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At least 200 million schoolchildren live in countries unprepared to deploy remote learning in future emergency school closures – UNICEF

NEW YORK, October 29, 2021 – At least 200 million schoolchildren live in 31 low- and middle-income countries that remain unprepared to deploy remote learning in future emergency school closures, according to a new UNICEF report released yesterday. Among that group of students, 102 million live in 14 countries that have kept their schools fully or […]

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UNICEF report highlights scale and impact of attacks on water and sanitation facilities on children in conflict-affected countries

Attacks on water and sanitation facilities and workers in conflicts around the world continue to put the lives of millions of children at risk and deny children and families access to critical water and sanitation services, UNICEF warned today. In the 9 countries* highlighted in Water Under Fire Volume 3: Attacks on water and sanitation services in […]

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UNICEF: 40 per cent of the world’s population, or 3 billion people, do not have a handwashing facility with water and soap at home

NEW YORK, 15 October 2020 – Although handwashing with soap  is critical in the fight against infectious diseases, including COVID-19,  millions of people around the world have no ready access to a place to wash their hands, UNICEF said ahead of Global Handwashing Day. “The pandemic has highlighted the critical role of hand hygiene in disease […]

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One stillbirth occurs every 16 seconds, according to first ever joint UN estimates

GENEVA, Switzerland, October 8, 2020 – Almost 2 million babies are stillborn every year – or 1 every 16 seconds – according to the first ever joint stillbirth estimates released by UNICEF, WHO, the World Bank Group and the Population Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.  The vast majority of stillbirths, 84 per cent, occur […]

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UNICEF delivers critical supplies to support children and families affected by Beirut explosions

BEIRUT, August 25, 2020 – UNICEF has been able to deliver 18 shipments of critical humanitarian supplies, totalling 67 tons, through two airlifts and commercial cargo routes to support children and families affected by the Beirut explosions earlier this month. The shipments included vital personal protective equipment (PPE), medical, health hygiene and nutrition supplies. UNICEF was […]

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COVID-19 causes disruptions to child protection services in more than 100 countries, UNICEF survey finds

NEW YORK, August 18, 2020 – Violence prevention and response services have been severely disrupted during the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving children at increased risk of violence, exploitation and abuse, according to a global survey by UNICEF.  Of 136 countries that responded to UNICEF’s Socio-economic Impact Survey of COVID-19 Response, 104 countries reported a disruption in services related […]

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Children in Central America and Caribbean facing dual threat of stronger hurricane season and COVID-19

PANAMA CITY/NEW YORK,  August 3, 2020 – Across Central America and the Caribbean, more than 70 million children are directly or indirectly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of those children living in coastal areas of Central America and the Caribbean could face the additional threat of catastrophic storms as the 2020 hurricane season moves […]

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As COVID-19 devastates fragile health systems, over 6,000 additional children under 5 could die a day

NEW YORK, May 13,  2020 – An additional 6,000 children could die every day from preventable causes over the next six months as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to weaken health systems and disrupt routine services, UNICEF said today. The estimate is based on an analysis by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, newly […]

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Unleashing Youth Power: A Decade of Accelerating Actions Towards Zero Female Genital Mutilation

NEW YORK, 6 February 2020 – Joint statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus “When Tabitha was growing up in rural Kenya, most of her 16-year-old peers were subjected to female genital mutilation – a human rights violation […]

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Caribbean islands see six-fold increase in number of children displaced by storms, UNICEF report shows

NEW YORK/PANAMA, Dec. 6, 2019 – The estimated number of children displaced by storms and flooding in the Caribbean islands* saw a six-fold increase in the past five years, a new UNICEF report said today. Part of UNICEF’s Child Alert series, ‘Children Uprooted in the Caribbean: How stronger hurricanes linked to a changing climate are […]

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UNICEF seeks $3.3 billion in emergency assistance for 48 million children caught up in conflict, other crises

NEW YORK/GENEVA,  January 31, 2017 – 48 million children living through some of the world’s worst conflicts and other humanitarian emergencies will benefit from UNICEF’s 2017 appeal, which was launched today. From Syria to Yemen and Iraq, from South Sudan to Nigeria, children are under direct attack, their homes, schools and communities in ruins, their […]

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