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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Comment on the UK Government announcement to legislate on cuts to foreign aid

“It’s deeply disappointing to learn today that the Government is seeking to introduce legislation which will cut the foreign aid budget with no clear plan on when the 0.7% promise will resume.

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Threat of further escalation in Mekelle, Ethiopia, puts children’s lives at risk

25 November 2020 - “UNICEF urges parties to the conflict in Ethiopia to spare children from the impact of hostilities in the Tigray region, now in their third week.

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Unicef UK response to the Government’s Spending Review announcement that 0.7% ODA will be temporarily reduced to 0.5%

25th November 2020 - Statement from Unicef UK’s Director of Advocacy, Joanna Rea, on the Government’s Spending Review announcement that 0.7% ODA will be temporarily reduced to 0.5%.

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320,000 children and adolescents newly infected with HIV in 2019, 1 every 100 seconds – UNICEF 

25 November 2020 - New report warns that children are being left behind in the fight against HIV.

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UNICEF UK joins forces with Sustain and local community groups to feed vulnerable UK families this winter

24 November 2020 – Unicef UK announces new round of grants to support children and families at risk of food insecurity during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Millions of children’s lives at high risk as Yemen inches towards famine

23 November 2020 - Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore

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UNICEF, global airlines and freight providers to plan delivery of coronavirus vaccines

UNICEF is working with major global airlines and freight providers to step up efforts to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to over 92 countries around the world as soon as vaccines become available.

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Geneva Palais briefing note on the situation of Ethiopian children fleeing into Sudan and UNICEF’s response

20 November 2020 - This is a summary of what was said by Abdullah Fadil, UNICEF Representative in Sudan – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

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New data shows profound impact of Coronavirus on children in the Middle East and North Africa

UNICEF and partners reached out to around 7,000 households in seven countries, covering nearly 13,000 children. According to the surveys, almost all families stated that their children were negatively impacted by the pandemic.

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Friday 13 November – Children and young people from the UK and around the world are set to join in virtual conversations with some of the world’s biggest celebrities in celebration of Unicef UK’s World Children’s Day, a day for children, by children on Friday 20 November.  

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Worldwide measles deaths climb 50% from 2016 to 2019 claiming over 207,500 lives in 2019

Measles surged worldwide in 2019 reaching highest number of reported cases in 23 years.  Highlighted in a publication by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), measles cases worldwide increased to 869,770 in 2019, the highest number reported since 1996 with increases in all WHO regions. Global measles deaths climbed nearly 50 percent since 2016, claiming an estimated 207,500 lives in 2019 alone. 

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UNICEF and PAHO launch joint coronavirus vaccine tender on behalf of COVAX Facility

UNICEF and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) announced today the launch of a tender inviting all COVID-19 vaccine developers to submit a proposal for supply in 2021.

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100 days on from Beirut explosions, children and families affected remain in need of sustained support – UNICEF

11 November 2020 – Children and families affected by the explosions that tore through Beirut 100 days ago remain in need of crucial support as they rebuild their lives.

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Coronavirus: Over 97 per cent of students still out of classrooms in Latin America and the Caribbean

More than seven months into the pandemic, the coronavirus is putting education on hold for more than 137 million children in Latin America and the Caribbean according to a new UNICEF report on the devastating impacts of the pandemic on education.   

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At least five children and two aid workers killed in a renewed wave of violence in north west Syria

5 November 2020 - Statement from Ted Chaiban, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

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UNICEF alarmed by spike in school attacks in Cameroon

6 November 2020 – There has been an alarming spike in attacks on schools and education centers in the North- and South-West of Cameroon, UNICEF said today.

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UNICEF and WHO call for emergency action to avert major measles and polio epidemics

6 November 2020 – UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) today issued an urgent call to action to avert major measles and polio epidemics as COVID-19 continues to disrupt immunization services worldwide.

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Nearly half a million children in Nicaragua at risk from Hurricane Eta

3 November 2020 – Hurricane Eta hit Nicaragua early Tuesday as a powerful Category 4 storm, potentially impacting 1,227,000 people.

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