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Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore on situation of children following attack on Palma, Mozambique

UNICEF calls on all parties to keep children out of harm’s way, and to protect aid workers

“We still do not know the full impact that the deadly militant attack in Palma, northern Mozambique, has had on children, but we fear that it will be brutal. “Palma was already hosting well over 35,000 people forcibly displaced from other areas of the province due to previous attacks. Half…

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Statement by UNICEF Regional Director Marie-Pierre Poirier on attack in western Niger

UNICEF condemns the horrific killings of civilians perpetrated by unidentified armed groups in the Tillabery region, killing at least 58 people – including children

“UNICEF condemns in the strongest possible terms the horrific killings of civilians perpetrated by unidentified armed groups in the villages of Darey-dey and Sinégogar, Tillabery region, in western Niger, reportedly killing at least 58 people – including six children aged 11 to 17. We are deeply saddened and outraged that…

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Statement from UNICEF Nigeria Representative Peter Hawkins on the release of abducted schoolgirls in Jangebe, Zamfara State, Nigeria

UNICEF calls on the Government of Nigeria to take all measures to protect schools in the country

“We are relieved at the news of the reported release of over 200 students of the Government Girls’ Secondary School Jangebe in Zamfara State, north-west Nigeria, who were kidnapped during an overnight attack at their school in the early hours of the morning on Friday 26 February. “While we rejoice at…

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Coronavirus: Côte d'Ivoire becomes second African country and first French-speaking country to receive vaccine doses via COVAX Facility

This marks the second batch that has been shipped and delivered to Africa by the COVAX Facility in an unprecedented effort to provide at least 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine by the end of 2021

The COVAX initiative shipped 504,000 doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine, licensed by the Serum Institute of India, to India, and 505,000 syringes to Abidjan, on 26 February 2021. This marks the second batch that has been shipped and delivered to Africa by the COVAX Facility in an unprecedented effort to…

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New Year’s Babies: Over 3600 children will be born in Uganda on New Year’s Day

With the calendar flipping to 2021, UNICEF dedicates its 75th year to reimagining a better world for children

An estimated 3,636 babies will be born in Uganda on New Year’s Day, according to UNICEF. This is a 7.26 per cent decrease from 2020, when an estimated 3,900 were born the first day of the year. As the calendar turns to 2021, UNICEF is again celebrating the new lives…

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An estimated 10.4 million children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, northeast Nigeria, the Central Sahel, South Sudan and Yemen will suffer from acute malnutrition in 2021

UNICEF warns numbers could rise further without urgent action

As 2021 approaches, UNICEF is deeply concerned for the health and well-being of 10.4 million children projected to suffer from acute malnutrition next year in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), northeast Nigeria, the Central Sahel, South Sudan and Yemen. These are all countries or regions experiencing dire humanitarian…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Only 1 in 3 countries ready to receive children safely in schools in West and Central Africa

UNICEF calls on Ministries of Education and Finance today to prioritize education in their COVID-19 recovery plans

UNICEF calls on governments to accelerate a safe re-opening of schools for all children, with clear public health, hygiene and sanitation safeguards in place. UNICEF calls on Ministries of Education and Finance today to prioritize education in their COVID-19 recovery plans to reduce the negative impact of the COVID-19 crisis…

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    • UNICEF Sierra Leone COVID-19 Situation Report No 9, 1 – 30 September 2020
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Coronavirus: UNICEF Sierra Leone COVID-19 Situation Report

Cumulative number of tests conducted is 41,128 (5.37/1,000 population) with an average positivity rate of 5.4%

Situation Overview Sierra Leone has seen a downward trend in the number of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases during the reporting period. Download Report: https://bit.ly/30zSORv Total number of daily tests conducted meanwhile have increased over the same period. Cumulative number of tests conducted is 41,128 (5.37/1,000 population) with an average positivity…

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Coronavirus: UNICEF Benin COVID-19 Situation Report

77 new cases were identified in the last two weeks

Situation overview Since March 2020, a total of 2,357 COVID-19 confirmed cases have been identified in Benin out of 167,555 tests conducted. 77 new cases were identified in the last two weeks. One death related to COVID-19 was recorded in the reporting period bringing the number of deaths to 41.…

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Coronavirus - UNICEF Benin COVID-19 Situation Report No. 22: 18 September - 2 October 2020

77 new cases were identified in the last two weeks

Situation overview Since March 2020, a total of 2,357 COVID-19 confirmed cases have been identified in Benin out of 167,555 tests conducted. 77 new cases were identified in the last two weeks. One death related to COVID-19 was recorded in the reporting period bringing the number of deaths to 41.…