On 25 September, [NAMES CHANGED] (foreground, left-right) siblings Awa, 3, and Amadou, 4, pretend to talk on toy mobile telephones, at home in a village on the outskirts of the city of Kenema in Eastern Province. Many of the people in the village are affected by Ebola. Olematu and Ibrahim are being cared for by their 15-year-old sister, Betty, with help from a neighbour, following the death of their mother from Ebola one month ago. Betty is a survivor of the virus. An estimated 1,131 children in Sierra Leone are affected by Ebola virus disease. UNICEF/UNI172461/Bindra

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UNICEF statement on allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

UNICEF is appalled that people who identify as UNICEF workers have reportedly committed abuse against vulnerable women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore on 30th anniversary of World Summit for Children

29 September 2020 – “The 30th anniversary of the first ever World Summit for Children is an opportunity to celebrate the huge gains of the past three decades but also a stark reminder of how Coronavirus could turn back the clock.

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Conflict, climate crisis and coronavirus pose great threats to the health of women and children

Fragile gains made to advance women and children’s health are threatened by conflict, the climate crisis and COVID-19, according to a new report from Every Woman Every Child.

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Statement from Unicef UK Board

UNICEF UK STATEMENT ON 24th SEPTEMBER 2020 The Board of Trustees of Unicef UK regrets to announce that Douglas Alexander has decided to resign as Chair with immediate effect. The…

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As classrooms for half the world’s schoolchildren remain closed, UNICEF and EU urge countries to prioritise schools in re-opening plans

23 September 2020 – “As schools remain closed for half the world’s students due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we are issuing an S.O.S. message urging countries to prioritise schools in their re-opening plans.

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Coronavirus pandemic: Countries urged to take stronger action to stop spread of harmful information

23 September 2020 – The World Health Organization (WHO) together with the UN, specialised agencies and partners today called on countries to develop and implement action plans to promote the timely dissemination of science-based information and prevent the spread of false information while respecting freedom of expression.

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Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore on the European Commission’s proposed Pact on Migration and Asylum

23 September 2020 - The recent, devastating fires in Moria underscore just how stretched and untenable the current system is. UNICEF welcomes the recognition that all children on the move require special protection.

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UNICEF calls for schools to open in Eastern & Southern Africa

Tuesday, 22 September 2020 - UNICEF has called on governments, parents and teachers across Eastern and Southern Africa to urgently and safely re-open schools, as the costs of continued school closures escalate across Eastern and Southern Africa.

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WHO and UNICEF recommit to accelerating health and well-being at all ages

19 September 2020 – The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF have signed a new collaborative framework which will accelerate joint public health efforts that put the most marginalized and vulnerable populations first.

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Geneva Palais briefing note on situation for children affected by fire at Moria camp in Lesvos, and UNICEF response

GENEVA, 15 September 2020 - a summary of what was said by UNICEF Greece Representative Luciano Calestini, reporting from Lesvos Island.

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UNICEF statement on children affected by the Moria camp fire on Lesvos Island, Greece

11th September 2020 - UNICEF statement on children affeected by fire in Moria camp, Lesvos Island, Greece

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Polio programme accelerates efforts to respond to new polio outbreaks in Sudan and Yemen

11 September 2020 - “The recent vaccine-derived polio outbreaks confirmed in Yemen and Sudan are consequences of increasingly low levels of immunity among children. Each outbreak has paralysed children in areas that have been extremely difficult if not impossible to reach with routine or supplementary polio vaccination for extended periods of time."

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Return to learning a priority for children to catch-up on education in person or remotely in the Middle East and North Africa

9 September 2020 - As schools start to reopen, UNICEF works with partners on the safe return to learning and launches “Ready to Come Back: A Teacher Preparedness Training Package”.

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UNICEF statement on fire at Moria Camp

9th September 2020 - a statement from UNICEF Greece and the Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia on the recent fire at Moria refugee camp in Lesbos.

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Unprecedented levels of malnutrition among children in Burkina Faso

Over 535,500 children under the age of five suffer from global acute malnutrition, 156,500 of whom are severely malnourished as findings of a new survey[1] show that the nutritional situation of children in Burkina Faso is worsening.

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Sunday 6 September – Soccer Aid for Unicef 2020 has, thanks to the generosity of ITV viewers, raised a record £9.3m – the most the match has ever raised in the history of the show, which was broadcast exclusively live on ITV and STV.

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UNICEF provides over £9 million worth of PPE and lifesaving medical supplies for Bangladesh’s COVID-19 response

6 September 2020 – As part of its assistance to the Government of Bangladesh’s COVID-19 response, UNICEF has been procuring lifesaving supplies – including personal protective equipment (PPE) and other medical equipment – for a value of £9.24 million (US$12.28 million) over the last 6 months.

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