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Violence scars children

© UNICEF/UN062178/Prinsloo In every country, in every culture, there is violence against children — some of them as young as 1 year old. Violence against children is pervasive and not only inflicts physical wounds but also leaves children with mental scars. UNICEF is calling for governments to take urgent action, including educating children, parents, teachers, and community members […]

On 12 May 2017 at the Sab'een Hospital in Sana'a, Yemen, patients suffering from severe diarrhoea or cholera receive treatment.

Over 69,559 suspected cases of diarrhea have been reported so far across Yemen with 578 deaths as at 1 June 2017.  In the last 24 hours alone, the numbers of suspected cholera cases have gone up from 65,300 to over 69,559 across Yemen. An average of 1100 children suffering from acute watery diarrhea are reporting to health facilities every day for the past two weeks across the war-torn country. In the last four weeks, the disease has claimed at least 578 lives of which nearly 40 per cent are children.  The collapse of the water and sanitation system, barely functional hospitals and cash stripped economy means that 27.7 million Yemenis are staring at an unforgiving humanitarian catastrophe. There is a shortage of doctors and nursing staff, many of whom haven’t been paid for months as well as a shortage of medicines and IV fluid.  UNICEF has flown in three aircrafts carrying over 41 tons of lifesaving supplies including medicines, oral rehydration salts, diarrhea disease kits, intravenous fluids that will treat over 50,000 patients. Over one million people across the country have been reached by disinfecting water tanker filling stations, chlorinating drinking water, disinfecting groundwater wells, cleaning water storage reservoirs at public and private locations, providing household water treatments and distributing hygiene consumables kits.

UN Leaders appeal for immediate lifting of humanitarian blockade in Yemen – Millions of lives at imminent risk

© UNICEF/Alzekri Joint statement from agency heads: WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake and WFP Executive Director David Beasley. NEW YORK/GENEVA/HONG KONG, 16 November 2017 – “While the Saudi-led military coalition has partially lifted the recent blockade of Yemen, closure of much of the country’s air, sea and land ports is […]

A man and boy use a plastic jerrycan as they play with a baby by sliding him around on the roadside leading into Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia, Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh, Friday 20 October 2017.

The influx of Rohingya refugees from northern parts of Myanmar Rakhine State into Bangladesh restarted following attacks at Myanmar Border Guard Police posts on 25 August 2017. As of 22 October 2017, the Inter-Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) reported that 603,000 Rohingya refugees have entered Bangladesh since the attacks. According to ISCG’s rapid needs assessment, 58 per cent of new arrivals are children and 60 per cent are women including a high number of pregnant (3 per cent) and lactating women (7 per cent). With the new influx, the current total number of Rohingyas who have fled from Myanmar into Bangladesh, coupled with the affected population in the communities, has reached a staggering 1.2 million. There are 720,000 children among the new arrivals, existing Rohingya populations and vulnerable host communities who are affected and need urgent humanitarian assistance including critical life-saving interventions. For the new Rohingya arrivals, finding their way to the right camp, getting registered and finding a place to stay can be a complex, bewildering experience. As the camps become more densely populated, it becomes an ever greater challenge to find a space.

Bangladesh steps up vaccination for new Rohingya arrivals as measles cases rise

© UNICEF/LeMoyne A man and boy use a plastic jerrycan as they play with a baby by sliding him around on the roadside leading into Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia, Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh. COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh/HONG KONG, 10 November 2017 – An increase in the number of suspected measles cases among the newly arrived Rohingya and […]

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Statement by UNICEF South Asia Regional Director, Jean Gough, from Afghanistan and Pakistan border

SPIN BOLDAK, Afghanistan/HONG KONG, 11 November 2017 – “The town of Spin Boldak on Afghanistan’s southern border with Pakistan is at the epicentre of the global effort to eradicate polio. “This year, only Afghanistan and Pakistan have recorded wild poliovirus cases and the virus has no respect for the borders. As of 9 November 2017, there […]

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Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on the situation in Yemen

© UNICEF/Alzekri A child with severe diarrhoea or cholera receives treatment at the Sab’een Hospital in Sana’a, Yemen. NEW YORK/HONG KONG, 9 November 2017 – “Yesterday, Mark Lowcock, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, called on all parties to the conflict to provide safe, rapid, unhindered humanitarian access to people in need, through […]

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Change for Good raised HK$13.2 million in 2016 to support children in need worldwide

(Cheque Presentation): Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Officer Mr Rupert Hogg (centre) and Director Customer Mr Simon Large (second from the right) present the 2016 Change for Good donation to UNICEF HK Fundraising Committee Mr David Fong and Chief Executive Ms Jane Lau. Hong Kong, 7 November 2017 – The Cathay Pacific Group and the Hong […]