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A healthy start

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.

On 18 April 2016 in the Syrian Arab republic, children take classes on the first level of curriculum B in Hasan Zaiat school, Ashrafieh neighbourhood, Aleppo. UNICEF’s “Curriculum B” helps children catch up with missed years of education as they get back to school. UNICEF helped set up the 1070 Primary School, to provide education to thousands of displaced children whose education has been disrupted by the war.

Syrian children’s courage for education offers hope amid grim realities

© 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, […]

On June 29th 2016, Yadira Zambrano (19) looks proudly at her baby, Elias Garcia Zambrano (1 month). After an emotional and worrisome pregnancy process, Yadira is happy that Elias was born healthy and did not show signs of microcephaly or any neurological complication. The Ministry of Health performs a follow up process with all newborns. Elias will have his first appointment on the first week of July. Bijagual, Manabí, Ecuador.

Twelvefold increase in Zika cases since Ecuador earthquake

© 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 […]

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UNICEF statement on recent case of sexual violence in India

© 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 […]

[RELEASE OBTAINED] Photographed in August, Longezo is 3 and living with HIV in Nkhuloawe Village, Malawi. Here is taking his medication. His life was saved when Bizwick, a health worker pictured right, visited his home and discovered he was very ill and in need of medical attention.

Malawi first piloted treatment for all pregnant women (Option B+) in 2011. Since then, health workers have been working tirelessly to test for HIV and prevent new infections in women and their families, and to keep those living with HIV on treatment. Here is Bizwick's amazing story.

HIV/AIDS continues to stalk children and adolescents – UNICEF

© 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 […]

Mothers bring their babies and young children to be screened for malnutrition at the community health post. One mother, Marianna, is here with her two year old daughter, Tamina, to receive their latest supply of emergency therapeutic food as Tamina has been diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition. Speaking about why Tamina is sick, Marianna says “we lost everything, we haven’t harvested any crops for over two years – nothing. While we wait for the rain to return we’ve had to lease out some of our land”. It means that if the rains return though, the family has lost some of their land to a long lease, and therefore some of their profits. “At the moment I’m selling firewood when I can. I have to rent donkeys though and I can’t always afford that. We are living hand to mouth. Gone are the days that we harvested maize, wheat, sorgum. Last year nothing grew.” The health post is surrounded by fields turned to dust, the children are covered in it as they wait to be seen at the health post. Marianna says that two years ago she was able to feed her older two children, who are five and six years old. “We had enough grain to sell, as well as eat. There was money to manage the household and I felt I could care for the family well”. After Tamina was born, they harvested less and less. Tamina started losing weight, then completely lost her appetite and then became very sick. That was around eight months ago. She was admitted to the local health centre and diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition with complications. As she pulls a scarf around her youngest child, trying to soothe her, her mother says she was so weak but she got stronger with the special milk at the health centre provided by UNICEF. About a month ago Tamina got sick again. After being seen at the health post she was given a supply of emergency therapeutic food that will build her strength. Marianna says she feels angry every day. Life has been taken away from her and her family. She fears for

El Niño is over but its impact on children is set to worsen as disease, malnutrition continue to spread

© 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, […]

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UNICEF HK calls for youth’s participation in Make A Video

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.