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Violence in al-Mayadin district, Deir ez-Zor, reportedly destroys cold room and vaccines

Statement by Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa. AMMAN/DAMASCUS/HONG KONG, 12 October, 2017 – “UNICEF has received reports that ongoing violence in Deir ez-Zor in eastern Syria has destroyed a UNICEF-supported vaccine cold room in al-Mayadin district, with at least 140,000 doses of vaccines lost, including some planned for use […]

A Rohingya child receives a cholera vaccine as part of a UNICEF-supported immunization campaign in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. (CNW Group/UNICEF Canada)

World’s second largest oral cholera vaccination campaign kicks off at Rohingya camps in Bangladesh

© UNICEF/WHO A child receives an oral cholera vaccination as part of a cholera immunization campaign near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, to protect newly arrived Rohingya and host communities from the life-threatening diarrheal disease. Joint press release from World Health Organization and UNICEF. COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh/HONG KONG, 10 October 2017 – A massive cholera immunization campaign started […]

At the Bellafarendi Health Center, Azaharatou Dicko gives UNICEF-supplied ready-to-use therapeutic food to her daughter, Farimata Dicko, 13 months, who suffers from severe acute malnutrition. In Timbuktu, over 15% of children suffer from acute malnutrition, a rate considered “critical” according to the WHO. Timbuktu, August 2017

Mali: Nutrition crisis deepening in conflict-affected areas, says UNICEF

© UNICEF/Dicko At the Bellafarendi Health Center, Azaharatou Dicko gives UNICEF-supplied ready-to-use therapeutic food to her daughter, Farimata Dicko, 13 months, who suffers from severe acute malnutrition. BAMAKO, Mali/DAKAR/NEW YORK/HONG KONG, 9 October 2017 – A nutrition crisis, exacerbated by continuing violence, instability and displacement in Mali, is threatening the lives and futures of thousands of […]

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Rohingya refugee's are using muddy water for cooking but alarming for drinking water. in the newly built Kutupalong Makeshift Camp in a Rubber plantation. Cox Bazar - Bangladesh. An unprecedented 200,000 child refugees have fled Myanmar and are now in urgent need of help, Unicef has warned, as the Rohingya crisis reaches new proportions.

Minors make up at least 60 per cent of the 330,000 Rohingya who have crossed the border to Bangladesh over the past few weeks. Highly traumatised, they are arriving malnourished and injured after walking for days,

By 5 September 2017, more than 146,000 Rohingya refugees fled across the border from Rakhine State, Myanmar, into Cox's Bazar district, Chittagong Division in Bangladesh since 25 August. As many as 80 per cent of the new arrivals are women and children. More than 70 000 children need urgent humanitarian assistance. More than 100,000 of the newly arrived refugees are currently residing in makeshift settlements and official refugee camps that are extremely overcrowded while 10,000 newly arrived refugees are in host communities. In addition, 33,000 arrivals are in new spontaneous sites, which are quickly expanding.  While some refugees are making their own shelters, the majority of people are staying in the open, suffering from exhaustion, sickness and hunger. Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable districts, not only for its poor performance in child related indicators but also for its vulnerability to natural hazards.  Most people walked 50 or 60 kilometers for up to six days and are in dire need of food, water and protection. Many children are suffering from cold fever as they are drenched in rain and lack additional clothes. Children and adolescents, especially girls, are vulnerable to trafficking as different child trafficking groups are active in the region. Many more children in need of support and protection remain in the areas of northern Rakhine State that have been

UNICEF’s preventive plan to mitigate the risk of Acute Water Diarrhoea (AWD) and Cholera among Rohingya Refugees

© UNICEF/Brown A young Rohingya refugee collects water from a muddy puddle in the newly built Kutupalong Makeshift Camp in a Rubber plantation, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Remarks attributable to Maya Vandenant, Chief of Health, UNICEF Bangladesh. GENEVA/DHAKA, Bangladesh/HONG KONG, 6 October 2017 – This is a situation update from Maya Vandenant, Chief of Health, UNICEF Bangladesh, […]

On 4 November 2016 in Maiduguri, Nigeria, newly-reunited families receive care packages from UNICEF and partners in a transit center for women and children that had been held by the Nigerian military for questioning.

In November 2016, north east Nigeria remains in the grips of a humanitarian emergency.  An ongoing conflict between Boko Haram and the Nigerian military has resulted in 7 million individuals in desperate need of assistance across Borno, Gombe, Yobe and Adamawa states. Approximately 55% are children.  In collaboration with the government and humanitarian partners, UNCEF is providing life saving services across both north-east Nigeria and the wider Lake Chad Basin (Cameroon, Niger and Chad).  In Nigeria alone, primary health care services have reached over 3 million people with hundreds of thousands of children receiving psychosocial support, therapeutic feeding, access to safe water and education.

Statement by UNICEF Nigeria Representative a.i. Pernille Ironside on the release of children from administrative custody

© UNICEF/UN039669/Bindra On 4 November 2016 in Maiduguri, Nigeria, newly-reunited families receive care packages from UNICEF and partners in a transit center for women and children that had been held by the Nigerian military for questioning. ABUJA/HONG KONG, 5 October 2017 – “UNICEF welcomes the release of 752 women, children and elderly men from Giwa military […]

A child stands for a photograph near the destroyed École Mixtes Pierre Louis Marie in Dame-Marie, Haiti, Tuesday 8 November 2016.

Almost three months after hurricane Matthew struck Haiti on 4 October 2016, UNICEF and its partners continue to deliver humanitarian aid to those most affected by the category 4 storm. Over 2 million people including 900,000 children were affected by the hurricane, of which 1.4 million require humanitarian assistance including 600,000 children. In addition to the personal losses of homes and crops, over 716 schools, and many health facilities and the existing sanitation infrastructure all suffered damage.

"Three months after Matthew, we can already see improvements: safe water is increasingly available, the vast majority of schools have reopened as have a number of health facilities; and areas that are the most difficult to access are receiving assistance. UNICEF is continuing to fulfil its mandate and obligations to emergency and development efforts," said UNICEF Representative in Haiti Marc Vincent.

Hurricane Matthew passed over Haiti with heavy rains and winds. While the capital Port-au-Prince was mostly spared from the hurricane's full strength. The western area of Grand'Anse, however, was in the direct path. The cities of Les Cayes and Jeremie received full force sustaining winds and water damage across wide areas. Coastal towns were severely damaged as were many homes in remote mountainous regions. An estimated 500,000 children live in the Grand'Anse and South departments, the areas worst hit by Hurricane Matthew.

One year after Hurricane Matthew, Haiti’s children still vulnerable to natural disasters

© UNICEF/Bradley A child stands for a photograph near the destroyed École Mixtes Pierre Louis Marie in Dame-Marie, Haiti. PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti/HONG KONG, 4 October 2017 – One year after Hurricane Matthew, a category 4 hurricane, devastated the Southwest of Haiti, causing loss of life and considerable damage, children and adolescents in the Caribbean country are still […]

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An unprecedented 200,000 child refugees have fled Myanmar and are now in urgent need of help, Unicef has warned, as the Rohingya crisis reaches new proportions.

Minors make up at least 60 per cent of the 330,000 Rohingya who have crossed the border to Bangladesh over the past few weeks. Highly traumatized, they are arriving malnourished and injured after walking for days.

By 5 September 2017, more than 146,000 Rohingya refugees fled across the border from Rakhine State, Myanmar, into Cox's Bazar district, Chittagong Division in Bangladesh since 25 August. As many as 80 per cent of the new arrivals are women and children. More than 70 000 children need urgent humanitarian assistance. More than 100,000 of the newly arrived refugees are currently residing in makeshift settlements and official refugee camps that are extremely overcrowded while 10,000 newly arrived refugees are in host communities. In addition, 33,000 arrivals are in new spontaneous sites, which are quickly expanding.  While some refugees are making their own shelters, the majority of people are staying in the open, suffering from exhaustion, sickness and hunger. Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable districts, not only for its poor performance in child related indicators but also for its vulnerability to natural hazards.  Most people walked 50 or 60 kilometers for up to six days and are in dire need of food, water and protection. Many children are suffering from cold fever as they are drenched in rain and lack additional clothes. Children and adolescents, especially girls, are vulnerable to trafficking as different child trafficking groups are active in the region. Many more children in need of support and protection remain in the areas of northern Rakhine State that have been wracked by violence.

In Bangladesh, UNICEF is scaling up its response to provide refugee children with protection, nutrition, health, water and sanitation support. With the recent

Joint statement by Emergency Relief Coordinator and United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Mark Lowcock and UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake

© UNICEF/Brown Rohingya children and families flee to Cox’s Bazar district in Bangladesh. More than half a million new refugees have crossed into Cox’s Bazar since 25 August. DHAKA, Bangladesh/HONG Kong, 4 October 2017 –  We leave Bangladesh moved by the stories of suffering that we heard from refugees fleeing the violence in Myanmar – […]

A child suffering from cholera has his arm measured by a health professional with a Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) measuring tape to determine whether or not he is also suffering from malnutrition, at the Alsadaqah Hospital, Aden, Yemen, Monday 14 August 2017.

The world’s worst acute outbreak of acute watery diarrhea and cholera continues spreading in Yemen. Between late-April and July 2017, 436,625 suspected cases and 1,915 deaths had been reported in 21 of 22 governorates. Health, water and sanitation systems are struggling to function as a result of the ongoing conflict, and lack of regular salary payments for many public sector workers have created the ideal conditions for the disease to spread.

As part of efforts to halt the spread of AWD/cholera, UNICEF and its partners are reaching out to communities through a nationwide awareness campaign. Across Yemen, thousands of volunteers are going from house to house to raise awareness and provide advice to families on how they can best protect themselves from the potentially fatal infection. The teams provide 15 to 20 minutes of counselling, followed by demonstrations on how to properly wash hands with soap before eating food or after going to the bathroom. They also stress the importance of boiling water before drinking. The campaign is expected to reach 3.5 million families across the country.

Partners commit to reduce cholera deaths by 90 per cent by 2030

© UNICEF/UN078075/Fuad A child receiving treatment for cholera at the Alsadaqah Hospital, Aden, Yemen, Monday 14 August 2017. UNICEF, WHO and others join in renewed push on deadly disease. Geneva/HONG KONG, 3 October 2017 – An ambitious new strategy to reduce deaths from cholera by 90 per cent by 2030 will be launched tomorrow by the Global […]

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UNICEF appeals for HK$594 million to assist children affected by the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh

© UNICEF/UN0120423/Brown On 7 September 2017, newly arrived Rohingya refugees sit at Shamlapur beach in Cox’s Bazar district, Chittagong Division in Bangladesh, after traveling for 5 hours in a boat across the open waters of the Bay of Bengal. COX’S BAZAR, BANGLADESH/HONG KONG, 2 October 2017 – UNICEF is launching a HK$594 million appeal for its […]