Source: UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa |

1.5 million children lack life-saving treatment for severe wasting in Eastern and Southern Africa, alerts UNICEF

Despite a positive trend in the last few years, funding shortfalls and limited access still put children at critical risk in the region

At least 1.5 million children are not receiving life-saving treatment for severe wasting in Eastern and Southern Africa, UNICEF warns today. The number represents almost half of the estimated 3.6 million children in urgent need, who are not being reached in time to save their lives or keep them from…

Source: UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa |

European Union provides fresh funding to support COVID-19 vaccination in sub-Saharan Africa

The programme will reach more than 189 million people

UNICEF has received a new grant from the European Union’s Humanitarian Aid to help roll out COVID-19 vaccination in 12 countries in Eastern, Southern, West and Central Africa. The 18-month joint programme will help ensure that as vaccines arrive, countries are supported and vaccines reach the whole population, including the…

Source: UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa |

Children in Tigray in acute need of protection and assistance

Home to about 170,000 residents, Shire now hosts at least 52,000 internally displaced people (IDPs), and more arrived on each day of the mission

As more supplies and emergency personnel reach crisis-affected people in Tigray, an incomplete but troubling picture is emerging of severe and ongoing harm to children. Between February 4 and 7, a UNICEF team accompanied by the Regional Health Bureau Head traveled from Mekelle to the town of Shire in Central…

Source: UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa |

Coronavirus - Africa: Schools remain locked for more than 127 million children in Eastern and Southern Africa

Innovative approaches taken for continued learning, but safe re-opening of schools remains key

More than 127 million pre-primary, primary, and secondary school students in Eastern and Southern Africa - who are supposed to return to school this week - remain at home, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. In response, UNICEF has announced advanced support to this unprecedented education crisis, while advocating for the…