Combatting severe acute malnutrition in Phnom Penh’s vulnerable communities

Fifteen-month-old Seiha sits in her mother Sok Chea’s lap. Seiha is recovering from severe acute malnutrition after undergoing a treatment regimen using ready-to-use therapeutic food in the form of nutritional wafers. By Pharin Kiev and Arnaud Laillou In the slums of Cambodia’s capital city of Phnom Penh, many children are fed watered-down rice as their […]


Statement attributable to Hanaa Singer, UNICEF representative in Syria on the killings of children at a kindergarten in Harasta, Rural Damascus

DAMASCUS/HONG KONG, 6 November 2016 – “A kindergarten was reportedly hit in an attack today in the town of Harasta, in Rural Damascus, a few kilometres from the capital, killing at least four children and injuring many more. “This attack is the most recent in a wave of attacks on schools and education facilities in […]


Statement attributable to Peter Hawkins, UNICEF Representative in Iraq on the children of Mosul

ERBIL/HONG KONG, 4 November 2016 – “An estimated 2,500 children and their families have arrived in the past 24 hours at camps south east of Mosul as Iraqi forces today for the first time entered the city streets and intensified their battle to retake Mosul. “Last night and today we have seen the single largest […]


Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on deadly attacks on schools in Idlib, northwest Syria

NEW YORK/AMMAN/HONG KONG, 26 October 2016 – “Twenty-two children and six teachers were reportedly murdered today when their school compound was repeatedly attacked in Idlib, Syria.  “This is a tragedy. It is an outrage. And if deliberate, it is a war crime. “This latest atrocity may be the deadliest attack on a school since the war began […]

On 14 October 2016, a boy cooks at a school in Les Cayes, Department du Sud, Haiti.  Ecole Pierre Guerrieris currently in use as a living space or shelter for several hundred people who have lost their homes to hurricane Matthew. Although the school year should have begun, all public schools in the area hit by the hurricane remain closed or turned over to the displaced. 

Hurricane Matthew passed over Haiti on Tuesday October 4, 2016, with heavy rains and winds. While the capital Port au Prince was mostly spared from the full strength of the class 4 hurricane, the western area of Grand Anse, however was in the direct path. 

The cities of Les Cayes and Jeremie received the full force sustaining wind and water damage across wide areas. Coastal towns were severely damaged as were many homes in remote mountainous regions. International relief efforts are underway to provide food water and shelter to the people affected by the storm.

An estimated 500,000 children live in the Grande Anse Department and Grand South Department in southern Haiti, the areas worst hit by Hurricane Matthew. UNICEF had prepositioned emergency supplies with national authorities to reach up to 10,000 people. On 8 October, six water trucks arrived in Jeremie and Les Cayes, the respective capital cities within the Departments. Additional water and sanitation supplies, such as water purification tablets, water bladders and plastic sheeting, have been dispatched to the most affected departments in the westernmost tip of Haiti. As of 10 October, UNICEF delivered blankets, buckets, water purifying equipment and cholera diagnostic kits. UNICEF is working to reinforce good hygiene practices, especially in temporary shelters, in order to minimize the outbreak of disease. An investigation is underway to confirm the areas affected by cholera, and to determine the cross-over with hurricane-affected areas.

Over 300,000 children under five died from diarrhoeal diseases linked to limited access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene in 2015

© UNICEF/UN035926/LeMoyne Simple act of handwashing with soap could save thousands of lives NEW YORK/HONG KONG, 14 October 2016 – With cholera spreading fast in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, and with a new outbreak in war-ravaged Yemen, UNICEF urges children, families and communities to make washing hands with soap a habit to help […]