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27 Million Tanzanians now have access to improved water services

According to the report, in Tanzania, 1 in 2 people, or 27 Million Tanzanians have access to basic water services - that are within a 30-minute round trip collection time including queuing

Access to basic and safely managed water services in Tanzania has improved, according to a new report released on Thursday this week by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF. According to the report, in Tanzania, 1 in 2 people, or 27 Million Tanzanians have access to basic water services…

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Expanding opportunities for Somalia’s youth as the Somali National University gets back its main campus

The campus had been used by different militaries, and secured by the Burundi contingent of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) as a battalion headquarters for more than ten years

UNICEF has welcomed the handover of the Somali National University’s main campus to the Federal Government as an important step forward in expanding opportunities for youth in Somalia.  The campus had been used by different militaries, and secured by the Burundi contingent of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM)…

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UNICEF Global Press Release with information on Ethiopia: Funding shortfalls threaten education for children living in conflict and disaster zones

UNICEF has received only 12 per cent of the funds it needs this year to send children affected by emergencies to school

Funding shortfalls are threatening education for millions of children caught up in conflicts or disasters, UNICEF said today ahead of the G20 summit in Hamburg. Of the $932 million needed this year for its education programmes in emergency countries, UNICEF has so far received recorded voluntary contributions of less than…

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Over 7 million children are on the move in West and Central Africa each year

Vast majority of child migrants uprooted by violence, poverty and climate change remain in Africa

Children account for over half of the 12 million West and Central African people on the move each year, with some 75 per cent of them remaining in sub-Saharan Africa, and less than one in five heading to Europe – UNICEF announced today as part of a new report. In…

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Ethiopia Attains Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Elimination

The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia has thus become 42nd country in the world to have validated the elimination of Maternal and Neonatal tetanus

“Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Elimination in Ethiopia is hereby validated!” That was the conclusion of the joint mission from UNICEF and WHO today at its debriefing sessions with: the Ethiopian Ministry of Health; the WHO Representative to Ethiopia; and the UNICEF Representative to Ethiopia. The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia…

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Children continue to bear the brunt of multiple emergencies in Sudan

UNICEF urgently requires US$22 million to provide lifesaving response for over 100,000 children

Over the last few months, Sudan has faced multiple emergencies with the rapid spread of suspected cases of acute watery diarrhea across 12 of its 18 states, a significant influx of South Sudanese refugees, and high rates of malnutrition, especially in the Jebel Marra Area of Central Darfur.   Over…

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More than one million children have fled escalating violence in South Sudan

More than 75,000 refugee children in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan and DRC have crossed South Sudan’s borders either unaccompanied or separated from their families

More than one million children have now fled South Sudan where escalating conflict is ravaging the country, UNICEF and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, announced today.   “The horrifying fact that nearly one in five children in South Sudan has been forced to flee their home illustrates how devastating this…

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New EU funding will provide essential nutrition treatment for 130,000 children under the age of five in Ethiopia

The new grant will provide life-saving nutrition treatment for severely malnourished children living in drought-affected areas of the country

The European Union (EU) has given €3 million in humanitarian funds to support UNICEF’s emergency interventions in Ethiopia. The new grant will provide life-saving nutrition treatment for severely malnourished children living in drought-affected areas of the country. In Ethiopia, below-average rainfall has worsened the situation in Somali, Afar, and parts…

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Projected number of severely malnourished Somali children up 50 percent

Somali children face triple threat of drought, disease and displacement

The projected number of children who are or will be acutely malnourished has shot up by 50 per cent since the beginning of the year to 1.4 million, including over 275,000 who have or will suffer life-threatening severe acute malnutrition in 2017.   Severely malnourished children are nine times more…

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In drought-hit Somalia, children also face potentially deadly measles threat

UNICEF and partners conduct lifesaving vaccination campaign

Almost 30,000 young children, many of them displaced by a searing drought, are being vaccinated against measles this week in an emergency campaign in Baidoa, a town at the heart of one of Somalia’s hardest-hit areas.  Many of the children have never been immunized before – they come from remote…