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U-Report Nigeria hits 4 million responders

The U-Report Nigeria was rated a trusted platform for sharing lifesaving information about the disease to mitigate the spread of the virus, and in mobilizing young people to fight vaccine hesitancy

U-Report Nigeria, UNICEF’s innovative free digital platform, has registered four million Nigerian responders, known as U -Reporters. This places U-Report Nigeria at the top followed by Côte d'Ivoire and India. The U-Report platform through the U-Reporters provide young people the opportunity to air their views on healthcare, education, youth unemployment,…

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A child was infected with HIV every two minutes in 2020 – UNICEF

A prolonged COVID-19 pandemic is deepening the inequalities that have long driven the HIV epidemic, UNICEF warns, ahead of World AIDS Day

At least 300,000 children were newly infected with HIV in 2020, or one child every two minutes, UNICEF said in a report released today, ahead of World AIDS Day on 1 December. Another 120,000 children died from AIDS-related causes during the same period, or one child every five minutes. In…

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Statement from Peter Hawkins, UNICEF Nigeria Representative, on another school attack in Zamfara State, north-west Nigeria

Of the abducted students, 23 students escaped and returned home – two of them with bullet wounds

UNICEF said it is horrified by yet another attack on an educational institution in Nigeria, following the abduction of 100 students and a teacher of Government Day Secondary School Kaya in Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara State, north-west Nigeria, yesterday. Of the abducted students, 23 students escaped and returned…

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Government of Japan gives UNICEF $39 million for vaccine cold chains in Nigeria; other countries affected by COVID-19

UNICEF will work with the government to provide cold chain equipment in priority storage sites based on gap analyses, to improve storage capacity for vaccines

 The Government of Japan announced that it will provide approximately US$39 million in emergency funds to UNICEF for the development of vaccine cold chains in Nigeria and 31 countries in Africa and Latin America affected by COVID-19. The support from the Government of Japan complements the work of the COVAX…

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UNICEF calls for immediate release of abducted students in Tegina, north-central Nigeria

UNICEF stressed that attacks on students and schools are not only reprehensible but a gross violation of the right of children to an education

As Nigeria just marked two weeks since the abduction of 150 students from the Salihu Tanko Islamiya School in Tegina, Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, north-central Nigeria, UNICEF expressed deep concern about the fate of the children – some of whom are as young as 3 – and…

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Statement from Peter Hawkins, Representative, UNICEF Nigeria on the attack on Government Science College in Kagara, Niger State

According to unconfirmed reports, many students are unaccounted for, though it is not yet clear how many

“UNICEF is aware of reports that overnight, armed men attacked the Government Science College in Kagara, in Niger State, Nigeria. According to unconfirmed reports, many students are unaccounted for, though it is not yet clear how many. “UNICEF condemns in the strongest possible terms any attack on a school and…

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Coronavirus - Nigeria: The dedicated few protecting children at north-east Nigeria’s frontlines

Bulumkutu Centre in Maiduguri serves as a transition and rehabilitation point for children who have been in contact with or displaced by Boko Haram

Shadrach, alongside other humanitarian workers like him, are ensuring children in north-east Nigeria are safe and kept together with their families, especially during emergencies Making a difference can have its moments of peril. For Shadrach Adawara, one such moment came in 2016, when working to reunify children who had been…

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Coronavirus - Nigeria: UNICEF Nigeria launches animation to engage children on COVID-19 prevention

Amid increase in number of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria, young Nigerians show children how to protect themselves

To help children understand how to protect themselves and their families from the coronavirus, UNICEF Nigeria launched a COVID-19 prevention animation project on International Youth Day 2020. The 90-second animated video – created by young people themselves - brings to life in a fun way the importance of handwashing, physical…

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Coronavirus - Nigeria: Going mobile to combat misinformation, including on breastfeeding

Nearly one million Nigerians in Enugu receive direct messages on COVID-19 prevention and breastfeeding

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, misinformation about the nature of the disease and what needs to be done to avoid it is rife. Some of the misinformation circulating is about breastfeeding. Mothers who wish to practice it are confused. Perhaps surprisingly, the rate of exclusive breastfeeding in Nigeria…

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Coronavirus - Nigeria: 950 more Nigerian children under five could die every day without urgent action

The analysis offers three scenarios of the potential impact of COVID-19 in 118 low- and middle-income countries, including Nigeria

An additional 950 Nigerian children could die every day from preventable causes over the next six months as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts routine services and threatens to weaken the health system, UNICEF said today. Globally, 6,000 additional children under five could die every day. The estimate is based on an…