NEW YORK/ HONG KONG, 29 July 2016 – Some 77 million newborns – or 1 in 2 – are not put to the breast within an hour of birth, depriving them of the essential nutrients, antibodies and skin-to-skin contact with their mother that protect them from disease and death, UNICEF said.
Breastfeeding gives babies their first vaccine and the healthiest nutrition at the start of life.
Placing a newborn on the mother’s breast within the first hour of life is linked to lower risk of death and illness and can lead to successful breastfeeding practices.
NEW YORK, 28 July 2016 – Today unknown assailants attacked a humanitarian convoy that included staff from UNICEF, UNFPA, and IOM. The convoy was traveling from Bama to Maiduguri in Borno State, Nigeria, returning from delivering desperately needed humanitarian assistance.
© UNICEF/UN018888/Al-Issa By Shushan Mebrahtu Across the Syrian Arab Republic, children are putting their lives at risk to sit for their final exams in school. Hear the stories of six children who travelled across conflict lines to continue their education, in hopes of building a brighter future for their country. DAMASCUS, Syrian Arab Republic/HONG KONG, […]
© UNICEF/UN025173/Troppoli UNICEF and partners are supporting the national government by raising awareness and providing necessary supplies NEW YORK/PANAMA/QUITO/HONG KONG, 18 July 2016 – Three months after the Ecuador earthquake, the number of Zika Virus cases increased from 92 to 1,106 country-wide, with the sharpest increase in the quake-hit areas. According to national data, 80 […]
© UNICEF/2016 Attributable to Anju Malhotra, UNICEF Principal Gender Advisor NEW YORK/HONG KONG, 20 July, 2016 – “The reported gang rape of a young Dalit woman in India by the same five men who had raped her three years ago underlines the heinous culture of impunity that surrounds violence against girls and women. “Approximately 120 million […]
© UNICEF/UNI201846/Schermbrucker UN children’s agency to showcase successes, innovations at AIDS Conference DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA/HONG KONG, 18 July 2016 – As the 21st International AIDS Conference gets underway in Durban this week, UNICEF warned that despite remarkable global progress in tackling the HIV/AIDS pandemic, much work remains to be done to protect children and adolescents from […]
JUBA/ South Sudan Hong Kong, July 13, 2016 – UNICEF and partners are providing urgent life-saving assistance to thousands of people displaced by last weekend’s heavy fighting in Juba.
© UNICEF/UN010264/Ayene In Eastern and Southern Africa alone, 26.5 million children are in need of aid NAIROBI/NEW YORK/HONG KONG, July 8, 2016 – The 2015-2016 El Niño has ended but its devastating impact on children is worsening, as hunger, malnutrition and disease continue to increase following the severe droughts and floods spawned by the event, […]
HONG KONG, 9 July 2016 —Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) organized a launch ceremony for Make A Video today, encouraging secondary students to create videos on the theme of ‘To mom & dad’. A 17-year-old participant plans not only to express condolences to her father in her work, but also to remind people to cherish the present ones. The project is co-organized by ifva, Hong Kong Arts Centre again this year, and fully supported by Hang Seng Bank for the first time. A public screening will be arranged for winning videos. The deadline for video submission is 21 August 2016.