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Central African Republic: Nearly one in five children is a refugee or internally displaced
BANGUI/DAKAR, 15 November 2016 – Focus on children crucial as aid officials meet in Brussels to secure aid package

UNICEF condemns attacks on teachers in Kaga-Bandoro, Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic, 13 October 2016 - Three teachers in training and the director of the Regional Pedagogical Centre were violently killed in Kaga-Bandoro on Wednesday the 12th of October, according to accounts by the Ministry of Education.

Massive immunization campaign to reach 41 million children in Nigeria and region to contain polio outbreak
DAKAR, Senegal, 11 October 2016 – Vaccination drive provides platform for malnutrition screening in response to mounting crisis in Borno state

Two-thirds of unimmunized children live in conflict-affected countries – UNICEF
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 22 April 2016 – Almost two-thirds of children who have not been immunized with basic vaccines live in countries that are either partially or entirely affected by conflict, UNICEF said ahead of World Immunization Week.

Nigeria regional conflict: Ten-fold increase in number of children used in ‘suicide’ attacks
DAKAR/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 12 April 2016 – The number of children involved in ‘suicide’ attacks in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger has risen sharply over the past year, from 4 in 2014 to 44 in 2015, according to UNICEF data released today. More than...

87 million children under 7 have known nothing but conflict - UNICEF
NEW YORK, USA, 24 March 2016 – More than 86.7 million children under the age of 7 have spent their entire lives in conflict zones, putting their brain development at risk, UNICEF said today.

UNICEF and Unilever unite to improve access to safe water in sub-Saharan Africa
DAKAR, Senegal, 22 March 2016 – UNICEF and Unilever today announced a partnership to improve access to safe water in countries across sub-Saharan Africa. The partnership will focus first on four countries: Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire.

Climate change and lack of sanitation threaten water safety for millions: UNICEF
NEW YORK, USA, 21 March 2016 – On the eve of World Water Day, UNICEF said the push to bring safe water to millions around the world is going to be even more challenging due to climate change, which threatens both water supply and water safety for millions

UNICEF & ECCAS join forces for children in Central Africa
LIBREVILLE/DAKAR, 29 February 2015 – The Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and UNICEF signed a partnership today to work together in promoting and supporting the survival and development of children across the Central African region.

UNICEF calls upon presidential candidates to make a strong commitment to children in CAR
BANGUI, Central African Republic, 12 February 2016 – As Central African voters prepare to cast their ballot on Sunday to elect their next President and members of Parliament, UNICEF is asking the candidates to place the interests of children...

UNICEF and WHO help fight Lassa Fever outbreak in Benin
COTONOU, Benin, 10 February 2016 – Alarmed by an outbreak of deadly Lassa Fever, UNICEF and World Health Organization officials in Benin are scaling up an emergency response to help prevent further spread of the disease.

Eliminate Female Genital Mutilation by 2030, say UNFPA and UNICEF
NEW YORK, United States, 5 February 2016 – “FGM is a violent practice, scarring girls for life -- endangering their health, depriving them of their rights, and denying them the chance to reach their full potential.

New statistical report on female genital mutilation shows harmful practice is a global concern – UNICEF
NEW YORK, United States, 5 February 2016 – At least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone female genital mutilation in 30 countries, according to a new statistical report published ahead of the United Nations’ International Day of Zero To

Series from "The Lancet" provides more evidence that breastfeeding is lifesaving – UNICEF
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, 29 January 2016 – A new series of papers just published by The Lancet provides evidence that improving breastfeeding practices could save the lives of over 820,000 children a year, 9 out of 10 of them infants under 6 months.

UNICEF launches US$2.8 billion humanitarian appeal for children
GENEVA, 26 January 2016 – UNICEF is launching a US$2.8 billion appeal to reach 43 million children in humanitarian emergencies worldwide.

UNICEF welcomes declaration of the end of Ebola outbreak in Guinea
CONAKRY, Guinea, 29 December 2015 – Almost two years to the day when a toddler became the first victim of Ebola in West Africa, UNICEF welcomed the declaration that the outbreak has ended in Guinea, but cautioned that the thousands of children orphaned...

Nigeria conflict forces more than 1 million children from school
DAKAR/NEW YORK, 22 December 2015 – Violence and attacks against civilian populations in northeastern Nigeria and its neighboring countries have forced more than 1 million children out of school, UNICEF said today.

More than 380,000 children out of school in northern Mali, three months into school year
BAMAKO, Mali/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 18 December 2015 – More than 380,000 children aged 7 to 15 remain out of school in insecure regions in northern Mali, three months into the new school year and almost four years since the security situation worsened...

More than 1 million children in urgent need of assistance after three years of fighting in CAR
BANGUI, Central Africa Republic, 27 November 2015 – An estimated 1.2 million children are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance nearly three years after conflict erupted in the Central African Republic.

Child brides in Africa could more than double to 310 million by 2050, says UNICEF
NEW YORK/LUSAKA, 26 November 2015 – If current levels persist, the total number of child brides in Africa will rise from 125 million to 310 million by 2050, according to a UNICEF report released at the African Union Girls Summit in Lusaka, Zambia, today.

Children will bear the brunt of climate change: UNICEF
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 24 November 2015 – More than half a billion children live in areas with extremely high flood occurrence and 160 million in high drought...

Universal Children’s Day: Why fair matters
NEW YORK, 20 November 2015 – The world remains a deeply unfair place for the poorest and most disadvantaged children despite major advances since the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in...

UNICEF: Without toilets, childhood is even riskier due to malnutrition
NEW YORK, 19 November 2015 – Lack of access to toilets is endangering millions of the world’s poorest children, UNICEF said today...

As Liberia marks end of Ebola transmission, UNICEF highlights need for better services for children
MONROVIA, Liberia, 3 September 2015 – UNICEF today welcomed the announcement that Liberia has once again achieved zero Ebola transmission, and expressed hope that the country will now be able to focus on recovering from the outbreak, which has taken a...

More than 70,000 children born during the Ebola outbreak in Liberia at risk of exclusion if not registered, warns UNICEF
MONROVIA, Liberia, 31 July 2015 – UNICEF is supporting a drive by the Liberian Government to register more than 70,000 children whose births were not recorded during the Ebola crisis, leaving them vulnerable to marginalization and exclusion.

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on violence involving children in conflicts
NEW YORK, 24 July 2015 – “Millions of children around the world today are caught up in adults’ wars – deliberately killed, injured, raped, abducted. Their schools...

IFRC, UNICEF and Global Health Media Project launch Ebola animation video to engage communities at risk
Geneva/Accra, 6 July 2015 – The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and UNICEF are today launching “The Story of Ebola” an animation video...

UNICEF teams, supplies arrive in areas affected by new Ebola cases in Liberia
MONROVIA/DAKAR/GENEVA, 3 July 2015 – Responding to Liberia’s first confirmed cases of Ebola in more than three months, UNICEF has begun distributing emergency supplies in the...

UNICEF, WHO: Lack of sanitation for 2.4 billion people undermining health improvements
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 30 June 2015 – Lack of progress on sanitation threatens to undermine the child survival and health benefits from gains in access to safe drinking water...

Millions of world’s poorest children left behind despite global progress, new UNICEF report says
NEW YORK, United States, 23 June 2015 – The global community will fail millions of children if it does not focus on the most disadvantaged in its new 15-year development roadmap, UNICEF warned today.

Hundreds of children released by armed groups in Central African Republic
BAMBARI, Central African Republic, 14 May 2015 – More than 300 children, including several under 12 years old, have been released from armed groups in the Central African Republic following a UNICEF-facilitated agreement by the groups’ leaders...

Helping keep classrooms safe as schools re-open in Sierra Leone
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 14 April 2015 – As around 1.8 million children in Sierra Leone begin returning to school this week after an eight month break due to Ebola, the Government of Sierra Leone, UNICEF and partners are working to ensure that children...

Japan contributes US$12 million through WFP & UNICEF to Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Relief, 8 April 2015 - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), have welcomed a contribution of US$12 million from the Government of Japan to provide vital humanitarian relief..

EU provides extra €2.5 million for child protection in Ebola-affected countries
DAKAR, Senegal, 03 March 2015 – The European Commission contributed an additional €2.5 million (nearly $3 million USD) to strengthen UNICEF’s emergency Ebola response in West Africa, making the European Commission's overall contribution to UNICEF...

Statement by Deputy Regional Director of UNICEF ESARO in the 3rd Conference of African Ministers for Civil Registration
Excellencies, Ministers responsible for Civil Registration, Ministers of Health, Experts and colleagues from regional and international organizations...

Schools in Liberia to reopen following return of more than 1 million students in Guinea
DAKAR, Senegal, 13 February 2015 – As children in Liberia prepare to return to their classrooms on Monday 16 February, following seven months of Ebola-related school closures, UNICEF and its partners are working to put in place safety measures to...

Joint Statement on International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
Female genital mutilation (FGM) violates the human rights and undermines the health and well-being of some 3 million girls each year. More than 130 million girls and women in the 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East where the practice...

More than 16,000 children lost parents or caregivers to Ebola - many are taken in by the communities: UNICEF
DAKAR, Senegal/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 6 February 2015 – Some 16,600 children are registered as having lost one or both parents, or their primary caregivers to Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, but less than 3 per cent have had to be placed outside...

Global Partnership for Education and UNICEF: working together to rebuild education in Central African Republic after a year of violence
BANGUI , Central African Republic, 21 January 2015 – The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and UNICEF are supporting the Government to get children back in school in Central African Republic after a year of violence. The GPE’s US$15.5 million...

As schools reopen in Guinea, UNICEF helps efforts to reduce Ebola transmission risk
DAKAR/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 20 January 2015 – As schools reopen in Guinea, UNICEF and partners are helping reduce as much as possible the risk of Ebola transmission, training teachers to implement safety measures such as daily temperature screening...

Children losing homes, schools and lives as result of Nigeria violence
GENEVA/DAKAR/NEW YORK, 20 January 2015 – Children are suffering the dire consequences of the conflict in Nigeria, losing their homes, missing out on education and risking their lives, UNICEF said today.

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on escalating violence against children in northern Nigeria
NEW YORK, 11 January 2015 - “These images from Northern Nigeria should be searing the conscience of the world: “Some two thousand innocent children, women and elderly reportedly...

Angelique Kidjo shows support for out of school children in Benin
COTONOU, Benin, 9 January 2015 – A longtime Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF who is deeply committed to the rights of children, Angelique Kidjo, on her most recent visit to Benin called on all political actors and civil society to guarantee children...

UNICEF helps restart measles immunizations in Ebola-hit countries
GENEVA/DAKAR/CONAKRY/FREETOWN/MONROVIA, 9 January 2015 – UNICEF is helping governments and communities restart stalled immunizations amid a surge in measles cases in Ebola-affected countries, where health systems are overwhelmed and tens of thousands...

UNICEF ‘world version’ of John Lennon classic invites all to "Imagine" a better world for children
CAPE TOWN/LONDON/RIO DE JANEIRO/NEW YORK, 31 December 2014 – On New Year’s Eve, John Lennon’s anthem to hope and peace, Imagine, will take centre stage in capitals across the world to help inspire a global movement towards a better future for every child.

UNICEF Ghana launches “iIMAGINEghana”: The Social Innovators Challenge for Children
ACCRA, Ghana, 18 December 2014 – UNICEF Ghana is proud to announce the upcoming launch of its new iIMAGINEghana challenge in January 2015. In collaboration with the non-profit foundation Reach for Change, the Challenge will identify and support Ghana's...

Safe drinking water restored to 390,000 people in CAR
BANGUI, Central African Republic, 8 December 2014 – More than 390,000 people have been provided with safe drinking water in conflict-hit Central African Republic, thanks to an ambitious partnership between UNICEF and the European Commission’s...

With 15 million children caught up in major conflicts, UNICEF declares 2014 a devastating year for children
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 8 December 2014 – The year 2014 has been one of horror, fear and despair for millions of children, as worsening conflicts across the world saw them exposed to extreme violence and its consequences...

Sierra Leone: In communities at risk, the fight against Ebola and malaria goes hand in hand
FREETOWN/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 5 December 2014: Around 2.4 million people will receive anti-malarial drugs during a UNICEF-supported campaign that begins today. As the malaria transmission season peaks in Sierra Leone, the move aims to reduce...

Hundreds of thousands of children in war-torn Central African Republic have chance to restart education
BANGUI/ DAKAR/ GENEVA/ NEW YORK, 5 December 2014 – Hundreds of thousands of children in conflict-hit Central African Republic – some of whom have missed up to two years of formal education – will have the chance to get back to school...

UNICEF: 1.1 million HIV infections in children averted since 2005
NEW YORK, 28 November 2014 – An estimated 1.1 million HIV infections among children under 15 have been averted, as new cases declined by over 50 per cent between 2005 and 2013, according to data released by UNICEF today ahead of World AIDS Day.

Raise your voice with UNICEF and "Imagine" a better world for children
NEW YORK, 20 November 2014 – During a musical event at the United Nations General Assembly today, UNICEF will unveil the #IMAGINE project as part of celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Innovation can drive change for most disadvantaged children – UNICEF report
NEW YORK, 20 November 2014 – Urgent action is needed to prevent millions of children from missing out on the benefits of innovation, UNICEF said in a new report launched on the 25th anniversary of the Convention on...

Lack of toilets dangerous for everyone, UNICEF says
NEW YORK, 19 November 2014 – Slow progress on sanitation and the entrenched practice of open defecation among millions around the world continue to put children and their communities at risk, UNICEF warned on World Toilet Day.

UNICEF Statement on the suicide bombing of a school in northeast Nigeria
DAKAR/NEW YORK, 10 November 2014 – “UNICEF condemns the cruel attack today on the Government Science Technical School Potiskum in Yobe State, Nigeria, which killed dozens of children and injured many more.

UNICEF Ebola response: Survivors to join fight against deadly virus in Sierra Leone
GENEVA/KENEMA, Sierra Leone, 15 October 2014 – Thirty-five Ebola survivors are meeting this week in Kenema, one of the epicentres of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, to share their experience of Ebola, learn how to deal with its psychological...

Frontline health workers and families in Sierra Leone to receive vital supplies through UNICEF-EU partnership
BRUSSELS/FREETOWN, 10 October 2014 – A cargo plane with nearly 100 metric tons of essential medical supplies left Amsterdam today en route to Sierra Leone as part of UNICEF’s continuing response...

Thousands of children orphaned by Ebola: UNICEF
DAKAR/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 30 September 2014 – At least 3,700 children in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have lost one or both parents to Ebola since the start of the outbreak in West Africa, according to preliminary UNICEF estimates, and many are being...

Sierra Leone launches three-day, door-to-door Ebola prevention campaign
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 18 September 2014 – An ambitious public information campaign aiming to reach every household in Sierra Leone with life-saving messages on Ebola will take place 19-21 September in a bid to reduce the spread of the disease...

UNICEF appeals for $200 million for Ebola response in West Africa
GENEVA/DAKAR/NEW YORK, 16 September 2014 – UNICEF said today it needs over $200 million to respond to the Ebola outbreak that has claimed over 2,400 lives and ravaged communities across West Africa.

Ebola crisis in Liberia hits child health and well-being
GENEVA/MONROVIA, Liberia, 12 September 2014 - As efforts to halt the spread of the Ebola virus intensify, UNICEF warns of its far-reaching impact on children. In Liberia, Ebola has severely disrupted health services for children...

Ebola outbreak: UNICEF continues to rush critical supplies to protect health workers and families
GENEVA/DAKAR/FREETOWN/NEW YORK, 5 September 2014 – A cargo plane of UNICEF medical supplies including protective equipment and essential medicine has just landed in Sierra Leone, part of the children's agency's continued drive to tackle the Ebola outbreak

EU donates € 11.5 million to UNICEF to treat malnourished children in the Sahel
BRUSSELS/DAKAR, 27 August 2014 - The European Union has allocated € 11.5 million to UNICEF to treat over 1 million children suffering from severe acute malnutrition in five countries of the Sahel.

UNICEF airlifts 68 tons of supplies to Liberia, amplifying support to national response against Ebola
MONROVIA, Liberia, 23 August 2014 – A cargo plane carrying 68 metric tonnes of health and hygiene supplies from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) landed in Liberia’s capital city of Monrovia early Saturday morning, delivering urgently needed...

ECHO and UNICEF join forces for families affected by violence in Central African Republic
BANGUI/BRUSSELS, Central African Republic, 22 August 2014 – The European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) is providing EUR 1 million to help the UNICEF-coordinated Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) to reach affected...

Ghana launches a national Newborn Health Strategy and Action Plan to speed up the reduction of new born deaths
ACCRA, Ghana, 5 August 2014 – In Ghana a newborn dies every 15 minutes and about 30,000 die annually. Much more, the past ten years have witnessed a stagnation in the reduction of newborn deaths.

UNICEF and partners vaccinating over 1.1 million people in Guinea to halt meningitis outbreak
CONAKRY, Guinea, 16 June 2014 – This weekend, the Government of Guinea, the World Health Organization, and UNICEF completed a vaccination campaign in the country’s Eastern Region where a recent meningitis outbreak has already caused at least 52 deaths...

As the continent celebrates Day of the African Child, Liberia looks inward at high out-of-school population
MONROVIA, Liberia 16 June 2014 – Across Africa, countries are marking the Day of the African Child with a focus on the issue of out-of-school children. In Liberia, the day is one of reflection during which the Government, UNICEF and other...

Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein visits UN-supported projects in Liberia and calls for greater efforts to address malnutrition
MONROVIA, Liberia, 20 March 2014 – Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan, the UN Messenger for Peace, arrived in Liberia today to visit UNICEF and WFP-supported projects targeting vulnerable households in Gbojay Town and Suehn Town, Bomi County.

Globally Recognized Luminaries Lend Support to Peace One Day to Raise Awareness and Encourage Peace-building Activity in DRC and Great Lakes on Peace Day
GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo, 18 March 2014 – This year Grammy Award-nominated recording artist Akon and UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa Mary Robinson have joined with Peace One Day to harness the collective

UNICEF inaugurates schools with furniture and water and sanitation facilities in Liberia
SINOE COUNTY, Liberia, 12-13 March 2014 – Thirteen years old Rita Kayarn is a third grade student of the remote Kieh primary school in Sinoe county. Sitting on her new armchair in front...

UNICEF and government vaccinating over 1.7 million children in Guinea amid measles outbreak
CONAKRY, Guinea/DAKAR, Senegal, 11 February 2014 – As the death toll and the number of suspected cases of measles continues to rise in Guinea, UNICEF and the Government of Guinea have kicked off a massive emergency campaign to vaccinate over...

In CAR capital, Bangui, UNICEF and partners set up temporary classrooms for over 20,000 displaced children
BANGUI/DAKAR/GENEVA, 4 February 2014 - More than 20,000 children in the Central African Republic (CAR) capital, Bangui, will start classes in temporary learning spaces after violence forced them to flee their homes and closed down their schools.

Enhancing new-born and child care in Liberia
MONROVIA, Liberia, 4 February 2014 – Over 30 community health workers, county health directors, senior health ministry officials and programme staff are field testing the new WHO/UNICEF handbook on new born and child care. The three-day workshop is...

Continued support needed to cover humanitarian needs in DR Congo, UNICEF, UNHCR and WFP warn
KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, 24 January 2014 – UNHCR Assistant High Commis-sioner for Operations Janet Lim, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director, Yoka Brandt, and WFP Assistant Executive Director, Ramiro Lopes da Silva, during a visit...

Liberia begins protecting its children against pneumococcal disease
MONROVIA, Liberia, 9 January 2014 – Children across Liberia are now receiving protection against one of the leading vaccine-preventable killers of children...

UNICEF and partners race to prevent disease outbreak among children in the Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic / DAKAR, Senegal / GENEVA, Switzerland, 8 January 2014 – An emergency vaccination campaign to reach over 210,000 children displaced by violence in Bangui...

From Liberia with Love - Liberian children help typhoon-affected peers in the Philippines
MONROVIA, Liberia, 7 January 2014 – Liberia is one of the poorest countries in world with more than 60% of its 3.5 million people living on less than US$ 1 a day. For most Liberians, earning a living for themselves and their children is an everyday challe

UNICEF appeals for accelerating birth registration and certification in Liberia
MONROVIA, Liberia, 11 December 2013 – UNICEF and the Government of Liberia today called for accelerated efforts to boost birth registration in the country. “Over ninety percent of Liberian children under five are not registered. Officially, they...

Children targeted in Central African Republic atrocities
BANGUI/DAKAR/PARIS/GENEVA, 6 December 2013 – One year after the start of the conflict in the Central African Republic, 2.3 million children are affected by the crisis...

Children, women and vulnerable groups in Gambia to benefit from an inclusive social protection system
BANJUL, Gambia, 5 December 2013 – On 3 December 2013, under the leadership of the Government of Gambia, in collaboration with the UN system and the Association of Non-governmental Organizations (TANGO), Gambia concluded a Second Consultative Forum...

Universal Children’s Day: Make Violations Against Children History in the DRC
GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo, 20 November 2013 – On Universal Children’s Day, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for children and Armed Conflict, the head of the UN Stabilization Mission in DRC and the Representative of UNICEF...

Muslim and Christian leaders speak out against sexual violence in Liberia
MONROVIA, Liberia, 20 November 2013 - Church bells tolled and moazins in mosques called out for salaat (prayer) at noon today, as Liberians observed a minute of silence and prayer for every child who has suffered of rape, and committed themselves to...

ECHO renews its support to UNICEF/OCHA’s Rapid Response to Population Movements
Kinshasa/Brussels, 20 November 2013: The European Commission’s Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) is increasing its funding to UNICEF to ensure assistance to children and their families...

Central African Republic: UNICEF calls for an investigation into the alleged killings of children
DAKAR/BANGUI, 12 November 2013 – Alarmed by the renewed violence in Central African Republic affecting civilians, in particular women and children, UNICEF today urges...

Child Rights Advocates Call on Africa to Strengthen Child Protection Systems
ADDIS ABABA, 6 November 2013 – Thirteen agencies working in Africa have issued a Joint Statement calling on African governments to...

Central African Republic: Amidst new displacements, UNICEF running low on life-saving supplies
BOSSANGOA, Central African Republic, 29 October, 2013 – With increasing numbers of people displaced by violence across the Central African Republic, UNICEF warns that growing needs will exceed available emergency supplies in the coming weeks.

On International Day of the Girl Child, innovation key to more girls in school and learning
NEW YORK, United States, 11 October 2013 – To mark the second International Day of the Girl Child, UNICEF today highlighted the power of innovation to get more girls in school and improve the quality of learning for all children.

Senegal launches cash support for poorest families
DAKAR, Senegal, 9 October 2013 - The new five year scheme “Programme National de Bourses de Securite Familiale (PNBSF)” aims to reduce extreme poverty...

Senegal provides free access to health services for 2.5 million under-five children
DAKAR, Senegal, 4 October 2013 – On October 1st, 2013, Senegal launched its initiative providing free of charge access to health services to children under five. As many as 2.5 million Senegalese children will benefit...

UNICEF and its partners respond to a resurgence of malaria cases in Chad
AM-TIMAN, Chad, 26 September 2013 – In response to a resurgence of suspected cases of malaria in several parts of Chad , UNICEF in collaboration with WHO, is implementing an integrated response to support efforts already made ​​by the Government in...

Statement by the Representative of UNICEF in Guinea on the risks for children during election-related demonstrations
CONAKRY, September 25, 2013 - On the eve of the parliamentary elections in Guinea, UNICEF voices concern over the risks of the involvement of children in potentially violent street demonstrations.

DRC: Vaccination of 6.8 million children against measles in the provinces of Equateur and Orientale
KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, 24 September 2013 – " To eliminate outbreaks of measles in the Democratic Republic of Congo, we must vaccinate all children from 6 months to 9 years of age against measles...

Significant reductions in under-five child mortality worldwide, says recent UNICEF “A Promise Renewed” Report, yet much work remains
CONAKRY, Guinea, 16 September 2013 – “On Friday, UNICEF released its “A Promised Renewed Report” which examines the issue of mortality among children under five years old worldwide.

The Government of Niger and partners call for more efforts to prevent and fight child malnutrition
NIAMEY, Niger, 5 September 2013 – More efforts are being urged to combat what is being described as an ‘alarming’ nutritional situation for children in Niger. Despite a good agricultural pastoral season...

UNICEF gears up to help over 500,000 Malian children return to school
BAMAKO/DAKAR, 3 September 2013 – With the new school year in Mali starting on the 1st of October, UNICEF is scaling up efforts to give a school place to half a million children whose lives were disrupted by the conflict, seasonal flooding and nutrition...

Liberia celebrates International Youth Day with National Volunteers
MONROVIA, Liberia, 12 August 2013 - “Liberia has an abundance of natural resources, but a country’s true wealth is measured in its human resources. A young, educated and engaged population, working hand-in-hand with their communities, is the...

Statement: UNICEF highly concerned about the impact of fighting on children in North Kivu
KINSHASA/GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), 26 July, 2013 – The resumption of conflict between the national army and armed groups (the M23 and the ADF-Nalu) in North Kivu province is a direct risk to children in and around the areas where...

UNICEF and the European Union join hands in supporting the government to treat thousands of severely malnourished children in Gambia
Gambia, 25 July 2013 – The European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO) of the European Union provided funds to 7 countries in the Sahel, through the UNICEF Regional Office, to support UNICEF’s response to the nutrition crisis in the Sahel...

UNICEF-chartered cargo plane delivers life-saving humanitarian supplies to Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic, 26 July 2013 – A UNICEF-chartered cargo aircraft loaded with 52 metric tonnes of humanitarian supplies touched down today in Bangui, Central African Republic.

Liberia celebrates progress toward ending preventable child deaths, and commits to accelerate child mortality reduction
BOMI COUNTY, Liberia, 25 July 2013 – The President of Liberia, H.E. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, launched today “A Promise Renewed-Committing to Child Survival in Liberia” at a gathering of community leaders, health workers, government officials and...

The European Commission provides UNICEF €3 Million to Help Combat Malnutrition in Mali
BAMAKO/BRUSSELS, 09 July 2013 – The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) is increasing its funding to UNICEF to help address the urgent needs of children and women affected by acute malnutrition with life-saving interventions and...

Senegal aims to save the lives of 10,000 children by 2015
DAKAR, 5 July 2013 – Today Senegal launched its National Plan on Accelerated Child Survival, with the aim of saving the lives of an additional 10,000 children under 5 by 2015 through combined efforts under the “A Promised Renewed” initiative.

Snapshot of child misery emerges from UNICEF missions in CAR
GENEVA/BANGUI, Central African Republic, 2 July 2013 – Hundreds of thousands of children across the Central African Republic (CAR) are without nutritious food, basic medicines, medical care and schooling as violence continues in the country...

UNICEF and MONUSCO condemn rapes in South Kivu
KINSHASA, DRC, 27 June 2013 - The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General in DRC, Mr. Roger Meece and the Country Representative of UNICEF, Ms. Barbara Bentein, are deeply concerned about recent cases of rape of young girls...

UNICEF, Nelson Mandela Foundation and Peter Krämer Foundation kick off appeal to expand Schools for Africa Initiative
NEW YORK, 17 June 2013 – UNICEF, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Peter Krämer Foundation today kicked off a new fundraising drive to raise US$80 million to help Africa’s girls, orphans, children living in extreme poverty ...

Violence against children mounting in Mali
UNICEF today expressed grave concern over the situation in northern Mali, where evidence shows children are being killed or injured by explosive devices and recruited into armed groups amid reports of rape and sexual abuse.

Communities are key to ending customs that harm children, says UNICEF
NEW YORK/ADDIS ABABA, 16 June 2013 – On the Day of the African Child, UNICEF joined the African Union to mark the efforts by African communities to promote social change and end practices that endanger the lives and health of chil

Thousands of children affected by conflict take end of primary school exam in eastern DRC
Democratic Republic of the Congo, Goma/Kinshasa, 7 June 2013 - Amidst continued conflict in eastern DRC, 7,950 7,950 children from displaced, returning and host communities complete the primary school exit exam, known as TENAFEP.

See the child before the disability, UNICEF says
Da Nang, Viet Nam, 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...

ECHO funds UNICEF to Continue Revitalization of Essential Health Services in North of Mali
BAMAKO/BRUSSELS, 29 May 2013 – The European Union will continue its partnership with UNICEF to combat maternal and child mortality, including malnutrition in Mali by funding vital and life-saving interventions to vulnerable women and children.

UNICEF appeals for action to "spread the oil dividend" in Gabon
LIBREVILLE, 29 May 2013 – The urgent need to address social inequality in oil rich middle income country like Gabon was highlighted at a workshop (21 to 24 May 2013) organized by UNICEF ... on how to achie

The European Commission and UNICEF aim to prevent mass child death in the Sahel
DAKAR, 29 May 2013 - The European Commission and UNICEF are again combining their efforts to combat severe malnutrition in the Sahel. The aim is to provide life-saving medical treatment for an estimated 437,000 severely malnourished children...

41 children are released from armed groups in the Central African Republic
BANGUI/YAOUNDE, 28 May 2013 – Forty-one children were released on 27 and 28 May in the capital Bangui following a series of meetings between UNICEF and the Head of State of the Transition in the Central African Republic Michel Djotodia.

UNICEF Steps up Prevention Efforts as Cholera Outbreak in Mali Threatens Thousands in Conflict Affected North
BAMAKO, 28 May 2013 – A cholera outbreak in Gao region has claimed two lives and left another 20 people needing urgent treatment. This is the first outbreak of the disease in Mali since the start of the rainy season.

Universal birth registration could be lasting legacy of African Union’s 50th anniversary
ADDIS ABABA, 20 May 2013 – The 50th ‘birthday’ of the African Union is a chance to make a lasting commitment to the continent’s children by giving every child a name and legal status and bringing lasting change and social benefits for over...

Emergency measles vaccination campaign to protect 125,000 children in Central African Republic
BANGUI/YAOUNDE, 21 May 2013 – UNICEF and its partners are mounting an emergency measles vaccination campaign in Bangui, the conflict-hit capital of the Central African Republic, after eight children tested positive for the disease in April.

Public declaration for the abandonment of traditional harmful practices: 20 villages of Makalondi region commit to enforce children’s and women’s rights in Niger
Niamey, Niger, 15 May 2013 - On May 15, twenty villages of the rural area of Makalondi publicly committed to abandon Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), early and forced marriage, abductions, exploitation of children, school dropout and rural exodus.

UNICEF condemns the re-recruitment of child soldiers and killing of a child in Central African Republic
YAOUNDE/BANGUI/GENEVA, 10 May 2013 – UNICEF condemns in the strongest possible terms the re-recruitment and the killing of a 17-year-old boy.

European Union and UNICEF support the fight against chronic maluntrition in Niger
Niamey (Niger), 6 May 2013 – On Monday, the European Union and UNICEF signed a financial agreement worth 9.5 million euro (6.2 billion CFA Francs) to fight against child malnutrition in Niger.

Nets are key to cutting malaria deaths and illness – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 25 April 2013 – Malaria still kills 660,000 people every year, most of them African children. Universal coverage of insecticide-treated bed nets is key in making gains against malaria – one of the largest killers of children in the world.

Education in Central African Republic- another casualty of the conflict
YAOUNDE/BANGUI, 23 April 2013 - At least half of schools across the country remain closed, four months after a conflict that has disrupted lives and which is placing the future of Central African children in jeopardy.

African nations come together to spread the immunization message
BRAZZAVILLE/DAKAR/NAIROBI, 22 April 2013 - Reaching more people and strengthening immunization on the continent is the aim of the third African Vaccination Week (AVW) being celebrated from 22–28 April 2013.

Political support crucial to reach ‘the fifth child’ with vaccines
NEW YORK, 19 April 2013 – One and a half million children would not have died in 2011 had they been immunized, according to UNICEF at the start of World Immunization Week. But one in five children is not being reached with vital vaccines ...

More children killed in Central African Republic amidst escalating violence
BANGUI/DAKAR/GENEVA, 17 April 2013 – In the face of the intensifying violence in the Central African Republic, including on a playing field and a church, more and more children are being killed and injured, says UNICEF.

UNICEF condemns new recruitment of children by armed groups in the Central African Republic
BANGUI/DAKAR/GENEVA, 12 April 2013 – UNICEF has clear evidence of the continuing recruitment and use of children by armed groups in the Central African Republic and is warning leaders that such practices represent a grave violation of international law.

More resources for children and women from income/natural resource rich countries in West and Central Africa
BRAZZAVILLE, 10th April 2013 – The first regional workshop on “UNICEF West and Central Africa Economic and Social Policy Strategy in Middle Income/Natural resource rich Countries” will be organized from 10th to 12th April 2013 in Brazzaville, by UNICEF.

UNICEF flies emergency aid to conflict-stricken Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic/DAKAR/GENEVA, 9 April 2013 – A special UNICEF-chartered flight carrying over 23 tonnes of essential drugs, obstetric supplies and water tanks arrived yesterday in conflict-ravaged Bangui.

The Government of the Gambia and United Nations join forces to strengthen social protection systems in the country
Banjul, The Gambia, 28th March 2013 – In a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), nine institutions have committed themselves to intensify their partnership for the purpose of further establishing and developing integrated and inclusive social protection s

Central African Republic in turmoil - UNICEF calls on all parties to protect children
GENEVA/BANGUI, 26 March 2013 – The lives of 600,000 children in Central Africa Republic are being seriously affected by the ongoing conflict across the country, UNICEF called on all parties to lay down their arms and to ensure the wellbeing of children

Children dying daily because of unsafe water supplies and poor sanitation and hygiene, UNICEF says
NEW YORK, 22 March 2013 – As the world celebrates World Water Day today, UNICEF urges governments, civil society and ordinary citizens to remember that behind the statistics are the faces of children.

Global experts call for lifelong learning as the cornerstone of development
DAKAR, 19 March 2013 - Over 100 representatives from UN agencies, donors, academia and civil society organizations agreed today to put quality lifelong learning at the heart of the development agenda. Participants also mapped out ways to ensure all childr

850,000 children treated in Sahel for severe acute malnutrition in 2012: UNICEF
DAKAR/GENEVA, 11 December 2012 – A UNICEF progress report says that more than 850,000 children are expected to have received life-saving treatment for severe acute malnutrition across nine countries in the Sahel region during the course of 2012.

DR Congo: Over 600 schools looted or damaged by conflict this year
KINSHASA, 10 December 2012 – In the aftermath of the recent fighting families and different parties involved in the conflict have occupied or looted some 250 additional schools in North and South Kivu province since September, UNICEF said today.

Consultative Forum on Social Protection in Gambia
BANJUL, Gambia, 22 November 2012 – The first Social Protection Consultative Forum to be held in Gambia took place on 13 November 2012, in Banjul.

Educate a Child initiative brings access to quality education to more than 21,000 children in Chad
N’DJAMENA, 14 November 2012 – UNICEF Chad signed a project co-funding agreement with Qatar’s Educate A Child (EAC) initiative today which will improve access to school and better education for more than 21,000 children in Chad.

Benin: Laying down foundations for a Regional decentralization and resilience strategy
COTONOU, Benin, 11 October 2012 - UNICEF Regional Office for West and Central Africa convened , within the social justice and equity agenda, a three day workshop to discuss the implementation of decentralization and get critical insights on this issue.

Handwashing one of most effective ways to prevent disease in Central African Republic
BANGUI, 15 October 2012 – On Global Handwashing Day, UNICEF emphasizes the fact that the very simple act of washing hands with soap and water is one the most effective methods of preventing disease.

On Global Handwashing Day UNICEF says: It’s not complicated, but it’s crucial
NEW YORK, 15 October 2012 – As the world celebrates the fifth annual Global Handwashing Day, UNICEF emphasizes the fact that the very simple act of handwashing with soap can save hundreds of thousands of children who needlessly die every year.

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction: Women and Girls, the [in] visible force of Resilience
To actively engage women and girls in the field of disaster risk reduction and to allow them to be actresses of change and not mere victims, is the message promoted during the International Disaster Risk Reduction Day.

Pneumococcal Vaccine now available free of charge for all children in Congo
Brazzaville, 11 October 2012 – The Republic of Congo has taken big step in improving children’s health by introducing a new vaccine against pneumonia, one of the leading child killers in developing countries.

Global Luminaries Unite to Issue Urgent Call for a Polio-Free World
New and Existing Donors Underscore Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity to End Polio Forever

The government of Niger and partners pursue efforts to address malnutrition
Niamey, Niger, 17 September 2012 - The severity of the food and nutrition crisis affecting Niger has been shown by a survey that reveals high rates of malnutrition amongst children under the age of five.

ECHO provides €600,000 to fight cholera outbreak in Niger
Niamey, NIGER/Brussels, BELGIUM, 14 September 2012 – The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Office signed an agreement with UNICEF, making available €600,000 in support of UNICEF’s emergency response to the cholera outbreak.

UNICEF and European Commission put children first in emergencies
11 September 2012 – The European Commission will continue to prioritise funding for children in humanitarian emergencies, despite the economic challenges, the European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Krist

UN Agencies warn that cholera epidemic is spreading in West Africa
Dakar SENEGAL/Brazzaville, REPUBLIC OF CONGO, 5 September 2012 – The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF, are warning that the current cholera emergency in West Africa is set to get much worse.

UNICEF Advocate Ishmael Beah calls for the end of recruitment of children in armed groups in Central African Republic
At the end of his five-day mission to the Central African Republic, activist and author Ishmael Beah said there were still armed groups using children as combatants and in other roles.

UNICEF raises the alarm in Mali over recruitment of children
Calls on all parties to put children out of the way of conflict

UNICEF needs more than US$ 133 million to respond to the crises that affects children and women in the Democratic Republic of Congo
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, 7 August 2012 – UNICEF today released the update of its Humanitarian Action Report 2012 in which the organization expresses its deep concern at the situation of vulnerable populations in the DRC.

Briefing of National Assembly Members on Child Rights and Equity
A UNICEF briefing session on children’s rights with emphasis on equity, using the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC), was held for the Gambia National Assembly Members (NAMs) in the country’s capital Banjul on 11 July 2012.

Cholera in northern Mali: UNICEF and local partners to distribute kits to ensure access to safe drinking water for 60,000 children
BAMAKO/DAKAR, 16 July 2012 – Following the recent outbreak of cholera in Mali, UNICEF is sending 20,000 water, sanitation and hygiene kits to north of the country as part of its emergency response.

Cholera upsurge kills more children in the Sahel
As the rainy season unfolds across the Sahel, a recent upsurge of cholera that has killed over 60 people and sickened about 2,800 this year is putting more and more people – especially malnourished children – at risk, UNICEF warned today.

Children associated with armed groups released in Northern region of Central African Republic
AKOURSOULBAK, Central African Republic, 22 June 2012 – The United Nations task force on children associated with armed groups or forces welcomes the release of 32 children from the Convention of Patriots for Justice and Peace (CPJP).

UNICEF calls for social inclusion of children with disabilities in Africa
Theme of the Day of the African Child 2012: “The Rights of Children with Disabilities: The Duty to Protect, Respect, Promote and Fulfill”

UNICEF appeals for funds to respond to growing children’s emergency in the Sahel
DAKAR/GENEVA, 11 June 2012 – Appealing today for funding, UNICEF said nearly a quarter million children under 5 suffering from severe acute malnutrition received life-saving treatment in the Sahel during the first four months of the year.

Polio eradication shifts into emergency mode: New cases at lowest levels ever, but funding gap threatens progress
GENEVA, Switzerland, 24 May 2012 – Despite the dramatic drop in polio cases in the last year, the threat of continued transmission due to funding and immunization gaps has driven the Global Polio Eradication Initiative to launch an Emergency Action Plan.

News Note: Mali instability increases health risks for children and mothers
BAMAKO, Mali, 22 May 2012 – UNICEF officials are warning that the crisis in the North of Mali has dramatically increased the risks from diseases such as cholera, measles and polio and could increase maternal and infant deaths.

Tightening national safety nets for children in Africa
DAKAR, Senegal, 7 May 2012 – From 7 to 9 May 2012, the biggest ever international conference on strengthening child protection systems in Sub-Saharan Africa brings together more than 300 child protection practitioners from across the continent.

European Commission donates additional 16.5 million Euros to UNICEF’s Sahel appeal as dry season begins
BRUSSELS/DAKAR, 2 May 2012 - Two separate donations have been made to provide treatment for children suffering from severe acute malnutrition in the ongoing Sahel nutrition crisis in west and central Africa.

Charles Taylor verdict serves as warning to war-time leaders, says UNICEF
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 26 April 2012 – The verdict against former Liberian President Charles Taylor by the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone is a victory for children recruited and used in war and will serve as a warning to other war-time leaders.

Thirty seconds for a safe night
New synchronised TV and radio campaign promotes the use of mosquito bed nets in six countries across West and Central Africa.

UNICEF warns of looming children’s crisis in the Sahel
DAKAR, Senegal/GENEVA, Switzerland 9 December 2011 – An estimated 1,025,000 children in the Sahel region of Africa face severe and life threatening malnutrition during the coming year according to the UN children’s agency, UNICEF.

 

 
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