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Vaccination to contain severe measles outbreak underway in the Democratic Republic of the Congo amidst Ebola and mass displacement

The first sites targeted for measles vaccinations are four displacement camps in Bunia, Ituri

Health workers are urgently rolling out a complex measles vaccination campaign targeting 67,000 children in Ituri, northeast Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a region ravaged by armed conflict that is now also the hub of the second-deadliest Ebola outbreak on record. At least 1,981 deaths due to measles have…

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Combatting pollution and its effects on the health of children in Madagascar

In Madagascar, it is estimated that more than one in five deaths are caused by exposure to pollution

The NGO Pure Earth and UNICEF conducted a sensitization workshop Wednesday on the problem of pollution and its impact on children in Madagascar. Globally, air pollution alone is responsible for more than 7 million deaths. In Madagascar, it is estimated that more than one in five deaths are caused by…

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The Fashion Designer, Alphadi, lends his talents to promote child rights in Niger

Alongside UNICEF, one of the Africa’s best-known designers, Alphadi, is lending his voice and talents to accelerate efforts to end child marriage in Niger

On the first day of the International Festival of African Fashion (FIMA) held in Niamey from July 4 to 6, organized on the sidelines of the African Union Summit, Alphadi surprised the audience through a social experiment whose objective is to draw attention to the issue of child marriage in…

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Music against child marriage (By Juan Haro)

UNICEF teams up with musician Moon Boots to empower girls in Niger

The 30thAnniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child lands in Niger. UNICEF launched an artistic video with international music producer Moon Boots and vocalist Black Gatsby to join global efforts to fight against child marriage and to promote schooling for girls in Niger. All girls and…

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Government, European Union, UN launch Spotlight Initiative to end violence against women, girls

The Zimbabwe Spotlight Initiative country programme targets directly and indirectly 11 million beneficiaries particularly rural women and girls

The Government of Zimbabwe, the European Union and the United Nations today launched a multi-year Spotlight Initiative to assist women and girls realize their full potential in a violence-free, gender-responsive and inclusive Zimbabwe. Delivering a keynote at the launch, President Mnangagwa in a statement read on his behalf by Hon.…

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Access to basic sanitation still lagging for millions in Eastern and Southern Africa

UNICEF convenes sanitation stakeholders to strengthen regional and local markets for equitable access for children and their families

Despite the progress towards ensuring basic sanitation services for all, access still eludes many. According to recent estimates, over half of the global population or 4.2 billion people across the world lack safe sanitation, 701 million use unimproved facilities, and 673 million people practice open defecation (WHO/UNICEF JMP, 2019).   As…

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UNICEF condemns use of children as human bombs in north-east Nigeria

Statement by UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, Peter Hawkins

“UNICEF condemns the use of children as human bombs and in any combat or non-combat roles in the conflict in north-east Nigeria. “According to several reports, three children - two girls and a boy (ages unknown) – were used to detonate explosives that killed 30 people and injured 40 others…

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UNICEF launches swift response as first Ebola cases and deaths confirmed in Uganda

UNICEF is intensifying its efforts to do so and minimize this outbreak’s potentially devastating impact on children and communities at-large in Uganda

UNICEF has launched an emergency Ebola response plan in Uganda following the confirmation of the first three cases of Ebola Virus Disease in the country over the past two days. Among the cases was a 5-year-old boy who, following a visit with his family to the neighboring Democratic Republic of…

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115 million boys and men around the world married as children - UNICEF

First ever estimate on child grooms brings global child marriage figures to 765 million

An estimated 115 million boys and men around the world were married as children, UNICEF said today in its first ever in-depth analysis of child grooms. Of these, 1 in 5 children, or 23 million, were married before the age of 15. Using data from 82 countries, the study reveals…

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Pocket-sized innovation, giant impact: New app and online system launches in South Sudan to support most vulnerable children

The app contains a database of child protection cases

The innovations will support case workers helping unaccompanied and separated children, child survivors of sexual violence, and children associated with armed groups. A new online database and application designed to better protect children in emergencies is today being launched in Juba by UNICEF, Save the Children and a network of…