A child washes his hands in untreated water coming from a sewer pipe in Amran Governorate, Yemen, Tuesday 24 October 2017. Contaminated water can transmit diseases such diarrhoea, cholera, dysentery, typhoid, and polio.

A three-day National Polio Immunization Day (NID) campaign was launched to coincide with World Polio Day on 24 October 2017 in Yemen by local health authorities, with support from UNICEF, the World Health Organization, and World Bank, in partnership with Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners. The campaign aimed to reach 5.3 million children under five across Yemen by mobilising around 40,000 vaccination volunteers to visit 3.4 million household in all 23 governorates. In addition to receiving the bivalent oral polio vaccine (bOPV), the nutritional status of children was measured through Middle Upper Arm Circumference - those found to be malnourished were referred to therapeutic centers for treatment.

Drinking water systems under repeated continuous attack in Yemen

© UNICEF/UN0143426/Alsamai UNICEF calls for immediate halt to attacks on water facilities and civilian infrastructure in Yemen Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore SANA’A/NEW YORK/HONG KONG, 1 August 2018 – “Attacks against civilian facilities and services are unacceptable, inhumane and in breach of the basic laws of war. “Ongoing violence and repeated attacks […]


World Breastfeeding Week 2018 rallies support for breastfeeding

HONG KONG, 26 July 2018 –The Department of Health, in collaboration with the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative Hong Kong Association (BFHIHKA), the Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) and the Hospital Authority (HA) today (July 26) held an event to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) 2018 with a view to raising the community’s awareness on breastfeeding […]



© UNICEF HK/2018 HONG KONG, 25 July 2018 – The Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) says today that nursing mothers continue to receive informational and promotional materials from baby formula milk companies that target at babies under 36 months old, bringing into question the effectiveness of the Hong Kong Code of Marketing of […]

On 30 July, Ismail, 10, carrying empty pots and pans on his head, is on his way to join other children in a meal distribution line, in the newly established Areesheh displacement camp in Hassakeh Governorate. Ismail, who has covered his head with a wet towel as protection against the scorching heat, was displaced from Deir Ez Zor Governorate four weeks ago. Many children and families displaced from Raqqa and Dier Ez Zor are arriving in camps weak and dehydrated. UNICEF-supported health and nutrition teams are also distributing much-needed nutritional supplements and micronutrients and screening children and mothers for malnutrition in the makeshift camp, where 4,000–5,000 people are currently sheltering in harsh conditions. UNICEF is trucking in 60,000 litres of safe drinking water daily, distributing family hygiene kits and installing water tanks in the camp.

In July 2017 in the Syrian Arab Republic, intense conflict and violence persist in many parts of the country, and all areas have been affected by the continuing crisis – now in its seventh year. The conflict has resulted in thousands of deaths and injuries, increased internal displacement, a devastated economy, lost livelihoods and mounting humanitarian needs. As fighting escalates in the governorates of Raqqa and Deir-ez-Zor in the country’s north-east, families are fleeing the violence and seeking safety in tented camps set up in the desert in Raqqa and Hassakeh governorates. An estimated 200,000 people, nearly half of whom are children, have fled ongoing fighting in Raqqa Governorate since April 2017. In Hassakeh Governorate, 4,000–5,000 people are living in harsh conditions in Areesheh, one of the newly established camps. To meet the immediate needs of children and families, UNICEF is trucking in safe drinking water, distributing family hygiene kits and installing water tanks. UNICEF is also distributing vital nutritional supplements and micronutrients to children and mothers to prevent malnutrition.

Access to children in need in Syria continues to be severely restricted

© UNICEF/UN075004/Amin Ahead of the UN Security Council meeting on Syria, UNICEF renews its call for safe and unconditional humanitarian access to reach children in need wherever they are Reports of 55,000 children cut off from humanitarian assistance in Quneitra, south of Syria Attributable to Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director in the Middle East and […]


Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore on fatal shooting of aid worker in South Sudan

NEW YORK/JUBA/ HONG KONG, 6 July 2018 – “We are deeply saddened to confirm that one aid worker was killed yesterday when a UNICEF convoy came under fire by unknown assailants. “The convoy was carrying education supplies and was traveling on the Juba-Bor road. It was clearly marked ‘UNICEF’. “Our deepest sympathies go out to the family of […]