聯合國兒童基金會《兒童進展報告》 全球數百萬青少年發展受壓 非洲情況尤其嚴峻

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紐約/香港,2012年4月24日——過去20年,教育及公共衞生項目上的進步,改善了不少青少年的生活。但根據聯合國兒童基金會(UNICEF)最新發表的《兒童進展報告:青少年報告》(Progress for Children: A report card on adolescents)指,在世界各地,仍有眾多青少年的需要仍然備受忽略,促使每年多逾100萬名青少年喪生、數以千萬計的青少年失學。 舉例說,報告指出,縱觀全球,撒哈拉以南的非洲地區是現今青少年發展最惡劣的地區。區內青少年人口不斷增長,預計到2050年,該區將成為全球青少年人口最高的地方。然而,現時當地兒童的小學畢業率僅得五成,青年就業率亦屬偏低。 《兒童進展報告:青少年報告》亦警告,全球合共多達12億名青少年(根[...]
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‘Believe in Zero – Cycling Safety Event’ draws warm response Hundreds of children in Hong Kong will be trained as safe cyclists by UNICEF HK Ambassador Wong Kam-po

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HONG KONG, 12 April 2012 – Cycling is becoming popular in Hong Kong. However, the number of cycling accidents is also on the rise, and children and teenagers cycling in and out can be at particular risk. To support the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 as proclaimed by United Nations General Assembly, the […]

聯合國兒童基金會發佈《6個月地區進展報告》 「非洲之角」近日取得進展 但前景仍不樂觀

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奈洛比,肯尼亞/香港,2012年4月11日——聯合國兒童基金會(UNICEF)2011年在「非洲之角」採取的大規模人道救援行動雖成功阻截饑荒蔓延,但當地最新狀況正威脅進展成果。 「非洲之角」大部分地區在3月至5月的雨量依然低於正常水平。而索馬里持續的暴力衝突及肯尼亞部分地區對救援人員的襲擊,亦大大窒礙了人道救援行動的進度。本年度,UNICEF呼籲港幣32.3億元(即4.14億美元)的善款,以繼續支持及穩定當地的救援行動。 想了解更多UNICEF的重建工作及進展,請參閱《6個月地區進展報告:非洲之角救援行動》。(只提供英文版本)
Tsahara Saidou holds her two-year-old son, Moctar, who is suffering from severe acute malnutrition, as they return to their home village of Garin Kouroun, Maradi Region. They have just visited the UNICEF-supported health centre in the village of Sarkin Yamma Saboua, approximately six kilometres from Garin Kouroun, in Madarounfa Department. [#5 IN SEQUENCE OF FIVE]

In March 2012 in Niger, under-five mortality rates remain among the highest in the world, the result of preventable or treatable conditions, including malnutrition. The country is one of eight in the Sahel region  also including Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and the northern parts of Cameroon, Nigeria and Senegal  facing a nutrition crisis that now affects over 10 million people. Unless reached with appropriate treatment and prevention programmes, more than 1 million under-five children are at risk of dying from nutrition-related illnesses. The current crisis is the result of repeated drought-related food shortages, from which people have insufficient time to recover before being again affected. In turn, these shocks are exacerbated by chronic stunting, high rates of poverty and illiteracy and inadequate social infrastructure, including for basic child and maternal care. In Niger, over 331,000 under-five children are at risk of becoming severely malnourished, while cases of moderate acute malnutrition are expected to exceed 689,000. Over 5.4 million people  some 35 per cent of the countrys population  remain food insecure. Stunting prevalence is above 50 per cent; over 62 per cent of the population lives in poverty, and the adult literacy rate is a low 20 per cent  only 12.3 per cent for women. UNICEF requires US$120 million to fund its Sahel emergency response in 2012, of which only 32 per cent has been received to date. The European Union (EU) is one of the largest international donors to UNICEF nutrition programmes in the Sahel and in other regions. In Niger, working with the Government and other partners, UNICEF is currently assisting over 37,000 under-five children suffering from severe acute malnutrition, with plans to reach 394,000. Support includes the provision of ready-to-use therapeutic food (a high-protein, high-energy peanut-based packaged paste for malnourished children that does not require cooking or handling). Plans are also underway to provide blanket feeding support for an additional 530,000 children aged 623 months and for 97,000 pregnant or lactating women during the lean season  from April through October  when food scarcity is greatest. UNICEF is also assisting other health, water, sanitation and hygiene, education and child protection initiatives.

非洲「危機」警號再響 UNICEF發起全球籌款活動 目標籌款港幣9.4億元 拯救西非薩赫勒過100萬名嚴重營養不良兒童

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香港,2012年4月4日——在索馬里脫離饑荒困局之際,非洲又再響起「危機」警號。在西非薩赫勒地區,正有超過100萬名兒童患有嚴重急性營養不良,瀕臨死亡邊緣。聯合國兒童基金會(UNICEF)在香港、英國、澳洲等地發起全球籌款活動,目標籌款約港幣9.4億元(1.2億美元),即時將當地人道救援工作升級。UNICEF執行主任安東尼‧雷克,亦正於其中一個受災地區——乍得,親身視察災情。 在布基納法索、喀麥隆、馬里、乍得、毛里塔尼亞、尼日爾、尼日利亞及塞內加爾8個西非薩赫勒地區國家,超過1,500萬人現正處身於嚴重營養危機之中。薩赫勒地區在過去數年接二連三遭受突發災害,包括2005年和2010年先後遭逢大旱,大幅削弱了他們在今次危機下的抗逆力。許多家庭由於缺乏糧食被迫出售牲畜,孩[...]

立即行動!UNICEF 呼籲各界合力為西非薩赫勒地區兒童衝破災難的惡性循環

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恩賈梅納,乍得/香港,2012年4月4日——營養危機席捲整個西非薩赫勒地區,災情已及緊急水平,至少100萬名兒童生命受威脅。聯合國兒童基金會(UNICEF)執行主任安東尼‧雷克先生今天到訪其中一個受災國家——乍得,親身視察災情,並提出UNICEF在當地的人道救援工作必需從速升級,以遏止危機繼續蔓延,打破災難的惡性循環。 雷克先生今天探訪乍得西部地區時表示:「薩赫勒地區總是處於危機的邊緣。2010年及2005年的旱災早已令兒童及家庭飽受煎熬。如今數以十萬計的人流離失所,糧食漲價,農作物又失收,致使當地人民倍感不安。」 「營養不良的兒童總是難以抵抗小兒麻痹症、麻疹、腦膜炎、霍亂等疾病,」雷克先生續指:「薩赫勒地區的民眾如今猶如處於風暴的邊緣,100萬名兒童生命危在旦夕。」[...]