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UNICEF HK gears up for a new fundraising event following the cancellation of ‘Run for Every Child’ due to COVID-19 related concerns

Hong Kong, 11 Nov 2020 –Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) announced that preparation is under way for a new fundraising event set to be held early next year subsequent to the cancellation of ‘Run for every child 2020’ due to the COVID-19 related health and safety concerns. Further details will be announced in […]

On 24 March 2020, nurse Lillian Nimaya, 45, fills a syringe with a vaccine at Nyakuron Primary Health Care Centre in Juba, South Sudan. Lillian has been working as a nurse for the last five years and conducrs routine immunizations each workday. She says, “We inform the mothers already when they are pregnant that they should vaccinate their children, and we repeat the same message after they have given birth … To ensure the parents are following up, we often ask for the vaccination card when they come to the clinic with their kids for other reasons.” Lillian likes her job, as it allows for her to help people, especially children. “You often hear me saying sorry to the children when I’m giving the jab, that is because I know it hurts. But I also know that this will protect them from dangerous diseases.” Keeping vaccines cold is the hardest part of the job. Lillian says, “We have a fridge here at the clinic, but when we are doing outreach, we have to fill the cool box before we venture out. But as soon as the vaccines are finished or the cooling elements are finished, we have to return to the clinic for more ice or more vaccines. It is a hassle … Another challenge is that this clinic is too crowded, we need more space.”

Due to years of conflict, access constraints, lack of information and misconceptions, South Sudan routine vaccination coverage remains low, at only 44 per cent. UNICEF South Sudan is supporting routine immunization across the country by providing training for vaccinators, procurement and distribution of vaccines and medical supplies such as syringes, as well as the procurement, installation and maintenance of cold chain equipment. UNICEF is also conducting information campaigns to educate caregivers on the importance of vaccinating their children and mobilizing communities leading up to vaccination campaigns.  In 2019, 919,160 children aged 6 months to 15 years were vaccinated against measles and 266,699 of children aged under one r

UNICEF to stockpile over half a billion syringes by year end, as part of efforts to prepare for eventual COVID-19 vaccinations

© UNICEF/UNI314690/Ryeng Initial preparatory work – in partnership with Gavi and WHO – will include purchasing boxes for the safe disposal of syringes and mapping out cold chain equipment to ensure delivery of effective vaccines. HONG KONG/NEW YORK, 19 October 2020– As the world awaits a COVID-19 vaccine, UNICEF has begun laying the groundwork for […]

Children use their tablet and work with each other at the UNICEF-supported Debate e-Learning Centre in a village on the outskirts of Kassala, the capital of the state of Kassala in Eastern Sudan.

Ericsson and UNICEF launch global partnership to map school internet connectivity: Three-year initiative to identify connectivity gaps in 35 countries is a critical first step in connecting every school to the internet

© UNICEF/UNI232328/Noorani HONG KONG/NEW YORK/STOCKHOLM, 26 August 2020 – Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and UNICEF announced today a global partnership to help map school connectivity in 35 countries by the end of 2023. Mapping the internet connectivity landscape for schools and their surrounding communities is a critical first step towards providing every child with access to […]

Jay rawal ensures his son Vraj (9) wears a mask whenever stepping out

COVID-19 causes disruptions to child protection services in more than 100 countries, UNICEF survey finds

© UNICEF/UNI355863/Panjwan HONG KONG/NEW YORK, 18 August 2020 – Violence prevention and response services have been severely disrupted during the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving children at increased risk of violence, exploitation and abuse, according to a global survey by UNICEF. Of 136 countries that responded to UNICEF’s Socio-economic Impact Survey of COVID-19 Response, 104 countries reported […]

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UNICEF: An additional 6.7 million children under 5 could suffer from wasting this year due to COVID-19

© UNICEF/UN0151416/Brown According to UNICEF, the epidemic has exacerbated children’s malnutrition. An additional 6.7 million children under the age of five could suffer from wasting. Over half would be from South Asia alone. As part of its Reimagine campaign, UNICEF calls for accelerated action to prevent and treat malnutrition caused by pandemic as humanitarian community […]

Marley family releases reimagined One Love single worldwide in support of UNICEF

  ©TuffGong International, Amplified Music, Island Records Global solidarity anthem in support of UNICEF’s Reimagine campaign now available on all major streaming platforms HONG KONG/NEW YORK, 17 July 2020  – Members of the Marley family, including Stephen, Cedella, and Skip Marley, have launched a reimagined version of the late Bob Marley’s iconic anthem One Love to […]