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Govt. of Sierra Leone, Govt. of China & UNICEF unveil newly established Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) in Kailahun

Established under the program “China-Africa collaboration to accelerate maternal, newborn and child health in Sierra Leone”

A newly established Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) has been unveiled at Kailahun District Hospital in Sierra Leone today.  This state-of-the-art unit, which was set up by the Government of Sierra Leone through the financial contributions of the Government of China with technical support of the United Nations Children’s Fund,…

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Coronavirus - Sierra Leone: At least a third of the world’s schoolchildren unable to access remote learning during school closures, new UNICEF report says

Data include access to television, radio and internet, and the availability of curriculum delivered across these platforms during school closures

 “For at least 463 million children whose schools closed due to COVID-19, there was no such a thing as remote learning,” said Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director. “The sheer number of children whose education was completely disrupted for months on end is a global education emergency. The repercussions could be felt in economies…

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Coronavirus - Africa: COVID-19 causes disruptions to child protection services in more than 100 countries, UNICEF survey finds

Around two thirds of countries reported that at least one service had been severely affected, including South Africa, Malaysia, Nigeria and Pakistan

Violence prevention and response services have been severely disrupted during the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving children at increased risk of violence, exploitation and abuse, according to a global survey by UNICEF. Of 136 countries that responded to UNICEF’s Socio-economic Impact Survey of COVID-19 Response, 104 countries reported a disruption in services related…

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Coronavirus - Government of Sierra Leone, Irish Aid and UNICEF provide 2307 handwashing stations to primary schools

Faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, whose primary defense mechanism is handwashing with soap and water, setting up handwashing stations at schools is essential

The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), with support from Irish Aid, has started the distribution of 2307 handwashing stations to Government and Government-assisted Primary schools in eight districts in Sierra Leone. The distribution started on Thursday 6th August in Western Area Urban, and will continue in Western Area Rural, Kenema,…

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Coronavirus - Sierra Leone: Government of Sierra Leone, Irish Aid and UNICEF provide 2307 handwashing stations to primary schools

Faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, whose primary defense mechanism is handwashing with soap and water, setting up handwashing stations at schools is essential

The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), with support from Irish Aid, has started the distribution of 2307 handwashing stations to Government and Government-assisted Primary schools in eight districts in Sierra Leone. The distribution started on Thursday 6th August in Western Area Urban, and will continue in Western Area Rural, Kenema, Bo,…

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Coronavirus - Africa: 40 million children miss out on early education in critical pre-school year due to COVID-19

The closures have also exposed a deeper crisis for families of young children especially in low- and middle-income countries

At least 40 million children worldwide have missed out on early childhood education in their critical pre-school year as COVID-19 shuttered childcare and early education facilities, according to a new research brief published today by UNICEF. Produced by UNICEF’s Office of Research – Innocenti, the research brief looks at the…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Birth registration can accelerate children’s access to justice - the African Union and UNICEF launch “No Name Campaign”

Birth registration rates in Africa risk falling behind amid COVID-19 pandemic

Aligned with the commemoration of the Day of the African Child observed every 16th of June, and under the 2020 theme of the year “Access to a Child Friendly Justice System in Africa”, the African Union and UNICEF have launched the “No Name Campaign: Accelerating children’s right to legal identity…

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Coronavirus - Sierra Leone: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) hands over 32 motorbikes to Ministry of Social Welfare

The handover of the motorbikes is timely as the current COVID-19 pandemic is presenting yet another threat to the protection and wellbeing of children

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Sierra Leone has handed over thirty-two (32) brand new motorbikes to boost the Ministry of Social Welfare’s capacity to provide Psychosocial Support Services in the current COVID-19 response. The motorbikes will be dispatched to Social Workers in all the 16 districts to support…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Countries failing to stop harmful marketing of breast-milk substitutes, warn WHO and UNICEF

Agencies encourage women to continue to breastfeed during the COVID-19 pandemic

A new report by WHO, UNICEF, and the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) reveals that despite efforts to stop the harmful promotion of breast-milk substitutes, countries are still falling short in protecting parents from misleading information. The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the need for stronger legislation to protect families from…

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Coronavirus - Africa: As COVID-19 devastates already fragile health systems, over 6,000 additional children under five could die a day, without urgent action

UNICEF launches #Reimagine, a global campaign to prevent the pandemic from becoming a lasting crisis for children

An additional 6,000 children could die every day from preventable causes over the next six months as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to weaken health systems and disrupt routine services, UNICEF said today. The estimate is based on an analysis by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health,…