UNICEF Executive Director meets with displaced families during immunization campaign in the Syrian Arab Republic

During a visit to the Syrian Arab Republic, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake meets with mothers and their children, and the people who are working so hard to reach every last one with life-saving services. DAMASCUS, Syrian Arab Republic/ HONG KONG, 29 October 2013 – During a two-day visit to the Syrian Arab Republic, UNICEF […]

Chad, January 2013. Zenaba Adaum is 18 months old. She lives with her family in the Guera district of Chad, on the periphery of the Sahel belt, where the damaging effects of climate change, including prolonged periods of drought and extreme flooding, make it almost impossible to grow food. Her mother, Zeleca Adela Yaya, worries about the health of her three children, whose weakened immune systems are a direct result of not obtaining enough nutrients due to the food crisis that continues to affect families across Chad. The lack of fresh produce available means that the little fruit and vegetables grown are too expensive for most of the residents to buy. 

Clearly distressed, Zeleca talks about what brought her and Zenaba to the hospital. The little girl, who appears much smaller than her 18 months, had a high fever, vomiting and diarrhoea, worsening her already malnourished state. Her local health centre referred the child to the UNICEF supported in-patient hospital in Mongo. On arrival, she was immediately provided with nutritional supplements, a mosquito net and clean water and taken to the second-tier intensive care unit where children who have severe health complications and malnutrition are treated. 

Zenaba is receiving life-saving care from Dr Kaimba, a UNICEF-trained paediatric consultant. Since Zenaba came to the hospital, which treats over 80 children for severe malnutrition and complications every month, her condition has improved considerably and, after three days of intensive treatment, she is almost ready to move to the transition centre at the hospital where she will be given further treatment before returning to home. ZelecaÕs smiles as she talks about her childÕs improvement, explaining that if her daughter is able to stay healthy, she will be able to work and get an education which will have a dramatic impact on their futures.

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“Bacterial hands” kill over 4,600 children every day worldwide Over 2,000 secondary school students in HK joined “Soap for Good” project and help to combat with epidemic diseases

HONG KONG, 14 October 2013──According to the latest figure released by UNICEF, diarrhoea and pneumonia take away lives of 1.7 million children under the age of five each year, which means every day, these deadly diseases which can be simply prevented by proper handwashing, has killed more than 4,600 children each day. Meanwhile, in Hong […]

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UNICEF HK and Playright urge for more inclusive playground for the all-round development of children with disabilities

HONG KONG, 6 October 2013 — To realise ‘inclusive play’, Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) funded Playright Children’s Play Association (Playright) through its Child Rights Advocacy Project and launched ‘Playright UNICEF Inclusive Play’ project (the Project) together since 2012. The Project assesses the condition of local inclusive playgrounds, the experience and needs of […]