投資於最貧窮兒童 能拯救更多生命

© UNICEF/UN066838/Hubbard 2017年5月30日,兩歲女童Shakaira Chitano在母親陪同下在馬拉維社區醫院治療瘧疾。 紐約/香港,2017年6月28日 – 最新報告顯示,相對於投資較優渥的群體,投資金錢於最貧困社區兒童的健康和協助他們,生存效益更大。投資每100萬美元可以拯救近兩倍的生命。 報告《縮小差距:投資最窮的孩子的效果》(Narrowing the Gaps: The power of investing in the poorest children)為2010年的預測提供有力證據。報告指:即使為最貧困兒童提供措施挽救其生命和促進健康的成本很高,但這將帶來更大的效益。 聯合國兒童基金會執行主任安東尼‧雷克(Anthony [...]

也門霍亂大爆發 疑似病例近20萬

© UNICEF/UN065873/Alzekri 一名感染霍亂的兒童正在也門一所醫院接受治療。 紐約/日內瓦/香港,2017年6月24日—聯合國兒童基金會﹝UNICEF﹞也門代表雷拉諾(Meritxell Relano)於6月23日在日內瓦舉行的記者會上指出,由於也門衛生系統和供水設施遭受戰亂影響陷於癱瘓,該國出現嚴重霍亂疫情,22個省中有20個都受到影響。當地許多醫療工作者自2016年10月以來一直沒有收到薪水。 目前,UNICEF已向當地提供各種物資,包括凈水用的氯片和用於霍亂治療的靜脈註射液體等,同時為供水設施提供燃料和電力。UNICEF、世界衛生組織及我們的伙伴合力在家庭和社區提高公眾對預防霍亂的認識,確保對水源進行氯化處理,阻止疾病蔓延。 雷拉諾表示:「雖[...]
An Iraqi child walks through the rubble of a building which was destroyed in an airstrike, as fighting between Iraqi security forces and ISIS continues, western Mosul, Iraq, Saturday 11 March 2017.

Over 224,298 persons are still internally displaced from Mosul and surrounding areas since the military operations began on 17 October 2016, according to a UNHCR update from 14 March 2017. Operations to retake west Mosul began on 19 February and significant population movements started on 25 February, with around 5,000 persons received in camps daily. UNICEF reported on 3 March 2017 that some 15,000 children had fled the western section of Iraq’s Mosul city in the previous week, where fighting between the Government forces and ISIS is intensifying by the day.

無處可逃:伊拉克兒童陷入無止境的暴力及貧窮 困境前所未見

© UNICEF/Romenzi 逃離摩蘇爾的伊拉克流離失所兒童 逾500萬名兒童急需人道救援 巴格達/紐約/香港,2017年6月22日—聯合國兒童基金會﹝UNICEF﹞於6月22日發布了一份題為《無處可去》的報告, 近40年來,伊拉克人民不斷承受暴力、戰爭、制裁和不穩定局勢,但是過去三年裏,伊拉克密集的暴力衝突致兒童陷入無止境的暴力,貧困比率上升,困境前所未見。兒童無處可去,無處可逃。這是報告令人心痛的結論。 聯合國兒童基金會伊拉克代表彼得‧霍金斯(Peter Hawkins)在發布這份報告時表示,在伊拉克各地,兒童不斷目睹恐怖和難以想像的暴力;他們被殺害、被綁架、蒙受傷害,還被迫射殺別人;可以說伊拉克兒童經歷了近代歷史上最殘酷的戰爭之一。 在戰事激烈的摩蘇爾西部,[...]


Recently arrived refugees aboard a truck to be taken to a new settlement at Imvepi Reception Center in Arua district of Uganda 28 February, 2017 (只提供英文版本) Uganda now Africa’s top refugee-hosting country as numbers more than double in past year. KAMPALA/NAIROBI/NEW YORK/HONG KONG, 20 June 2017 – As more than 1,000 children continue to fl[...]

(只有英文)南蘇丹饑荒有所緩和 但飢餓蔓延 災情仍然嚴峻

© UNICEF/Hatcher-Moore Jane Tiko feeds a therapeutic formula to her nine-month-old son Simon Ladok in the malnutrition ward in the Al-Sabbah children’s hospital in Juba, South Sudan (只提供英文版本) More than 6 million people now facing hunger driven largely by conflict ROME/JUBA, South Sudan/HONG KONG, 21 June 2017 – Famine has ea[...]
Erick Ogutu, age 29, runs to class with his daughter Octaviah Achieng, age 2, at the Little Rock Early Childhood Development Centre in Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya, May 17, 2017. 

"Education is a basic thing that a father can give to a child. I wanted her to socialize and at this age she can learn quickly. She is very active and there are many places here for her to play." said Erick Ogutu.

The first five years of life have a profound effect on a child future ?on her health, education, wellbeing and financial success as an adult.  When parented with love, nourished and cared for in safe and stimulating environments, children develop the cognitive, emotional and behavioural skills they need to embrace opportunity and bounce back from adversity. They start life with a fair chance to grow, thrive and contribute to their communities and the world. 

But far too many children are denied the right to adequate nutrition, protection and the stimulation that comes from talk, play and responsive attention from caregivers.  These deprivations not only hold back individual children, they launch a cycle of disadvantage and inequity that can continue for generations. 

Recent advances in neuroscience pinpoint the environmental factors that can disrupt development. This neuroscience points to exciting new ways to protect vulnerable children and help them build resilience so they can survive, grow and reach their full potential. Early in life, a child develops cognitive, language and psychosocial skills, a process known as early childhood development (ECD).

Recent discoveries in neuroscience have provided a growing list of details about how a baby brain develops during this time of life. As a result, we know that a baby brain is constructed by a complex interplay of rapid neural connections that begin before birth. In a child first years, these connections occur at a once-in-a lifetime speed of 700 to 1,000 a second.  As the brain-building process continues, the n


© UNICEF/Ohanesian 29歲的艾瑞克 · 歐古圖與他兩歲的女兒奧克塔維亞 · 阿琴一起跑步前往位於肯尼亞內羅畢的「小石頭兒童早期發展中心」上課。 在瑞典國慶日之際,瑞典駐泰國、老撾和緬甸大使斯塔凡.赫斯通在緬甸為慶祝瑞典和緬甸日益增強的合作關係演講時,以反思「接近(他)心靈」的主題作結,並強調父親身份及性別平等的必要。 男人需要被視為父親,要像父親一樣被看待,以及擁有作為父親應有的權利——當然,前提是他們的行為舉止要像父親一樣。瑞典在1974年為父母雙方提供有薪產假。長達480天的產假中,90天預留給父親——三個月的「父親月」,對倡議性別平等貢獻重大。 男性可以從承擔父親這個責任中受益。而在男性承擔父親的責任時,女性也能投入到工作中,並從中獲益。最重要[...]
Celebrating ‘Super Dads’


© UNICEF/UN065270/Ose (只提供英文版本) Super Dads, a new UNICEF initiative launched on 6 June 2017 celebrates fathers around the world. In June 2017, UNICEF launched the Super Dads initiative to highlight the fundamental role that fathers play in their children’s early development. Children’s formative years are critical for their cognitive, s[...]

(只有英文)歐盟捐出近港幣17億元信託基金 助聯合國兒童基金會應對敘利亞衝突

© UNICEF/UN066157/Rostkowski May 17, 2017. Mouhamed Seif Mahmoud School, Sakhoor neighborhood in the east part of Aleppo. A UNICEF supported-school is an alternative space for learning. (只提供英文版本) AMMAN/BRUSSELS/NEW YORK/HONG KONG, 20 June 2017 – On World Refugee Day, the European Union has renewed its commitment to a generation of[...]


© UNICEF/UN060490/Sokhin 穆宗(Muzoon Almellehan)於2017年4月21日(星期五)訪問了查德博爾Yakoua學校的教室。500名流離失所的兒童在這所僅能容納800名學生及8位教師的學校上課,教育系統負擔愈見沉重。 穆宗在2013年逃離敘利亞後成為女童教育倡議者 紐約/香港,2017年6月19日 – 聯合國兒童基金會(UNICEF)於世界難民日前夕宣佈,來自敘利亞的難民穆宗獲委任為國際親善大使。這位年僅19歲的教育倡議者成為UNICEF史上最年輕、而且是首位以難民身份獲委任的親善大使。 與UNICEF國際親善大使、已故荷里活巨星柯德莉夏萍一樣,穆宗獲委任前也曾接受過UNICEF的幫助。 穆宗說:「即使我是兒童時,已很[...]