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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30 years of child rights: Historic gains and undeniable achievements, but little progress for the world’s poorest children

18 November - Urgent action and a recommitment to child rights needed to address age-old and emerging threats

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“Forgotten epidemic” hospitalising six children every hour in England

Six children are being rushed to hospital with pneumonia every hour in England, a report by two leading children’s agencies reveals.

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One child dies of pneumonia every 39 seconds, agencies warn

Pneumonia – a preventable disease – kills more children than any other infection

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Update on situation in northeast Syria

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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Immediate action needed in South Asia to clean the air for children

6 November 2019 – Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore on toxic air in South Asia

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More than 855,000 children remain out of school in North-West and South-West Cameroon

5 November 2019 - UNICEF calls on all parties to protect children and their education

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Flooding in Somalia increases risk for malnutrition and disease outbreaks

5 November 2019 – An estimated 200,000 children have been affected by heavy flooding in Belet Weyne, Berdale, Baidoa, Jowhar and Mahadaiin, Somalia.

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Urgent response needed for flood affected children in South Sudan

5 November 2019 - While water levels are continuing to rise, UNICEF in South Sudan launched a flash appeal asking for US$ 10 million to respond to the most immediate needs of children affected by the floods. Over 900,000 people in South Sudan, including 490,000 children, are in need of urgent assistance.

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Increase in child and adolescent mental disorders spurs new push for action by UNICEF and WHO

5 November 2019 - Up to 20 per cent of adolescents globally experience mental disorders, and around 15 per cent of adolescents in low-and middle-income countries have considered suicide

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Governments should repatriate foreign children stranded in Syria before it’s too late

4 November 2019 – “The latest escalation in northeast Syria brings a renewed urgency for governments to repatriate foreign children stranded in the area before it is too late.

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Unicef UK responds to Wellcome Sanger and University of Amsterdam research on the long-term effects of measles on the immune system

1 November 2019 - Liam Sollis, Head of Policy at Unicef UK responded to the Wellcome Sanger and University of Amsterdam research, which states that measles causes long term damage to the immune system, leaving children vulnerable to other infections.

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London, 29 October 2019 – Paddington™ is the Champion for Children’s rights at Unicef since 2017. Thanks to this partnership, Unicef has teamed up once again with Paddington to celebrate the festive season with an exciting range of products including a brand-new set of advent calendars.

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Unicef UK appoints Nick Roseveare as Interim Executive Director

Unicef UK has appointed Nick Roseveare MBE as its Interim Executive Director.

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490,000 children affected by devastating floods in South Sudan

25 October 2019 - An estimated 490,000 children are affected by heavy flooding in South Sudan, UNICEF warned today. Exceptional heavy rain since July, have affected some 908,000 people in 32 counties.

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UNICEF and partners provide vaccination against polio and measles for nearly 232,000 children in Syria and Iraq, many affected by latest violence northeast of Syria

25 October 2019 – UNICEF and partners have provided polio and measles vaccines for approximately 230,000 children under the age of five in Al-Hasakeh governorate, northeast of Syria.

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Seven children reported killed and scores injured as violence continues in Libya

22 October 2019 – Statement from UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, on the impact of violence on children in Tripoli.

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Water station in northeast Syria out of service, impacting 400,000 people

18 October 2019 - “As violence continues today in the town of Ras Al-Ain, the A’llouk water station in the town has now been out of service for more than one week."

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Mayors and local leaders announce Declaration of Cologne at Child Friendly Cities Summit

18th October 2019 – More than 100 mayors from 40 countries today signed The Declaration of Cologne at the first international Child Friendly Cities Summit in Cologne, to accelerate progress towards improving the lives, opportunities and well-being of children in urban areas.

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