A nurse from the Kabea Kamwanga hospital is treating a malnourished and malaria-infected child with medicines donated by UNICEF, on May 20th 2017.The hospital of Kabea Kamwanga, supported by UNICEF with emergency funds is located 70 km north-west of Mbuji-mayi, in the direction of Kananga, in the province of Kasai Orientale, in the south Of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a region plagued by conflict between the militia of the traditional leader Kamuina Nsapu and the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) since June 2016.

Un infirmier de l'h皫ital de Kabea Kamwanga traite un enfant en 彋at de malnutrition et souffrant de paludisme, ?l'aide de m嶮icaments offert par l'UNICEF, le 20 mai 2017. L'h皫ital de Kabea Kamwanga, soutenu par l'UNICEF ?l'aide de fonds d'urgence, est situ??70 km au nord-ouest de Mbuji-mayi, en direction de Kananga, dans la province du Kasa?Orientale, au sud de la R廧ublique d幦ocratique du Congo, une r嶲ion en proie aux conflits entre les miliciens du chef traditionnel Kamuina Nsapu et les Forces Arm嶪s de la R廧ublique d幦ocratique du Congo (FARDC) depuis juin 2016.

Nothing can justify terrible acts of abuse against women and children in Kasai

© UNICEF/Wieland Children who have fled violent attacks in the Kasai region play in a ‘Child Friendly Space’ provided by UNICEF in the Mussungue reception centre for refugees in Dundo, northern Angola. Statement attributable to Marie-Pierre Poirier, UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa. DAKAR/NEW YORK/HONG KONG, 7 August 2017 – “The world must […]

On 3 April, (right) Zainab Kamara, supported by her mother, breastfeeds one of her twin sons, 3-month-old Alhassan Cargo, in Karineh Village in Magbema Chiefdom, Kambia District. The community health worker in the village is among the estimated 15,000 in the country helping to bringing life-saving health services to their communities.

In March/April 2017 in Sierra Leone, progress in key children rights, including in child survival and primary education, continues in the country. The Government also continues to make strides towards providing affordable, quality health care and improving maternal and child health services. However, despite these achievements, many children still lack access to essential services and safe water and sanitation, and maternal and child mortality remain key concerns. The country has one of the highest maternal and under-5 mortality rates in the world (at 1,360 deaths per 100,000 live births and 120 deaths per 1,000 live births). To help address the issue, UNICEF is working with the Government and other partners to facilitate the delivery of quality health care, especially maternal, newborn and child health services. As part of this effort, UNICEF, with funding from the EU, is supporting the construction and rehabilitation of health facilities, training for health workers, and the provision of equipment and medical supplies training for and the provision of equipment and medical supplies and, is supporting construction EU support also focuses on the country Free Health Care Initiative, which includes the provision of free medical supplies to ensure that pregnant women deliver safely, and free medicine for pregnant women, lactating mothers and children under the age of 5. An estimated 15,000 community health workers (CHWs) in the country, through the Government-led CHW programme, are also helping to bringing life-saving health services to their communities.

Babies and mothers worldwide failed by lack of investment in breastfeeding

© UNICEF/UN065254/ On 3 April, (right) Zainab Kamara, supported by her mother, breastfeeds one of her twin sons, 3-month-old Alhassan Cargo, in Karineh Village in Magbema Chiefdom, Kambia District. New analysis shows an investment of HK$36.7 (US$4.7) per newborn could generate HK$2,340 billion (US$300 billion) in economic gains by 2025. GENEVA/NEW YORK/HONG KONG, 1 August […]

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How promoting breastfeeding helped a village in Mali drastically reduce child stunting

© UNICEF Mali/2017/Luthi Aminata holds a baby in her arms. Along with Batoma and other volunteers in the local nutrition support group, she advises families on proper nutrition for their children. YOROSSO/MALI/HONG KONG, 31 July 2017 – “Show me how you breastfeed your child,” says Aminata as she faces Batoma. A group of women look […]

On 7 December 2013 in Lebanon, Aliya, 7, completes homework in the tent she shares with 16 family members, in an informal tented settlement for Syrian refugees in Dalhamieh, a small village in the Bekaa Valley. Aliya and her brother Ali are the youngest children of a large family, spanning her father’s three marriages. Most of her siblings fled from their village in Idlib Governorate two years earlier, while Aliya and Ali remained with their parents in Lebanon. The area where they lived was regularly affected by violence. “There were many missiles and rockets,” Aliya recalled. “Every day they would fall on us. I was afraid. My brother and I would go hide in my room.” About one year ago, their home was shelled in an attack that killed their mother and father. Neighbours then called the children’s oldest brother, Abu-Thamer, to return to the Syrian Arab Republic for his siblings. “Ali did not speak at all until we got to Lebanon,” he said. The transition to life away from home has also been difficult for Aliya. “I was surprised when I first saw the tent here, I thought, ‘My God, how can everyone stand this?’ … but when I thought of the bombing back home, I said to myself that this is better.” Aliya had been attending a tented school, but it was recently closed due to inclement weather. “The tent … does not keep water out. It was closed so we don’t get sick. They didn’t tell us when it will open again, but I want it to because I want to learn.”

As the Syrian crisis enters its fourth year, needs are escalating at an increasingly urgent pace, with children bearing the greatest toll. Since March 2011, over 7,000 children have lost their lives in the violence, while hundreds of thousands have been wounded, some of whom must now live with life-long disabilities caused by their injuries. By mid-December 2013, the conflict had left 6.5 million people displaced internally. They are among 9.3 million people inside the country in need of hu

Clooney Foundation for Justice partners with UNICEF to open seven public schools to Syrian refugee children

© UNICEF/UNI156405/Noorani On 7 December 2013 in Lebanon, Aliya, 7, completes homework in the tent she shares with 16 family members in an informal tented settlement for Syrian refugees in Dalhamieh, a small village in the Bekaa Valley. With support from Google.org and HP Inc., the Clooney Foundation for Justice’s HK$17.55 million (US$2.25 million) partnership […]

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In search of opportunities

© UNICEF/UN05325/Dragaj The vast majority of child migrants uprooted by violence, poverty and climate change remain in Africa. Children account for over half of the 12 million West and Central African people on the move each year, with some 75% of them remaining in sub-Saharan Africa, and less than one in five heading to Europe. Migration […]

Tshinyama Primary School is one of four schools plundered during the clashes between Kamuina Nsapu movement rebels and the police in March 2017 in Nganza commune, 4km from Kamina, the capital of Kasai province Occidental, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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L'école primaire Tshinyama est l'une des quatre écoles pillées lors des affrontements entre les rebelles du mouvement Kamuina Nsapu et les forces de l'ordre en mars 2017 dans la commune de Nganza, à 4km de Kamina, capitale de la province du Kasaï Occidental, en République Démocratique du Congo.

In August 2016, fighting broke out in one of the Democratic
Republic of Congo’s (DRC) poorest regions - Kasai - after a
traditional leader was killed in clashes with security forces. The
situation deteriorated in 2017, unleashing a wave of violence that
has now engulfed nine of the country’s 26 provinces.

850,000 children displaced by violence in Democratic Republic of the Congo’s volatile Kasaï region

© UNICEF/UN073241/Dubourthoumieu Children walk in front of Tshinyama Primary School in Nganza commune, Kasai province Occidental, Democratic Republic of the Congo. KINSHASA/DAKAR/GENEVA/NEW YORK/HONG KONG, 28 July 2017 –More than 1 million people have been forced from their homes by waves of violent conflict in the Greater Kasaï region of the Democratic republic of Congo (DRC) […]

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World Breastfeeding Week 2017 calls for public support for breastfeeding

HONG KONG, 28 July 2017 –The Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK), in collaboration with the Department of Health (DH), the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative Hong Kong Association (BFHIHKA) and the Hospital Authority, today celebrate World Breastfeeding Week 2017, hoping to further enhance public support for breastfeeding in Hong Kong. Officiating at the event, […]

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(Chinese version only) Say Yes to support breastfeeding campaign

(Chinese version only) 本月首星期是一年一度的國際母乳哺育週,今年的主題是持續母乳餵哺,同心同行。或許很多讀者都知道持續母乳餵哺對媽媽和嬰兒都有莫大益處,聯合國兒童基金香港委員會(UNICEF HK)及世界衞生組織(WHO)最新研究顯示,提高首六個月全母乳餵哺嬰兒的比率,有助於未來10年內拯救52萬名兒童的生命。不僅如此,母乳餵哺時間愈長,愈有助減低兒童肥胖及過重的風險。母乳餵哺好處多多,關鍵是我們應如何支持他們,與他們同心同行,讓哺乳媽媽安心餵哺孩子。 為推動香港母乳餵哺及增加公眾和社區對哺乳媽媽所需支援,自2015年起, 由UNICEF HK主辦,食物及衞生局和衞生署協辦 「Say Yes to Breastfeeding 母乳育嬰齊和應」運動,推動各個母乳餵哺友善環境如工作空間、公共場所和交通工具。去年6月,在衞生署和UNICEF HK的推動及大力支持下,全港首個船上哺乳室由「新渡輪」正式設立並啟用,今年更拓展至在四艘普通渡輪設置哺乳室,稍後亦會在船隊內所有高速船下層推出優先座給哺乳媽媽。與此同時,我們更進一步伸延至的士界別,提出「母乳餵哺友善車廂」七步曲,藉此為哺乳媽媽提供更完善的社區支援,進一步保障及尊重媽媽私隱。 鼓勵及推動持續母乳餵哺,少不了社會各界的支持。不論你以企業、交通工具界別或個人等身份參與,都是對哺乳媽媽的肯定,讓她們堅守天職。現在,不妨踏出你的第一步,加入行動。多一份支持,多一點關懷,Say Yes支持哺乳媽媽!詳見:sayyestobreastfeeding.hk 原文刊登於2017年7月28日《星島日報》「放眼世界」「攜手為兒童」專欄

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Three years without a home

© UNICEF/UN070796/Sparks Rayan stands in the tent for new arrivals at Salamiyah camp. The UNICEF boxes behind him are UNICEF’s hygiene kits that form part of the Multi-Sectoral Emergency Package (MSEP) to which WFP and UNFPA also contribute. “I’m from Zummar, a village close to the Syrian border. It’s been three years since my family […]