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    • Boys make war-related mud moulds while participating in activities in a child-friendly space near a displaced people’s gathering area in Geneina town, West Darfur, Sudan
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Source: Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) |

Sudan Humanitarian Fund Project Helps Children Affected by Conflict

The Fund has provided a total of $1.3 million for response activities in West Darfur to World Relief and Save the Children, while the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) provided an additional $5 million in January of this year to various partners

At a makeshift health clinic set up alongside a road in Ag Geneina, a town in West Darfur, Sudan, several young girls sketch flowers, while the young boys in the group draw weapons and make mud moulds of military vehicles.  “I have been encouraging them to make drawings from happier…

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    • Some 60 members of South Sudanese armed forces were sensitized on implementing the action plan to end grave violations against children at a two-day workshop facilitated by UNMISS in the country's capital, Juba. Photo by Martin Mariaka/UNMISS
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UNMISS Child Protection trains 60 members of South Sudan’s armed forces on child rights

The main aim of the workshop: To educate participants on the six grave violations against children

When civil war broke out in South Sudan, women and children were some of the worst affected. Education was disrupted for tens of thousands of children as they fled for their lives. Many were separated from their parents and recruited into armed forces and groups themselves. Following the 2018 peace…

Source: Ministry of Health & Human Services, Federal Republic of Somalia |

World Patient Safety Day: Somalia, UN urge all stakeholders to redouble efforts to keep mothers and newborns safe in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic

Even before the COVID-19 outbreak was confirmed in Somalia, the country was known to have one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, at 692 maternal deaths per 100 000

While commemorating World Patient Safety Day yesterday, the Federal Government of Somalia, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), urged health facilities, health care workers and other stakeholders to step up efforts to ensure mothers and newborns remain…

Source: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) |

In Dialogue with Eswatini, Committee on the Rights of the Child welcomes legislative progress and asks about child Health

Challenges to the welfare of Eswatini’s children included the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which had closed schools for over a year, as well as global warming and climate change

The Committee on the Rights of the Child today considered the combined second to fourth periodic reports of Eswatini on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, with Committee Experts welcoming legislative progress, and asking about child health related issues, such as age determination and nutrition,…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO), Ghana |

Ghana launches National Breastfeeding Week

This year’s event will focus on raising awareness and galvanizing action on protecting breastfeeding to improve public health

The World Health Organization has joined the Ministry of Health, the Ghana Health Service, and partners to launch the 2021 National Breastfeeding Week celebration under the theme, Protect Breastfeeding: A shared responsibility.  This year’s event will focus on raising awareness and galvanizing action on protecting breastfeeding to improve public health.…

Source: Amnesty International |

Niger: Increasing Number of Children Killed and Recruited by Armed Groups in Sahel’s Tri-border Area – New Report

Increasing numbers of children are being killed and targeted for recruitment by armed groups in conflicts raging at Niger’s borders with Mali and Burkina Faso, Amnesty International said in a new report published today. The 57-page report, ‘I Have Nothing Left Except Myself’: The Worsening Impact on Children of Conflict in…

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    • Thousands of people living in Tambura have fled their homes to escape violence. Some are seeking shelter near the UNMISS temporary operating base.
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UNMISS Concerned About Suffering Women and Children in Tambura, Appeals for Leaders to Intervene

Some 70 percent of the people that have been killed in the area over the last three months are believed to be women and children

Violence in and around Tambura in Western Equatoria State has forced more than 40,000 people to flee their homes. Their suffering is immense, with women and children having lost their husbands and fathers the most severely affected. “Poverty and killings are having a terrible impact. We are very vulnerable right now,…

Source: World Food Programme (WFP) |

European Union Supports Marginalised Communities in Namibia through Cash-Based Transfers

Namibian households will see increased financial inclusion and awareness as communities will have the choice of buying a variety of local and indigenous food

The World Food Programme (WFP) and the Ministry of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare (MGEPESW) have launched a Cash-Based Transfer (CBT) programme in Onamatanga Village in Omusati Region following a generous contribution of €1 Million (N$17 610 019.00) from the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO).…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) - Nigeria |

States in the Northwest keep pressure on vaccine-derived polio

Nigeria has been experiencing outbreaks since 2018.

On 25 August 2021, African countries marked one-year anniversary of Polio certification. Programme managers, health workers and polio survivors in Nigeria also celebrated the wild polio- free status in the country.   The victory notwithstanding, the fight against other forms of the poliovirus is not over. Cases of vaccine-derived polio…

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    • Over 300 schools forced to close in Niger due to insecurity, affecting more than 22,000 children. UNICEF Niger/Tremeau
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Source: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) |

Over 300 schools forced to close in Niger due to insecurity, affecting more than 22,000 children

The number of schools forced to close due to insecurity in conflict-affected areas has increased from 312 to 377 over recent months in Niger

To mark the 5th Anniversary of the Safe Schools Declaration, on 28th May 2020 the UN General Assembly designated 9th September International Day to Protect Education from Attack. In Niger, UNICEF took this opportunity to call for greater attention and mobilization on the situation of children deprived from education due to insecurity while…