Statement by Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General, and Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director on attacks on medical facilities and personnel in Syria

GENEVA/NEW YORK/HONG KONG, 29 April 2016 – We join the many voices expressing outrage at the attack on Al Quds Hospital in Aleppo. Among those killed were two doctors, including one of the only remaining pediatricians in the city, three paramedics, and numerous patients, among them children.

On 31 May 2015, Ramesh Shrestha helps his teachers and others to place the makeshift school tent in appropriate place to resume classes in Shree Balephi Secondary School in Balephi, Sindhupalchowk, one of the hardest-hit district by the earthquake. After five week hiatus following the earthquakes of 25 April and 12 May, teachers, members of school management committee, students and parents worked together to set up the makeshift school.

First Day of School Package - Photos from Sindhupalchowk - 31 May 2015

A year on Nepal earthquakes: Education continues in affected districts but children still need safe and stable learning environment

KATHMANDU/ HONG KONG, 24 April 2016 – A year after devastating earthquakes in Nepal, 1.6 million school children are starting the new academic year in affected areas. Yet many of them continue to study in temporary classrooms. While recovery and reconstruction efforts are moving ahead, much remains to be done to ensure a rapid return to normalcy and predictability for these children.


From one epicentre to another

From Balakot to Barpak: I cried once again

Ten years after witnessing the horror created by a devastating earthquake in my country Pakistan, I was in Nepal’s Gorkha, a district at the centre of the 25 April 2015 earthquake. I had spent a year in Balakot, the epicentre, and in October 2015 I joined UNICEF Nepal country programme to lead the Gorkha Emergency Site Office.