UNICEF Charity Run 2018_2

Over 13,000 people run for every child at UNICEF Charity Run to raise HK$12 million

©UNICEF HK/2018 HONG KONG, 25 November 2018 – The 13th UNICEF Charity Run, organized by the Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK), successfully concluded today. HK$12 million is expected to be raised from more than 13,000 runners in support of UNICEF’s global programme against AIDS, which aims to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV, close […]

On 13 March 2018 in southern Afghanistan, a boy has been vaccinated by Afia's team. Afia [NAME CHANGED], 19 (not pictured), is one of 70,000 committed polio workers in Afghanistan. She works with one of the largest female workforces in Afghanistan: a national team, supported by both UNICEF and the World Health Organization, fighting polio. Afia's job is to educate families about polio and to encourage vaccination. Female polio workers are critical because only women are allowed to access a family's home to check that every infant child has been vaccinated. Afia says that if she wasn't eradicating polio, her parents would force her to give up her education and get married. "I am not just saving children's lives - I am saving mine," she says. While most women are confined to their homes, Afia travels fearlessly throughout her community because she believes that no child should be paralyzed by polio.

In 2018, southern Afghanistan has the highest number of polio cases in the world. Afghanistan is just one of three countries - including Nigeria and Pakistan - that still carries the polio virus. Inaccessible areas and distrust hamper eradication efforts.  In March 2018, polio workers vaccinated 9.9 million children across Afghanistan. During the polio vaccination campaign, over 8.9 million children were also given Vitamin A to help maintain a strong immune system and reduce incidences of diarrhoea and measles. Vitamin A supplements can improve a child's chance of survival by 12 to 24 per cent in Afghanistan.

Millie Bobby Brown named UNICEF’s youngest-ever Goodwill Ambassador

© UNICEF/UN0202777/Hibbert Stranger Things star appointed on World Children’s Day, when children around the world unite for their rights and ‘take-over’ key roles in government, entertainment and business NEW YORK/HONG KONG, 20 November 2018 – Emmy-nominated actress Millie Bobby Brown has been announced as UNICEF’s newest Goodwill Ambassador. The appointment – marked on World Children’s […]