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亟需全球善款港幣百億元 支援UNICEF人道主義行動 呼籲港人將龍年福氣惠澤更多兒童

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日內瓦/香港,2012年1月31日——聯合國兒童基金會(UNICEF)最新發表了《針對兒童的人道主義行動報告2012》,呼籲世界各地籌集約港幣100億元善款(相等於12.8億美元),以支持UNICEF今年在全球逾25個國家採取的人道救援行動,拯救及援助有需要的兒童。有關行動預料將動用近1/3撥款幫助正處於嚴重糧食危機的「非洲之角」國家,並且針對多個長期受困於危機狀況或正面對「沉默危機」的國家,制訂緊急應變及防範計劃,設法減少危機所造成的傷亡。踏入壬辰龍年,聯合國兒童基金香港委員會祝願全港市民身體健康,並鼓勵大家將接收到的福氣惠澤更多亟待援手的兒童。   《針對兒童的人道主義行動報告2012》闡述了在全球各地不同的緊急情況下,脆弱的婦女及兒童每日所面臨的衝擊,[...]

聯合國兒童基金會2011年終回顧

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紐約/香港,2012年1月18日——「非洲之角」陷入饑荒、巴基斯坦水災為患,中東地區爆發動亂,對於發展中國家來說,2011年是充滿挑戰的一年。極端天氣變異、糧食價格高漲和政治衝突導致數百萬人無家可歸、四處流浪,只為尋找一綫生機,讓兒童避過疾病和饑餓的煎熬。面對全球經濟持續低迷,救援需求卻不斷上升,令拯救生命的工作變得更加艱巨,人道救援組織必需以最少的資源,作出最大的援助。 數百萬人等待救援 在肯尼亞西北部達達阿比,您會發現全球最大的難民營。住在這裡的,是成千上萬歷盡艱苦及危機,徒步走難的索馬里災民。 其中一位父親Abdile Mohammed幾經艱苦才來到難民營。而他那只得3歲的兒子Aden,就差點熬不過而死去。「我一路上,歷盡艱辛。」他在到達肯尼亞,兒子終於接受到緊[...]
Children complete a year-end final examination at Mamalu Kindergarten et École Fondamentale Mixte (Mamalu Kindergarten and Primary School) in Port-au-Prince, the capital. The school, which collapsed during the earthquake, was rebuilt by UNICEF in a semi-permanent facility, allowing children to return to school as quickly as possible and to regain a sense of normalcy after the disaster. Several desks bear the UNICEF logo.

In December 2011, Haiti and its approximately 4.3 million children continue to recover from the 12 January 2010 earthquake that killed some 220,000 people, displaced more than 1.6 million and further disrupted the countrys already inadequate infrastructure. Progress has been substantial: a new national government is in place; about half of the mounds of rubble have been cleared; almost two thirds of those displaced by the quake have moved out of crowded camps; and the countrys health, education and other core services are rebuilding on a stronger foundation. Still, the country remains a fragile and impoverished state, requiring international support. Working with multiple international and national partners, UNICEF continues to address the emergency needs of children, while focusing on building the Governments capacity to uphold and sustain childrens rights. In nutrition, an unprecedented expansion of preventive and treatment services for childhood under-nutrition has begun to address the pre-quake silent crisis of chronic malnutrition. In health, routine child immunizations increased to almost 80 per cent in the past year; medicines and training for midwives have increased; HIV prevention and treatment services, including to prevent mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of the virus, are expanding; and a national emergency cholera treatment response was implemented (in response to the late 2010 cholera outbreak). Emergency WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) services, including for cholera, have shifted from large-scale water delivery to camps, to urban and rural community-centred efforts to improve WASH access, practises and knowledge. Haitis first metropolitan waste disposal and treatment site opened in September; 2.2 million people received cholera-prevention supplies; and cholera prevention is being integrated into school curricula. In education, although an estimated half of eligible children are still not in school, UNICEF supports a new government initiative to introduce free education; over 1,200 schools have been repaired or constructed since the quake; more children than ever before have received basic school supplies; and policies for early childhood pre-schools are completed. Nevertheless, needs remain enormous across all these vital sectors for children. To date, UNICEF has received US$351.3 million to funds its response since the earthquake and requires an additional US$54 million to support activities through 2012.

海地大地震兩周年 聯合國兒童基金會兒童工作取得進展

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太子港/香港,2012年1月11日——明天是海地大地震兩周年,聯合國兒童基金會(UNICEF)發表了《海地地震兩周年報告》,指出當地的兒童狀況正逐步改善,而教育、健康、營養和兒童保護4大範疇進展尤其顯著,但強調受災兒童目前仍然面對重大挑戰。UNICEF現正呼籲港幣1.87億元(即2,400萬美元)支持2012年度的海地人道主義救援工作。 報告顯示,藉著本港及世界各地的慷慨捐款,UNICEF至今已成功協助逾75萬名兒童重返校園,當中近8萬名兒童更在UNICEF建設的193家臨時抗震校舍上課,在安全的環境下學習。UNICEF更設立520所「兒童友好家園」,為超過12萬名受災兒童提供康樂活動及場地。此外,在UNICEF的支持下,314個營養治療項目得以順利推行,逾15,00[...]