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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At least 80 million children under one at risk of diseases such as diphtheria, measles and polio as Coronavirus disrupts routine vaccination efforts, warn Gavi, WHO and UNICEF

22 May 2020 – Coronavirus is disrupting life-saving immunization services around the world, putting millions of children – in rich and poor countries alike – at risk of diseases like diphtheria, measles and polio.

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UNICEF reaches nearly 150 million people with information on coronavirus across the Middle East and North Africa

21 May 2020 – Nearly 150 million people, a third of the region’s population, were reached with information to help them combat coronavirus in the Middle East and North Africa in the past eight weeks.

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At least 19 million children at imminent risk as Cyclone Amphan makes landfall in Bangladesh and India

20 May 2020 – At least 19 million children in parts of Bangladesh and India are at imminent risk from flash flooding, storm surges and heavy rain as Cyclone Amphan makes landfall today, UNICEF has warned.

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Decline in vaccination rates in DRC, Statement by Marixie Mercado, UNICEF Spokesperson at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

15 May 2020 - Decline in vaccination rates in DRC, Statement by Marixie Mercado, UNICEF Spokesperson at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

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PALAIS BRIEFING NOTE on UNICEF’s COVID19 response in Cox’s Bazar – 15 May 2020

15 May 2020 - This is a summary of what was said by UNICEF spokesperson Marixie Mercado – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

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13 May 2020 - Conflict and the COVID-19 pandemic present a significant threat to life in Libya. The health and safety of the country’s entire population are at risk.

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Coronavirus could increase child deaths by 6,000 a day, UNICEF warns

13 MAY 2020 – An additional 6,000 children around the world could die every day from preventable causes over the next six months as the Coronavirus pandemic weakens health systems and disrupts routine services, UNICEF said today as it launches the biggest ever appeal for children in its 73 year history.

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Lifesaving services must be maintained for pregnant mothers and babies born during coronavirus pandemic -UNICEF

07 May 2020 - With 116 million births expected in the 9 months following the declaration of the coronavirus pandemic, UNICEF warns of impact of strain on health systems and medical supply chains. Maternity services in the UK under “considerable strain”, warns charity

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85 children are released from prison in South Sudan

7 May 2020 – 85 juveniles are released from detention in South Sudan to decongest prisons as a COVID-19 prevention measure, UNICEF said today.

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19 million children internally displaced by conflict and violence in 2019, highest number ever

Internally displaced children among the world’s most vulnerable to COVID-19

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Statement in response to the Food Foundation report on family food insecurity ...

The Government must urgently adopt a more coordinated approach to address this food crisis and resolve the increasing challenges facing children during the pandemic. 

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Despite Coronavirus pandemic, routine vaccination of children continues across the Middle East and North Africa

April 2020 – Despite the Coronavirus outbreak, most countries in the Middle East and North Africa continue with routine immunization for children while applying strict precautionary health measures.

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UNICEF Palais Briefing Note – UNICEF calls for support to unlock massive backlog in vaccine shipments

1st May – UNICEF is calling for support to unlock a massive backlog in vaccine shipments due to unprecedented logistical constraints related to COVID-19 mitigation measures including lockdowns in some countries.

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New guidelines provide roadmap for safe reopening of schools

The guidelines offer practical advice for national and local authorities on how to keep children safe when they return to school. The best interests of children and overall public health considerations – based on an assessment of the associated benefits and risks to education, public health and socio-economic factors – must be central to national and local authorities’ decisions to reopen schools, the guidelines say.

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Greta Thunberg and NGO Human Act launch a child rights driven coronavirus campaign for UNICEF

30 April 2020 - Climate activist calls on young people to encourage others to support UNICEF’s vital work to save children’s lives

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Statement from Sacha Deshmukh, Executive Director of Unicef UK

29 April 2020 - Responding to today’s news that the UK government have pledged further funding to GAVI, the vaccine alliance, to protect up to 75 million children against deadly diseases.

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