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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COVAX REACHES OVER 100 ECONOMIES, 42 DAYS AFTER FIRST INTERNATIONAL DELIVERY

• The COVAX Facility has now delivered life-saving vaccines to over 100 economies since making its first international delivery to Ghana on February 24th • So far, more than 38 million doses of vaccines from manufacturers AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech and Serum Institute of India (SII) have now been delivered, including 61 economies eligible for vaccines through the Gavi COVAX Advance Market Commitment• COVAX aims to supply vaccines to all participating economies that have requested vaccines, in the first half of 2021, despite some delays in planned deliveries for March and April.

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Yemen receives 360,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses through the COVAX Facility

Yemen received 360,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses shipped via the COVAX Facility, a partnership between the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore on killing of polio workers in Afghanistan

Four polio vaccinators, three of them women, came under attack this morning, March 30, while carrying out their life-saving work for children in Nangarhar province, Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Tragically, the three women were killed.

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Geneva Palais Briefing on the situation of children in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique

GENEVA, 30 March 2021 – “UNICEF teams were at Pemba airport yesterday to receive children evacuated from Afungi by UN Humanitarian Air Services. There were at least seven children on that plane who were completely alone. All the children are disoriented and afraid. Many had spent days hiding in the bush without food and water."

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Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore on situation of children following attack on Palma, Mozambique

“Palma was already hosting well over 35,000 people forcibly displaced from other areas of the province due to previous attacks. Half of them are children. The district has been cut off by road due to insecurity for the past months, with minimum supplies and assistance provided by air and sea. Until small amounts of food and other supplies started coming in recently, much of the district beyond the provincial capital had been virtually inaccessible to humanitarian workers struggling to provide assistance. As of today, the three remaining functional health facilities are no longer operational and the main hospital has been destroyed.

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UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore's remarks at the Security Council briefing on the humanitarian situation in Syria

29 March 2021 - "Council members — this year marks an anniversary no one wanted to see: the 10th year of the Syria crisis. "

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New Global Tracker to Measure Pandemic’s Impact on Education Worldwide

March 26, 2021—The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted education for 1.6 billion children worldwide over the past year. To help measure the ongoing global response, Johns Hopkins University, the World Bank, and UNICEF have partnered to create a COVID-19 – Global Education Recovery Tracker.

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Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore on the fire at Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

26 March 2021 – Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore on the fire at Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

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Two children killed in Al-Hol camp in Syria

DAMASCUS, 24 March 2021 – “UNICEF received reports of a 15-year-old boy killed in the Al-Hol camp in an act of violence yesterday. Two weeks ago, another boy, 16 years old, was shot dead.

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Niger: attacks on children and families must stop, once and for all

"UNICEF is deeply shocked and outraged by the terrible attacks directed against families and children and perpetrated by unidentified armed groups in the villages of Intazayene, Bakorate et Wistane in the Tillia department of Tahoua region, March 21.

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Give the World a Shot – VaccinAid campaign launches to vaccinate the world against Covid-19

22 March 2021 - VaccinAid campaign launches to help UNICEF deliver nearly 2 billion Covid-19 vaccines to everyone around the world, no matter where they live

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One in five children globally does not have enough water to meet their everyday needs – UNICEF

Globally, more than 1.42 billion people, including 450 million children, live in areas of high, or extremely high, water vulnerability, according to a new analysis released by UNICEF. This means that 1 in 5 children worldwide does not have enough water to meet their everyday needs.

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