World Breastfeeding Week 2011 Press Conference Mothers Having High Intention to Breastfeed while Medical Staff Training Being Unsatisfactory

Hong Kong, 30 July 2011 – The Department of Health, Hospital Authority and UNICEF Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative Hong Kong Association (BFHIHKA) joined hands to organise the annual press conference. At the press conference, result of the annual survey of BFHIHKA shows that breastfeeding rate is on the rise despite the high demand on obstetric […]

SAVING CHILDREN IN SOUTHERN SOMALIA MUST BE FIRST PRIORITY More than a million children in need of life-saving interventions

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NAIROBI, Kenya/ HONG KONG, 29 July 2011 – With an estimated 1.25 million children across Southern Somalia in urgent need of life saving interventions and 640,000 acutely malnourished, UNICEF called for all actors to make saving children’s lives the top priority and to urgently support all efforts to reach children in need. “The children of […]

Vaccination campaigns for children underway in the Horn of Africa “Critical lifeline” to protect malnourished children from killer diseases

NAIROBI/ HONG KONG, 26 July 2011 – This week, UNICEF, the Kenya Ministry of Health and WHO have launched a vaccination campaign for children living in the host communities around Dadaab refugee camp in Northern Kenya. The campaign will target 202,665 children under five, with measles and polio vaccines, together with Vitamin A and de-worming […]

Somali children and adults wait to register for aid in the Ifo refugee camp in North Eastern Province, near the Kenya-Somalia border. The camp is among three that comprise the Dadaab camps, located near of the town of Dadaab in Garissa District.

In early July 2011, Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia are the three Horn of Africa countries most affected by a deepening drought, rising food prices and the persistent conflict in Somalia. More than 10 million people, including in neighbouring Djibouti and Uganda, are now threatened by the worst drought in the region in 60 years. Somalia faces one of the most-severe food security crises in the world as it continues to endure an extended humanitarian emergency, with tens of thousands fleeing into Kenya and Ethiopia. More than 10,000 Somalis a week are now arriving in the Dadaab camps in eastern Kenya, where aid partners struggle to meet the needs of some 360,000 people, in facilities meant for 90,000. An estimated 480,000 severely malnourished children are at risk of dying in drought-affected areas of Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia and Djibouti; while a further 1.6 million moderately malnourished children and the wider-affected population are at high risk of disease. In northern Kenya, more than 25 per cent of children suffer from global acute malnutrition  in the Turkana district the rate is at 37.4 per cent, its highest ever. UNICEF, together with Governments, UN, NGO and community partners, is supporting a range of interventions and essential services, especially for the displaced and for refugees, including feeding programmes, immunization campaigns, health outreach, and access to safe water and to improve sanitation. UNICEF is seeking US $31.8 million for the next three months to provide humanitarian assistance for children and women in the four most-affected countries.

UNICEF estimates the lives of over two million children are threatened by the unfolding crisis in the Horn of Africa Appealing for HK$ 250 million for emergency relief

HONG KONG, 11 July 2011 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) estimates that over two million young children are malnourished and in need of urgent life-saving actions, if they are to survive conditions in drought-affected  countries in the Horn of Africa. Half a million of those children are facing imminent life-threatening conditions, with long […]