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Democratic Republic of the Congo – UNICEF urges parents and children in Equateur Province to take safety precautions after second confirmed fatality from most recent Ebola virus outbreak

Urgent efforts are now underway to trace all those who may have had contact with the two Ebola cases

UNICEF has urged parents and children living in the western province of Equateur to maintain the utmost vigilance amid the 14th and latest outbreak of Ebola virus which first emerged on the outskirts of the provincial capital Mbandaka. “UNICEF, through its office in Mbandaka, is on the ground to support health…

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Global polio eradication initiative calls for renewed commitments to achieve promise of a polio-free world

US$4.8 billion budget needed to implement new strategy and eradicate the infectious disease Germany announces it will co-host polio pledging moment in 2022

Today, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) announced that it is seeking new commitments to fund its 2022-2026 Strategy at a virtual event to launch its investment case. The strategy, if fully funded, will see the vaccination of 370 million children annually for the next five years and the continuation of global…

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At least 10 million children face severe drought in the Horn of Africa – UNICEF

UN Children’s Fund warns of rapid rise in need as humanitarian funding requirements double

The number of children facing severe drought conditions across the Horn of Africa has increased by more than 40 per cent in the space of two months, warns UNICEF.  Between February and April, the number of children facing the impact of drought including acute hunger, malnutrition and thirst increased from…

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As the war in Ukraine continues, millions of children in the Middle East and North Africa at increased risk of malnutrition amid food price hikes

Families struggle to bring food to the table during the holy month of Ramadan

Six weeks into the war in Ukraine, the fragile nutritional status of children in the Middle East and North Africa is expected to worsen. While Muslims in the region observe the holy month of Ramadan, disruption in imports caused by the conflict is creating food shortages amid high prices of…

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Greater investment needed in sanitation in Senegal

Ahead of the 9th World Water Forum, UNICEF in Senegal calls for greater investment to scale up the Community-led Total Sanitation approach in the country

UNICEF in Senegal seizes the great attention and mobilization around the 9th World Water Forum, held in Dakar, to call for greater investment in sanitation in the country. According to the latest data (DHS-2017), only one in two households (49%) have improved toilets and more than 2.5 million people, especially…

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More than half of parents and pregnant women exposed to aggressive formula milk marketing

New report details exploitative practices employed by $55 billion formula industry, compromising child nutrition, violating international commitments

More than half of parents and pregnant women (51 per cent) surveyed for a new WHO/UNICEF report say they have been targeted with marketing from formula milk companies, much of which is in breach of international standards on infant feeding practices.   The report, How marketing of formula milk influences our…

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European Union and UNICEF join forces for child-friendly justice in West Africa

The European Union allocates €7.89 million for three years to help UNICEF improve access to justice for children on the move and other vulnerable children in six countries in West Africa

The European Union and UNICEF are joining efforts to improve access to justice and support the provision of child protection services for 41,389 children on the move, children victims of violence, abuse and exploitation, and children in conflict with the law in a three-year programme (2021–2024) covering Burkina Faso, Guinea,…

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UNICEF working to assist tens of thousands following cyclone Batsirai in Madagascar

The death toll from Batsirai currently stands at 30 with over 70,000 people displaced or homeless, half of whom are children

UNICEF and partners in Madagascar are urgently working to support an estimated 75,000 people – including around 37,500 children - in need of humanitarian assistance following the devastating impact of cyclone Batsirai which struck the south-east and centre of the island nation on Saturday. Latest reports suggest that 13 children…

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Prolonged Drought Pushing Families in Ethiopia to the Brink

More than 6.8 million people in drought-impacted areas will be in need of urgent humanitarian assistance by mid-2022

Three consecutive failed rainy seasons have brought on severe drought in Ethiopia’s lowland regions of Afar, Oromia, the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ (SNNPR) and Somali regions drying up water wells, killing livestock and crops and pushing hundreds of thousands of children and their families to the brink. “The impact…

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    • Learning Loss must be Recovered to Avoid Long-term Damage to Children’s Wellbeing and Productivity, New Report says
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Learning Loss must be Recovered to Avoid Long-term Damage to Children’s Wellbeing and Productivity, New Report says

New recommendations from the Global Education Evidence Advisory Panel (GEEAP) offer guidance on how to recover learning and prevent further loss, including prioritizing the full reopening of schools

School closures have caused large and persistent damage to children’s learning and wellbeing, the cost of which will be felt for decades to come, according to a new report launched today by the Global Education Evidence Advisory Panel (GEEAP), co-hosted by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti, and…