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 ready to support families and children in the aftermath of volcanic eruption and tsunami in Tonga

SUVA, FIJI (17 January 2022) - UNICEF Pacific is ready to work together with the Government of Tonga and its partners to ensure urgent life-saving support is provided to families and children in the aftermath of the volcanic eruption and tsunami.

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Statement on the delivery of the billionth COVID-19 vaccine dose by COVAX

16th January 2022 “Overnight, a shipment of COVID-19 vaccines to Rwanda included the billionth dose supplied via COVAX. This is a remarkable milestone in the largest vaccine procurement and supply operation in history. Yet, with so many people still waiting to be offered a single dose, more needs to be done urgently.

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Statement by Sheldon Yett, UNICEF Representative to Bangladesh, on the fire in the Rohingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

DHAKA, 11 January 2022 – “UNICEF is deeply grieved and stands in support of the thousands of Rohingya refugees affected by the fire that broke out in the refugee camps on 9 January in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The fire that swept across Camp 16 burnt down 300 shelters and damaged another 500."

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Statement by Alice Akunga, UNICEF Afghanistan Representative a.i., on the death of eight children due to detonation of explosive remnant

KABUL, 11 January 2022 – “UNICEF is deeply saddened by the killing of eight children in the Lal Pur District, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, yesterday, when an explosive remnant of war detonated near a school. Four other children, who had been attending class, were also injured. All twelve children killed and injured were boys.

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UNICEF condemns killing of at least four children during escalation of conflict in Myanmar

BANGKOK, 11 January 2022 – “UNICEF condemns the killing of at least four children, and the maiming of multiple others, during an escalation of conflict over the past week in Myanmar.

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Children feared dead and injured in recent attacks on refugee and internal displacement camps in northern Ethiopia - UNICEF

9 January 2022 - Children feared dead and injured in recent attacks on refugee and internal displacement camps in northern Ethiopia - UNICEF

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UNICEF calls for US$ 11M to respond to children’s needs affected by Typhoon Odette

24 December 2021 – UNICEF together with the UN and humanitarian community appeal for US$ 107 million to help children and families bounce back from the impact of the catastrophic Super Typhoon Odette (international name Rai).

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Rising health risks for children across Afghanistan as disruption to health and nutrition services continues and winter sets in – UNICEF

22 December 2021 – Children across Afghanistan are increasingly vulnerable to disease and illness due to the deadly combination of rising malnutrition, an unprecedented food crisis, drought, disruptions to vital health and nutrition centres, lack of access to and poor quality of water and sanitation services, and crippling winter weather.

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UNICEF sends supplies to areas impacted by Typhoon Odette

21 December 2021 – After Typhoon Odette (international name Rai) brought widespread destruction to the Philippines on 16 December, the needs of children and families in affected areas are becoming clear.

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16 December 2021 - Child mortality estimates reveal world off track to meeting Sustainable Development Goals

20 December 2021 - The world remains significantly off track to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on ending the preventable deaths of newborns and children under five, according to the latest estimates released by the United Nations Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UN IGME) today.

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UNICEF concerned for children in the Philippines as Typhoon Rai/Odette strikes

16 December 2021 – Typhoon Odette (international name Rai) is expected to make landfall today in Surigao Provinces or the southern portion of Eastern Visasyas. Almost 16 million Filipinos are facing threats including strong winds, heavy rains, flooding, landslides, displacement and risk loss to life, home, livelihood and agriculture. Around 700,000 of them are vulnerable children.

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Statement from Joanna Rea, Director of Advocacy for the UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) in response to the launch of the UK Government’s new approach to Ending Preventable Deaths

The Government’s Ending Preventable Deaths Approach Paper has the potential to make a huge difference for children and families all over the world, averting millions of preventable deaths and creating stronger health systems and a healthier world for all.

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UNICEF welcomes announcement of next Executive Director

10 December 2021 – UNICEF welcomes United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres’ announcement today that Catherine M. Russell will succeed Henrietta H. Fore as UNICEF Executive Director.

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UNICEF to launch UN’s largest-ever NFT collection to mark 75th anniversary

NEW YORK, 10 December 2021 – UNICEF plans to sell 1,000 data-driven non-fungible tokens (NFTs), the UN’s largest-ever NFT collection to date, the UN children’s agency said today ahead of commemorations of UNICEF’s 75th anniversary.

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UNICEF CELEBRATES 75 YEAR ANNIVERSARY BY RAISING OVER £750,000 AT THE FIRST EVER BLUE MOON GALA AT OUTERNET, LONDON

Thursday 9th December 2021 - UNICEF raises over £750,000 at Blue Moon Gala at Outernet, London for UNICEF 75th anniversary

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COVID-19 ‘biggest global crisis for children in our 75-year history’ – UNICEF

9 December 2021 – COVID-19 has affected children at an unprecedented scale, making it the worst crisis for children UNICEF has seen in its 75-year history, the United Nations Children’s agency said in a report released today.

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Up to 75,000 people living in a remote camp in eastern DRC facing ‘hellish conditions’

ITURI, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 8 December 2021 - Up to 75,000 displaced people – including 35,000 children - living in a remote and inaccessible hilltop camp for displaced people in the province of Ituri in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are braving “hellish conditions” without adequate food, shelter, protection, security and sanitation, UNICEF has warned.

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UNICEF issues historic humanitarian appeal to save the lives of millions of children in Afghanistan

KABUL/KATHMANDU/NEW YORK, 7 December 2021 – UNICEF launched its largest ever single-country appeal today to urgently respond to the humanitarian needs of over 24 million people in Afghanistan, half of whom are children. UNICEF’s appeal for US$2 billion will help to avert the imminent collapse of health, nutrition, WASH, education and other vital social services for children and families.

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An entire generation of students could lose up to USD1 trillion throughout the course of their lives in MENA due to COVID19

WASHINGTON/AMMAN/BEIRUT, December 7, 2021 – The unprecedented disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to children in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region losing an additional year of learning outcomes, according to a new report launched by the World Bank, UNICEF, and UNESCO. 

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Latin America and the Caribbean: About 3.5 million children may be affected by migration next year – UNICEF

PANAMA CITY, 7 December 2021 – The number of children affected by migration in Latin America and the Caribbean is due to hit the 3.5-million-mark next year, UNICEF said today at the launch of its highest-ever humanitarian appeal for the region. This number, which includes children on the move as well as those living in host communities, represents a 47 percent increase compared to 2021.

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