Recent News

Recent News

25-04-2014 | UN News Centre
Myanmar: Children of Kachin Face Growing Threats due to Recent Fighting
"Recent fighting between Government forces and Kachin rebels in Myanmar, and the resulting displacement of thousands of people, has significantly increased the risks to young people, including possible recruitment, limited access to basic services and the threat of landmines, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today. An estimated 1,000 children are among those forced to leave their temporary homes amid the fighting between the Myanmar National Army and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in areas of southern Kachin state, UNICEF noted."
25-04-2014 | UNICEF Connect
Ugandan Youth are Allies for Immunisation
"What do mobile phones and immunisation have in common? While it may not seem like there’s much, they actually go together pretty well. If most Ugandan youth already have mobile phones, how can we use this technology to share information and promote immunisation?UNICEF Uganda developed an answer to that question through U-report, a mobile technology that uses SMS to initiate dialogue that stimulates citizen-led and youth-led development."
24-04-2014 | The Huffington Post
Scaling Up Education
"Despite the economic troubles that have upended many of the world's developing countries in the past decade, foreign development aid is on the rise. The OECDestimates that in 2013, aid from Development Assistance Countries rose 6.1 percent to reach an all time high. However, one aspect that continues to get short shrift is education. Disbursed aid levels for education in developing countries are barely reaching one-third of what governments have committed to. Funding for education aid is always going to be a source of controversy."  
24-04-2014 | Inter Press Service
New Technologies: A Key Driver of Development for All
"The U.N. Commission for Social Development (UNCSD) stressed that information and communications technologies (ICT) can contribute to people’s empowerment and serve as a crucial means of expanding access to information and opportunities. However, access to new technologies is still not evenly distributed across countries. A digital divide continues between developed and developing countries."
23-04-2014 | UNICEF Press Centre
UNICEF and Global Fund Coordinate Efforts to Reach Mothers, Newborns and Children
"Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund, and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake signed a new Memorandum of Understanding that emphasizes the importance of coordinating investments in commodities to prevent and treat HIV, tuberculosis and malaria with those designed to improve overall maternal, newborn, and child health."
23-04-2014 | UNICEF Connect
ICT4D: A Coming of Age
"ICTs could finally be coming of age – due to the rapid spread of cell phones and internet – and their impact is reaching far beyond text message weather and commodity price reports for rural farmers. In a many ways digital technology and wireless communication networks are now over-shooting expectations and starting to deliver development dividends that generate their own forward momentum. Best of all, in many instances, end users in impoverished regions are having their say and formulating the framework of the latest generation of ICT for development: ICT4D"
22-04-2014 | Mother Jones
Vaccines Work. These 8 Charts Prove It.
"In honor of World Immunization Week, which begins this Thursday, UNICEF crunched the numbers on vaccines around the globe."
22-04-2014 | The Nation
Two Kidnapped UNICEF Employees Recovered
"The United Nations has welcomed the release of the two United Nations Children's Fund's national staff members who were abducted last Thursday in Karachi, stating that they are now safe and well"
21-04-2014 | allAfrica
UNICEF Goes Door-to-Door in Epicenter of Ebola Outbreak in Liberia
As of today, 27 suspected, probable and confirmed Ebola cases and 13 related deaths, including women and children, have been reported in Liberia. Six cases have been confirmed. UNICEF has therefore deployed a 12 member- team to Lofa County, where fears and misconceptions surrounding the deadly Ebola virus risk hampering Government led efforts to stop its spread. In a country where the communications infrastructure is weak and illiteracy is high, media outreach must be complimented by direct community dialogue and engagement which is why UNICEF is going door-to door to reach the public. 
21-04-2014 | Nepal Republic Media
UNICEF Innovation Collaboration in Kathmandu
"Kathmandu University (KU) and UNICEF signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which seeks to promote innovation and entrepreneurship among Nepali youths. According to the MoU, the two institutions will collaborate to pioneer an establishment, ‘Innovation Incubator’,  where the best ideas for social changes will be broadcast nationwide through the National Competition on Innovation Solution (NCIS) reality TV show. From there, business leaders and investors interested in the ideas displayed on the show will partner with the innovators to put them into effect. "
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 | 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."
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 | 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. 
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 | 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."