Recent News

Recent News

17-04-2014 | The Independent
UNICEF's Latest Campaign in India
"In a light-hearted video, UNICEF encourages better hygiene practises in India, highlighting the health issue of public defecation"
17-04-2014 | UN News Centre
UN Calls for Immediate Release of Abducted School Girls in North-Eastern Nigeria
"Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have condemned the abduction of some 100 school girls from their hostel in north-eastern Nigeria yesterday and called for their immediate release."
16-04-2014 | UNICEF Supplies and Logistics
REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI) for Temporary Structures (April 30th, 2014)
Innovation Unit at UNICEF Copenhagen is looking for eligible and qualified service providers and encourage you to email information to innovateforchildren@unicef.org before 23:00 (CET) April 30th, 2014. 
16-04-2014 | UNICEF
Life-saving information helps reduce spread of Ebola across West Africa
"Together with Ministries of Health and other partners across seven countries in West Africa, UNICEF is using text messaging through mobile phones, radio shows, TV programmes and door-to-door campaigns to disseminate life-saving information in an effort to contain the often-fatal Ebola virus."
16-04-2014 | Haiti Libre
Joint Effort to Fight Against Cholera in Haiti
"Under the National Action Plan to fight against cholera, Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection of the European Commission (ECHO) [European Community Humanitarian aid Office] has allocated U.S. $ 2 million to the UNICEF to strengthen prevention activities and rapid response to cholera."
15-04-2014 | The International News
Most UAE Students do not Exercise Enough
"Nearly three-quarters of 5,000 students surveyed in the UAE do not exercise or exercise for less than an hour a day, a new study has found. Experts recommend that children exercise for at least one hour a day. The study was part of a Unicef programme, which aims to fight the increasing rate of obesity among children in the UAE. So far 5,000 students have benefited from the programme during the first two phases from schools in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman and Umm Al Quwain."
15-04-2014 | Arabian Business
Video: UNICEF and EU Warn of Humanitarian Crisis in the Central African Republic
"The Central African Republic could become another Bosnia, according to senior humanitarian figures at UNICEF and the EU. UNICEF director Anthony Lake, and the EU’s director of humanitarian aid, Kristalina Georgieva, explained that the problems in CAR are intensifying, with a specific impact on children"
15-04-2014 | The New York Times
Chhattisgarh Tests a Green Toilet for Its Poor
"For just 8 cents a day, the slum dwellers on the outskirts of Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh State, are able to indulge in what is a luxury to half of India’s population: a working toilet.Since July, the slum has been participating in a government sanitation experiment in this central Indian state, where 75.4 percent of the population has no access to a toilet, according to the 2011 census. That figure is higher than the country’s average of 51 percent listed in a 2012 report by the World Health Organization and Unicef."
14-04-2014 | UNICEF
Child Malnutrition in South Sudan Could Double, Warns UNICEF
"The youngest citizens of the world’s newest nation are on the verge of a nutrition crisis and nearly a quarter of a million children will suffer severe acute malnutrition by the end of the year if more is not done now, says UNICEF. "
14-04-2014 | UNICEF
Broken by Typhoon Haiyan, the Cold Chain Gets Up and Running Again
"The system of transport for temperature-sensitive vaccines – already fragile before the storm – was severely disrupted when Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines last November. Now UNICEF is helping to restore the cold chain and ensure the routine immunization of children."
11-04-2014 | Soloman Star
Serious illness confirmed in evacuation centres
"A HYGIENE specialist for UNICEF in Solomon Islands says the first cases of malaria, diahorrea and respiratory illness have been confirmed in evacuation centres following last week's devastating floods. Donald Burgess says children are the most vulnerable to disease outbreaks and that at least 23 people have died in addition to thousands of people having been displaced from their homes. "
11-04-2014 | UNICEF
Syrian children with disabilities are back to learning, at Homs school club
"As the Syrian crisis enters its fourth year, children’s own displacement and the breakdown in the formal school infrastructure in the country have created much disruption in their education. 11 per cent of children in Homs are born with special needs. The children have a range of disabilities, among which are autism and Down Syndrome.The programming for children, adolescents and youth with special needs is held at a centre run by Al Rajaa, an educational charity supported by UNICEF. Al Rajaa carries out remedial education for children who need coaching to compensate for disruption in their formal schooling. Children and youth between the ages of 7 and 22 attend the special classes, which run in two shifts. In each shift, classes are divided into four batches to ensure that children can learn and play together with others of a similar age group and corresponding needs"
10-04-2014 | GhanaWeb
Accra Residents Turn Waste Bins Into Water Containers
Accra is said to be generating over 2,200 metric tons of waste daily. According to statistics published by the UNICEF/WHO Joint Monitoring Platform in 2008, Ghana's sanitation coverage stood at 10 per cent as at the end of 2006, hence, Ghana ranks number 48 in Africa, out of the 52 countries reported. The packaging revolution has however not had a corresponding backing from appropriate plastic waste management policy, and has in effect left many cities littered with plastic wastes; thus, creating disgusting visual nuisance, nasty sights and other public health challenges.Some residents in Accra have turned waste bins freely distributed to households to store solid waste into water storage facilities. According to the Manager of the Research Innovation and Development at waste management company, Zoomlion, the development has gravely affected efforts to collect the waste, particularly in some low income areas in the national capital."
10-04-2014 | WAMC Public Radio
Global Aid For Health Hits Record High As Funding Sources Shift
"International development aid has hit an all-time high, despite some nations dramatically slashing their foreign assistance budgets. As patterns of international assistance shift, an increasing amount of money is being invested in improving health in the developing world."
09-04-2014 | Business Recorder
111 children out of every 1,000 live births die in Balochistan
"In every 1,000 live births 111 children died before their fifth birthday in Balochistan. 60 percent of these deaths are due to communicable and vaccine preventable disease and only 16 percent of the children in Balochistan are fully immunised and protected against eight diseases."
09-04-2014 | PressTV
UNICEF says South Sudan war targeting children
"The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has expressed grave concerns about the situation of children in war-torn South Sudan. A large number of people, many of them minors, have either been displaced or fled the country due to the ongoing war.UNICEF says 70 percent of refugees crossing the border into Ethiopia are under the age of 18."
08-04-2014 | UNICEF Stories
Lesson Learned: Poor Labels Undermine Use of Tech Tools
"In a recent visit to Kaduna in Nigeria to review the function and use of the RapidSMS tool for reporting stocks and program data for the management of severe acute malnutrition, a very stupid labeling error of the post or title of the user was presented to us. In the registration with the tool, each user must identify their post or role within the program. There are the range of different posts from volunteer, nurse, doctor, district and regional level supervisor. In the design of the tool, we only considered the positions that government staff would play and did not identify and describe the roles of persons outside the government structure."
08-04-2014 | Swazi Observer
UNICEF introduces U-Report in Swaziland
"UNICEF, in collaboration with Swazi MTN and NERCHA have embarked on a national multi-sectoral partnership that will introduce an SMS-based platform to promote fast"
07-04-2014 | Deutsche Welle
Massive polio vaccination underway in Syria and Iraq
"A massive polio vaccination campaign has been launched in Syria, Iraq and other countries to stem fears that the disease has spread across borders. UNICEF aims to protect 20 million children during the five-day campaign."
07-04-2014 | euronews
How health and hygiene go hand in hand with education
"In Tanzania nearly five children die every hour due to poor hygiene conditions, according to UNICEF. Inadequate water supply and sanitation facilities are not only a health issue but also affect school attendance and educational performance. UNICEF, in collaboration with the Tanzanian government, has introduced the pilot WASH programmes to 100 schools around the country. These programmes follow the National School WASH Guidelines and are promoting good sanitation and hygiene practices to over 70,000 children"
07-04-2014 | UNICEF
UNICEF and global health partners open market entry for innovative HIV Point of Care diagnostics
"At a recent consultation between global health partners and leading HIV diagnostic manufacturers, UNICEF announced the launch of a tender for Point of Care (POC) HIV technology that will expand access to more reliable diagnostic tests and timelier test results.  The tender is part of a UNICEF and Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) project, funded by UNITAID, to accelerate access to high quality POC HIV diagnostic equipment in seven African countries that carry one third of the world’s HIV burden. "
03-04-2014 | The Huffington Post
Sanitation and Water for All - Because We Must
"In just under two weeks around 50 countries from the Sanitation and Water for All partnership will meet at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. to make tangible, measurable pledges to deal with the problem of global access to two of the most basic necessities of life: safe drinking water and adequate toilets"
03-04-2014 | Business Recorder
Birth registration through cellular phones soon
"In an effort to augment the present low birth registration rate with the help of cellular technology, Telenor Pakistan and Unicef Pakistan are jointly launching a pilot project to mediate child's right to identity through mobile birth registrations"
02-04-2014 | UNICEF Nicaragua
Information and Communication Technologies to Prevent Sexual Abuse
"150 adolescents from Somoto, Bluefields and Bilwi are learning about sexual abuse and how to prevent it by using communication and social media."
02-04-2014 | UNICEF Stories
Engaging adolescents and youth in emergency preparedness and response
"As Indonesia is one of the most disaster prone countries in the world, it is critical to ensure that the community is well prepared for disasters, and that response mechanism are quick, effective and organized. To meet this objective, the UNICEF Indonesia office believes it is important that adolescents and youth were involved in the different stages of emergency preparedness, planning, and response. Thus within the framework of Innovations in Indonesia, the development of an Emergency Toolkit for adolescents in emergencies was conceived of."