Water under fire

 ©UNICEF/UN067453/Souleiman The role of water in conflicts around the world. When you think of the ways in which wars and conflicts are fought, water wouldn’t immediately come to mind, but in many conflicts, restricting or controlling the access to water can be used as a weapon. It has happened throughout history, across the globe. When […]


10 ways UNICEF saves and improves children’s lives around the world

© UNICEF/UN0149885/Dejongh For every child, opportunity Day in and day out, UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places to reach the most vulnerable children and young people. To give them a childhood in which they’re protected, healthy and educated, and the opportunity to fulfil their vast potential. Here are 10 examples of how […]



Attributable to Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director in the Middle East and North Africa  “NO Excuses anymore! “Again, many children were reportedly killed and injured today as a school bus was attacked in Sa’ada in northern Yemen. “All of these children are reportedly under the age of 15 years old. “Does the world really need […]


Out of darkness and into light: My story

© UNICEF/2018/Uzbekistan Azima, a 16-year-old has everything it takes to be a true champion in changing perceptions about people living with HIV and AIDS in Uzbekistan. She dreams about the day when people in her country will stop seeing people living with HIV as threat to society. I was born prematurely at seven months. The […]


In South Sudan, off-grid communities turn to solar power for clean water

©UNICEF/UN0221028/Rich How solar-powered water systems are helping children in remote communities like Yambio access clean water in health centres, schools and homes In countries like South Sudan, access to clean water is crucial for survival in the dry season. In the rainy season, clean water helps keep the community safe from diseases like cholera. A solar-powered water system in Yambio has […]

A child washes his hands in untreated water coming from a sewer pipe in Amran Governorate, Yemen, Tuesday 24 October 2017. Contaminated water can transmit diseases such diarrhoea, cholera, dysentery, typhoid, and polio.

A three-day National Polio Immunization Day (NID) campaign was launched to coincide with World Polio Day on 24 October 2017 in Yemen by local health authorities, with support from UNICEF, the World Health Organization, and World Bank, in partnership with Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners. The campaign aimed to reach 5.3 million children under five across Yemen by mobilising around 40,000 vaccination volunteers to visit 3.4 million household in all 23 governorates. In addition to receiving the bivalent oral polio vaccine (bOPV), the nutritional status of children was measured through Middle Upper Arm Circumference - those found to be malnourished were referred to therapeutic centers for treatment.

Drinking water systems under repeated continuous attack in Yemen

© UNICEF/UN0143426/Alsamai UNICEF calls for immediate halt to attacks on water facilities and civilian infrastructure in Yemen Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore SANA’A/NEW YORK/HONG KONG, 1 August 2018 – “Attacks against civilian facilities and services are unacceptable, inhumane and in breach of the basic laws of war. “Ongoing violence and repeated attacks […]