yaoundé, Cameroun, 12 mars 2010 -Joséphine avait été dépistée séropositive 4 mois après le début de sa grossesse. Laurent Nindongo, le mari, âgé de 38 ans, après quelque hésitation, avait, lui aussi, fait le test de dépistage qui s’est avéré positif.

Severe food shortages in western Chad lead to rising malnutrition in children | Des pénuries alimentaires sévères dans l'ouest du Tchad aggravent la malnutrition infantile
Mao, Chad, 24 March 2010 – Adam Abdulai is just over a year old, but he can barely move, let alone stand up and walk. He and a dozen other emaciated children lie on mattresses at a feeding centre in Mao, western Chad.

Tchad : les Gouverneurs des régions s’engagent contre la polio
Ndjamena, Tchad, 17 mars 2010 – Les Gouverneurs de région se sont réunis le vendredi 12 mars 2010 avec les autorités sanitaires centrales et débattu des entraves à l’éradication de la poliomyélite au Tchad.

In Guinea, household water treatment to defeat cholera and diarrhea | Traiter les eaux domestiques pour vaincre le choléra et la diarrhée en Guinée
Conakry, Guinea, 17 March 2010 - In the small village of Kambaya like in many rural communities in Guinea, the population takes water from unsafe sources that are contaminated with bacteria.

Guinea: a national campaign to stop polio from spreading
Conakry, Guinee, 17 mars 2010 - Yeninka is just 5 years old, but her life just took a turn. This little girl was born in a poor fisherman’s neighborhood in the suburbs of Conakry.

Liberian children use radio to advocate for their rights
Monrovia, Liberia March 8, 2010 – Children across Liberia, on March 7 celebrated this year’s International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB).

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow highlights polio in Chad | Au Tchad, Mia Farrow, Ambassadrice itinérante de l'UNICEF, attire l'attention sur l'importance du problème de la polio
N'djamena, Chad, 8 March 2010 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow recently visited Chad to highlight the importance of vaccinating the country's children against polio.

Joint Global Polio Eradication Initiative aims to eliminate polio in Senegal | L'Initiative mondiale pour l'éradication de la polio veut éliminer la polio au Sénégal
Dakar, Senegal, 7 March 2010 - When Mamadou Sakho fell ill, neither his mother nor father knew what was ailing the two-year-old.

Guinea: the weight of the crisis on vulnerable children | Guinée: le poids de la crise sur les enfants vulnérables
Conakry, Guinea, 29 February 2010 - Thursday, a day of consultations at the therapeutic nutrition Unit of the Ratoma Health Community Center , a working-class district in Conakry , the Guinean capital.

Senegal: years of education and outreach lead to historical event for women
Kedougou, Senegal, 21 February 2010 – On February 21, a historic day was realized in Senegal, when an entire region publically declared that they were abandoning female genital cutting, as well as early and forced marriages for young girls.

Senegal: first-ever regional declaration to abandon female genital cutting and early and forced marriages
Kedougou, Senegal, 21 February 2010 –Dozens of young girls danced as they sang in their local language Malinke about the importance of education.

Cameroun : des techniques simples pour rendre l’eau potable à domicile
Bertoua, Cameroun, 4 mars 2010 – Des techniques simples et efficaces pour rendre l'eau potable sont vulgarisées dans la région Est du cameroun au sein des ménages.

Liberia: youth radio reporter sings about her love of gospel music | Une jeune reporter radio chante son amour pour le gospel
Monrovia, Liberia, 25 February 2010 – Last summer, 11-year-old Amelia got to spend a morning talking and singing with one of the most celebrated gospel musicians in all of Liberia.

Recovering from a child soldier’s life in Chad
Mousorro, Chad, 12 February 2010 - 16 year-old Hameed has a glazed look on his face when he talks about his life as a Chadian child soldier in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region.

Mobile cinema helps change attitudes about female genital mutilation/cutting in Mali | Le cinéma ambulant favorise le changement d'attitude vis-à-vis des mutilations génitales féminines/excision au Mali
Bougounissaba, Mali, 5 February 2010 – When the Cinéma Numérique Ambulant came to Djènèba Doumbia’s village, the young women had no idea how it would change her life.

Communities unite against female cutting in Mali | Les communautés s'unissent contre l’excision au Mali
Bamako, Mali, 4 February, 2010 - It is estimated that 85 per cent of women in Mali have undergone some form of Female Genital Mutilation or Cutting (FGM/C).

Senegal: economic hardship forces 11-year old to quit school
Dakar, Senegal, 1 February 2010 - It was the middle of the day when Abdoul Aziz came home from school in the suburbs of Dakar, Senegal.

Release of child soldiers in Chad ongoing
N’djamena, Chad, 29 January 2010 - A recent release of child soldiers in north western Chad brings the total number of children demobilised since 2009 to 240.

Anti-tetanus drive to eliminate a 'silent killer' in Mauritania | Campagne anti-tétanos pour éliminer un 'tueur silencieux' en Mauritanie
Boumbry, Mauritania, 28 January 2010 - The immunization cards in their hands, the 16-years-old Aichatou and her 32-years-old mother Fatimatou go one more time to the site of vaccination against tetanus which has been installed in the village of Boumbry.

Football to promote children’s rights in Cote d’Ivoire
Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 18 January 2010 - UNICEF, the Scouts Association and the Ivorian Football Federation signed last Friday a Memorandum of understanding launching the implementation of the Sports for Development project.

Liberian youths report on injustices of education system in Liberia
Monrovia, Liberia, 11 January 2010 – As Liberia slowly recovers from a 14-year-long civil war, its educational system retains some of the lawlessness that reigned during the conflict.

Massive bed net distribution in DR Congo
Kisangani, DR Congo , 7 January 2010 – It's estimated that Congolese children under the age of five suffer at least six bouts of malaria each year. More than 90,000 children die of malaria each year.

Au Sénégal, sauver les bébés souffrant d'insuffisance pondérale par un contact humain
Dakar, Sénégal, 6 janvier 2010 - Olivier est né en septembre dernier dans un dispensaire du Sénégal rural. Il ne pesait qu'un kilo à la naissance et sa mère, Lourdes Gomez, était en pleurs car elle pensait qu'il ne vivrait pas.

Giving young women in Niger the skills to earn a safer living | Donner aux jeunes femmes du Niger les moyens de rendre leur vie plus sûre
Agadez, Niger, 4 January 2010 – Three years ago, Soueba was a young girl collecting animal parts from the slaughterhouse to sell at the local market.

CAR: Providing education to conflict-affected children in the remote regions | Donner une éducation aux enfants des régions isolées touchées par les conflits
Bocaranga, Central African Republic, 31 December 2009 – After years of conflict in the rural north of Central African Republic, dozens of simple 'bush schools' are helping many children displaced by the fighting to return to full-time education.

Libéria: la plus grande campagne de vaccination jamais menée contre la fièvre jaune
Comté de Montserrado, Libéria, 21 décembre 2009 - La plus grande campagne de vaccination jamais menée au Libéria a eu lieu le mois dernier.

Religious leader champions children’s rights in Mauritania | Un chef religieux, champion des droits de l'enfant en Mauritanie
Nouakchott, Mauritania, 14 December 2009 - In mosques around Mauritania, the 20 November prayers were dedicated to children’s rights.

Senegalese 'youth representatives' discuss climate change
Dakar, Senegal, 18 December 2009 - UNICEF Senegal sponsored the country’s presence at the event, which allowed the West African teenagers to participate in meaningful workshops about the effects of climate change.

Guinea: supporting child health amid turmoil | Guinée: soutenir la santé des enfants dans un pays meurtri
Conakry, Guinea, December 9, 2009 – In Aicha’s arms, a young baby is lying listless and puny. Mohamed, her 9-month son, has been admitted three days ago at the pediatric service of Donka Hospital in Conakry.

Le Directeur régional de l'UNICEF à la rencontre des enfants et des femmes du Togo
Attitogon, Togo 8 décembre 2009 – Le Directeur régional de l'UNICEF pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre a visité durant deux jours les realisations de UNICEF Togo en faveur des femmes et enfants de la Région Maritime.

Hygiene education for a village in Mali
Fadieda, Mali, 8 December 2009 – The village of Fadieda is at the forefront of a new pilot programme in Africa. It’s one of 15 villages selected by UNICEF and the Ministry of Environment and Sanitation to change the way it approaches sanitation.

Campagne synchronisée pour l'éradication de la polio en Guinée et dans les pays voisins
Conakry, Guinée, 1er décembre 2009 - 32 nouveaux cas confirmés de polio ont été enregistrés en Guinée en 2009, alors que le pays était sur le point d'être certifié débarrassé du fléau après les progrès enregistrés ces dernières années.

Cameroon: income generation grant gives mother living with HIV a new lease on life
Northern Cameroon, 1 December 2009 - Adele’s daughter lays buried in a grave in Adele’s garden in northern Cameroon. She was the second member of the family that Adele lost to HIV/AIDS related illness.

"Invest in us" - children's call in Sierra Leone
Kenema, Sierra Leone, 23 November 2009 - “When I grow up, I want to become a medical doctor. I want to give free medical care for the people who don’t have money”, Samfa Taiwa Saffa, 13, declares.

Anna Ndiaye, 11, pupil in Dakar, Senegal "I will tell them to stop violence against chidlren"
Dakar, Senegal, 20 November 2009 -- As hundreds of elementary school children gathered, preparing for the celebration ceremony at Point E 2 School in Dakar, Senegal, Anna Ndiaye, 11-years-old, walked calmly through the crowd.

Young 'journalists' broadcast the Rights of the Child in Togo
Lomé, Togo, 20 November 2009 - "When we saw the UNICEF video on the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), says Eyram, a 16 years old reporter, we realized that if all children knew the CRC they would be able to express what they live".

In Sierra Leone, children demand more commitments to their welfare
Freetown, Sierra Leone, 19th November 2009 – “Government is making frantic efforts to ensure that children’s rights are protected, maternal mortality and under five child mortality rates are reduced.

Bottom up - Top down: how undernutrition is combatted in Niger
Zinder, Niger, 18 November 2009 - At a UNICEF and ECHO-supported therapeutic feeding centre in Zinder, in the South of Niger, seventeen months-old Roumanatou Sani is slowly recovering after her three-week stay at the intensive care unit.

Nigeria: "Ime", 8, accused of being a witch
Abuja, Nigeria, 17 November 2009 - "Ime" is eight years old. Her stepmother branded her a witch, accusing her of being responsible for her stepbrother’s frequent illness.

Community volunteers fight undernutrition in northern Cameroon | Au nord du Cameroun, des volontaires luttent contre la sous-nutrition
Tchontchi, Cameroon, 13 November 2009 – Almost 5 kilos underweight and too undernourished to walk, two-year-old twins Massing Esther and Tito Anna have to be carried everywhere they go in their home village of Tchontchi, in northern Cameroon.

Cameroon - Aichatou'story: the power of birth certificates
Yaounde, Cameroon, 4 November 2009 - "My name is Aichatou Ibrahima. I am 15 years old and it was only in 2007 that I got my birth certificate."

Cameroon: a teenager’s life in jail
Yaounde, Cameroon, 4 November 2009 – "Hi, I’m Stephane and I’m 17 years old. I’ve been in Yaounde Central Jail since July 2008."

Niger - Maliki Garba: "I like taking part in the reading and writing classes in the minors’ ward"
Niamey, Niger, 5 November 2009 - Maliki has been in custody at the minors’ ward in Niger’s capital’s main prison for two months, therefore placed in a separate ward from adults, and less vulnerable to violence and abuse.

Niger - Mariama, 14 years old, domestic worker
Niamey, Niger, 5 November 2009 - "My name is Mariama Sanda. I am 14 years old, I have been working as a maid since I was 11. My father died 8 years ago. Although my mother has re-married, my step-father is too old to earn a living."

Togo: Chinea, 15 years old, trafficked and abused
Lome, Togo, 6 November 2009 - In Togo an estimated 29% of children from 5 to 14 years old are used for economic and domestic activities that are considered harmful to their development.

Togo : "Sigayi", initiée vaudou retourne à l’école
Togoville, Togo, 6 novembre 2009 - Désormais, les enfants vivant dans les couvents vaudou de ces deux localités ont un libre accès à l’école pendant que les plus grands sont admis en apprentissage.

In Mali, Executive Director focuses on undernutrition and impact of climate change
Bamako, Mali, 11 November 2009 – Bisected by the vast and growing Sahara Desert, Mali is a country where food and nutrition security are precarious even in the best of times.

Sierra Leone: Fatmata, 13, discovers the advocacy power of photography
Freetown, 10 November 2009 – Fatmata Shaw, 13, is an active member of the Children’s Forum Network (CFN) in Kabala, an agrarian community in northern Sierra Leone.

Voluntary community workers fight malnutrition in northern Cameroon
Yaounde, Cameroon, 9 November 2009 - Massing Esther and Tito Anna, a set of two-year old twins have to be carried everywhere they go because they’re too malnourished to walk.

Mali celebrates global handwashing Day with live performances and hygiene events | Le Mali célèbre la Journée mondiale du lavage des mains avec des spectacles et des manifestations consacrés à l'hygiène
Bamako, Mali, 26 October 2009 – For the country of Mali, global handwashing Day holds special significance.

UNICEF in Space: astronaut and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Frank de Winne talks to school children | L'UNICEF dans l'espace : l'astronaute et Ambassadeur itinérant de l'UNICEF Frank De Winne s'adresse à des écoliers
Gao Village, Mali, 23 October 2009 – In the village of Gao, some 1200 km away from Mali’s capital city of Bamako, local children were given the special chance to speak to UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and Belgian astronaut Frank De Winne – live from space.

Mali: huge efforts to keep children out of prison
Bamako, Mali, 23 October 2009 - Since 2008, they have managed to steer 14 children away from prison, put them back into school or taught them a trade along with literacy classes, as well as reunite them with their families.

Mali: clean water for a hostile environment – an end to Guinea worm disease?
Bamako, Mali, 23 October 2009 - Guinea worm infection is caught by drinking standing water or bathing in water that has been contaminated with small fleas infected with the tiny larvae of the guinea worm.

Girls education in Sierra Leone: "I am so proud I made it!"
Kabala, Sierra Leone, 23 October 2009 – Hawa Marrah, 12, is a pupil of the Islamic primary school in Kabala, an agrarian community in northern Sierra Leone.

Rentrée scolaire au Sénégal: UNICEF apporte un soutien aux enfants des écoles inondées
Dakar, Sénégal, 14 octobre 2009 - La rentrée officielle au Sénégal s’est déroulée le 5 octobre 2009 mais pour Gado Gaye, 13 ans, les choses se sont passées selon un autre calendrier.

UNICEF Deputy Executive Director warns of triple threat to child survival in the Central African Republic
Bangui, Central African Republic, 14 October 2009 – On a recent visit to Central African Republic, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Hilde Johnson expressed concern over the deteriorating situation of children.

Sierra Leone: reunifying the once lost children
Freetown, Sierra Leone, 14 October 2009 - "I am so thankful to UNICEF for giving me back my son", says Mama Wuya, a mother who got her son back last year after six years of separation.

Guinea: the soul thieves
Conakry, Guinea, 12 October 2009 - If Koumba struggles to understand the cause of her 10-day-old baby’s death, it is not the case for her other son. "He is dead because of malaria," she says sadly.

Guinea: twice a survivor - the story of baby Aboubacar
Conakry, Guinea, 12 October 2009 - Aboubacar's birth was quite traumatizing, with him being the only survivor among his triplet brothers, who died in birth together with his mother.

Guinea: saved by the motorbike ambulance
Conakry, Guinea, 12 October 2009 - Informed about the serious situation, the person responsible for the local MURIGA (a centre supported by UNICEF that helps people in remote villages) sent a motorbike ambulance to take Mama to Kissidougou Hospital.

Education provides a way out for indigenous children in Republic of Congo | En République du Congo, l'instruction offre une porte de sortie aux enfants autochtones
Toangana, Republic of Congo, 7 October 2009 – It’s a sunny morning, and Rufin Kokolo, 8, is getting ready to go to school.He lives in Tosangana village on the outskirts of Impfondo, capital of Likouala province.

Sierra Leone: mothers and babies in danger
Freetown, Sierra Leone, 9 October 2009 - It is past midnight at the Koinadugu Maternal Ward. A woman having a difficult labour is brought in. She looks hopeless.

Cameroon: children fight waterborne diseases in school and in the community | Les enfants à l’avant-garde de la lutte contre les mains sales à l’école et dans la communauté.
Douala, Cameroon, 6 October 2009 - A group of school children quickly surrounds Sorel Fabiola Mbeutcha Yinkou, 12, as she rolls up her sleeves to prepare for a hand washing demonstration.

Cameroon: Educating youth to tackle HIV/AIDS in the community
Yaounde, Cameroon, 1 October, 2009 - Teacher Sarah Hyoba, 49, quizzes a group of enthusiastic 10 to 11 year olds on HIV/AIDS at the Essos 2 primary school in Yaounde.

Sierra Leone: a new school brings new hope
Kono, Sierra Leone, 24 September 2009 – Susan Mansaray, 14, is a petite, bright young girl.

Mia Farrow highlights child malnutrition in Cameroon
Bazzama, Cameroon, 17 September 2009 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow has been witnessing a silent emergency in Cameroon during a weeklong trip here.

Relief effort under way for flood-affected families in Northern Niger
Agadez, Niger, 17 September 2009 – Following unprecedented rainfall in the Northern region of Agadez in early September, parts of its main city, Agadez, as well as three other communes were severely affected.

Sierra Leone: the challenges of putting and keeping children in school
Sierra Leone 31 August 2009 - Three children, obviously less than 10 years old, are camped around Freetown’s Cotton Tree, begging for handouts. A survey shows that 53% of these dropout children have been orphaned of either one or both parents.

Central African indigenous people learn their rights | Les populations autochtones de République centrafricaine apprennent leurs droits
Lobaye Province, Central African Republic, 7 August 2009 – Pygmy people are the indigenous hunter-gatherers of Central African forests. Because of their short stature and distinct culture, they are marginalized, exploited and even considered to be slaves.

Mauritanie: promouvoir l'allaitement maternel exclusif et soutenir les mères dans sa pratique
Nouadhibou, Mauritanie, 5 août 2009 - Penda, 50 ans, attend patiemment son tour pour faire vacciner Aminetou, le bébé de sa fille, né il y a 9 jours.

Breastfeeding Week Celebration in Guinea: mommy’s milk is the safest
Conakry, Guinea, 1 August 2009 -Today, August 1st, the conference room of the Donka hospital is full of people who came to celebrate the launch of the World breastfeeding week in Guinea.

Guinea-Bissau: Buba’s story, the shattered dream of becoming a religious chief
Bissau, Guinea Bissau, 30 July 2009 - Buba is one of thousands children who are trafficked every month from Guinea Bissau to Senegal. Thanks to the Reintegration Project Buba got back to family.

HIV: prevention of mother to child transmission expanded in Togo
Lomé, Togo, 21 July 2009 - Thanks to the support of UNICEF, Bè Hospital opened a care center for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) in 2003. During her pregnancy, Amivi benefited from free PMTCT treatment.

UNICEF Regional Director in Sierra Leone: “With passion and dedication you will build a new country”
Freetown, 17 July 2009 – Almost eight years after the end of the civil conflict, the new UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa, Dr Gianfranco Rotigliano visited Sierra Leone from 14th and 17th July 2009.

Faces of progress in tackling malnutrition in Mauritania
Kaedi, Mauritania, 14 July 2009 - A woman in the village told Saar’s mother to get her to the nutrition centre at Kaedi Hospital. The one year old girl was ailing and clearly ill.

Keeping children in school in North of Cameroon
Yaounde, Cameroon, 10 July 2009-Yvonne Nissole became pregnant when she was in fifth grade in 2007 while attending a primary school in Garoua in northern region of Cameroon.

Nigeria: lifting spirits, rebuilding lives
Abuja, Nigeria, 07 July 2009 - Paul Eme is the first son of his father who is the proprietor of a school. Paul was accused of being a witch by his stepmother. His stepmother took him to the Liberty church where the pastor pronounced him to be witch.

Sierra Leone: “School-led total sanitation” approach improves good hygiene practices across communities
Port Loko, Sierra Leone, 07 June 2009 - Practicing good hygiene is anything but a chore for the children of E.M Primary School in Laya, Port Loko district. Fatmata, aged 12, proudly shares how much she enjoys being part of the School Health Club.

Blind children receive trainings on the Sierra Leone child rights Act
Freetown, Sierra Leone, 16th June 2009–Osman Kamara, 16, the youngest of three children in a family of five, was born blind in Freetown and enrolled at the Milton Margai School for the blind at the age of 5 where he has been living ever since.

Niger: fighting against a silent killer called tetanus
Niamey, Niger, 07 July 2009- “When a newborn baby or a mother dies in the weeks following delivery, after suffering from muscular rigidity, spasms, light or noise fearing, the blame is put on evil spirits”, says Kalthouma Daoud, a midwife in her fifties.

Influx of refugees creates silent emergency in eastern Cameroon
Dhahong, Cameroon, 6 July 2009 – On the surface, the refugee situation in eastern Cameroon looks like a success, but it is also one of immense chaos.

In Liberia, children take on an healthy message on air
Monrovia, Liberia, 23 june 2009 - The town of Voinjama, Lofa County in the north of Liberia, was the center of celebration for the 2009 Day of the African Child on 16 June.

Sierra Leone: investing in maternal and newborn health for a healthy future
Waterloo, Sierra Leone, 23 June 2009 - Bringing up a child in a country with some of the highest infant and maternal mortality rates is by no means a simple task.

In Sierra Leone, a drive to reduce newborn deaths
Freetown, Sierra Leone, 23 june 2009 - Baindu and her family were in Kenema to see her relatives during the Mami en Pikin Well Bodi Week (Mother and Child Health’s Week) that took place between the 29th May and 1st June 2009.

Mauritania: drive to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus
Nouakchott, Mauritania, 16 June 2009 - Lalla Vatma, 14, leaves her classroom with some of her classmates. The school headmaster has announced a day earlier the arrival of the tetanus vaccination team.

Improving access to birth registration for children in Côte d'Ivoire
ABIDJAN, Côte d'Ivoire, 2 June 2009 – It’s Tuesday morning and the children of the heavily populated neighbourhood of Abobo are warming up for a day of study.

L'image des enfants dans les médias: avis d’activistes
Dakar, Sénégal, 20 mai 2009-Les enfants ne doivent pas être tenus à l’écart des médias qui sont un moyen d’expression majeur.

Médias par les enfants: les jeunes d’Afrique de l’Ouest ont le micro
Dakar, 15 mai 2009- Au Mali récemment, les enfants, journalistes en herbe, ont interpellé les décideurs, les responsables communautaires, mais aussi les acteurs de l’école et la société civile.

Cameroon: promoting skilled attendance at child birth to avert maternal and newborn deaths | Cameroun: promouvoir le rôle des sages-femmes pour limiter les décès maternels et néonatals
Akonolinga, Cameroon, 5 May 2009 – At Saint Luke Hospital in Mbalmayo, 50 kilometers from Yaoundé, Nadege, 21, is admitted at the maternity for premature delivery.

Central African Republic: Children, not witches
Bangui, Central African Republic, 4 May, 2009 – Laurent was 10-years old when he was sent to live with his uncle, aunt and their two little boys in Bangui, the capital city of the Central African Republic (CAR).

UNICEF France’s Young Ambassadors in Togo | Les Jeunes Ambassadeurs de l’UNICEF France en mission au Togo
Togo, April 25, 2009- Every year, the National Committee of UNICEF France organizes a field trip with a selection of six young ambassadors.

Partnering to roll back malaria in Nigeria's Bauchi State
Bauchi, Nigeria, 22 April 2009 – In Nigeria, malaria causes the deaths of an estimated 250,000 children under the age of five every year.

Therapeutic feeding for malnourished refugee children in Chad
DAHA, Chad, 2 April 2009 – Abderahman keeps a tight grip on the orange plastic cup filled with therapeutic milk – the same milk that recently saved his life.

Aminu, a polio victim speaks out: “Look at me, is this what you want for your child?”
Kano, Nigeria 30 march 2009 – Forty five years old Aminu Ahmed Umar is among 700 polio victims on the streets of the northern nigerian town of Kano.

Burkina Faso: second round of polio immunization concludes | Burkina: fin des deuxièmes journées de vaccination anti-polio
Burkina Faso, 04 march 2009- About 4727 children under 5 years have been immunized in Burkina Faso during the second round of a coordinated polio immunization campaign.

Children of Togo unite to eradicate polio! | Les enfants du Togo unis pour l’éradication de la polio !
Segbé, Togo, 29 February 2009- While 16-year-old Aristos prepares the camera focus, 14-year-old Marie plugs in the microphone and 13-year-old Gisèle conscientiously checks the sound level.

Central African Republic: Birth registration and human rights among Aka pygmy populations
Central african Republic -Marie Elise, her husband and their three children live in a clearing in the forest some ten minutes walk off the main road to the town Mbaiki in the Central African Republic.

Immunizing door-to-door to kick polio out of Togo | Vacciner de porte-à-porte pour bouter la polio hors du Togo
VOGAN, Togo, 27 February 2009 - Beneath a blazing sun, Akuba and Afi are pounding manioc in the yard of their compound when two health workers from the Expanded Programme of Immunisation (EPI) arrive.

Campagne polio en Afrique de l'Ouest: témoignages de mères, volontaires et de chefs religieux sur la préparation de la campagne au Niger
Niger, 27 février 2009 - Témoignages de parties prenantes aux activités d'information et de prévention des cas de refus de vaccination contre la polio.

UNICEF Chad aids families fleeing violence in the Central African Republic
DAHA, Chad, 18 February 2009 – Musa sits quietly on a mat under a shelter, and the bewilderment in his eyes is palpable. The four-year-old has recently arrived in Daha, a small village in south-eastern Chad near the border with Central Afrtican Republic.

A second chance for disabled children in Niger
Niamey, Niger, February 2009-When I first met her, fitted in her new dark-brown, custom-designed prosthesis, the 7 year-old Sharifa was trying very hard, between two iron bars, to learn to walk.

Partnering to change norms and abandon female genital cutting in Central African Republic
Bangui, Central African Republic, 6 February 2009 - “If I can prevent just one girl from having to go through what I’ve experienced, then I’ve achieved something,” Foncy Kongo, 29.

Former traditional practitioner helps moving towards the abandonment of female genital cutting in Niger | Un ancien praticien traditionnel contribue à l'abandon de la pratique de l'excision au Niger
Maradi, Niger, 6 February 2009 - Today, aged 25, Hinda remembers the intervention she underwent eight years ago: dangouria."I was so terrified that I did not feel the pain during that very moment.

A childhood lost to violence in Guinea
Conackry, Guinea, 6 February 2009 – Dyaritaou Bah, 23, was married at the age of 14 to a man who was 30 years older that herself. Dyaritaou’s first experience with violence towards women was at age 8, when she was circumcised

Creating a supportive environment for mothers and newborns in Niger | Créer un environnement favorable aux mères et aux nouveau-nés au Niger
Niger is addressing the many challenges to maternal health and fighting the odds to create a supportive environment for mothers and newborns.

In Mali, Child Marriage is a Death Sentence for Many Young Girls / Au Mali, le mariage peut être une sentence de mort pour de nombreuses jeunes filles
In spite of the abuse and deprivation many girls suffer as a result of forced early marriage, the practice continues to be alarmingly common, with more than 60 million women age 20-24 married before they turned 18 worldwide.

Campaign addresses three leading causes of child mortality in the Central African Republic
Bossangoa, Central African Republic, 6 January 2009 – An extensive multi-media campaign is being carried out in the Central African Republic to generate excitement and awareness about UNICEF’s latest vaccination campaign.

Mothers and Babies Take Vaccines during Sierra Leone’s Integrated Health Week
Makeni, Sierra Leone, 4th December 2008 - Rugiatu Bangura, 16, of Bombali took her one year old son, Osman to the Makeni Town Hall, which had temporarily been converted into an health fair center for the Integrated Health Week.

First Lady of Sierra Leone Urges Mothers to take Preventive Health Measures during the Integrated Health Week
Kenema, Sierra Leone, 4th December 2008 - The First Lady of Sierra Leone launched The Mami en Pikin Well Bodi Week is an integrated package of preventive health services aiming at improving child and maternal health.

Côte d'Ivoire - témoignage: Jeune, séropositif et plein de vie
Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire - Rodrigue raconte comment sa vie a changé depuis qu’il a contracté le virus du sida.

Côte d'Ivoire: prévenir la transmission du VIH de la mère à l'enfant à Bouaké
Bouaké, Côte d'Ivoire - On se souvient encore du 19 Septembre 2002. Bouaké, la deuxième grande ville du pays après Abidjan, vit au son des tirs et des mouvements de population. La ville se déshabille complètement et se défait de ses agents de santé.

Côte d'Ivoire: informer les populations vulnérables sur les risques liés au VIH et promouvoir le dépistage
Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire - Le Centre de dépistage volontaire Lumière Action se trouve au cœur du Quartier Abobo, commune cosmopolite précaire d’Abidjan situé dans le nord où co-habitent près de 900 000 habitants.

Central African Republic: prevention strategies making in-roads, but cases of HIV continue to climb
Bangui, Central African Republic - Each week Eric receives a free supply of HIV medication. The 15-year old orphan and former street-child contracted the virus at birth from his parents.

HIV programs not reaching the Central African Republic’s periphery
Sam Ouandja, Central African Republic - Along the streets here many homes sit waiting for their owners to return. Several days ago an attack on military bases caused nearly half of this city’s about 17,000 residents to flee into the countryside.

Togo - Nadia’s story: from prostitution to rehabilitation
Lomé Togo, 20 November 2008 - Even though she’s only 15, Nadia already has a troubled past. At the age of 13, she became a prostitute on the streets of Lomé to provide for her basic needs.

UNICEF supports the prevention and rehabilitation of child sex workers in Togo
Lomé, Togo, 20 November 2008 - It is 10 p.m. when Roland Awume sets out on his round visiting all of Lomé’s “red light districts” as he does every Friday night in the “Centre la Providence” vehicle.

Burkina Faso: educate girls to prevent malnutrition / éduquer les filles pour prévenir la malnutrition
Mamata Kabore, 12, wears a green t-shirt bearing the name of her country, Burkina Faso.

Chad: growth monitoring and promotion / Tchad: suivi et promotion de la croissance
After losing her first-born son when he was only two, Seide Douta told herself that she had to go about things differently with her newborn daughter.

Niger: tackling severe malnutrition / Niger: lutter contre la malnutrition sévère
The ward houses around 15 beds where mothers sleep next to children who gaze out emptily.

Niger: tackling moderate malnutrition / Niger: lutter contre la malnutrition modérée
Hundreds of women and children are queuing behind the health centre in Mari, a village in western Niger.

Mauritania: promoting complementary feeding for young children / Mauritanie: promouvoir l'aliment de complément pour le jeune enfant
After the harvest, the women of Sabou Allah village, 355 km southeast of Nouakchott, prepare what they call the “five measures.”

Mali: promoting exclusive breastfeeding in "baby-friendly" maternities / Mali: promouvoir l'allaitement maternel exclusif dans les maternités "amies des enfants"
Clearly exhausted after a difficult delivery, Aminata Lea rests under a bednet in the maternity ward of the health centre in Djenné, 380 km northeast of Bamako, the capital of Mali.

Guinée: la réalité du travail des enfants
Conakry, Guinée, 12 novembre 2008 - Nombreux sont les enfants de Guinée qui passent le plus clair de leur temps à faire le travail des adultes.

Equatorial Guinea: promoting a culture of peace through sports
Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, 12 November 2008 - Children, sports and peace are some of the ingredients of the match which took place last 8th September in Malabo, which represented the starting signal for the initiative “Sports and Development".

Promoting girls' education: excellence prizes awarded to deserving girls in Sierra Leone
Freetown, Sierra Leone, 04 November 2008 – The jam packed hall of the Miatta Conference Centre in Freetown was buzzing with excitement as over 400 girls prepared for the “Award of Excellence” certificates.

Community-based schools provide hope to the children of Sierra Leone
Rogbonko, Sierra Leone, 31 October 2008 - “I want to be a nurse” whispers Isatu “so I can help stop the suffering in my family.”

Massive progress in small measures in the fight against female genital cutting in Gambia
Banjul, Gambia, 28 October 2008 - Collective cooperation and problem solving through consensus building brings about change in the community.

Promoting exclusive breastfeeding to combat child mortality in Gambia
Banjul, Gambia, 28/10/08 - As dawn rises, parting the clouds over Basse like a think blanket being peeled from a lazy bed, the cool breeze blows across the green grass causing gentle ripples over flooded potholes. The march begins.

Gambia: clean water supply brings life and thwarts cholera
Banjul, Gambia, 28 October 2008 - Hawa Jallow is five years old. Her round rosy cheeks bunch-up, exposing her tiny white teeth when she smiles and her eyes shine with life, signaling her happiness and enthusiasm. She was not like this, before now.

Tchad: promouvoir les bonnes pratiques d'alimentation du jeune enfant en toutes circonstances.
Am Nabak, Tchad, 20 octobre 2008 - Dans le contexte tchadien, plus de 44 pour cent des enfants reçoivent un allaitement irrégulier et une mauvaise alimentation.

Eastern Chad: child animators promote good hygiene practices in Gassire camp
Gassire Camp, Eastern Chad, 20 October 2008 - Eight-year-old Halime lives in Gassire, a camp for internally displaced people near the township of Goz Beida, at the Chadian-Sudanese border.

Eastern Chad: three women, one dream of education
Djabal, Eastern-Chad, 20 October 2008 - “I want peace so I can continue school and become a doctor in my country,” says 13-year-old Manayar, who has been living for four years in Djabal refugee camp, Eastern Chad.

Volunteer parents help fight HIV/AIDS in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Kinshasa, DRC, 20 Oct. 2008 – Bella, a native of DR Congo, returned to this country from Uganda three years ago. After almost a year of sickness, she decided to go to one of the HIV-testing centres in Kinshasa.

Cameroun: promouvoir l'hygiène à l'école, en commençant par le lavage des mains
Douala, Cameroun, 15 octobre 2008 - La Journée mondiale du lavage des mains au savon est l'occasion de promouvoir l'éducation à l'hygiène dans les écoles.

UNICEF provides free preventive anti-malarial treatment to pregnant women in Togo / Au Togo, UNICEF fournit aux femmes enceintes un traitement préventif gratuit contre le paludisme
Goumou-Kopé, Togo, October 15th, 2008 - In Togo, malaria kills one in every twenty people who contract the disease. Only two in twenty pregnant women receive Intermittent Preventive Treatment.

Niger: Celebrating Global Handwashing Day in the Heartland
Saran Maradi, Niger, 15 October 2008 - UNICEF, the Government and UNILEVER team up with the communities to promote handwashing with soap in a bid to reduce child mortality.

Abolition of school fees in Togo / Abolition des frais de scolarité au Togo
Akodessewa, Togo, 6 Oct. 2008 - The abolition of school fees is a step towards education for all. / La gratuité de la scolarité est un pas vers l'éducation pour tous.

Promoting girl's education in Niger
In Niger, only one in two girls goes to primary school, one in ten to secondary school and one in fifty to high school. The story of Barira and Choukouria presents the many challenges to girl's education in Niger.

Togo - Damienne’s story: Raising awareness of HIV/AIDS prevention through open dialogue
Damienne, a 17-year-old high school student, has been a peer educator for five years, teaching her classmates about HIV prevention.

Togo : ‘Gender and Equity’ campaign shows success, as more parents are putting girls through school
According to her school principal in Atentou, 12-year-old Céline is a model student.

Togo: Early detection and treatment of malnutrition saves lives
Hundreds of mothers wait in the early morning at a school in Bogou, holding their children and hoping to hear good news about their prospects.

In Niger, rural preschools create a supportive environment for child survival and development
“What I enjoy doing at pre-school is singing and dancing, but most of all drawing” says Roumana, a five year old Nigerien girl interviewed at the signing ceremony.

Senegal child survival days: mobilizing children to bring their bednets for treatment
Dakar, Senegal - It is Sunday morning 09.00 a.m. Not the usual time to see the school yard filled with children and to have teachers present in their class rooms.

Niger: Keeping Malaria and preventable diseases at bay
Madarounfa, Niger, April 2008 - Bassira is 31 days old and doesn’t yet sleep through the night. She often wakes up at around one am.





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