4 Ways UNICEF Is Delivering for Pakistan’s Children

The scale of the devastation caused by historic monsoon rains in Pakistan is difficult to comprehend. Around 33 million people have been impacted by the ‘super floods’ – the worst flooding in more than a century – which have left at least 3.4 million children in need of lifesaving support.   Young children are living in temporary shelters or… Continue reading 4 Ways UNICEF Is Delivering for Pakistan’s Children

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4 Ways UNICEF Is Delivering for Pakistan’s Children

The scale of the devastation caused by historic monsoon rains in Pakistan is difficult to comprehend. Around 33 million people have been impacted by the ‘super floods’ – the worst flooding in more than a century – which have left at least 3.4 million children in need of lifesaving support.   Young children are living in temporary shelters or… Continue reading 4 Ways UNICEF Is Delivering for Pakistan’s Children

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UNICEF USA Launches Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF QR Code Across the United States to Deliver Impact for Children Globally

NEW YORK (September 27, 2022) – UNICEF USA announces the launch of the new, digital Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF experience, bringing the tradition firmly into the 21st century. A QR code will launch across the United States in early October and will be available for download and use throughout the month. “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF has been a… Continue reading UNICEF USA Launches Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF QR Code Across the United States to Deliver Impact for Children Globally

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UNICEF Concerned For Children In The Philippines As Super Typhoon Noru/Karding Strikes

NEW YORK (September 25, 2022) – Super Typhoon Noru (local name Karding) is expected to make landfall today in Luzon, including the capital Metro Manila. Noru is the 11th tropical cyclone to hit the Philippines in 2022 and the most powerful typhoon to hit the island of Luzon this year, developing into a super typhoon after… Continue reading UNICEF Concerned For Children In The Philippines As Super Typhoon Noru/Karding Strikes

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Support the Children of Ukraine

The families and children of Ukraine have experienced many months of displacement, fear and trauma. UNICEF is on the ground helping the children fleeing Ukraine and those who have remained inside the country. The families and children of Ukraine have experienced many months of displacement, fear and trauma. Children have been killed, injured and separated… Continue reading Support the Children of Ukraine

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Your Donation Can Help Child Refugees from Ukraine

The war in Ukraine has resulted in one of the fastest-growing refugee crises since World War II. One-third of the country has been forced to leave home. Millions of children are displaced both inside Ukraine and in Poland, Moldova, Romania and other refugee-hosting neighboring countries. Children and families are facing food and water shortages and… Continue reading Your Donation Can Help Child Refugees from Ukraine

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Famine Conditions Loom in Somalia

Food insecurity and malnutrition fueled by a severe drought, soaring food prices and an underfunded humanitarian response are pushing Somalia closer to what UN officials are warning will be the worst famine in a century. “We’ve got half a million children facing preventable death,” said UNICEF spokesperson James Elder. “It’s a pending nightmare.” UNICEF-supported health and nutrition… Continue reading Famine Conditions Loom in Somalia

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Children In Sudan Are In The Middle Of A Perfect Storm Of Crises - UNICEF Geneva Palais Briefing

NEW YORK (September 23, 2022) –  “In this briefing, my aim is to underscore the enormity of challenges the children of Sudan face. And to share some sense of what action is urgently required. Children are caught in a perfect storm of crises on top of crises. “More than one out of every three of Sudan’s… Continue reading Children In Sudan Are In The Middle Of A Perfect Storm Of Crises - UNICEF Geneva Palais Briefing

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UNICEF USA, ChildFund and the Basic Education Coalition Host Joint Event to Support the Keeping Girls in School Act (H.R. 4314)

NEW YORK (September 22, 2022)- On Thursday, September 22, UNICEF, ChildFund International and the Basic Education Coalition, along with colleagues from World Vision, Plan International and others, hosted the event “Keeping Girls in School: U.S. Foreign Policy for Global Prosperity” on Capitol Hill, which urged Congress to pass the bill this legislative session. The event was… Continue reading UNICEF USA, ChildFund and the Basic Education Coalition Host Joint Event to Support the Keeping Girls in School Act (H.R. 4314)

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4 Things You Should Know About Water and Famine

Conflict, climate change, poverty and most recently the COVID-19 pandemic are driving massive humanitarian crises, leaving millions at risk of famine. Children are the most vulnerable during periods of famine and extreme food insecurity, facing a greater likelihood of severe malnutrition and death. These crises also produce irreversible, life-long consequences for children, leading to severe… Continue reading 4 Things You Should Know About Water and Famine

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Over Half a Billion Dollars Pledged to Tackle Severe Wasting Since July in Unprecedented International Response to Deepening Child Malnutrition Crisis

NEW YORK, (September 21, 2022) — Governments, philanthropies, and private donors have pledged approximately US$577 million since July in response to the deepening child malnutrition crisis – with at least 60 per cent of that amount committed to directly supporting UNICEF’s work. Roughly US$280 million of the over half billion raised was pledged today at… Continue reading Over Half a Billion Dollars Pledged to Tackle Severe Wasting Since July in Unprecedented International Response to Deepening Child Malnutrition Crisis

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SAP, UNICEF and GenU Extend and Expand Partnership to Help Young People Gain Skills for Employment

NEW YORK (SEPTEMBER 21, 2022) – Multinational software corporation SAP SE (SAP) has today committed to continuing its partnership with UNICEF in support of Generation Unlimited (GenU) for an additional three years to help prepare young people for the workforce.   The partners will pilot a new programme that supports ‘learning to earning’ pathways in the… Continue reading SAP, UNICEF and GenU Extend and Expand Partnership to Help Young People Gain Skills for Employment

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Deadly Floods in Pakistan Linked to Climate Change

Once again a country that is among the least responsible for climate change — Pakistan generates less than 1 percent of the world’s carbon emissions — is bearing the brunt of its dangerous impacts. The ‘super floods’ triggered by record rainfall have killed over 1,545 people since mid-June, including at least 552 children. Homes and entire communities… Continue reading Deadly Floods in Pakistan Linked to Climate Change

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More Help Needed for Flood-hit Families in Pakistan

Naz Gul, 11, sits beside her little brother, 7-year-old Shahzain, on a roadside in Jacobabad District in southeastern Pakistan’s Sindh Province. The family has been camped out here on a sliver of dry land since floodwaters swallowed their home and swept away all their possessions.  Shahzain, below center, is running a high fever. Protecting children… Continue reading More Help Needed for Flood-hit Families in Pakistan

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UNICEF Geneva Palais Briefing Note On The Harrowing Situation Children Face As Floods Continue To Devastate Pakistan

NEW YORK (September 20, 2022) – “Next week marks a month since catastrophic floods uprooted more than 3.4 million children from their homes. The violent rapids have already claimed the lives of more than 550 children. Without a significant surge in support, we fear many more children will lose their lives. “Even after three weeks, large… Continue reading UNICEF Geneva Palais Briefing Note On The Harrowing Situation Children Face As Floods Continue To Devastate Pakistan

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Devastating Floods In Pakistan Claim Lives Of More Than 500 Children – UNICEF

NEW YORK (September 15, 2022) – “The catastrophic floods in Pakistan have now claimed the lives of at least 528 children, according to the latest Government figures. Each and every one of these deaths is a tragedy that could have been averted.  “The sad reality is that without a massive increase in support, many more children will lose… Continue reading Devastating Floods In Pakistan Claim Lives Of More Than 500 Children – UNICEF

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A New Hope and New Vision for 9-Year-Old Rafat in Syria

Nine-year-old Rafat is a dreamer, a survivor and a portrait of hope and resilience in a nation turned upside down by violence, displacement, attacks on education and other grave violations. Rafat has learned to navigate life despite his severe visual impairment. The decades-long conflict in Syria has disrupted his learning trajectory and pushed his dreams… Continue reading A New Hope and New Vision for 9-Year-Old Rafat in Syria

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Getting Ukraine’s Children Back to Learning Is a UNICEF Priority

The start of a new school year is typically filled with excitement and anticipation, but for 4 million children in Ukraine, this fall brings unsettling questions: Is my school still standing? Are all my friends and teachers still alive? Will I be safe in my new classroom? Thousands of schools have been damaged or destroyed… Continue reading Getting Ukraine’s Children Back to Learning Is a UNICEF Priority

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A UNICEF Youth Advocate Looks Forward to UNGA 77

You may already recognize their faces from our National Youth Council –  so please, say hello to our 2022 US UNICEF Youth Advocates: Ayaan Siddiqui, Kyle King and Salma Abdi.  2022 UNICEF Youth Advocates and 2022-23 UNICEF USA National Youth Council members Ayaan Siddiqui, Kyle King and Salma Abdi. © photo courtesy of UNICEF USA… Continue reading A UNICEF Youth Advocate Looks Forward to UNGA 77

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What a Youth Advocate is Looking Forward to at UNGA 77

You may already recognize their faces from our National Youth Council –  so please, say hello to our 2022 US UNICEF Youth Advocates: Ayaan Siddiqui, Kyle King and Salma Abdi.  2022 UNICEF Youth Advocates and 2022-23 UNICEF USA National Youth Council members Ayaan Siddiqui, Kyle King and Salma Abdi. © photo courtesy of UNICEF USA… Continue reading What a Youth Advocate is Looking Forward to at UNGA 77

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How UNICEF Built a Supply Pipeline to Support Response to Ukraine War

When war escalated in Ukraine six months ago, UNICEF immediately scaled up its emergency response to meet the urgent needs of millions of children and their families. A major component of that response: rushing humanitarian supplies from UNICEF’s global hub in Copenhagen to distribution points inside the country against a backdrop of complex policy environments,… Continue reading How UNICEF Built a Supply Pipeline to Support Response to Ukraine War

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UNICEF Geneva Palais Briefing Note On Rising Severe Acute Malnutrition For Children In Somalia

NEW YORK (September 13, 2022) – “The number of Somalia’s youngest children (those aged 6-59 months) who are expected to suffer severe acute malnutrition (SAM) has now increased from 386,000 to 513,550. “This is a staggering increase of 33 percent. It means 127,000 more children are at risk of death. “As we heard last week, children… Continue reading UNICEF Geneva Palais Briefing Note On Rising Severe Acute Malnutrition For Children In Somalia

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UNICEF Announces New Global Education Mascot, Uni

NEW YORK (September 13, 2022) – UNICEF today announced a new global education mascot. Uni will serve as an ambassador for learning and symbolize every child’s right to access quality education. Uni symbolizes the hope that access to quality learning gives children and their communities. Yet, with nearly 70 per cent of children in low- and middle-income… Continue reading UNICEF Announces New Global Education Mascot, Uni

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UNICEF on a Mission to Protect Children From Noncommunicable Diseases

The numbers are staggering — both in their size and senselessness. Each year, according to data from the Global Burden of Disease Study, nearly 1 million children and adolescents under age 20 die from often treatable noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). These deaths account for 15 percent of overall mortality for this age group. NCDs are also the… Continue reading UNICEF on a Mission to Protect Children From Noncommunicable Diseases

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More Humanitarian Aid Needed to Fend off Famine in Somalia

Famine could hit parts of Somalia as soon as next month, according to new projections by a multi-agency working group. Somalia, along with parts of Ethiopia, Kenya and other countries in the Horn of Africa, has been suffering the combined effects of severe drought — the region’s worst climate-induced emergency in 40 years — sharply… Continue reading More Humanitarian Aid Needed to Fend off Famine in Somalia

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UNICEF USA Applauds Massachusetts on Becoming 7th State to End Child Marriage

NEW YORK (September 7, 2022) – UNICEF USA welcomes the news that Massachusetts is the seventh state in the U.S. to officially ban child marriage with no exceptions after Governor Charlie Baker signed the Massachusetts FY23 Budget, which included an amendment to ban child marriage. The new legislation signed today eliminates exceptions in Massachusetts law… Continue reading UNICEF USA Applauds Massachusetts on Becoming 7th State to End Child Marriage

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Afghanistan Refugees: Help Save Refugee Children

The humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan has reached unprecedented levels.  Political and socio-economic developments over the past year brought even more turmoil to a country that has experienced 40 years of prolonged conflict, chronic poverty, recurrent natural disasters and widespread food insecurity. Every other child under five years is acutely malnourished. More than half of the… Continue reading Afghanistan Refugees: Help Save Refugee Children

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Reaching Pakistan’s Children as Floodwaters Leave Families Stranded

At least six weeks of relentless monsoon rains have left one-third of Pakistan underwater and more than 3 million children in urgent need of humanitarian aid. UNICEF is rushing aid to the vulnerable, as families who have lost almost everything struggle to find shelter, safe water, nutrition support and medical care. © UNICEF/UN0698672/Zaidi Families are… Continue reading Reaching Pakistan’s Children as Floodwaters Leave Families Stranded

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UNICEF & SAP Turning Today’s Youth Into Tomorrow’s Tech Leaders

For millions of disadvantaged youth around the world, technology could be their ticket to a new future – but only if they are equipped with the training, tools and knowledge to harness it. Technology is a powerful economic equalizer, empowering the next generation of inventors, innovators and problem solvers with the 21st-century skills they need… Continue reading UNICEF & SAP Turning Today’s Youth Into Tomorrow’s Tech Leaders

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UNICEF Geneva Palais Briefing Note On Threat Of Famine For Children In Somalia

NEW YORK (September 6, 2022) “You heard the warnings yesterday about a looming famine in areas of the Bay Region of Somalia between October-December this year.  It underlines the scale of the crisis Somalia is facing and the urgent need to quickly scale up support. “Bay is not the only region facing this deep humanitarian crisis.… Continue reading UNICEF Geneva Palais Briefing Note On Threat Of Famine For Children In Somalia

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Window Of Opportunity To Prevent Famine In Somalia Is Closing, Principals Of Inter-Agency Standing Committee Warn

NEW YORK (September 5, 2022)– Somalia has reached a tipping point. The lives of hundreds of thousands of people are at immediate risk, according to the latest food security and nutrition analysis. Famine is unfolding in two areas in the Bay region (Baidoa and Burhakaba districts) in South-Central Somalia, and will likely last until March 2023… Continue reading Window Of Opportunity To Prevent Famine In Somalia Is Closing, Principals Of Inter-Agency Standing Committee Warn

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UNICEF Delivers Life-Saving Supplies to Help Children Affected by Floods in Pakistan

NEW YORK / PAKISTAN (September 4, 2022) – UNICEF today delivered 32 metric tons of life-saving medical and other emergency supplies to support children and women affected by devastating floods across Pakistan. The shipment arrived in Karachi from UNICEF’s Supply Division in Copenhagen. The shipment includes medicines, medical supplies, water purifying tablets, safe delivery kits, therapeutic… Continue reading UNICEF Delivers Life-Saving Supplies to Help Children Affected by Floods in Pakistan

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10 Reasons to Educate Girls

UNICEF understands that every child has the right to an education. This includes every girl. That’s why UNICEF works closely with governments and other partners to clear the barriers that stand in their way, to keep girls in school and help them thrive. The benefits are many. Girls who complete a secondary school education earn… Continue reading 10 Reasons to Educate Girls

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UNICEF Geneva Palais Briefing Note On The Impact Of The Pakistan Floods On Children And Families And UNICEF’s Response

NEW YORK (September 2, 2022) – “Over the past few weeks, torrential monsoon rains have broken a century-long record and dumped more than five times the 30-year average for rainfall in some provinces, killing more than 1200 people, including about 400 children, while washing away or damaging over 1.1 million houses and destroying vital infrastructure children… Continue reading UNICEF Geneva Palais Briefing Note On The Impact Of The Pakistan Floods On Children And Families And UNICEF’s Response

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10 Benefits to Educating Girls

UNICEF understands that every child has the right to an education. This includes every girl. That’s why UNICEF works closely with governments and other partners to clear the barriers that stand in their way, to keep girls in school and help them thrive. The benefits are many. Girls who complete a secondary school education earn… Continue reading 10 Benefits to Educating Girls

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Start Of An Uncertain School Year For Four Million Schoolchildren In Ukraine

NEW YORK (September 1, 2022) –  The ongoing war in Ukraine has marred the start of a new school year for Ukraine’s four million school children, stated UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell as she concluded a three-day visit across the country.  “The new school year should be a time of excitement and promise, as children re-enter the… Continue reading Start Of An Uncertain School Year For Four Million Schoolchildren In Ukraine

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Report Finds Poor Hygiene at Over Half of All Health Facilities

Some 3.85 billion people around the world rely on health care facilities that lack basic hygiene services needed to prevent and control the spread of disease, increasing the risk of infection, according to a new report from UNICEF and the World Health Organization.  The number includes 688 million people who receive care at facilities with… Continue reading Report Finds Poor Hygiene at Over Half of All Health Facilities

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Amid the Horrors of War, Ukraine’s Children Yearn for School

After six months of war, thousands of schools in Ukraine remain inaccessible to children — some damaged or destroyed, others used in the conflict, or as shelters for displaced people and distribution points for humanitarian aid. One Ukrainian school that will not open its doors to children on Sept. 1 is the village school in… Continue reading Amid the Horrors of War, Ukraine’s Children Yearn for School

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More Than Three Million Children At Risk As Devastating Floods Hit Pakistan – UNICEF

NEW YORK (August 31, 2022) – More than three million children are in need of humanitarian assistance and at increased risk of waterborne diseases, drowning and malnutrition due to the most severe flooding in Pakistan’s recent history, UNICEF warned today. UNICEF is working with Government and non-government partners to respond to the urgent needs of children… Continue reading More Than Three Million Children At Risk As Devastating Floods Hit Pakistan – UNICEF

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UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Muzoon Almellehan Returns To Jordan To Meet Refugees Affected By The COVID-19 Education Crisis

NEW YORK (August 31, 2022) – During a three-day visit across Jordan, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Muzoon Almellehan warned that refugee children have experienced severe loss to their learning, having endured almost two years of COVID-19 school closures, threatening to reverse the gains made since they fled conflict. “Children whose lives have already been devastated by conflict… Continue reading UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Muzoon Almellehan Returns To Jordan To Meet Refugees Affected By The COVID-19 Education Crisis

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UNICEF Rushes Aid to Families Hit by Heavy Monsoon Rains in Pakistan

Since June, torrential monsoon rains and floods have inundated large swathes of Pakistan, dumping up to five times the 30-year average rainfall and impacting at least 33 million people, according to the Government of Pakistan.  More than 1,000 people have died — a third of them children — and the death toll is expected to… Continue reading UNICEF Rushes Aid to Families Hit by Heavy Monsoon Rains in Pakistan

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Children Of Ethiopia Are Once Again Under Attack

NEW YORK (August 26, 2022) –  “UNICEF strongly condemns the air strike in Mekelle, the capital city of the Tigray Region, Ethiopia. The strike hit a kindergarten, killing several children, and injuring others. UNICEF calls on all parties to agree to an immediate cessation of hostilities. “Yet again, an escalation of violence in northern Ethiopia has… Continue reading Children Of Ethiopia Are Once Again Under Attack

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Devastating Crisis For Children In Sri Lanka Is A Cautionary Tale For South Asia

NEW YORK (August 26, 2022) – “As the economic crisis continues to rattle Sri Lanka, it is the poorest, most vulnerable girls and boys who are paying the steepest price. “Sri Lanka, a country normally known for its rapid economic growth and booming tourism, is experiencing its worst economic crisis since independence in 1948. Families are… Continue reading Devastating Crisis For Children In Sri Lanka Is A Cautionary Tale For South Asia

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Deprived Of The Basics, Robbed Of Their Dreams, Children In Lebanon Lose Trust In Their Parents: UNICEF Report

NEW YORK (August 25, 2022) – Three years of devastating crisis in Lebanon have plunged children into poverty, affecting their health, welfare and education, shattering their hopes and breaking down family relationships. A UNICEF report shows that much of the progress towards achieving children’s basic rights – including the right to health, education, protection, play and… Continue reading Deprived Of The Basics, Robbed Of Their Dreams, Children In Lebanon Lose Trust In Their Parents: UNICEF Report

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UNICEF Mobile Health Teams Reach Children in Need in Rural Afghanistan

Amid soaring child malnutrition rates in Afghanistan — one of many crises in the country — teams of health and nutrition specialists backed by UNICEF are bringing urgently-needed services and support to remote communities.  Nine miles from the nearest main road and 68 miles from Kabul, the village of Alisha in central Afghanistan’s Maidan Warnak… Continue reading UNICEF Mobile Health Teams Reach Children in Need in Rural Afghanistan

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Blunting War’s Impacts While Calling for Peace

As the Ukraine war reached the six-month mark, UNICEF reported some startling statistics: Nearly 1,000 children in Ukraine have been killed or injured. Two of every three Ukrainian girls and boys have had to flee their homes. There are 5.2 million Ukrainian children who remain in need of humanitarian aid. An animation based on actual… Continue reading Blunting War’s Impacts While Calling for Peace

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Humanitarian Cash Transfers Provide Vital Aid for Ukraine’s Families

It has been six months since the war in Ukraine escalated in February 2022, plunging the nation’s children and families into a waking nightmare. Children didn’t start the war, but they remain caught in the crossfire, while all around them, the schools, hospitals and other civilian infrastructure on which they depend continue to be damaged… Continue reading Humanitarian Cash Transfers Provide Vital Aid for Ukraine’s Families

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Children Suffering Dire Drought Across Parts Of Africa Are ‘One Disease Away From Catastrophe’ – Warns UNICEF

NEW YORK (August 23, 2022) – Children in the Horn of Africa and the Sahel could die in devastating numbers unless urgent support is provided, as severe malnutrition and the risk of water-borne disease collide – UNICEF warns during World Water Week. “History shows that when high levels of severe acute malnutrition in children combine with… Continue reading Children Suffering Dire Drought Across Parts Of Africa Are ‘One Disease Away From Catastrophe’ – Warns UNICEF

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Quality and Equality: Education for Rohingya Refugee Girls

Rahima Akhter* would do anything to protect her children in the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, where they live in a temporary dwelling tightly packed among strangers. She worries especially about her daughter’s safety and dignity. Better to keep 14-year-old Nurkolima* at home, Akhter used to think, than let her go to school… Continue reading Quality and Equality: Education for Rohingya Refugee Girls

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War In Ukraine Has Left Nearly 1,000 Children Killed Or Injured

NEW YORK (August 22, 2022) – “At least 972 children in Ukraine have been killed or injured by violence since the war escalated nearly six months ago, an average of over five children killed or injured each day. “And these are just the figures the UN has been able to verify. We believe the true number… Continue reading War In Ukraine Has Left Nearly 1,000 Children Killed Or Injured

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How UNICEF Supports Children on the Move From Afghanistan

As Afghanistan’s economic and humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate, many children and young people are feeling forced to go to work — often in difficult conditions. Many migrate to neighboring countries, seeking job opportunities they perceive to be lacking at home — encountering many dangers along the way, and at great risk to their health… Continue reading How UNICEF Supports Children on the Move From Afghanistan

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Portable Incubators Save Fragile Newborns in Ukraine

Baby Sofia is just a day old. She was born in Sumy, northeastern Ukraine, as air raid sirens wailed in the background. Now, against all odds, she sleeps quietly in a special portable incubator designed to keep her comfortable and maintain the temperature of her tiny body. UNICEF has delivered 150 portable incubators* — donated… Continue reading Portable Incubators Save Fragile Newborns in Ukraine

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UNICEF Reaches 350,000 Children With Cash Assistance Through “Spilno” Program

NEW YORK (August 17, 2022) – UNICEF’s humanitarian cash assistance program has now reached more than 350,000 children in Ukraine. The ‘Spilno’ program, launched on March 31, 2022 together with the Ministry of Social Policy, was created to address the needs of families with children, who are among the most vulnerable groups in Ukraine. Since then,… Continue reading UNICEF Reaches 350,000 Children With Cash Assistance Through “Spilno” Program

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Sidelined in Afghanistan, a Wheelchair Athlete Refuses to Give Up

MAZAR-E-SHARIF, AFGHANISTAN – Fatima was born with a disability which confines her to a wheelchair. When she started school, she endured bullying and insults. She would often come home crying. But her parents were supportive, and Fatima refused to give up on herself. In 2018, she joined a wheelchair basketball team organized by a community organization… Continue reading Sidelined in Afghanistan, a Wheelchair Athlete Refuses to Give Up

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UNICEF: Help Needed to Save Lives, Safeguard Futures in Afghanistan

Afghanistan, a country strained by decades of insecurity and devastating natural disasters, has long been one of the most dangerous places to be a child. Still, it was a very different country a year ago. Before the Taliban seized power on Aug. 15, 2021, there were 1 million girls in Afghanistan attending high school. Women could work.… Continue reading UNICEF: Help Needed to Save Lives, Safeguard Futures in Afghanistan

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A Safe Place for Girls and Boys to Learn and Play in Afghanistan

Seven-year-old Nabeela loves spending time at the UNICEF Child-Friendly Space in Qalan Bafan, Balkh Province, northern Afghanistan. She’s animated and enthusiastic as she leads her friends in a review of the English alphabet, carefully drawing letters as she takes her turn at the white board. “When Nabeela first arrived here, she was very shy but now… Continue reading A Safe Place for Girls and Boys to Learn and Play in Afghanistan

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Depriving Girls Of Secondary Education Translates To A Loss Of At Least $500 Million For Afghan Economy In Last 12 Months

NEW YORK (August 15, 2022) – Keeping girls out of secondary school costs Afghanistan 2.5% of its annual GDP, according to a new analysis by UNICEF. If the current cohort of three million girls were able to complete their secondary education and participate in the job market, girls and women would contribute at least $5.4 billion… Continue reading Depriving Girls Of Secondary Education Translates To A Loss Of At Least $500 Million For Afghan Economy In Last 12 Months

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UNICEF’s Child Friendly Cities Initiative Celebrates Two Years in U.S.

UNICEF’s Child Friendly Cities Initiative creates safe, equitable, inclusive and child-responsive cities and communities around the world. Since CFCI’s U.S. launch in 2020, five cities and one county have partnered with UNICEF USA to pilot the two-year CFCI framework for action. One of these is the city of Houston, which through the CFCI has become a city… Continue reading UNICEF’s Child Friendly Cities Initiative Celebrates Two Years in U.S.

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UNICEF in East Asia and the Pacific

Across East Asia and the Pacific, children are facing hurdles to return to school, as the world recovers from COVID-19 and the evidence of its costs to children’s development becomes increasingly clear. Lack of internet access during extended school closures and teachers’ struggles to implement new ways of learning have resulted in significant education losses… Continue reading UNICEF in East Asia and the Pacific

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City Of Houston Becomes The First City In The United States To Become A Candidate For The UNICEF Child Friendly Cities Initiative

NEW YORK (August 11, 2022) – Today, UNICEF USA designated the City of Houston as the first city in the United States to become a Candidate for UNICEF Child Friendly City recognition. This designation reaffirms Houston’s dedication to place the needs of children first, listen to youth’s challenges and recommendations, and advocate for and protect child… Continue reading City Of Houston Becomes The First City In The United States To Become A Candidate For The UNICEF Child Friendly Cities Initiative

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Life Skills Training Offers Hope for Vulnerable Youth in Yemen

As the conflict in Yemen stretches into its eighth year, economic pressures are more acute than ever, creating financial barriers for children to continue their education. To help Yemen’s children and youth develop their potential and to better equip them to face the transitions from childhood and student life to employment and active citizenship, UNICEF… Continue reading Life Skills Training Offers Hope for Vulnerable Youth in Yemen

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UNICEF Welcomes Ceasefire In The Gaza Strip And Israel After Three Days Of Violence Take Heavy Toll On Children

NEW YORK (August 8, 2022) – “UNICEF welcomes the ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and Israel after three days of heavy violence. “Fifteen children were killed and 150 reportedly injured in the Gaza strip, as well as 14 children reportedly injured in Israel. When violence rages, it is children who pay the price. Beyond these figures,… Continue reading UNICEF Welcomes Ceasefire In The Gaza Strip And Israel After Three Days Of Violence Take Heavy Toll On Children

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Bringing Malnourished Children Back to Health in Burkina Faso

Worried mothers with babies on their laps fill all available floor space at the Sector 6 health center in the district of Kaya in north central Burkina Faso, where Aminata Zabré, the center’s longtime Head of Nutrition, is conducting a mass screening for malnutrition. “We found many, many malnourished children, malnourished breastfeeding mothers and malnourished… Continue reading Bringing Malnourished Children Back to Health in Burkina Faso

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Haiti: Thousands Of Children At Risk Of Dying From Acute Malnutrition If Adequate Therapeutic Care Is Not Provided, UNICEF Warns

NEW YORK (August 5, 2022) An upsurge in gang-related violence has shut access to health services across some urban areas in Haiti, leaving one in 20 children living in Cité Soleil – a violence-ravaged commune in Port-au-Prince – at risk of dying from severe acute malnutrition, UNICEF warned today. According to latest available data from UNICEF,… Continue reading Haiti: Thousands Of Children At Risk Of Dying From Acute Malnutrition If Adequate Therapeutic Care Is Not Provided, UNICEF Warns

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Massachusetts Becomes 7th State to End Child Marriage

On July 28, 2022, the Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed a bill outlawing child marriage in the state, with no exceptions. This major legislative accomplishment was achieved thanks to the leadership of the Massachusetts Coalition to End Child Marriage and State Representative Kay Khan. UNICEF USA supporters were part of a strong grassroots presence that helped… Continue reading Massachusetts Becomes 7th State to End Child Marriage

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Impacts of Conflict and Climate Change Fueling Crisis in Ethiopia

UNICEF Emergency Director Manuel Fontaine calls for a scaled-up response to Ethiopia’s ‘double emergency’ to address a child malnutrition crisis and to help families rebuild.  In Afar, Ethiopia, severe drought is just one factor contributing to rising rates of child malnutrition. The region is also reeling from the devastating effects of conflict, an extension of… Continue reading Impacts of Conflict and Climate Change Fueling Crisis in Ethiopia

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Remembering the Beirut Port Explosion Two Years Later

Today marks a day of solemnity as the world remembers the devastating Beirut Port explosion on August 4, 2020, which injured more than 6,500 people and killed over 200. Surrounding neighborhoods —hospitals, schools, businesses and homes — crumbled in the blast, disrupting the lives of over 300,000 people, including 100,000 children. UNICEF stands in solidarity… Continue reading Remembering the Beirut Port Explosion Two Years Later

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UNICEF Welcomes Extension Of Truce In Yemen And Calls For More Action For Protection Of Children From Violence And Remnants Of War

NEW YORK (August 3, 2022) – “UNICEF welcomes the announcement that the parties to the conflict in Yemen have agreed to the United Nations’ proposal to renew the current truce for an additional two months. Since it started in April, the truce led to a significant reduction in the intensity of the conflict and the number… Continue reading UNICEF Welcomes Extension Of Truce In Yemen And Calls For More Action For Protection Of Children From Violence And Remnants Of War

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Sony Corporation of America Donates $1 Million to Support UNICEF’s Learning Passport in Ukraine and Surrounding Countries

NEW YORK (August 3, 2022) – Sony Corporation of America, on behalf of Sony Group Corporation (“Sony”) and its affiliates in the Americas, announced today a $1 million donation to support UNICEF’s Learning Passport, helping millions of children and their families affected by the crisis in Ukraine and neighboring countries access education. UNICEF’s Learning Passport… Continue reading Sony Corporation of America Donates $1 Million to Support UNICEF’s Learning Passport in Ukraine and Surrounding Countries

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UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra Jonas Meets Refugee Families in Poland who Fled War in Ukraine, Calls for More Support for Refugee Children

NEW YORK / WARSAW (August 3, 2022) – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra Jonas travelled to Poland this week to meet refugee children and families who fled the war in Ukraine.  Chopra Jonas visited a “Blue Dot” space at the Refugee Accommodation Centre in Warsaw, meeting with mothers and children from Ukraine who are now staying at… Continue reading UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra Jonas Meets Refugee Families in Poland who Fled War in Ukraine, Calls for More Support for Refugee Children

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UNICEF Improves Water Systems in Rural Colombia

Safe water is a basic necessity for life, and proper sanitation and hygiene are our baseline barrier against the spread of infection and disease. Access to these lifesaving water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services are an afterthought for many, as easy as twisting a faucet, pumping the nearest soap dispenser or depressing a toilet handle.… Continue reading UNICEF Improves Water Systems in Rural Colombia

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Breastfeeding a Lifeline for Mothers and Babies in Ukraine

Every time 6-month-old Yehor is breastfed, he uses his tiny fingers to clasp his mother Yevheniya’s hand. Then he smiles up at her. “In my view, breast milk is not only about food for a baby, it’s about communication between mom and baby,” says 29-year-old Yevheniya. During wartime, breast milk … makes me confident that… Continue reading Breastfeeding a Lifeline for Mothers and Babies in Ukraine

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Back to School After Fleeing War: Ukrainian Students in Moldova

Schools in Moldova are welcoming child refugees from Ukraine into their classrooms — helping them to get comfortable and continue learning after traumatic wartime disruptions. UNICEF has partnered with the Ministry of Education of Moldova to help students integrate into the local school system. “Our teachers are dedicated to finding solutions for children so that… Continue reading Back to School After Fleeing War: Ukrainian Students in Moldova

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UNICEF Providing Nutrition Support for Children in Sri Lanka

As Sri Lanka’s unprecedented economic and political crisis continues, families are becoming increasingly desperate. Unable to afford three meals a day, many families have been forced to cut back to two.  In Devapuram, Batticaloa, Selvathy — below with her younger son, 3-year-old Tulakshika, who is underweight — says the escalating crisis is pushing families like… Continue reading UNICEF Providing Nutrition Support for Children in Sri Lanka

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UNICEF Helps Families Access Safe Water in Drought-Stricken Kenya

Three or four times a day, when mother of two Nasri Garane needs water for her household in drought-stricken Garissa County, eastern Kenya, she drags an empty 20-liter jerrycan to a communal borehole, waits in line to fill the can, then drags it back home over dry, sandy ground.  Garissa County is caught in the… Continue reading UNICEF Helps Families Access Safe Water in Drought-Stricken Kenya

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Amid Conflict in Ethiopia, Proof of the Enduring Power of Mothers

Ongoing conflict in northern Ethiopia has displaced hundreds of thousands of people, mainly women and children, and deprived many more of their livelihoods. On a recent visit to Ethiopia’s Amhara region, Rania Dagash, UNICEF’s Deputy Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, found hardship and suffering — but also signs of hope and the unshakeable… Continue reading Amid Conflict in Ethiopia, Proof of the Enduring Power of Mothers

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UNICEF Assessing Urgent Needs After Earthquake Hits Philippines

Immediately after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake rocked the northern Philippines in the early hours of July 27, 2022, UNICEF teams began prepositioning emergency supplies and assessing urgent needs on the ground.  Early reports from the epicenter in Abra and nearby provinces confirm damage to homes, hospitals, roads and other infrastructure. The impact of the earthquake… Continue reading UNICEF Assessing Urgent Needs After Earthquake Hits Philippines

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UNICEF Stands Ready To Reach Children Affected By The Philippines Earthquake

NEW YORK (July 27, 2022) – UNICEF is concerned about the situation of children and families affected by the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Northern Philippines at 8:43 am local time. UNICEF and partners are assessing the immediate needs of affected communities and stand ready to support the Government-led emergency response. Early reports from the epicenter… Continue reading UNICEF Stands Ready To Reach Children Affected By The Philippines Earthquake

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UNICEF Delivers Life-Saving Supplies To Odesa In Southern Ukraine To Help Over 50,000 Children Affected By War

NEW YORK (July 26, 2022) – Using a total of 27 cargo trucks, UNICEF has delivered life-saving supplies to Odesa to help an estimated 50,000 children in the war-ravaged districts of southern Ukraine. The supplies to be pre-positioned in Odesa city include water purification equipment, sanitation and hygiene supplies to prevent sickness due to lack of… Continue reading UNICEF Delivers Life-Saving Supplies To Odesa In Southern Ukraine To Help Over 50,000 Children Affected By War

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New Friends: Romanian Children Welcome Ukrainian Refugees

For Ukrainian children forced out of their homes by the war, a warm reception from children in their host community can make a world of difference. In Prahova, Romania, a group of schoolchildren organized a getting-to-know-you party to greet the newest arrivals from Ukraine. Arranged with help from their teacher, with support from UNICEF and… Continue reading New Friends: Romanian Children Welcome Ukrainian Refugees

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The Fight to Stop Cholera in Malawi

By early March officials had called it: Malawi was facing a serious outbreak of cholera, a highly contagious yet preventable illness. By mid-June, there were 638 cases reported and 32 deaths — an exceptionally high fatality ratio of 5.1 percent — and children between ages 5 and 14 were being disproportionately affected.  UNICEF has been… Continue reading The Fight to Stop Cholera in Malawi

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Lebanon’s Water Infrastructure Struggles On, But Remains On The Brink

NEW YORK (July 21, 2022) – Lebanon has managed to stave off a total collapse of its water infrastructure, but water supply systems remain on the brink, putting the health of millions of people, particularly children, at risk, UNICEF has warned. In a new report – Struggling to keep the taps on – UNICEF warns that… Continue reading Lebanon’s Water Infrastructure Struggles On, But Remains On The Brink

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The Use Of Explosive Weapons In Populated Areas Must Stop – UNICEF Strongly Condemns The Killing Of Three Children In Iraq

NEW YORK (July 20, 2022) – “At least three children were killed and several wounded in Zakho, northern Iraq, today. This is devastating proof of the need to stop the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. UNICEF is deeply troubled by the killing of three girls, one 1-year-old, one 12-year-old, and one 16-year-old, in the… Continue reading The Use Of Explosive Weapons In Populated Areas Must Stop – UNICEF Strongly Condemns The Killing Of Three Children In Iraq

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Humanitarian Crisis Deepens in Burkina Faso

For more than a decade, West Africa’s Central Sahel region has experienced varying degrees of violence between non-state armed groups and the government. In 2021, Burkina Faso became the region’s epicenter for violence, with the country experiencing a sharp increase in attacks on villages and abductions by non-state armed groups, who now control about one-third… Continue reading Humanitarian Crisis Deepens in Burkina Faso

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UNICEF Emergency Director, Manuel Fontaine, Visits Drought Stricken Somali Region And Calls For An Immediate Scaled Up Humanitarian Response To Save Millions Of Children

NEW YORK (July 20, 2022) – Four consecutive failed rainy seasons have brought on severe drought in Ethiopia’s lowland regions of Afar, Oromia, the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ (SNNPR) and Somali regions. Water wells have dried up and millions of livestock have died, resulting in mass displacement. “The impact of the drought on children is… Continue reading UNICEF Emergency Director, Manuel Fontaine, Visits Drought Stricken Somali Region And Calls For An Immediate Scaled Up Humanitarian Response To Save Millions Of Children

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UNICEF Providing Urgent Aid to Children After Afghanistan’s Earthquake

UNICEF is working with partners to rush aid to children and families still reeling from the deadly earthquake that shook southeastern Afghanistan on June 22, 2022. Around 362,000 people — including more than 190,000 children — were impacted by the quake, which claimed the lives of at least 155 children and injured nearly 250. The powerful quake… Continue reading UNICEF Providing Urgent Aid to Children After Afghanistan’s Earthquake

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Steep Declines in Childhood Vaccinations Prompt Call to Action

The COVID-19 pandemic fueled the largest sustained decline in childhood vaccinations in three decades — leaving millions more children around the world at risk of devastating yet preventable diseases. According to new data* released Friday by UNICEF and the World Health Organization, the percentage of children who received three doses of the vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus… Continue reading Steep Declines in Childhood Vaccinations Prompt Call to Action

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As Malnutrition Rates Soar in Burkina Faso, UNICEF Steps Up Assistance

KAYA, BURKINA FASO  – “When I save the life of a child, my heart is filled with joy,” says Aminata Zabré, who oversees nutrition at the UNICEF-supported Health and Social Center in Sector 6 in Kaya, Burkina Faso’s fifth largest city. “Every time I see a child dying, I say to myself: He shouldn’t be there.… Continue reading As Malnutrition Rates Soar in Burkina Faso, UNICEF Steps Up Assistance

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Families Living on the Edge as Sri Lanka’s Economic Crisis Deepens

The unfolding economic crisis in Sri Lanka is making it increasingly hard for families to make ends meet. Food and fuel prices are pushing staples like milk, rice, lentils and cooking oil out of reach for many. Frequent power cuts are leaving Sri Lankan families in the dark. For 12-year-old Niruthma and her 14-year-old brother,… Continue reading Families Living on the Edge as Sri Lanka’s Economic Crisis Deepens

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Around 3 In 4 Youth Lack Skills Needed For Employment, New Report Says

NEW YORK (July 13, 2022) – Nearly three quarters of young people aged 15 to 24 in 92 countries with available data are off-track to acquire the skills needed for employment, according to a new report published today by the Education Commission and UNICEF ahead of World Youth Skills Day. Recovering learning: Are children and youth… Continue reading Around 3 In 4 Youth Lack Skills Needed For Employment, New Report Says

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UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell’s Remarks At The Global Launch Of The UNICEF Report, “25 Years Of Children And Armed Conflict: Taking Action To Protect Children In War”

NEW YORK (July 12, 2022) – “Excellencies, esteemed colleagues, distinguished guests, thank you all for joining us today. “I want to thank the governments of Norway and Sierra Leone for co-hosting this event with us – and for their leadership on this critical issue. “I would also like to thank our co-sponsors, the governments of Belgium,… Continue reading UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell’s Remarks At The Global Launch Of The UNICEF Report, “25 Years Of Children And Armed Conflict: Taking Action To Protect Children In War”

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UNICEF Providing Emergency Aid After Devastating Floods in Bangladesh

A catastrophic series of flash floods that began in May 2022, with a second wave starting in mid June, have left an estimated 7.2 million people reeling in northeastern Bangladesh. UNICEF is part of a large-scale humanitarian response across the region, protecting children and delivering emergency water and health supplies. Since the start of the… Continue reading UNICEF Providing Emergency Aid After Devastating Floods in Bangladesh

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Deaf Students in Bhutan Create Country’s First Sign Language

In Bhutan, a country of roughly 800,000 people on the eastern edge of the Himalaya mountains, there are 19 different languages or dialects. At the Wangsel Institute for the Deaf, housed on the grounds of Drukgyel lower secondary school in the western district of Paro, a group of students has been busy helping to create… Continue reading Deaf Students in Bhutan Create Country’s First Sign Language

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Amid Conflict in Ethiopia, Proof of the Enduring Power of Women

Ongoing conflict in northern Ethiopia has displaced hundreds of thousands of people, mainly women and children, and deprived many more of their livelihoods. On a recent visit to Ethiopia’s Amhara region, Rania Dagash, UNICEF’s Deputy Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, found hardship and suffering — but also signs of hope and the unshakeable… Continue reading Amid Conflict in Ethiopia, Proof of the Enduring Power of Women

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UNICEF Reaching Those in Need After Afghanistan’s Deadly Earthquake

Thousands of families in southeastern Afghanistan are struggling to survive after a powerful earthquake shook Paktika and Khost provinces on June 22, 2022, killing more than 1,000 people, — including at least 120 children — and injuring over 1,600. UNICEF Communication Specialist Veronica Houser can barely contain her emotions in the video below, recorded on June 25… Continue reading UNICEF Reaching Those in Need After Afghanistan’s Deadly Earthquake

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UNICEF in Eastern and Southern Africa

All across Eastern and Southern Africa, children are going hungry. Dought, floods, conflict and other factors are disrupting and endangering millions of lives in the region, contributing to rising food insecurity — and a corresponding surge in child malnutrition.  On May 25, 2022, 8-month-old Ibrahim sits on his grandmother’s lap at UNICEF-supported Banadir Hospital in… Continue reading UNICEF in Eastern and Southern Africa

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Child Marriage On The Rise In Horn Of Africa As Drought Crisis Intensifies – UNICEF

NEW YORK (June 29, 2022) – Girls as young as twelve are being forced into child marriage and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) at “alarming rates” in the Horn of Africa, as the most severe drought in forty years pushes families to the edge – warns UNICEF. In the regions of Ethiopia worst affected by the drought,… Continue reading Child Marriage On The Rise In Horn Of Africa As Drought Crisis Intensifies – UNICEF

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Drought Forcing More Girls into Child Marriage in the Horn of Africa

Girls as young as age 12 are being forced into child marriage at “alarming rates” in the Horn of Africa — a region facing its worst drought in 40 years — as families increasingly turn to desperate measures to survive, UNICEF warned on Wednesday. In some parts of Ethiopia, the child marriage rate from January through… Continue reading Drought Forcing More Girls into Child Marriage in the Horn of Africa

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Rise in Learning Poverty Prompts Renewed Call for R.A.P.I.D. Response

As a result of the worst shock to education and learning in recorded history, learning poverty has sharply increased in low- and middle-income countries, with nearly two-thirds of 10-year-olds unable to understand a simple written text, according to a new report compiled by UNICEF, other UN agencies and other partners. The State of Global Learning… Continue reading Rise in Learning Poverty Prompts Renewed Call for R.A.P.I.D. Response

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Staggering Scale Of Grave Violations Against Children In Conflict Revealed In New UNICEF Analysis

NEW YORK (June 28, 2022) – Between 2005 and 2020, the United Nations verified over 266,000 grave violations against children committed by parties to conflict in more than 30 conflict situations across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America, UNICEF said today in a new report. This figure is a fraction of the violations believed… Continue reading Staggering Scale Of Grave Violations Against Children In Conflict Revealed In New UNICEF Analysis

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UNICEF Geneva Palais Briefing Note On The Situation Of Children And Families Affected By Floods In Bangladesh

NEW YORK (June 24, 2022) – “The situation caused by flash floods in north-eastern Bangladesh has deteriorated rapidly over the last week. At this very moment, 3.5 million children are in urgent need of safe drinking water. That is a staggering two million more children than just a few days ago. Huge areas are completely underwater… Continue reading UNICEF Geneva Palais Briefing Note On The Situation Of Children And Families Affected By Floods In Bangladesh

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UNICEF Geneva Palais Briefing Note On The Situation Of Children And Families Affected By The Earthquake In Afghanistan

NEW YORK (June 24, 2022) – “Good morning. Thank you for your time. “I’d like to bring you up to date with the latest from Afghanistan, following the earthquake that struck in the early hours of 22nd June in the provinces of Khost and Paktika. “The earthquake was another tragic reminder of the challenges facing the… Continue reading UNICEF Geneva Palais Briefing Note On The Situation Of Children And Families Affected By The Earthquake In Afghanistan

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UNICEF Calls on G7 to Help Tackle Global Child Malnutrition Crisis

Almost 8 million children under age 5 in 15 countries — from Afghanistan to Yemen, Burkina Faso to Somalia — are at risk of death from severe wasting unless they receive immediate therapeutic food and care, UNICEF warned as world leaders prepared to meet for the next G7 summit. UNICEF has issued an urgent appeal for $1.2… Continue reading UNICEF Calls on G7 to Help Tackle Global Child Malnutrition Crisis

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Ukrainian Refugee Children Are Starting Over at a School in Romania

When the Ukraine war began in Feb., Anastasiia, a teacher in Odesa, knew she had to get to 2-year-old son, Kyril, to safety.  “There was nothing more important than taking my child away,” she said from Bucharest, Romania, where she and Kyril are living now. “I wasn’t a professor at [that] moment, I was running… Continue reading Ukrainian Refugee Children Are Starting Over at a School in Romania

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Ukrainian Refugee Children Are Starting Over at a School in Romania

When the Ukraine war began in Feb., Anastasiia, a teacher in Odesa, knew she had to get to 2-year-old son, Kyril, to safety.  “There was nothing more important than taking my child away,” she said from Bucharest, Romania, where she and Kyril are living now. “I wasn’t a professor at [that] moment, I was running… Continue reading Ukrainian Refugee Children Are Starting Over at a School in Romania

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Ukrainian Refugee Children Find Peace at a School in Romania

When the Ukraine war began in Feb., Anastasiia, a teacher in Odesa, knew she had to get to 2-year-old son, Kyril, to safety.  “There was nothing more important than taking my child away,” she said from Bucharest, Romania, where she and Kyril are living now. “I wasn’t a professor at [that] moment, I was running… Continue reading Ukrainian Refugee Children Find Peace at a School in Romania

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UNICEF to G7: Global Child Malnutrition Crisis Requires Urgent Action

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Global Hunger Crisis Pushing One Child Into Severe Malnutrition Every Minute In 15 Crisis-Hit Countries

NEW YORK (June 23, 2022)– Almost 8 million children under 5, in 15 crisis-hit countries are at risk of death from severe wasting unless they receive immediate therapeutic food and care – with the number rising by the minute, UNICEF warned today as world leaders prepare to meet at the G7 summit. Since the start of… Continue reading Global Hunger Crisis Pushing One Child Into Severe Malnutrition Every Minute In 15 Crisis-Hit Countries

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Schools Ill-Equipped To Provide Healthy And Inclusive Learning Environments For All Children – UNICEF, WHO

NEW YORK (June 23, 2022) – Despite a steady decline in the proportion of schools without basic water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services, deep inequalities persist between and within countries, UNICEF and WHO said today. Schoolchildren in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and fragile contexts are the most affected, and emerging data shows that few schools… Continue reading Schools Ill-Equipped To Provide Healthy And Inclusive Learning Environments For All Children – UNICEF, WHO

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1.6M Children Stranded by Flash Floods in Bangladesh

UNICEF is on the ground protecting children and delivering emergency water and health supplies after catastrophic flash floods — the worst in 100 years — inundated much of northeastern Bangladesh, stranding 4 million people, including 1.6 million children. “Children need safe drinking water now,” said Sheldon Yett, UNICEF Representative to Bangladesh. “Preventing deadly waterborne diseases… Continue reading 1.6M Children Stranded by Flash Floods in Bangladesh

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Thousands of Children at Risk After Earthquake Devastates Afghanistan

UNICEF has dispatched health teams and emergency supplies after a powerful earthquake shook Paktika and Khost provinces in eastern Afghanistan early on June 22. The earthquake, recorded at a depth of six miles, was reportedly felt in neighboring provinces including Kabul, as well as Islamabad, Pakistan and India.  According to The New York Times, at least… Continue reading Thousands of Children at Risk After Earthquake Devastates Afghanistan

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Thousands of Children at Risk After Earthquake Devastates Afghanistan

UNICEF has dispatched health teams and emergency supplies after a magnitude 5.9 earthquake shook Paktika and Khost provinces in eastern Afghanistan early on June 22. The earthquake, recorded at a depth of six miles, was reportedly felt in neighboring provinces including Kabul, as well as Islamabad, Pakistan and India.  According to the New York Times,… Continue reading Thousands of Children at Risk After Earthquake Devastates Afghanistan

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Thousands Of Children At Risk After Devastating Earthquake Hits Eastern Afghanistan – UNICEF

NEW YORK (June 22, 2022) – “Early this morning, a devastating earthquake shook the districts of Gayan, Barmala, Naka and Ziruk in Paktika Province, as well as Spira district in Khost Province in Afghanistan. “We don’t yet know the full extent of the devastation, but we believe hundreds of people have been killed, including many women and children. Many… Continue reading Thousands Of Children At Risk After Devastating Earthquake Hits Eastern Afghanistan – UNICEF

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UNICEF Provides Emergency Relief As 1.6 Million Children Stranded By Floods In Bangladesh

NEW YORK (June 20, 2022) – Four million people, including 1.6 million children, stranded by flash floods in north-eastern Bangladesh are in urgent need of help. UNICEF is on the ground to protect children and to deliver emergency water and health supplies. “Children need safe drinking water right now. Preventing deadly waterborne diseases is one of… Continue reading UNICEF Provides Emergency Relief As 1.6 Million Children Stranded By Floods In Bangladesh

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For UNICEF, Helping Child Refugees Is a Global Mission

Ukraine’s refugee crisis is but one of many examples of how forced displacement is endangering the health, safety and future well-being of a growing number of the world’s children. There are now over 100 million people who have been forced to flee their homes, a record number, according to UNHCR, the UN refugee agency. Leading… Continue reading For UNICEF, Helping Child Refugees Is a Global Mission

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Nearly 37 Million Children Displaced Worldwide – Highest Number Ever Recorded

NEW YORK (June 17, 2022) – Conflict, violence and other crises left a record 36.5 million children displaced from their homes at the end of 2021, UNICEF estimates – the highest number recorded since the Second World War. This figure includes 13.7 million refugee and asylum-seeking children and nearly 22.8 million children who are internally displaced… Continue reading Nearly 37 Million Children Displaced Worldwide – Highest Number Ever Recorded

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UNICEF Briefing Note On The Situation Of Children In Ukraine

NEW YORK (June 14, 2022) – “I spent last week in Ukraine, meeting with children and families affected by the war, seeing UNICEF’s critical humanitarian response and meeting with authorities, UN colleagues and partner organizations. “I was able to visit Kyiv, Irpin, Bucha, Zhytomyr and Lviv, and the time I spent in the country provided a… Continue reading UNICEF Briefing Note On The Situation Of Children In Ukraine

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In India, New Tools Engage Fathers in Early Child Development

Parenting is a responsibility that comes with its own challenges and apprehensions, no matter which part of the world you are living in. In the Banda and Chitrakoot districts of Uttar Pradesh State, India, parents have found a new ‘friend’ — a digital service that uses interactive voice recognition technology to deliver guidance on how… Continue reading In India, New Tools Engage Fathers in Early Child Development

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A Father’s Day Thank-You

Children look to their parents for love, comfort, support and protection. The photos below celebrate some of the many ways nurturing dads around the world are working hard — sometimes in desperate circumstances — to see that their children receive the care and attention they need to get the best possible start in life. Dominican Republic… Continue reading A Father’s Day Thank-You

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UNICEF Appeals for US$25 million to Meet the Urgent Needs of 1.7 Million Children Affected by the Economic Crisis in Sri Lanka

NEW YORK/ COLOMBO/ KATHMANDU/ GENEVA (JUNE 10, 2022) – The debilitating crisis in Sri Lanka has left nearly half of the children in the country in need of some form of humanitarian assistance. The UN has launched an appeal to address the urgent needs of the most vulnerable population within the next four months. To… Continue reading UNICEF Appeals for US$25 million to Meet the Urgent Needs of 1.7 Million Children Affected by the Economic Crisis in Sri Lanka

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‘Explosion of child deaths’ imminent in Horn of Africa if world does not act immediately – UNICEF

NEW YORK (June 7, 2022) – “I am here today to tell you plainly that, if the world does not widen its gaze from the war in Ukraine, and act immediately, an explosion of child deaths is about to happen in the Horn of Africa. Severe Acute Malnutrition“An estimated 386,000 children in Somalia are now in… Continue reading ‘Explosion of child deaths’ imminent in Horn of Africa if world does not act immediately – UNICEF

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UNICEF in Latin America and the Caribbean

The humanitarian needs in a number of countries in the Latin America and Caribbean region have intensified — fueling migration flows — as more and more children and families have become increasingly desperate. This is due to a number of factors, ranging from gang violence to COVID-19 impacts to poverty, which increased for the first time during… Continue reading UNICEF in Latin America and the Caribbean

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UNICEF USA Announces Actor Justin H. Min as Newest Ambassador

NEW YORK (June 9, 2022) – UNICEF USA has appointed actor Justin H. Min (The Umbrella Academy, After Yang), as the newest UNICEF Ambassador. The announcement, in advance of World Refugee Day, comes days after Justin’s visit to Lebanon where he met with Syrian refugees and learned from experts about the work UNICEF is doing… Continue reading UNICEF USA Announces Actor Justin H. Min as Newest Ambassador

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Justin H. Min, UNICEF’s Newest Ambassador, Is Standing Up for Children

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UNICEF Treating Malnourished Children in Drought-Stricken Somalia

Three consecutive failed rainy seasons have left 29.1 million people in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya in need of urgent humanitarian assistance in 2022, including at least 1.7 million severely wasted children who require emergency nutrition support.  Somalia is by far the worst affected country, with around 1.4 million children facing acute malnutrition by the end… Continue reading UNICEF Treating Malnourished Children in Drought-Stricken Somalia

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How to Help Refugee and Displaced Children Around the World

Millions of children are on the move. Like the more than 2.5 million children who’ve fled Ukraine, some escaped their homes with no more than the clothes on their backs. On their journeys, they can be separated from their families, face a heightened risk of human trafficking and exploitation and miss out on an education… Continue reading How to Help Refugee and Displaced Children Around the World

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UNICEF Welcomes Two-Month Extension of Truce in Yemen

NEW YORK/ SANA’A (June 2, 2022) – “UNICEF welcomes the announcement that the parties to the conflict in Yemen have agreed to the United Nations’ proposal to renew the current truce for an additional two months. “The renewal of the truce will positively impact the safety and wellbeing of children and their families in Yemen, after… Continue reading UNICEF Welcomes Two-Month Extension of Truce in Yemen

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100 Days of War in Ukraine: Children on the Front Lines

For the past 100 days, children in Ukraine have had their lives turned upside down by war. Children have been killed. Children have been injured. Children have lost loved ones and cargivers. They’ve been forced to go into hiding. To flee their homes. They’ve seen their schools and neighborhoods destroyed. Those who have fled have… Continue reading 100 Days of War in Ukraine: Children on the Front Lines

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UNICEF in Europe and Central Asia

The war in Ukraine has created a refugee crisis that dwarfs all others in recent history. As of mid-May, 7.7 million people are internally displaced and 6.4 million people — including nearly two-thirds of all children in Ukraine — had crossed the border into Poland, Romania, Moldova and other neighboring countries. UNICEF’s current efforts are… Continue reading UNICEF in Europe and Central Asia

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100 Days of War in Ukraine

Friday, June 3, marks 100 days of war in Ukraine — a war that has devastated children on a scale and at a speed not seen since World War II. There are 3 million children inside Ukraine and over 2.2 million children in refugee-hosting countries who are now in need of humanitarian assistance. Almost two… Continue reading 100 Days of War in Ukraine

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One Hundred Days of War in Ukraine Have Left 5.2 Million Children in Need of Humanitarian Assistance

NEW YORK/GENEVA/KYIV (June 1, 2022) – Nearly 100 days of war in Ukraine have wrought devastating consequences for children at a scale and speed not seen since World War II, UNICEF said today. Three million children inside Ukraine and over 2.2 million children in refugee-hosting countries are now in need of humanitarian assistance. Almost two out… Continue reading One Hundred Days of War in Ukraine Have Left 5.2 Million Children in Need of Humanitarian Assistance

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War in Ukraine Highlights Danger Explosive Weapons Pose to Children

UNICEF was founded on the principle that all children deserve to survive and thrive in an environment free from conflict. Conflicts can have many harmful effects on children, but one of the greatest threats is explosive weapons. Ukraine was already among the most mine-contaminated regions in the world, endangering children who live, play and go… Continue reading War in Ukraine Highlights Danger Explosive Weapons Pose to Children

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A Welcome in Romania for Ukrainian Children with Disabilities

The staff at the residential placement center in Baicoi, Romania, had limited experience caring for children with disabilities before the group from Odesa, Ukraine, arrived on March 4. In the weeks since, however, the team has found its footing with support from the community, neighboring centers and UNICEF. As the head of the Baicoi center,… Continue reading A Welcome in Romania for Ukrainian Children with Disabilities

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Extreme Flooding in Bangladesh Puts 1.5M Children at Risk

More than 1.5 million children are at increased risk of waterborne diseases, drowning and malnutrition due to extensive flooding in northeastern Bangladesh.  Over 4 million people in five districts — Sylhet, Sunamganj, Habiganj, Netrokona and Maulvibazar — are affected by the flooding. Agricultural land and critical infrastructure, including schools and power stations, have been submerged.… Continue reading Extreme Flooding in Bangladesh Puts 1.5M Children at Risk

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UNICEF Working With City of Houston to Improve Child Mental Health

The City of Houston has embarked on a two-year process toward recognition as a UNICEF Child-Friendly City. UNICEF’s Child Friendly Cities Initiative (CFCI) was launched globally in 1996 to protect children’s rights in an increasingly urbanized and decentralized world, and UNICEF USA is piloting the two-year initiative here in the United States with five cities and one county. The… Continue reading UNICEF Working With City of Houston to Improve Child Mental Health

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Safe Water in the DRC Means Girls Never Have to Miss School Again

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, only 20 percent of the population has reliable access to safe drinking water.  Until recently, Ester, 12, would walk two miles from her home in Kiziba to the shore of Lake Kivu and back carrying a heavy plastic jug full of untreated lake water, her family’s daily drinking… Continue reading Safe Water in the DRC Means Girls Never Have to Miss School Again

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UNICEF Profoundly Saddened by The Death Of At Least 11 Newborn Babies Following A Horrific Fire at A Hospital in Tivaouane, Senegal

NEW YORK/DAKAR (May 26, 2022) – “”UNICEF is deeply saddened by the death of at least 11 newborn babies following a terrible fire at the neonatal unit of the hospital of Tivaouane. “We express our deepest sympathy to the families and communities affected by this tragedy, especially those who have lost their children. No parent should… Continue reading UNICEF Profoundly Saddened by The Death Of At Least 11 Newborn Babies Following A Horrific Fire at A Hospital in Tivaouane, Senegal

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UNICEF Helps Children Heal From the Shock of War in Ukraine

Eleven-year-old Polina and her mother, Tetiana, were hiding in a basement near the hospital where Polina was born in Mariupol, Ukraine, when the building was hit by a shell on March 9.  The terrifying memory is still vivid in her mind. “I was in the basement and my mother and grandmother were on the ground floor,”… Continue reading UNICEF Helps Children Heal From the Shock of War in Ukraine

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Beyond COVID-19: UNICEF’s Push to Improve Primary Health Care

With the world well into its third year fighting COVID-19, UNICEF has launched a broader push to strengthen health systems around the world to protect against future pandemics. While systems strengthening has always been integral to UNICEF’s work, the far-reaching impacts of COVID-19 — the millions of lives lost, the economic and social disruptions, a… Continue reading Beyond COVID-19: UNICEF’s Push to Improve Primary Health Care

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Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell On School Shooting in Uvalde, Texas

NEW YORK (May 25, 2022) – “Once again, children have been attacked and killed while attending school – the one place outside of their homes where they should be safest. This time it happened in Uvalde, Texas. “Nineteen children, a teacher, and a school staff member who set out for school yesterday will never return home… Continue reading Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell On School Shooting in Uvalde, Texas

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African Leaders and Development Partners Called to Combine Scaled-Up Humanitarian Response with Prevention, As the Situation Worsens for Millions of Children Facing Severe Wasting

NEW YORK/EQUATORIAL GUINEA (May 25, 2022) – “An increasing number of children across Africa’s protracted crisis areas – from the Sahel to the Horn of Africa – will be exposed to severe wasting as the impacts of insecurity, COVID-19, poor harvests, the Ukraine crisis and global food price rises hit vulnerable families. As the ‘lean season’… Continue reading African Leaders and Development Partners Called to Combine Scaled-Up Humanitarian Response with Prevention, As the Situation Worsens for Millions of Children Facing Severe Wasting

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Over-Consumption in The World’s Richest Countries Is Destroying Children’s Environments Globally, New Report Says

NEW YORK/FLORENCE (May 24, 2022) – The majority of wealthy countries are creating unhealthy, dangerous and noxious conditions for children across the world, according to the latest Report Card published today by UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti.  Innocenti Report Card 17: Places and Spaces compares how 39 countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and… Continue reading Over-Consumption in The World’s Richest Countries Is Destroying Children’s Environments Globally, New Report Says

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UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell’s remarks at 2022 Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction

NEW YORK/ INDONESIA (May 23, 2022) –“The Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction comes at a critical time for children and young people as they face the immediate and long-lasting impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Accelerating poverty rates. School closures and massive learning loss. Millions of children at greater risk of child marriage and child labor.… Continue reading UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell’s remarks at 2022 Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction

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Over 1.5 Million Children at Risk as Devastating Floods Hit Bangladesh

NEW YORK/DHAKA (May 23, 2022) – Over 1.5 million children are at increased risk of waterborne diseases, drowning and malnutrition due to extensive flooding in north-eastern Bangladesh. UNICEF is on the ground with Government and non-government partners to respond to the urgent safety, health, nutrition, clean water and education needs of children and their families. Over… Continue reading Over 1.5 Million Children at Risk as Devastating Floods Hit Bangladesh

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COVAX Calls for Urgent Action to Close Vaccine Equity Gap

NEW YORK/GENEVA/OSLO (May 20, 2022) – Nearly 18 months after the first administration of a COVID-19 vaccine, incredible progress has been made – with lower-income countries administering billions of COVID-19 vaccines in a historic global rollout that is unprecedented in terms of speed, scale and demographics reached. Yet despite this progress, and the easing of global… Continue reading COVAX Calls for Urgent Action to Close Vaccine Equity Gap

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Landmark Meeting Urges Prioritization of Water and Sanitation to Get Health, Climate and Economic Targets Back on Track

NEW YORK/JAKARTA (May 18, 2022) – More than 350 participants from 57 countries gathered today in Jakarta for the opening of the Sector Ministers’ Meeting which will generate urgent prioritization of water and sanitation worldwide.    Among them were 50 ministers of water, sanitation, health, environment and the economy, who met to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate… Continue reading Landmark Meeting Urges Prioritization of Water and Sanitation to Get Health, Climate and Economic Targets Back on Track

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UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell’s Remarks at UN High-Level Event on Conflict, Hunger and Children with Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield Of the United States

NEW YORK (May 17, 2022) – “Excellencies, Colleagues, Friends. “I am honored to welcome you to UNICEF House for this critical conversation.   “I want to acknowledge and thank the United States Government, and my co-host, United States Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield, for putting children at the center of the discussion on the global… Continue reading UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell’s Remarks at UN High-Level Event on Conflict, Hunger and Children with Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield Of the United States

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Helping Kids Bounce Back From Pandemic Stress and Isolation in Myanmar

Six-year-old Hlyan Htet keeps close to his mother these days and does not venture far from the family’s home in Myanmar.  “I have friends, but my best friend is a dog from downstairs,” he says matter-of-factly. “We play together every evening.” Although Hlyan Htet’s innocent charm shines through, his mother, Hnin Hnin, says the events… Continue reading Helping Kids Bounce Back From Pandemic Stress and Isolation in Myanmar

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UNICEF Urges Lifesaving Action For Children With Severe Wasting

Global conditions are ripe for a surge in the number of children with severe wasting, a life-threatening form of malnutrition, as access to lifesaving treatment for the condition comes increasingly under threat, UNICEF warned in a global Child Alert released Tuesday. Soaring food prices, driven by the war in Ukraine and pandemic-fueled budget cuts, are set… Continue reading UNICEF Urges Lifesaving Action For Children With Severe Wasting

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UNICEF Urges Action To Save Children With Severe Wasting

Global conditions are ripe for a surge in the number of children with severe wasting, a life-threatening form of malnutrition, as access to lifesaving treatment for the condition comes increasingly under threat, UNICEF warned in a global Child Alert released Tuesday. Soaring food prices, driven by the war in Ukraine and pandemic-fueled budget cuts, are set… Continue reading UNICEF Urges Action To Save Children With Severe Wasting

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World A ‘Virtual Tinderbox’ For Catastrophic Levels of Severe Malnutrition in Children

NEW YORK (May 17, 2022) – “The number of children with severe wasting was rising even before war in Ukraine threatened to plunge the world deeper into a spiralling global food crisis – and it’s getting worse, UNICEF warned in a new Child Alert. Released today, Severe wasting: An overlooked child survival emergency shows that in… Continue reading World A ‘Virtual Tinderbox’ For Catastrophic Levels of Severe Malnutrition in Children

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Almost One Billion Children and Adults with Disabilities and Older Persons in Need of Assistive Technology Denied Access, According to New Report

NEW YORK/ GENEVA (May 16, 2022) – “A new report published today by WHO and UNICEF reveals that more than 2.5 billion people need one or more assistive products, such as wheelchairs, hearing aids, or apps that support communication and cognition. Yet nearly one billion of them are denied access, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, where… Continue reading Almost One Billion Children and Adults with Disabilities and Older Persons in Need of Assistive Technology Denied Access, According to New Report

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UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Omar Abdi’s Remarks at The UN Security Council Meeting on The Maintenance of Peace and Security in Ukraine

NEW YORK (May 12, 2022) – “Mr. President, Excellencies and colleagues, I would like to express my appreciation to Ambassadors De La Fuente and Riviere for convening today’s meeting. I would also like to thank the United States for hosting this briefing during your Security Council presidency. “It has been just one month since UNICEF last briefed this… Continue reading UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Omar Abdi’s Remarks at The UN Security Council Meeting on The Maintenance of Peace and Security in Ukraine

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UNICEF in South Asia

Food shortages, prolonged conflicts, natural disasters and the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 continue to threaten the health, safety and well-being of children across South Asia. The coronavirus pandemic hit the region particularly hard, exacerbating ongoing challenges and bringing on new ones. Inflation is leading to increased food insecurity. Meanwhile, weather-related disasters such as cyclones and… Continue reading UNICEF in South Asia

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UNICEF USA’s Michael J. Nyenhuis on Mental Health & the War in Ukraine

UNICEF USA President and CEO Michael J. Nyenhuis recently spoke with Steven Scully, a guest host on SiriusXM’s POTUS Politics channel, about UNICEF’s response to the war in Ukraine and Nyenhuis’s April visit to a Blue Dot refugee support center in Romania. These hubs have been set up along key transit routes by UNICEF and UNHCR, in coordination with local authorities and… Continue reading UNICEF USA’s Michael J. Nyenhuis on Mental Health & the War in Ukraine

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UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell’s Remarks at The Brussels VI Conference: “Supporting the Future of Syria And the Region”

NEW YORK/BRUSSELS (May 10, 2022) – “Excellencies, colleagues, and friends, thank you very much for inviting me here today. “Syria today is one of the most dangerous places on earth to be a child. “An entire generation is struggling to survive. “Nearly 90 percent of people in Syria live in poverty.  More than 6.5 million children need urgent assistance… Continue reading UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell’s Remarks at The Brussels VI Conference: “Supporting the Future of Syria And the Region”

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Critical Mission for UNICEF: Reaching ‘Zero-Dose’ Children

COVID-19 has been a terrible blow for the world for many reasons and on many levels. But it has been especially damaging for child immunization. The pandemic diverted attention and resources away from this routine yet essential health service, leaving millions more children at risk of measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases — with far-reaching ripple… Continue reading Critical Mission for UNICEF: Reaching ‘Zero-Dose’ Children

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Ukrainian Youth Delegates Call to Action for Youth Around the World

Before February 24th, 2022, Alina Kurska, 26, from Kyiv and Denys Ganzha, 23, from Kharkiv, spent their days busy studying, working, and looking forward to their weekend plans with their friends. Since then, however, their everyday lives have been defined by hearing alarms, packing up essentials, sleeping in bomb shelters, trying to get a hold… Continue reading Ukrainian Youth Delegates Call to Action for Youth Around the World

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Number of Syrian Children in Need Hits Record High

NEW YORK/AMMAN (May 8, 2022) – “Millions of children continue to live in fear, need and uncertainty inside Syria and in neighboring countries. “More than 6.5 million children in Syria are in need of assistance, the highest number recorded since the beginning of the crisis, more than 11 years ago. “The crisis in Syria is far… Continue reading Number of Syrian Children in Need Hits Record High

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Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell On Latest School Attack in Luhansk, Ukraine

NEW YORK (May 8, 2022) – “UNICEF strongly condemns yet another attack on a school in Ukraine amid reports that civilians, including children, had sought shelter in the school’s bunker. “We do not yet know how many children might have been killed or injured in the reported bombing, but we fear this attack has just added… Continue reading Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell On Latest School Attack in Luhansk, Ukraine

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Catastrophe Looms as Drought Devastates Horn of Africa

A prolonged, crippling drought across the Horn of Africa is fueling a drastic increase in malnutrition rates for children and families. As the specter of famine once again threatens the subregion, children — especially young children — are in the greatest danger.  Speaking from Gode Hospital in Ethiopia’s Somali region in late April, UNICEF Executive… Continue reading Catastrophe Looms as Drought Devastates Horn of Africa

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UNICEF Geneva Palais Briefing Note on The Situation of Children in Ukraine And Neighboring Countries

NEW YORK/LVIV (May 6, 2022) – “The situation in Ukraine is a child protection crisis of extraordinary proportions, the likes of which we perhaps haven’t seen before. “Two months of war in Ukraine have left 7.7 million people internally displaced and driven over 5.5 million people across international borders, including nearly two-thirds of all children in… Continue reading UNICEF Geneva Palais Briefing Note on The Situation of Children in Ukraine And Neighboring Countries

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What’s Inside a UNICEF Early Childhood Development Kit?

Why UNICEF sends puzzles, puppets and building blocks to children caught in crisis. An important component of UNICEF’s humanitarian aid effort for children in and around Ukraine and other countries in conflict or crisis is its supply operation. UNICEF’s ability to rush emergency supplies like water purification tablets, measles vaccines and therapeutic food from its… Continue reading What’s Inside a UNICEF Early Childhood Development Kit?

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In South Asia, the Impacts of School Closures May Last a Lifetime

As the school year winds down for children in the U.S., data shows that 147 million children around the world missed more than half of their in-person school during the first two years of the pandemic. Many did not return to the classroom when their schools reopened. Research is just starting to reveal the terrible… Continue reading In South Asia, the Impacts of School Closures May Last a Lifetime

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Every Day That the War in Ukraine Continues Is A Nightmare for Millions of Children

NEW YORK (May 5, 2022) – “Every day that the war in Ukraine continues is a nightmare for millions of children. “Nearly two-thirds of Ukraine’s children have been forced to flee. Many have seen things no child should ever see.  “Their homes have been hit. Their schools have been attacked, along with all the systems that… Continue reading Every Day That the War in Ukraine Continues Is A Nightmare for Millions of Children

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UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell’s Remarks at the Launch of the 2022 Global Report on Food Crises

NEW YORK (May 4, 2022) – “Thank you [moderator], and thank you [WFP Executive Director] David Beasley, [FAO Director General] Qu Dongyu, and [EU Commissioner] Jutta Urpilainen for leading this critical discussion. “We are here to take stock of a somber reality. As we have heard already today, the world is once again on the verge… Continue reading UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell’s Remarks at the Launch of the 2022 Global Report on Food Crises

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UNICEF Responds As War in Ukraine Fuels Food Crises Across Regions

Disruptions in global markets caused by the war in Ukraine have sent food prices soaring, heightening the risks of malnutrition for millions of children in countries that rely on food imports.  Price hikes for wheat and other commodities coupled with low purchasing power among impoverished families is exacerbating food insecurity in the Middle East and North… Continue reading UNICEF Responds As War in Ukraine Fuels Food Crises Across Regions

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School Year Nears Tragic End in Ukraine Amid Child Deaths, Empty Classrooms and Destruction of Educational Facilities

NEW YORK/ KYIV (May 4, 2022) –At least one in six UNICEF-supported schools in eastern Ukraine have been damaged or destroyed since the start of the war, including School 36 – the only ‘Safe School’ in Mariupol – underscoring the dramatic impact the conflict is having on children’s lives and futures. Two schools have been hit… Continue reading School Year Nears Tragic End in Ukraine Amid Child Deaths, Empty Classrooms and Destruction of Educational Facilities

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From Bangladesh to Peru to Vietnam, COVID-19 Vaccination Rates Rise

For some, getting vaccinated for COVID-19 means getting to see and hug a grandchild again after a long time apart. For others, a dose offers an opportunity to get back to earning a living and supporting a family. When UNICEF helped launch the largest vaccine operation effort in history, the focus was to make sure… Continue reading From Bangladesh to Peru to Vietnam, COVID-19 Vaccination Rates Rise

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UNICEF: Education Milestone for Rohingya Refugee Children as Myanmar Curriculum Pilot Reaches First 10,000 Children

NEW YORK / COX’S BAZAR (May 1, 2022) – A breakthrough for Rohingya refugee children living in the Cox’s Bazar refugee camps in Bangladesh sees the first 10,000 children enrolled to receive education based on the national curriculum of their home country Myanmar. This milestone will be reached this month. The Myanmar Curriculum Pilot, launched by… Continue reading UNICEF: Education Milestone for Rohingya Refugee Children as Myanmar Curriculum Pilot Reaches First 10,000 Children

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For Refugee Children From Ukraine, a Safe Place to Play

As the refugee coordinator at C.A.T.T.I.A., a reception center for refugees in Brasov, Romania, Andreea Vrinceanu spends her days assisting newly arrived refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine. C.A.T.T.I.A. is also a Blue Dot hub, one of a network of refugee support centers set up by UNICEF and UNHCR, along with local authorities and partners,… Continue reading For Refugee Children From Ukraine, a Safe Place to Play

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Blue Dot Centers Help Children Traumatized by War in Ukraine

The war in Ukraine is having a devastating impact on the country’s children. In the first six weeks, nearly two-thirds of Ukraine’s child population were displaced from their homes. As of April 28, 2022, more than 5.4 million people, half of them children, had crossed the border into Poland, Moldova, Romania, Hungary and other neighboring… Continue reading Blue Dot Centers Help Children Traumatized by War in Ukraine

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Democratic Republic Of The Congo – UNICEF Urges Parents And Children In Equateur Province To Take Safety Precautions After Second Confirmed Fatality From Most Recent Ebola Virus Outbreak

NEW YORK/ KINSHASA (April 29, 2022) – UNICEF has urged parents and children living in the western province of Equateur to maintain the utmost vigilance amid the 14th and latest outbreak of Ebola virus which first emerged on the outskirts of the provincial capital Mbandaka. “UNICEF, through its office in Mbandaka, is on the ground to support… Continue reading Democratic Republic Of The Congo – UNICEF Urges Parents And Children In Equateur Province To Take Safety Precautions After Second Confirmed Fatality From Most Recent Ebola Virus Outbreak

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In Lviv, a Teen Volunteer Helps People Fleeing War in Ukraine

As the war in Ukraine continues to escalate, 100,000 teenage volunteers are stepping up to help everyday citizens struggling to survive. The teens coordinate their activities, both in person and remotely, with help from UNICEF and the Ukrainian Volunteer Service chatbot.  Sixteen-year-old Solomiya volunteers at a train station in Lviv, providing displaced people fleeing the… Continue reading In Lviv, a Teen Volunteer Helps People Fleeing War in Ukraine

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A Teen Volunteer Helps People Fleeing War in Ukraine

As the war in Ukraine continues to escalate, 100,000 teenage volunteers are stepping up to help everyday citizens struggling to survive. The teens coordinate their activities, both in person and remotely, with help from UNICEF and the Ukrainian Volunteer Service chatbot.  Sixteen-year-old Solomiya volunteers at a train station in Lviv, providing displaced people fleeing the… Continue reading A Teen Volunteer Helps People Fleeing War in Ukraine

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UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell Visits Drought-Impacted Somali Region In Ethiopia And Calls For An Immediate Scaled-Up Response To Save The Lives Of Millions Of Children

NEW YORK/ ADDIS ABABA (April 28, 2022) –  At the end of a four-day visit to Ethiopia, UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell urged the international community to immediately scale up support to avert a humanitarian catastrophe due to the drought in Ethiopia and the rest of the Horn of Africa. “The impact of the drought in… Continue reading UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell Visits Drought-Impacted Somali Region In Ethiopia And Calls For An Immediate Scaled-Up Response To Save The Lives Of Millions Of Children

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At Least 21 Children Reported Killed In Violence In Sudan’s West Darfur

NEW YORK/ AMMAN (April 28, 2022) – “We have received harrowing reports that at least 21 children – including an 11-month-old baby – were killed over the past few days during ongoing violence, mostly in the Kerinik area of the West Darfur region in Sudan. “The killing of children is a grave violation of their rights. Nothing… Continue reading At Least 21 Children Reported Killed In Violence In Sudan’s West Darfur

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Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation Supports UNICEF with $10M for Children Affected by Ukraine War

NEW YORK / GENEVA (April 28, 2022) – Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation is contributing USD $10 million to UNICEF’s emergency response to support vulnerable children and families impacted by the ongoing war in Ukraine and those who’ve fled to neighbouring countries. To date, nearly 4.7 million refugees have crossed from Ukraine into Europe. UNICEF estimates… Continue reading Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation Supports UNICEF with $10M for Children Affected by Ukraine War

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M·A·C VIVA GLAM Honors Mother’s Day with New $1,500,000 USD Donation to UNICEF’s Work Aiding Women and Children

NEW YORK (April 28, 2022) – In honor of Mother’s Day on May 8, M·A·C Cosmetics is proud to announce that its philanthropic Lipstick campaign, M·A·C VIVA GLAM, will donate $1,500,000 USD to continue supporting UNICEF’s mission of ensuring that all mothers and children, as well as members of the LGBTIQ+ community globally, can access life-saving… Continue reading M·A·C VIVA GLAM Honors Mother’s Day with New $1,500,000 USD Donation to UNICEF’s Work Aiding Women and Children

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Global Polio Eradication Initiative Calls For Renewed Commitments To Achieve Promise Of A Polio-Free World

NEW YORK/ GENEVA (April 26, 2022) –  Today, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) announced that it is seeking new commitments to fund its 2022-2026 Strategy at a virtual event to launch its investment case. The strategy, if fully funded, will see the vaccination of 370 million children annually for the next five years and the continuation… Continue reading Global Polio Eradication Initiative Calls For Renewed Commitments To Achieve Promise Of A Polio-Free World

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UNICEF and WHO Warn of ‘Perfect Storm’ of Conditions for Measles Outbreaks, Affecting Children

NEW YORK/ GENEVA (April 27, 2022) – An increase in measles cases in January and February 2022 is a worrying sign of a heightened risk for the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases and could trigger larger outbreaks, particularly of measles affecting millions of children in 2022, warn WHO and UNICEF. Pandemic-related disruptions, increasing inequalities in access… Continue reading UNICEF and WHO Warn of ‘Perfect Storm’ of Conditions for Measles Outbreaks, Affecting Children

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UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell’s Video Remarks at High-level Roundtable on the Horn of Africa Drought

NEW YORK/ GODE (April 26, 2022) – “I am joining you today from Gode Hospital, in the Somali region of Ethiopia where I have seen the devastation of the drought.  “Livestock dying … failed crops … communities displaced in search of food and water … and so many children suffering.  “The worst climate-induced emergency in 40… Continue reading UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell’s Video Remarks at High-level Roundtable on the Horn of Africa Drought

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1 in 4 Children in Latin America and the Caribbean are Exposed to Diseases that can be Prevented With Vaccines

NEW YORK / PANAMÁ CITY (April 25, 2022) – In five years, the complete vaccination schedule for diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTP3) in Latin America and the Caribbean has dropped from 90 percent in 2015 to 76 percent in 2020, according to data from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and UNICEF. This means that one in… Continue reading 1 in 4 Children in Latin America and the Caribbean are Exposed to Diseases that can be Prevented With Vaccines

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World Immunization Week: UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Liam Neeson Headlines Week-Long Commemoration of Global Vaccination Efforts and Calls for Greater Investment

NEW YORK (April 24, 2022) – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Liam Neeson is leading UNICEF’s global immunization initiative with a global message thanking the scientists, parents, health workers and others who have been so critical in helping to immunize children over the last two decades.   In a video released ahead of World Immunization Week, Neeson talks about… Continue reading World Immunization Week: UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Liam Neeson Headlines Week-Long Commemoration of Global Vaccination Efforts and Calls for Greater Investment

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A Mother From Afghanistan Reflects on Her Family’s Life This Ramadan

Around the world, Muslim communities are coming together to commemorate the holy month of Ramadan through prayer and fasting. But millions of children and families in Afghanistan cannot have a proper meal to start and break their fast. They are in the grip of a devastating humanitarian and economic crisis. Meet Robina. She lives in Qalai Fatho,… Continue reading A Mother From Afghanistan Reflects on Her Family’s Life This Ramadan

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At Least 10 Million Children Face Severe Drought in the Horn of Africa – UNICEF

NEW YORK/ NAIROBI (April 22, 2022) – The number of children facing severe drought conditions across the Horn of Africa has increased by more than 40 per cent in the space of two months, warns UNICEF.  Between February and April, the number of children facing the impact of drought including acute hunger, malnutrition and thirst increased… Continue reading At Least 10 Million Children Face Severe Drought in the Horn of Africa – UNICEF

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Strengthening Health Systems to Ensure Every Child Is Vaccinated

Vaccines are a public health success story. Routine childhood immunizations protect children from vaccine-preventable diseases, saving 2 to 3 million lives every year. But climate change, conflict and COVID-19 are disrupting health systems worldwide, threatening to roll back decades of progess. In 2020, 23 million children missed out on basic vaccines through routine immunization services… Continue reading Strengthening Health Systems to Ensure Every Child Is Vaccinated

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In the Fight for Climate Action, Girls’ Voices Must Be Heard

The past seven years have been the hottest on record, and the impacts are not gender-neutral: According to the Children’s Climate Risk Index, 4 out of 5 people displaced by climate change are girls and women. Yet less than 2 percent of national climate strategies mention girls. UNICEF is working to amplify the voices of girls… Continue reading In the Fight for Climate Action, Girls’ Voices Must Be Heard

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Child Immunization Program Reaches Rohingya Refugee Children On Bhasan Char Island

NEW YORK/ DHAKA (April 21, 2022) – This week, Rohingya refugee children on Bhasan Char in Bangladesh are receiving vaccinations through a routine childhood immunization program. UNICEF provides technical and financial assistance to the Government of Bangladesh in support of childhood immunizations on Bhasan Char. While Rohingya refugee children have received some vaccinations since arriving on… Continue reading Child Immunization Program Reaches Rohingya Refugee Children On Bhasan Char Island

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Why I Volunteer for UNICEF

My journey with UNICEF began when I was a senior in high school and I led a service project for the students in our school’s honor society. I was at a loss for ideas until my English teacher suggested that I look into a Water Walk in support of UNICEF. This seemed like the perfect opportunity… Continue reading Why I Volunteer for UNICEF

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Lebanon’s Crisis Threatening Children’s Health

NEW YORK/BEIRUT (April 20, 2022) ­ – The ripple effects of the global economic situation – with heightened prices and increased inflation – are exacerbating Lebanon’s calamitous crisis, with grave consequences for children’s health, UNICEF said in a report released to coincide with World Immunization Week (WIW). This will cause more disruptions in the health… Continue reading Lebanon’s Crisis Threatening Children’s Health

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Nova Ukraine Making a Difference for the Children of Ukraine

Six weeks since the start of the war in Ukraine, more than half of Ukraine’s estimated 7.5 million children have been internally displaced. As of April 11, over 4.6 million refugees have fled Ukraine into surrounding countries such as Moldova, Poland and Romania – according to data from UNHCR, the UN’s lead refugee agency. Since… Continue reading Nova Ukraine Making a Difference for the Children of Ukraine

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Sana’a Authorities In Yemen Sign Action Plan With UN To Prevent Grave Violations Against Children

NEW YORK/SANA’A (April 18th, 2022) –– Today Sana’a authorities signed an Action Plan with the United Nations to protect children and prevent grave violations against them in the context of the armed conflict in Yemen. The Action Plan commits the Sana’a authorities and their forces to comply with the prohibition of the recruitment and use… Continue reading Sana’a Authorities In Yemen Sign Action Plan With UN To Prevent Grave Violations Against Children

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Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell on Attacks Against Schools in Kabul, Afghanistan

NEW YORK, 19 April 2022 – “I am horrified by the brutal attacks targeting school children today in western Kabul, Afghanistan. The coordinated blasts occurred at the Mumtaz Tuition Center and Abdul Raheem Shaheed High School. “Reports are still being verified, but at least nine children are believed to have been killed and more than fifty injured. The number… Continue reading Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell on Attacks Against Schools in Kabul, Afghanistan

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From Polio Survivor to Frontline Vaccinator in Pakistan

Soni Faisal was just 11 months old when she contracted polio, a highly infectious, crippling and sometimes deadly disease, but that early experience would go on to shape the rest of her life in unexpected ways. In March 2022, Faisal received Pakistan’s prestigious Pride of Performance award for her outstanding work as a volunteer polio… Continue reading From Polio Survivor to Frontline Vaccinator in Pakistan

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Celebrating Some of UNICEF USA’s Most Passionate UNITERs

Every day, from coast to coast, our UNICEF UNITERs advocate, educate and host fundraisers and events to help their communities prioritize child rights and youth participation. The impact of their work is invaluable in helping us relentlessly pursue a better world for every child. Therefore, in honor of National Volunteer Week, we are excited to introduce… Continue reading Celebrating Some of UNICEF USA’s Most Passionate UNITERs

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For Children Caught in Conflict in DRC, Education and Hope for Peace

Faced with ongoing violence, acute food shortages, malnutrition, natural disasters and disease, children in the Democratic Republic of Congo are growing up in one of the world’s most difficult and long-running humanitarian crises. Decades of intercommunity violence — including attacks on civilians — have forced nearly 5 million people from their homes in eastern DRC. … Continue reading For Children Caught in Conflict in DRC, Education and Hope for Peace

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1.4 Million People Without Running Water Across War-Affected Eastern Ukraine

NEW YORK/LVIV, Ukraine (April 15, 2022)- More than seven weeks of intense hostilities in Ukraine have devastated both water and electricity networks, leaving 1.4 million people without access to safe water in the east of the country and a further 4.6 million people with only limited access. In total, over 6 million people in Ukraine are… Continue reading 1.4 Million People Without Running Water Across War-Affected Eastern Ukraine

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Inside an Underground Newborn Intensive Care Unit in War-Torn Ukraine

At the Regional Hospital in Lviv, Ukraine, fragile newborns have been moved to the basement for their protection as the bombardment of the city continues. Zoryana, manager of the hospital’s newborn intensive care unit, leads UNICEF’s Emma Maspero on a tour of the underground facilities, complete with incubators, monitors and ventilators, constructed and outfitted in… Continue reading Inside an Underground Newborn Intensive Care Unit in War-Torn Ukraine

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Losing Children To Starvation Would Be A Loss For Humanity

NEW YORK (April 14, 2022) – Millions of Somalis are at risk of sliding into famine as the impact of a prolonged drought continues to destroy lives and livelihoods, and growing needs outpace available resources for humanitarian assistance, United Nations agencies warned today. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Office for the Coordination… Continue reading Losing Children To Starvation Would Be A Loss For Humanity

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UNICEF: Pandemic Year 3 Represents a ‘Crucial Moment’

In February 2021, Ghana received the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines provided through the COVAX, a ground-breaking global collaboration committed to the development, production and equitable distribution of vaccines around the world. As the first shots reached the arms of Ghanaians, the country’s president reflected on the moment. “COVID-19 has changed the world. It has… Continue reading UNICEF: Pandemic Year 3 Represents a ‘Crucial Moment’

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UN Agencies Call for Scaled-Up Response to Address Increasing Hunger and Malnutrition in South Sudan

NEW YORK / JUBA (April 13, 2022) – Food insecurity is likely to rise by seven per cent across South Sudan in the coming months, compared to last year, according to a new United Nations report on food security. UN organizations are renewing the call for more humanitarian and livelihoods assistance to stave off looming hunger and… Continue reading UN Agencies Call for Scaled-Up Response to Address Increasing Hunger and Malnutrition in South Sudan

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Strengthening Health Systems To Prevent The Next Global Health Crisis

UNICEF USA asked three global health experts — Manisha Bhinge, Managing Director of Global Networks and Partnerships for the Rockefeller Foundation’s Pandemic Prevention Institute; Abou Kampo, Director of Health for UNICEF Global Programs; and Lauren Moore, Johnson & Johnson’s Vice President of Global Community Impact — to reflect on the past two years and what… Continue reading Strengthening Health Systems To Prevent The Next Global Health Crisis

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In India, Traditional Tunes Bind Communities Against COVID-19

Rajasthan, the Indian state known for its royal palaces and camel rides, has been an all-time favorite among international tourists for decades. From colorful puppet shows to the centuries-old tunes sung by locals, the world’s 20th largest desert region has everything needed to attract more than a million visitors every year. All the more reason… Continue reading In India, Traditional Tunes Bind Communities Against COVID-19

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“Every day the war continues, children will continue to suffer.”

NEW YORK (April 7, 2022) – “Mr President, Excellencies and colleagues, I would like to express my appreciation to Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield and Ambassador Ferit Hoxha for convening today’s meeting. I would also like to thank Ambassador Woodward and the United Kingdom for hosting this briefing during your Security Council presidency. “I returned last week from a mission… Continue reading “Every day the war continues, children will continue to suffer.”

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Statement by UNICEF Ukraine Representative Murat Sahin on the Attack on Kramatorsk Train Station

NEW YORK / LVIV (April 8, 2022) – “We strongly condemn the attack today on the train station in Kramatorsk, Ukraine. We do not know yet how many children were killed and injured in the attack, but we fear the worst. Kramatorsk train station has been the main route out for thousands of families evacuating… Continue reading Statement by UNICEF Ukraine Representative Murat Sahin on the Attack on Kramatorsk Train Station

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As The War In Ukraine Continues, Millions Of Children In The Middle East And North Africa At Increased Risk Of Malnutrition Amid Food Price Hikes

NEW YORK (April 7, 2022) – Six weeks into the war in Ukraine, the fragile nutritional status of children in the Middle East and North Africa is expected to worsen. While Muslims in the region observe the holy month of Ramadan, disruption in imports caused by the conflict is creating food shortages amid high prices of… Continue reading As The War In Ukraine Continues, Millions Of Children In The Middle East And North Africa At Increased Risk Of Malnutrition Amid Food Price Hikes

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UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell Calls For Political Resolution To End Violence Against Children In The Democratic Republic Of The Congo

NEW YORK (April 7, 2022) – UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell today appealed for an urgent political resolution to end ongoing violence in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Ms. Russell had just concluded a visit to Ituri Province, an area which has been hard-hit by attacks on civilians. During her… Continue reading UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell Calls For Political Resolution To End Violence Against Children In The Democratic Republic Of The Congo

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Hero Health Workers Care for Babies Born Under Siege in Ukraine

More than a month into the war in Ukraine, fighting and indiscriminate attacks continue to devastate urban areas. Dr. Iryna Kondratova, head of the Regional Perinatal Center in Kharkiv, is working tirelessly to care for pregnant women, mothers and newborns, despite the risks she and her team face every day. When the shelling began, the… Continue reading Hero Health Workers Care for Babies Born Under Siege in Ukraine

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UNICEF USA Statement on the Rescindment of the Title 42 Public Health Order

NEW YORK (April 5, 2022) – UNICEF USA welcomes the U.S. Government’s recent decision to lift the restrictions at the U.S.-Mexico border under Title 42 of the U.S. Code. This is an important step to restore the right to asylum and ensure that children and families at risk – who make up over 30% of… Continue reading UNICEF USA Statement on the Rescindment of the Title 42 Public Health Order

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Statement By UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell At The High-Level Pledging Event On Supporting The Humanitarian Response In Afghanistan

NEW YORK (April 1, 2022) – “This conference could not come at a more urgent time for the 13 million children in urgent need of humanitarian assistance today in Afghanistan.   “The worst drought in nearly 40 years … rising food prices … a collapsing economy … and outbreaks of preventable diseases are all taking a terrible… Continue reading Statement By UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell At The High-Level Pledging Event On Supporting The Humanitarian Response In Afghanistan

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Escape From Mariupol

When the bombs first fell on Mariupol, 7-year-old Maksym used to cry. Now, after all that he and his family have been through, he barely blinks at the memory. After five weeks of war, not much remains of Maksym’s home city in the Donestsk region of southeastern Ukraine. Kindergartens, schools, shops, factories, sports facilities and… Continue reading Escape From Mariupol

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With 23 Countries Yet to Fully Reopen Schools, Education Risks Becoming ‘Greatest Divider’ as COVID-19 Pandemic Enters Third Year – UNICEF

NEW YORK (March 30, 2022) – As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its third year, 23 countries – home to around 405 million schoolchildren – are yet to fully open schools, with many schoolchildren at risk of dropping out, according to a new UNICEF reported released today. Are children really learning? features country-level data on the impact of the… Continue reading With 23 Countries Yet to Fully Reopen Schools, Education Risks Becoming ‘Greatest Divider’ as COVID-19 Pandemic Enters Third Year – UNICEF

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Two Million Refugee Children Flee War In Ukraine In Search Of Safety Across Borders – UNICEF

NEW YORK (March 30, 2022) – Two million children have now been forced to flee Ukraine, as the war rages on. “The situation inside Ukraine is spiralling,” said UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell. “As the number of children fleeing their homes continues to climb, we must remember that every single one of them needs protection, education,… Continue reading Two Million Refugee Children Flee War In Ukraine In Search Of Safety Across Borders – UNICEF

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More Than Half of Ukraine’s Children Displaced by War

Since the start of the war in Ukraine one month ago, 4.3 million children have been forced out of their homes. That’s over half the country’s estimated 7.5 million total child population. More than 4 million people — including 1.8 million children — have crossed the border into Poland, Romania, Moldova and other neighboring countries to escape… Continue reading More Than Half of Ukraine’s Children Displaced by War

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UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom in Moldova to Meet Refugee Children Fleeing Ukraine War

NEW YORK (March 25, 2022) – One month since the start of the war in Ukraine, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom has visited Moldova to meet children and families fleeing Ukraine as refugees. During the two-day trip, Bloom visited a UNICEF-supported “Blue Dot” space in Palanca, south-west Moldova, where women and children stop for rest… Continue reading UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom in Moldova to Meet Refugee Children Fleeing Ukraine War

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More Than Half Of Ukraine’s Children Displaced After One Month Of War – UNICEF

NEW YORK (March 24, 2022) – One month of war in Ukraine has led to the displacement of 4.3 million children – more than half of the country’s estimated 7.5 million child population. This includes more than 1.8 million children who have crossed into neighboring countries as refugees and 2.5 million who are now internally displaced… Continue reading More Than Half Of Ukraine’s Children Displaced After One Month Of War – UNICEF

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In Yemen, Each Ramadan Is Harder Than the Last

More than 10,200 children have been killed or injured since conflict in Yemen escalated in March 2015. All Yemen’s children have been affected by what has become one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises. Widespread economic collapse and overstretched national systems and services have left 70 percent of the total population, including 11.3 million children, in need… Continue reading In Yemen, Each Ramadan Is Harder Than the Last

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Girls In Afghanistan Must Go Back To School Without Any Further Delays

NEW YORK (March 23, 2022) – “Millions of secondary-school girls around Afghanistan woke up hopeful today that they will be able to go back to school and resume their learning. It did not take long for their hopes to be shattered. “The de facto authorities’ decision to delay the return to school for girls from Grade 7 to… Continue reading Girls In Afghanistan Must Go Back To School Without Any Further Delays

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A Volunteer Translator Helps Fellow Refugees From Ukraine

Like millions of people from Ukraine, Anastasia and her daughter were forced to flee their home when the war broke out. Arriving at the home of a host family in Siret, Romania, Anastasia “stayed there in a room for two days,” she says, “just being very stressed, crying, checking the news every five minutes.” Then… Continue reading A Volunteer Translator Helps Fellow Refugees From Ukraine

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Where Water Is Scarce, UNICEF Offers a Fresh Take on Drilling

Each morning, 13-year-old Aysha wakes up before sunrise to fetch water for her family in Ethiopia, where she lives. For Aysha — one of an estimated 2.1 billion people in the world who lack sufficient, reliable access to water — it is an eight-hour trek round trip.  Like other countries in East and Southern Africa, Ethiopia… Continue reading Where Water Is Scarce, UNICEF Offers a Fresh Take on Drilling

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Protecting Children With Special Needs From War in Ukraine

The war in Ukraine has been extra tough on children with special needs and their families. For Petro, who has a severe form of autism, the constant shelling and his family’s sudden departure from his familiar home environment in the northeastern city of Kharkiv have been almost too much to bear. He “became very nervous… Continue reading Protecting Children With Special Needs From War in Ukraine

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Children Fleeing War In Ukraine At Heightened Risk Of Trafficking And Exploitation

NEW YORK (March 21, 2022) – Children fleeing war in Ukraine are at heightened risk of human trafficking and exploitation, UNICEF warned today. Traffickers often seek to exploit the chaos of largescale population movements, and with more than 1.5 million children having fled Ukraine as refugees since February 24, and countless others displaced by violence inside… Continue reading Children Fleeing War In Ukraine At Heightened Risk Of Trafficking And Exploitation

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Haiti’s Winning the Fight Against Cholera

After a major earthquake rocked southwestern Haiti on Aug. 14, 2021, damaging water infrastructure and destroying 130,000 homes, public health officials warned that conditions were ripe for a ferocious cholera outbreak. In Haiti, where 3.3 million people lack access to safe water, the threat of cholera looms large. Communities without reliable water and sanitation facilities are most… Continue reading Haiti’s Winning the Fight Against Cholera

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Asylum Policies Must Prioritize Well-Being of Migrant Children

In March 2020, the U.S. effectively halted asylum processing at its borders, citing public health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic and invoking Title 42 of the U.S. Code, which grants the U.S. government the ability to take emergency action to stop the spread of communicable diseases. Asylum seekers — many of them children and families fleeing… Continue reading Asylum Policies Must Prioritize Well-Being of Migrant Children

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UNICEF Sends Additional Life-Saving Supplies for Ukraine Response

NEW YORK (March 18, 2022) – As of March 17th 2022, UNICEF has dispatched 85 trucks carrying 858 tons of emergency supplies to support children and families in war-torn Ukraine and neighboring countries. Out of this total, 78 trucks carrying over 780 tons were sent to Ukraine while the remaining 7 trucks were sent to nearby… Continue reading UNICEF Sends Additional Life-Saving Supplies for Ukraine Response

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At the Ukrainian Border, Families Search for Safety and Shelter

It has taken Yulia, a mother of two from Ukraine, seven days to reach the Polish border. The shells were still exploding behind her, raining down shrapnel, as she fled the city of Kharkiv with her 1-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son.  During their journey, the family slept on a factory floor, on a wooden bench,… Continue reading At the Ukrainian Border, Families Search for Safety and Shelter

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See What a UNICEF ‘Blue Dot’ Refugee Support Center Looks Like

Over 3 million people, mostly children and women, have fled Ukraine since late February to escape a war that continues to kill civilians, destroy homes and neighborhoods, bombard schools and hospitals and endanger millions of lives. Refugees are pouring into neighboring countries seeking safety from the escalating violence at a rate of about one child every… Continue reading See What a UNICEF ‘Blue Dot’ Refugee Support Center Looks Like

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“Particularly shocking” – Every Single Minute, 55 Children Have Fled Their Country. A Ukrainian Child Has Become a Refugee Almost Every Single Second Since the Start of the War.

NEW YORK (March 15, 2022) – “Since February 24, scores of children have been killed in Ukraine. Many more have been injured.  “And more than 1.5 million children have fled the country.  “Putting this last statistic another way, on average, every day in Ukraine from the start of the war, more than 75,000 children have become… Continue reading “Particularly shocking” – Every Single Minute, 55 Children Have Fled Their Country. A Ukrainian Child Has Become a Refugee Almost Every Single Second Since the Start of the War.

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Youth Host Fundraisers to Help Children Affected by War in Ukraine

2nd Graders make homemade bracelets and raise over 17k for children of Ukraine It makes me sad to hear that some kids have to leave their homes and that their country is being destroyed. – Maddie, 2nd Grader and member of the Giving Girls The Giving Girls show off their homemade bracelets in Clarendon Hills,… Continue reading Youth Host Fundraisers to Help Children Affected by War in Ukraine

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Born Into War: Keeping Mothers and Babies Alive in Ukraine

As war unfolds all around them, new and expectant mothers in Ukraine are in desperate need of health services and safety. UNICEF is delivering supplies to help facilities provide the support they need.  Kyiv, Ukraine — Yuliya gently rocks her newborn baby in the dank basement of a medical center in Kyiv. Vera is only… Continue reading Born Into War: Keeping Mothers and Babies Alive in Ukraine

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Born Into War: Keeping Mothers and Newborns Alive in Ukraine

As war unfolds all around them, new and expectant mothers in Ukraine are in desperate need of health services and safety. UNICEF is delivering supplies to help facilities provide the support they need.  Kyiv, Ukraine — Yuliya gently rocks her newborn baby in the dank basement of a medical center in Kyiv. Vera is only… Continue reading Born Into War: Keeping Mothers and Newborns Alive in Ukraine

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What Kids Want Congress to Know

Children have a right to have their voices heard, particularly about issues that affect them. A Harris poll conducted online for UNICEF USA found that only one-third of children in the U.S. feel included in the American political process. The poll also found that girls felt especially excluded: 53 percent of girls said they do not feel… Continue reading What Kids Want Congress to Know

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Syria: Children Struggle With Physical and Psychological Scars After 11 Years of War

NEW YORK (March 15, 2022) – Eleven years since the crisis began in Syria, violence, displacement, and lack of access to essential services continue to put children’s lives at risk. Just yesterday, three children were reportedly killed by unexploded ordnance in Aleppo city. Last year, nearly 900 children in Syria lost their lives or were injured.… Continue reading Syria: Children Struggle With Physical and Psychological Scars After 11 Years of War

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In Yemen, the Number of Children Killed or Injured Continues to Increase as Violence Escalates

NEW YORK (March 12, 2022) – “Following the intensification of the conflict in Yemen in 2021, violence has continued to escalate this year and as always children are the first and most to suffer. “Over the first two months of 2022, 47 children were reportedly killed or maimed in several locations across the country.  “Since the conflict… Continue reading In Yemen, the Number of Children Killed or Injured Continues to Increase as Violence Escalates

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Yemen: Acute Hunger at Unprecedented Levels as Funding Dries Up

NEW YORK (March 14, 2022) – Yemen’s already dire hunger crisis is teetering on the edge of outright catastrophe, with 17.4 million people now in need of food assistance and a growing portion of the population coping with emergency levels of hunger, UN agencies have warned. The humanitarian situation in the country is poised to get… Continue reading Yemen: Acute Hunger at Unprecedented Levels as Funding Dries Up

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War in Syria: Children Still Suffering Profound Impacts

March 15, 2022, marks 11 years since Syria erupted into civil war, bringing death, destruction and mass displacement, and plunging the country into a complex, multi-layered crisis that continues to threaten children’s rights and futures. The horrors unfolding in Ukraine today are not that different from what was happening in Syria a decade ago, as… Continue reading War in Syria: Children Still Suffering Profound Impacts

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Stop Attacks on Health Care in Ukraine

NEW YORK (March 13, 2022) – “Today, we call for an immediate cessation of all attacks on health care in Ukraine. These horrific attacks are killing and causing serious injuries to patients and health workers, destroying vital health infrastructure and forcing thousands to forgo accessing health services despite catastrophic needs. “To attack the most vulnerable – babies, children, pregnant… Continue reading Stop Attacks on Health Care in Ukraine

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At Least 10,200 Children Killed or Injured in Yemen Since 2015

At least 47 children were reportedly killed or injured in several locations in Yemen in the first two months of this year alone, Philippe Duamelle, UNICEF Representative in Yemen, said in a statement released March 12. The UN has verified that more than 10,200 children have been killed or injured since conflict first escalated in… Continue reading At Least 10,200 Children Killed or Injured in Yemen Since 2015

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Equitable Education Benefits the Future Workforce

Quality education for girls is proven to break the cycle of poverty and increase countries’ socio-economic prosperity and well-being. Globally, high school graduates are less likely to marry young and more likely to earn higher incomes, building better futures for themselves and their families. Educated women also bring different skills and perspectives to the workplace, positively… Continue reading Equitable Education Benefits the Future Workforce

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Stories of Suffering, Stories of Hope: A Reflection

For her first field trip as UNICEF’s Executive Director, Catherine Russell went to Pakistan and Afghanistan, where she met children, adolescents and mothers and listened to their stories. “Children are so resilient and can often bounce back, no matter the hardships. They just need support.” This is Russell’s personal account, originally published on unicef.org. One… Continue reading Stories of Suffering, Stories of Hope: A Reflection

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UNICEF: Pandemic Pushing More Families Deeper Into Poverty

Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, the social and economic devastation is weighing most heavily on children, particularly the poorest and most marginalized.  At least 68 percent of households with children have lost income since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report from UNICEF and the World Bank.  Impact of COVID-19… Continue reading UNICEF: Pandemic Pushing More Families Deeper Into Poverty

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Additional UNICEF Supplies on Their Way to Ukraine as Number of Child Refugees Exceeds 1 Million Mark

NEW YORK (March 10, 2022) – More than 1 million children have now fled Ukraine as war continues to ravage the country, UNICEF said today. Most have fled with their families to Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Moldova and Romania. “The number of children on the move is staggering, an indication of how desperate the situation for… Continue reading Additional UNICEF Supplies on Their Way to Ukraine as Number of Child Refugees Exceeds 1 Million Mark

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Statement By UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell On Reported Attack Against Maternity Hospital In Mariupol, Ukraine

NEW YORK (March 9, 2022) – “I am horrified by the reported attack today on a maternity hospital in Mariupol, Ukraine – an attack which reportedly left young children and women in labor buried beneath the rubble of destroyed buildings. We do not yet know the number of casualties but fear the worst. “This attack, if… Continue reading Statement By UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell On Reported Attack Against Maternity Hospital In Mariupol, Ukraine

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UNICEF Gets Supplies to Children and Families Inside Ukraine

Emergency supplies shipped from UNICEF’s Global Supply and Logistics Hub in Copenhagen arrived by truck in Lviv, western Ukraine, on March 5, part of a six-truck convoy carrying some 62 tons of items, including: personal protective equipment to protect health workers from COVID-19 medicine and first aid kits midwifery kits surgical equipment learning and recreational… Continue reading UNICEF Gets Supplies to Children and Families Inside Ukraine

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UNICEF ‘Blue Dots’ Providing Critical Support to Refugees from Ukraine

In the past 10 days, 1.7 million people have fled Ukraine as fighting intensifed in and round the country’s major urban centers, putting millions of children and other civilians at grave risk. While renewing calls for immediate suspension of hostilities to allow humanitarian access to those in need, UNICEF is also ramping up support services… Continue reading UNICEF ‘Blue Dots’ Providing Critical Support to Refugees from Ukraine

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Briefing To The UN Security Council On The Humanitarian Situation In Ukraine By UNICEF Executive Catherine Russell

NEW YORK (March 7, 2022) – Excellencies and colleagues,   I would like to express my appreciation to Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield and Ambassador Ferit Hoxha for convening today’s meeting.  I would also like to thank Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh and the United Arab Emirates for hosting this briefing during your Security Council presidency.   This is my first time briefing… Continue reading Briefing To The UN Security Council On The Humanitarian Situation In Ukraine By UNICEF Executive Catherine Russell

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Unaccompanied And Separated Children Fleeing Escalating Conflict In Ukraine Must Be Protected

NEW YORK (March 7, 2022) – “In the past week, more than one million refugees have been forced to flee Ukraine seeking safety and protection. Hundreds of thousands of them are children. Amongst those fleeing, many are unaccompanied or have been separated from their parents or family members. “Children without parental care are at a heightened… Continue reading Unaccompanied And Separated Children Fleeing Escalating Conflict In Ukraine Must Be Protected

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First Shipment Of UNICEF Humanitarian Aid Arrives In Ukraine As Conflict Escalates

NEW YORK (March 7, 2022) – The first batch of UNICEF humanitarian supplies has arrived today in Lviv, western Ukraine, from UNICEF’s Global Supply and Logistics Hub in Copenhagen. It is part of a six-truck convoy containing an estimated 62 tons of supplies on its way to the war-ravaged country. The supplies include personal protective equipment to… Continue reading First Shipment Of UNICEF Humanitarian Aid Arrives In Ukraine As Conflict Escalates

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First Shipment of UNICEF Humanitarian Aid Arrives in Ukraine as Conflict Escalates

NEW YORK, 5 March 2022 – The first batch of UNICEF humanitarian supplies has arrived today in Lviv, western Ukraine, from UNICEF’s Global Supply and Logistics Hub in Copenhagen. It is part of a six-truck convoy containing an estimated 62 tonnes of supplies on its way to the war-ravaged country. The supplies include personal protective equipment to… Continue reading First Shipment of UNICEF Humanitarian Aid Arrives in Ukraine as Conflict Escalates

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UNICEF: Helping Girls Return to School Must Be a Global Priority

COVID-related school closures disrupted the educations of more than half of all students worldwide, cutting them off from their studies, teachers, friends and vital school-based services, jeopardizing their learning, development and future.   For some — particularly girls — the break could be permanent. It is estimated that more than 10 million girls who were previously… Continue reading UNICEF: Helping Girls Return to School Must Be a Global Priority

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Helping Girls Return to School Must Be a Global Priority

COVID-related school closures disrupted the educations of more than half of all students worldwide, cutting them off from their studies, teachers, friends and vital school-based services, jeopardizing their learning, development and future.   For some — particularly girls — the break could be permanent. It is estimated that more than 10 million girls who were previously… Continue reading Helping Girls Return to School Must Be a Global Priority

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For Ukraine’s Children, a Frightening New Reality

The conflict in Ukraine, now in its second week, is taking a terrible toll on children’s lives and well-being. Millions of children could be caught up in the violence as fighting intensifies in and around urban centers. Parents desperate to get their children out of harm’s way are leaving everything behind, making their way toward… Continue reading For Ukraine’s Children, a Frightening New Reality

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One Week into Conflict in Ukraine, Half a Million Children Become Refugees – UNICEF

NEW YORK (March 3, 2022) – The conflict in Ukraine, now in its second week, is exacting a harrowing toll on children, UNICEF warned today. Millions of children could be caught up in the violence as the fighting intensifies in and around the country’s major urban centres. Children are especially vulnerable to being injured or… Continue reading One Week into Conflict in Ukraine, Half a Million Children Become Refugees – UNICEF

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Growing Up in Conflict in Ukraine: Lessons No Child Should Learn

For eight years, hundreds of thousands of children growing up in eastern Ukraine have been longing for peace.  On February 10, 2022, 16-year-old Nastia led a visitor on a tour of her first school, just across the road from her family’s home in the village of Pavlopil, Donetsk oblast, eastern Ukraine. The building has been… Continue reading Growing Up in Conflict in Ukraine: Lessons No Child Should Learn

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How are you, really?

The question “how are you?” has always confused me. It gets asked at the beginning of almost every conversation, no matter if it’s with a significant other or a best friend or someone who was in your middle school science class, but hardly ever is it really asked. To me, the world is weird and… Continue reading How are you, really?

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Amid Stress and Sorrow, Support for Families Fleeing Ukraine

The line of cars stretches into the distance as Ukrainian families, exhausted with worry, make their way slowly toward the border of Poland, some 31 miles away.  Intensive air strikes and heavy fighting in Ukraine have pushed more than 500,000 people out of their homes in search of safety in the past week. Families, mostly… Continue reading Amid Stress and Sorrow, Support for Families Fleeing Ukraine

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UNICEF Geneva Palais Briefing Note On The Situation Of Children In Ukraine

NEW YORK (March 1, 2022) – “As many of you know, the military operation in Ukraine poses an immediate threat to the lives and wellbeing of the country’s 7.5 million children. “As we speak, there have been major attacks in Kyiv that have created great fear and panic among the population, with families really scared, moving… Continue reading UNICEF Geneva Palais Briefing Note On The Situation Of Children In Ukraine

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UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell’s Remarks At The Joint Launch Of The Humanitarian Flash Appeal And Regional Refugee Response Plan, Ukraine

NEW YORK (March 1, 2022) – “The situation facing children and families caught up in the escalating conflict in Ukraine grows worse by the minute.  “The fighting is moving closer to civilian populations – closer to children’s homes and schools, to hospitals and orphanages.   “Damage to infrastructure has left hundreds of thousands of people without safe… Continue reading UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell’s Remarks At The Joint Launch Of The Humanitarian Flash Appeal And Regional Refugee Response Plan, Ukraine

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Amid Stress and Sorrow, a Show of Support for Families Fleeing Ukraine

The line of cars stretches into the distance as Ukrainian families, exhausted with worry, make their way slowly toward the border of Poland, some 31 miles away.  Intensive air strikes and heavy fighting in Ukraine have pushed more than 500,000 people out of their homes in search of safety in the past week. Families have… Continue reading Amid Stress and Sorrow, a Show of Support for Families Fleeing Ukraine

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Flight From Ukraine: UNICEF to Support Refugees at ‘Blue Dot’ Hubs

UNICEF is scaling up its emergency response in Ukraine as escalating conflict continues to pose an immediate and growing threat to the lives and well-being of the country’s 7.5 million children. On Feb. 25, 2022, in Kyiv, Ukraine, a girl looks at the crater left by an explosion in front of an apartment building which was heavily… Continue reading Flight From Ukraine: UNICEF to Support Refugees at ‘Blue Dot’ Hubs

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Statement By UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell Calling For A Suspension Of Hostilities To Carry Out Urgent Humanitarian Action In Ukraine

NEW YORK (February 28, 2022) – “The situation for children caught up in the conflict in Ukraine grows worse by the minute. “We are receiving reports of hospitals, schools, water and sanitation facilities and orphanages under fire. Explosive weapons in populated areas and explosive remnants of war are real and present dangers for the children of Ukraine.  “Children… Continue reading Statement By UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell Calling For A Suspension Of Hostilities To Carry Out Urgent Humanitarian Action In Ukraine

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Children in Ukraine Fear for the Future

Shells. Landmines. Shrapnel. For almost eight years, fear has filled the lives of children in eastern Ukraine. Now, with an escalating conflict, children are more scared than ever. Like many children, sisters Katia, 7, and Daryna, 9, below, live in eastern Ukraine, along the so-called contact line which divides government- and non-government-controlled areas. Growing up there means… Continue reading Children in Ukraine Fear for the Future

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UNICEF to Afghan Authorities: Allow All Girls to Go to School

UNICEF Executive Director Catherine M. Russell, following a three-day visit to Afghanistan, expressed “grave concerns” about what she saw and urged the international community and Afghanistan’s de-facto authorities to find ways to work together for the sake of the country’s children.  “Decisions and actions taken today will dictate whether these children live or die, whether… Continue reading UNICEF to Afghan Authorities: Allow All Girls to Go to School

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Saving Lives Through Music

Like many other volunteers, a key personal experience first inspired Ayush’s volunteerism. He organized his first Benefit Concert after a close friend was diagnosed with leukemia. Each year since then, he organizes the Children Helping Children Benefit Concert, which features talented youth performers from across the country. Just like the Concert for Bangladesh, organized by… Continue reading Saving Lives Through Music

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The International Community And The De Facto Authorities Must Find Ways To Work Together – For The Sake Of The Children Of Afghanistan

NEW YORK (February 25, 2022) – “Decades of conflict, a devastating drought, a collapsing economy and the impact of international sanctions are causing irreparable damage to the children of Afghanistan.  “I have just finished a short visit to the country and what I saw gave me cause for grave concern. “In the streets of Kabul, scores… Continue reading The International Community And The De Facto Authorities Must Find Ways To Work Together – For The Sake Of The Children Of Afghanistan

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Children in Eastern Ukraine Fear for the Future

Shells. Landmines. Shrapnel. For almost eight years, fear has filled the lives of children in eastern Ukraine. Now, with an escalating conflict, children are more scared than ever. Like many children, sisters Katia, 7, and Daryna, 9, below, live in eastern Ukraine, along the so-called contact line which divides government- and non-government-controlled areas. Growing up there means… Continue reading Children in Eastern Ukraine Fear for the Future

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UNICEF Geneva Palais Briefing Note On The Situation Of Children In Ukraine

NEW YORK (February 25, 2022) – “As many of you know, the military operation in Ukraine poses an immediate threat to the lives and wellbeing of the country’s 7.5 million children. “As we speak, there have been major attacks in Kyiv that have created great fear and panic among the population, with families really scared, moving… Continue reading UNICEF Geneva Palais Briefing Note On The Situation Of Children In Ukraine

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UNICEF: Children in Crossfire of Ukraine Crisis

As Ukraine declared a nationwide state of emergency on Thursday, UNICEF appealed to all warring parties in the eastern region to allow full humanitarian access to families and children who have long suffered the adverse effects of the protracted conflict in the country — and whose lives and well-being are now under even greater threat.  “Heavy weapons fire… Continue reading UNICEF: Children in Crossfire of Ukraine Crisis

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Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Catherine M. Russell on children in Ukraine

NEW YORK (February 24, 2022) – “UNICEF is deeply concerned that intensifying hostilities in Ukraine pose an immediate threat to the lives and wellbeing of the country’s 7.5 million children. Heavy weapons fire along the line of contact has already damaged critical water infrastructure and education facilities in recent days. Unless the fighting subsides, tens of… Continue reading Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Catherine M. Russell on children in Ukraine

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Dispatch from Brooklyn: In Mental Health, ‘Kids Helping Kids’ Works

After a successful first year, the Brooklyn-based Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health is looking to broaden the impact of its mental health support program for children and youth in New York City communities of color. Beyond the Stigma: A Collective Conversation on Youth Mental Health and Wellness — developed with funding and technical assistance from… Continue reading Dispatch from Brooklyn: In Mental Health, ‘Kids Helping Kids’ Works

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Children In Eastern Ukraine Must Have Access To Safe Education And Childhood –UNICEF

NEW YORK (February 22, 2022) – Attacks on kindergartens and schools have been a sad reality for children in eastern Ukraine over the last eight years. More than 750 schools have been damaged since the beginning of the conflict, disrupting access to education for thousands of children on both sides of the contact line. The conflict… Continue reading Children In Eastern Ukraine Must Have Access To Safe Education And Childhood –UNICEF

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UNICEF Provides Support To All Public School Teachers In Afghanistan For 2 Months

NEW YORK (February 22, 2022) – As part of efforts to ensure all school-age girls and boys in Afghanistan go to school and learn, UNICEF and partners are providing emergency cash support to all public education teachers for the months of January and February. The EU-funded payment – amounting to the equivalent of $100 a month… Continue reading UNICEF Provides Support To All Public School Teachers In Afghanistan For 2 Months

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Sponsor a Child in Malawi Today

Children face numerous challenges in Malawi, where poverty and inequality are persistent threats. One of the poorest countries in the world, Malawi has implemented long-range economic reform and strategic plans to transform the nation into a wealthy and self-reliant upper-middle-income country by 2063. But today, roughly 70 percent of Malawians live below the poverty level… Continue reading Sponsor a Child in Malawi Today

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Black History Month and the Power of Remembrance

Every year, Black History Month inspires a renewed recognition and appreciation of the treasured legacy of the African American community with an eye toward the future. It is the spirit of this commemoration that fuels ongoing advocacy, while drawing from the lessons of African American history. Delving into that history has become an important validation… Continue reading Black History Month and the Power of Remembrance

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Haiti: Six Months After The Earthquake, More Than 4 Out Of 5 Schools Destroyed Or Damaged Are Yet To Be Rebuilt

NEW YORK (February 15, 2022) – Six months after the devastating earthquake that struck southwest Haiti, more than 1,000 schools in the most affected departments of Sud, Grand’Anse and Nippes are yet to be rebuilt, leaving an estimated 320,000 children to study in environments that are not conducive to learning, UNICEF said today.   “Ensuring children can… Continue reading Haiti: Six Months After The Earthquake, More Than 4 Out Of 5 Schools Destroyed Or Damaged Are Yet To Be Rebuilt

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Urgent Support Needed For 1.4 Million Children Likely To Suffer From Acute Malnutrition In Somalia

NEW YORK (February 15, 2022) – More than 1.4 million children in Somalia, nearly half of the country’s under-five population, are likely to suffer from acute malnutrition due to the ongoing drought that has left 4.1 million people on the brink. According to the latest Somalia Food Security and Nutrition Assessment released last week, about a quarter of… Continue reading Urgent Support Needed For 1.4 Million Children Likely To Suffer From Acute Malnutrition In Somalia

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Time Spent Fetching Water Keeps Girls Out of School in Nigeria

The days begin early for 13-year-old Uzzaya Idris, who lives with her family in Gabarin, a village in northeast Nigeria’s Bauchi state. She’s up by 6 a.m. every morning to fetch the water her family will use for drinking, cooking, bathing and washing clothes.  There’s open water closer to the village, but the water is… Continue reading Time Spent Fetching Water Keeps Girls Out of School in Nigeria

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Sponsor a Child in Bangladesh Today

Record numbers of children are in crisis today, and in Bangladesh, the situation is especially dire.  When hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees fled genocide in Myanmar for southern Bangladesh in August 2017, the children’s accounts of the horrors they’d seen and experienced focused the world’s attention on the crisis. Despite the strain on its population, Bangladesh… Continue reading Sponsor a Child in Bangladesh Today

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Three Young Women Scientists Speak Out on Gender Equity

Before the start of the pandemic, 132 milliion girls between the ages of 6 and 17 were out of school. As a result of COVID-19 disruptions, UNESCO estimates that an additional 11.2 million girls may never return to the classroom. Limited access to education for girls is something Anna Stacy, Bouchra Benghomari and Shubhi Sinha… Continue reading Three Young Women Scientists Speak Out on Gender Equity

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UNICEF USA Announces New Appointments to the National Board of Directors: Glen Baptist, Nicole Giles and Janet Truncale

NEW YORK (February 10, 2022) – UNICEF USA today announced the appointment of Glen Baptist, Nicole Giles and Janet Truncale to the National Board of Directors, effective January 27, 2022.  “We are honored to have Glen Baptist, Nicole Giles and Janet Truncale joining as the newest additions to UNICEF USA’s National Board of Directors,” said Michael J. Nyenhuis, UNICEF USA President and CEO. “We… Continue reading UNICEF USA Announces New Appointments to the National Board of Directors: Glen Baptist, Nicole Giles and Janet Truncale

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Advocate to Congress to Put Children First — Let’s Go Virtual!

Every year, UNICEF supporters meet with members of Congress to advocate for the world’s children through the legislative process. Last year, as a response to the ongoing pandemic, UNICEF USA shifted to virtual advocacy for the first time ever. Our virtual advocacy efforts exceeded all expectations — more than 600 UNICEF supporters from 46 states gathered… Continue reading Advocate to Congress to Put Children First — Let’s Go Virtual!

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Advocate to Congress to Put Children First – Let’s Go Virtual!

Every year, UNICEF supporters meet with members of Congress to advocate for the world’s children through the legislative process. Last year, as a response to the ongoing pandemic, UNICEF USA shifted to virtual advocacy for the first time ever. Our virtual advocacy efforts exceeded all expectations — more than 600 UNICEF supporters from 46 states gathered… Continue reading Advocate to Congress to Put Children First – Let’s Go Virtual!

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Emergency Relief for Children & Families in Drought-Stricken Ethiopia

Families are struggling for survival as a severe drought takes hold in four regions of Ethiopia. Three consecutive failed rainy seasons have led to severe water scarcity, killing livestock and crops, forcing families out of their homes and increasing the risk of disease and severe malnutrition.  More than 6.8 million people in Ethiopia will need… Continue reading Emergency Relief for Children & Families in Drought-Stricken Ethiopia

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ACT-Accelerator Calls For Fair Share-Based Financing Of $23 Billion To End Pandemic As Global Emergency In 2022

NEW YORK (February 9, 2022) – World leaders will today launch a call to end the pandemic as a global emergency in 2022 by funding the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, a partnership of leading agencies that is providing low and middle-income countries with tests, treatments, vaccines, and personal protective equipment. With a significant proportion… Continue reading ACT-Accelerator Calls For Fair Share-Based Financing Of $23 Billion To End Pandemic As Global Emergency In 2022

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UNICEF Geneva Palais Briefing Note On The Crisis In The Horn Of Africa And Tropical Storm Ana & Cyclone Batsirai

NEW YORK (February 9, 2022) – “The situation of children and families in the Horn of Africa is dire. They are desperate. Millions of lives are hanging in the balance.  “The needs are massive and urgent, and they are quickly outpacing the available funds to respond. We need to act now to prevent a catastrophe. “UNICEF… Continue reading UNICEF Geneva Palais Briefing Note On The Crisis In The Horn Of Africa And Tropical Storm Ana & Cyclone Batsirai

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Childhood, Interrupted: Paying the Price of Conflict in Ukraine

Natasha, 16, remembers the heavy fighting that forced her family to flee from their seaside village of Shyrokyne, in Volnovakha, Donetsk oblast, eastern Ukraine. She was 11 years old. Natasha misses her old school, and her teachers and classmates. Today, Shyrokyne remains deserted, her school in shambles — one of 750 schools that have been… Continue reading Childhood, Interrupted: Paying the Price of Conflict in Ukraine

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UNICEF Helps Children Freed by Armed Groups Reclaim Their Lives

Each year, UNICEF supports the release and reintegration of thousands of boys and girls who have been recruited — often against their will — for use as soldiers, cooks, spies and more in armed conflicts around the world. Children associated with and recruited by armed groups should always be treated as victims of conflict. Below,… Continue reading UNICEF Helps Children Freed by Armed Groups Reclaim Their Lives

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UNICEF Raises Appeal For Children Affected By Typhoon Rai To $39 Million

NEW YORK (February 3, 2022) – UNICEF revises its emergency fundraising appeal for children affected by Typhoon Rai (locally named Odette) from an initial $11.5 million to US$39 million. More than a month after the Super Typhoon hit the Philippines, assessments reveal that the needs of affected families are greater than initial estimates. Of the sixteen million affected… Continue reading UNICEF Raises Appeal For Children Affected By Typhoon Rai To $39 Million

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UNICEF: Children Are Bearing Brunt of Intensifying Crisis in Ukraine

Children and families in eastern Ukraine have long been suffering the effects of armed conflict, and political and social unrest. In December, UNICEF reported that limited access to essential services was threatening the mental and physical well-being of Ukraine’s children; that health services across the country were buckling under the strain of the COVID-19 pandemic… Continue reading UNICEF: Children Are Bearing Brunt of Intensifying Crisis in Ukraine

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UNICEF: Children Bearing Brunt of Intensifying Crisis in Ukraine

Children and families in eastern Ukraine have long been suffering the effects of armed conflict, political and social unrest. In December, UNICEF reported that limited access to essential services were threatening the mental and physical well-being of children; that health services across the country were buckling under the strain of the COVID-19 pandemic and child… Continue reading UNICEF: Children Bearing Brunt of Intensifying Crisis in Ukraine

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UNICEF and Lilly Collaborate to Help Improve Health Outcomes for 10 Million Children and Adolescents

NEW YORK / INDIANAPOLIS (February 2, 2022) – Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) and UNICEF have today announced a new collaboration to help improve health outcomes for 10 million children and adolescents living with chronic, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) through 2025. Lilly has committed $14.4 million in support of UNICEF’s lifesaving work to address NCD… Continue reading UNICEF and Lilly Collaborate to Help Improve Health Outcomes for 10 Million Children and Adolescents

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Years of Drought Pushing Families to the Brink in Ethiopia

For three years in a row, the rain has refused to fall in Ethiopia. Water wells are dry; crops and livestock are dead and dying. In the lowland regions of Afar, Oromia, The Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ (SNNPR) and Somali, drinking water is in short supply; food security is deteriorating rapidly. Ethiopia’s worst drought… Continue reading Years of Drought Pushing Families to the Brink in Ethiopia

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Catherine Russell Assumes Functions as New UNICEF Executive Director

NEW YORK (February 1, 2022) – Catherine Russell took office today as UNICEF’s new Executive Director, becoming the fourth woman to lead the organization in its 75-year history. “It is an honor and a privilege to join UNICEF and help lead its remarkable work for children at such a crucial moment,” said Russell. “At a… Continue reading Catherine Russell Assumes Functions as New UNICEF Executive Director

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Prolonged Drought Pushing Families In Ethiopia To The Brink

NEW YORK (February 1, 2022) – Three consecutive failed rainy seasons have brought on severe drought in Ethiopia’s lowland regions of Afar, Oromia, the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ (SNNPR) and Somali regions drying up water wells, killing livestock and crops and pushing hundreds of thousands of children and their families to the brink. “The impact… Continue reading Prolonged Drought Pushing Families In Ethiopia To The Brink

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UNICEF Story Project Gets Kids Talking About the Future of Health

A core part of UNICEF’s mission to improve the lives of children around the world is to consult with young people on important issues, amplify youth voices and ensure those voices are heard. It is within this vein that a team from UNICEF’s Office of Innovation partnered with The Lancet & Financial Times Commission and… Continue reading UNICEF Story Project Gets Kids Talking About the Future of Health

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UNICEF Reaching Displaced Families in Syria With Lifesaving Support

UNICEF is on the ground in northeast Syria, providing emergency assistance to children and families fleeing intense fighting in and around the Ghwayran detention center in the city of Hasakah. According to the United Nations, on January 20, ISIL fighters launched an assault on the detention center in an attempt to free some of their… Continue reading UNICEF Reaching Displaced Families in Syria With Lifesaving Support

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UNICEF Reaching Displaced Families in NE Syria With Lifesaving Support

UNICEF is on the ground in northeast Syria, providing emergency assistance to children and families fleeing intense fighting in and around the Ghwayran detention center in the city of Hasakah. Fighting broke out on January 20. One of the largest detention centers in northeast Syria, the Ghwayran facility houses thousands of detainees, including nearly 850… Continue reading UNICEF Reaching Displaced Families in NE Syria With Lifesaving Support

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UNICEF Rushing Aid to Families Hit by Tropical Storm Ana in Mozambique

UNICEF is deploying staff and emergency supplies to support children and families affected by Tropical Storm Ana, which made landfall in central and northern Mozambique on January 24. More than 126,000 people were affected by the storm, which killed at least 21 people and injured 201. An estimated 45,000 people, including 23,000 women and children, are… Continue reading UNICEF Rushing Aid to Families Hit by Tropical Storm Ana in Mozambique

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No Excuses. Keep Schools Open. Children Can’t Wait

NEW YORK (January 31, 2022) – “As the Omicron variant of COVID-19 continues its spread all over the world, we urge governments to do everything in their power to keep it from further disrupting children’s education. “To avert a learning catastrophe and put children back on the learning track, UNICEF recommends the following: “Keep schools open. An… Continue reading No Excuses. Keep Schools Open. Children Can’t Wait

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Progress in the Fight Against Neglected Tropical Diseases

It starts with the bite of an infected black fly, the kind that breed in fast-flowing streams and rivers, typically near remote rural villages. The fly’s bite deposits the microscopic larvae of a parasitic worm, Onchocerca volvulus, in the skin. Over time, a series of these bites can cause intense itching, disfiguring skin conditions and visual impairment,… Continue reading Progress in the Fight Against Neglected Tropical Diseases

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UNICEF Provides Lifesaving Assistance To Displaced Children And Families In Northeast Syria

NEW YORK (January 28, 2022) – As violence continues in and around the Ghwayran/ Sinai’i detention center, in northeast Syria, children continue to be critically vulnerable and in urgent need of protection. Violence forced nearly 45,000 people in the area to flee, most are women and children. Some have been displaced several times fleeing violence in other… Continue reading UNICEF Provides Lifesaving Assistance To Displaced Children And Families In Northeast Syria

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Children Caught Up In Al Hasakah Prison Violence Must Be Evacuated To Safety

NEW YORK (January 27, 2022) – “We have received deeply worrisome reports of fatalities among children in the Ghwayran military detention facility, in al-Hasakah, northeast Syria. We are also deeply concerned by reports that children trapped inside the facility may be forced to play an active part in the ongoing clashes between detainees and security forces. “Almost… Continue reading Children Caught Up In Al Hasakah Prison Violence Must Be Evacuated To Safety

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UNICEF Deploys Staff And Life-Saving Supplies For Children And Families Affected By Tropical Storm Ana In Mozambique

NEW YORK (January 27, 2022) – UNICEF is deploying staff and preparing medical and nutrition supplies, water, sanitation and hygiene kits, as well as setting up temporary learning spaces to support children and families affected by Tropical Storm Ana, which made landfall in central and northern Mozambique on January 24. More than 45,000 people, including 23,000… Continue reading UNICEF Deploys Staff And Life-Saving Supplies For Children And Families Affected By Tropical Storm Ana In Mozambique

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UNICEF in Afghanistan: Helping Families Survive Winter

Emergency supplies — bundles of warm blankets, heavy duty tarps, buckets and other items — are lined up on the frozen ground for families to collect as part of UNICEF’s ongoing humanitarian response in Afghanistan, where crisis conditions continue to deteriorate. Displaced families in Herat are among the most vulnerable.  Many are living in tents… Continue reading UNICEF in Afghanistan: Helping Families Survive Winter

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UNICEF Aids Families in Afghanistan With Humanitarian Cash Transfers

As winter sets in, families across Afghanistan are struggling to heat their homes and keep children warm. Emergency cash assistance provided by UNICEF through a donor-funded program helps to keep these families going, enabling them to buy food and fuel and other essential supplies. Afghanistan has always been one of the most dangerous places to be… Continue reading UNICEF Aids Families in Afghanistan With Humanitarian Cash Transfers

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UNICEF Next Generation Announces Global Team to Drive Investment and Innovation for Child Rights

NEW YORK (January 25, 2022) – A new global leadership team comprising of eight representatives from Brazil, Colombia, Italy, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Sweden, the UK and USA have today joined UNICEF Next Generation, a volunteer community of young leaders, creatives and philanthropists, ages 21-45, dedicated to supporting UNICEF and its work for children. The… Continue reading UNICEF Next Generation Announces Global Team to Drive Investment and Innovation for Child Rights

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Violence In Yemen Rapidly Escalates Leaving A Heavy Toll On Children

NEW YORK (January 24, 2022) – “Violence has rapidly escalated since the year began, taking a steep turn in several locations across Yemen.  “According to reports, the number of children killed only since the beginning of the year is 17. This is nearly double the number in the whole of last December.  “Children in Yemen continue… Continue reading Violence In Yemen Rapidly Escalates Leaving A Heavy Toll On Children

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COVID-19 Scale Of Education Loss ‘Nearly Insurmountable’, Warns UNICEF

NEW YORK (January 24, 2022) – More than 616 million students remain affected by full or partial school closures. On the International Day of Education and as the COVID-19 pandemic nears its two-year mark, UNICEF shares the latest available data on the impact of the pandemic on children’s learning. “In March, we will mark two years… Continue reading COVID-19 Scale Of Education Loss ‘Nearly Insurmountable’, Warns UNICEF

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Nearly 850 Children At Immediate Risk As Violence Continues In Northeast Syria

NEW YORK (January 24, 2022) – “Intensifying violence in the city of Al Hasakah, related to the “Ghwayran” prison break attempt last Thursday, has put at serious risk the safety of nearly 850 children who are in detention. Some are as young as 12 years old. According to reports, more than 100 people were killed, and thousands were… Continue reading Nearly 850 Children At Immediate Risk As Violence Continues In Northeast Syria

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COVID-19 Worsens ‘Double Burden’ of Child Malnutrition in Indonesia

The COVID-19 pandemic is severely disrupting essential nutrition for children in Indonesia, worsening the ‘double burden’ of both under- and over-nutrition issues and increasing the risk of irreversible lifelong damage. Undernutrition in children can result in stunting, the inability to reach one’s potential for growth, potentially reducing a child’s physical and cognitive capacity, or wasting,… Continue reading COVID-19 Worsens ‘Double Burden’ of Child Malnutrition in Indonesia

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Underwater Volcano Erupts, Plunging Tonga Into Crisis

Late on the afternoon of January 15, 2022, an underwater volcano erupted violently in the South Pacific, sending up a high plume of ash and triggering a four-foot tsunami that crashed ashore in coastal areas of Tonga’s capital, Nuku’alofa, along with several other low-lying Tongan islands.  The eruption of the underwater volcano, Hunga Tonga-Hunga Taa’pai,… Continue reading Underwater Volcano Erupts, Plunging Tonga Into Crisis

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Getting COVID-19 Vaccines to the Most Vulnerable in Nepal

Thirteen-year-old Ashutosh Chhetry lined up to receive his first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Patan Academy of Health Sciences in Lalitpur District, central Nepal on November 14, 2021. That month, the Nepal Government opened eligibility for vaccination to all immunocompromised people age 12 and older. Ashutosh’s history of asthma made him part… Continue reading Getting COVID-19 Vaccines to the Most Vulnerable in Nepal

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UNICEF Enters Supply Agreements For COVID-19 Oral Antiviral Medicine Molnupiravir

NEW YORK (January 18, 2022) – UNICEF has signed several long-term agreements (LTA) with suppliers for the procurement of the new antiviral medicine Molnupiravir.   UNICEF procurement of Molnupiravir is dependent on clinical recommendations, regulatory approvals and compliance with UNICEF quality assurance requirements. In December, the US Food and drug administration issued an emergency use authorization for the use of Molnupiravir in the treatment of COVID19 in certain patients. Molnupiravir is currently under assessment by WHO.   These… Continue reading UNICEF Enters Supply Agreements For COVID-19 Oral Antiviral Medicine Molnupiravir

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UNICEF Ready To Support Families And Children In The Aftermath Of Volcanic Eruption And Tsunami In Tonga

NEW YORK (January 18, 2022) – UNICEF Pacific is ready to work together with the government of Tonga and its partners to ensure urgent life-saving support is provided to families and children in the aftermath of the volcanic eruption and tsunami. “We are on standby to provide humanitarian support to the government of Tonga and its… Continue reading UNICEF Ready To Support Families And Children In The Aftermath Of Volcanic Eruption And Tsunami In Tonga

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COVAX COVID-19 Vaccine Deliveries Hit 1 Billion Doses — and Counting

UNICEF delivered a shipment of COVID-19 vaccine doses in Rwanda on January 15, 2022, bringing the total number of doses shipped via COVAX to 1 billion, with more on the way. COVAX, a groundbreaking global partnership to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines worldwide, is barreling ahead on its mission. Since the rollout began in… Continue reading COVAX COVID-19 Vaccine Deliveries Hit 1 Billion Doses — and Counting

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Harsh Winter in Afghanistan Intensifies Needs for the Most Vulnerable

Children across Afghanistan are increasingly vulnerable to disease and illness due to a deadly combination of rising malnutrition, an unprecedented food crisis, drought, disruptions to vital health and nutrition services, lack of access to and poor quality of water and sanitation services — and crippling winter weather. Rising unemployment leaves families with no income to… Continue reading Harsh Winter in Afghanistan Intensifies Needs for the Most Vulnerable

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Statement By UNICEF Bangladesh Representative, Sheldon Yett On The Fire In The Rohingya Refugee Camp In Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

NEW YORK (January 12, 2022) – “UNICEF is deeply grieved and stands in support of the thousands of Rohingya refugees affected by the fire that broke out in the refugee camps on January 9 in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. “The fire that swept across Camp 16 burnt down 300 shelters and damaged another 500. The host community… Continue reading Statement By UNICEF Bangladesh Representative, Sheldon Yett On The Fire In The Rohingya Refugee Camp In Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

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Statement By Alice Akunga, UNICEF Afghanistan Representative A.I., On The Death Of Eight Children Due To Detonation Of Explosive Remnant

NEW YORK (January 12, 2022) – “UNICEF is deeply saddened by the killing of eight children in the Lal Pur District, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, yesterday, when an explosive remnant of war detonated near a school. Four other children, who had been attending class, were also injured. All twelve children killed and injured were boys. “UNICEF expresses… Continue reading Statement By Alice Akunga, UNICEF Afghanistan Representative A.I., On The Death Of Eight Children Due To Detonation Of Explosive Remnant

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Schools Should Be the Last to Close and the First to Reopen

As COVID-19 cases spike again all over the world, fuelled by the highly transmissible Omicron variant, parents, teachers and students are grappling with school closures.  “One thing we do know for certain: Another wave of widespread school closures would be disastrous for children,” UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore warned on December 17. “The evidence is… Continue reading Schools Should Be the Last to Close and the First to Reopen

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In Malawi, Vaccination Vans Protect Pregnant Women From COVID-19

As the latest COVID-19 variant, Omicron, surges around the world, vaccine inequity is putting vulnerable communities at higher risk, allowing variants to mutate and impact all of us. Africa has the lowest COVID-19 vaccination rate in the world. But in Malawi, an innovative UNICEF project is increasing vaccine access and vaccine confidence among pregnant women… Continue reading In Malawi, Vaccination Vans Protect Pregnant Women From COVID-19

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Children Feared Dead and Injured in Recent Attacks on Refugee and Internal Displacement Camps in Northern Ethiopia

NEW YORK (January 9, 2022) – “UNICEF is outraged by the recent airstrikes on camps for internally displaced persons and refugees in Tigray, northern Ethiopia. “The January 5 and 7 attacks have reportedly left scores of civilians, including children, killed and many more injured. “Refugee camps and IDP settlements, including schools hosting displaced children and families… Continue reading Children Feared Dead and Injured in Recent Attacks on Refugee and Internal Displacement Camps in Northern Ethiopia

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Turning COVID-19 Skeptics Into Health Champions in Rwanda

It’s a sunny Thursday afternoon and the central market at Mahama Refugee Camp in Eastern Rwanda is bustling with people coming in and out. Loud music blares from one corner of the market, where a small crowd has gathered. In between musical breaks, a salesman is heard making his pitch, urging marketgoers to buy potatoes… Continue reading Turning COVID-19 Skeptics Into Health Champions in Rwanda

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A Look Back: UNICEF USA Impact Through Advocacy in 2021

Even in the midst of a devastating pandemic, 2021 brought new hope and opportunities for UNICEF to renew progress towards protecting children’s rights around the world. While UNICEF led procurement and delivery of COVID-19 vaccines through COVAX, the groundbreaking global initiative to distribute vaccine doses equitably, UNICEF USA supporters continued to speak out to U.S.… Continue reading A Look Back: UNICEF USA Impact Through Advocacy in 2021

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A Young Family’s Struggle for Survival During Super Typhoon Rai

As Super Typhoon Rai battered Dinagat Island in the Philippines on the afternoon of December 16, 2021, Nelly Cariño, a housewife in her 50s, kept watch out the window, checking to see if her daughter, granddaughter and the baby’s father were safe in another room across the yard. Cariño’s family was staying in Cuarenta Elementary… Continue reading A Young Family’s Struggle for Survival During Super Typhoon Rai

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Grave Violations of Children’s Rights in Conflict on The Rise Around the World, Warns UNICEF

NEW YORK (December 31, 2021) – This year has brought a spate of grave violations against children in both protracted and new conflicts, UNICEF warned today. From Afghanistan to Yemen, and Syria to northern Ethiopia, thousands of children paid a devastating price as armed conflict, inter-communal violence, and insecurity continued. Just last week, at least four… Continue reading Grave Violations of Children’s Rights in Conflict on The Rise Around the World, Warns UNICEF

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UNICEF Warns of Rise in Grave Violations Against Children in Conflict

Every day, girls and boys living in areas under conflict endure unspeakable horrors that no human should ever experience, UNICEF warned today. This year in particular brought a spate of grave violations against children in both protracted and new conflicts. As armed conflict, intercommunal violence and insecurity continued — from Afghanistan to Yemen to Syria… Continue reading UNICEF Warns of Rise in Grave Violations Against Children in Conflict

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Reflections on COP26 and What Climate Action Must Look Like in 2022

As the world raced to fight the pandemic in 2021, another global threat was very much on the mind of young people as well: the growing climate crisis. From the possibility of a climate-driven famine in Madagascar to recent extreme weather in the Philippines, we’ve seen examples throughout the year of how rising temperatures are… Continue reading Reflections on COP26 and What Climate Action Must Look Like in 2022

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UNICEF Calls For $11M To Respond To Children’s Needs Affected By Typhoon Odette

NEW YORK (December 26, 2021) – On Christmas Eve, more than a week after Super Typhoon Odette (international name Rai) battered the Philippines, UNICEF together with the UN and humanitarian community appeal for $107 million to help children and families bounce back from the impact of the catastrophic super typhoon. For the immediate response UNICEF appeals… Continue reading UNICEF Calls For $11M To Respond To Children’s Needs Affected By Typhoon Odette

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UNICEF Clubs: 2021 in review

2021 has had many ups and downs, to say the least. Nevertheless, throughout this year, our UNICEF Clubs have consistently exemplified UNICEF USA’s mission: to relentlessly pursue a better world for every child.  Here we take a look back at some of our favorite club moments from this past year: January Giving Back At A… Continue reading UNICEF Clubs: 2021 in review

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Meeting Unprecedented Challenges Head On: A Look Back at UNICEF’s 2021

Planes full of COVID-19 vaccines landing on runways throughout the world. Innovative cold chain solutions implemented to safely transport these precious doses. Health workers crossing treacherous terrain to vaccinate families in remote villages. This was the year of Mission Unstoppable, a massive undertaking in which UNICEF and partners rushed lifesaving vaccines to vulnerable communities, all… Continue reading Meeting Unprecedented Challenges Head On: A Look Back at UNICEF’s 2021

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