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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Situation in State of Palestine and Israel at dangerous tipping point

12 May 2021 – “At least 14 children in the State of Palestine and 1 child in Israel have been reported killed since Monday."

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UK could share 20% of available Covid-19 vaccines now and still meet targets to vaccinate its own population

12 May 2021 - The UK Government should urgently commit to sharing 20% of its available Covid-19 vaccine doses from June.

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UNICEF statement on Gaza strip violence as nine children killed, many injured

Escalation in the Gaza Strip last night, following weeks of violence in Jerusalem, resulted in at least 20 people killed, including nine Palestinian children confirmed. Four of the children were siblings, and many attended the same UNRWA school. At least 25 children have been confirmed as injured, with many other injured children reported.

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UNICEF statement: 37 Palestinian children injured and arrested in East Jerusalem

“Over the past two days, 29 Palestinian children were injured in East Jerusalem including in the Old City and the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood. Eight Palestinian children were meanwhile arrested.“A one-year old toddler was among those injured. Some children were taken for treatment at hospitals with injuries in the head and the spine.

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Afghanistan bomb attack: UNICEF response

“UNICEF strongly condemns the horrific attack earlier today near the Sayed Ul-Shuhada high school, in Kabul, Afghanistan. The attack claimed the lives of dozens of schoolchildren, mostly girls, and severely injured many more.

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Geneva Palais briefing note on the impact of the deadly COVID-19 surge on children in India, and increasingly in the region

GENEVA, 7 May 2021 – This is a summary of what was said by UNICEF representative Dr Yasmin Ali Haque – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

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UNICEF, with support from DP World, sends critical supplies to help fight COVID-19 surge in India

05 May 2021 – UNICEF has sent additional critical lifesaving supplies to India, including 2 million face shields and 200,000 surgical masks.

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UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) statement on UK funding cuts

1 May 2021 – “The UK Government has informed us that it intends to reduce UNICEF’s core funding by approximately 60 per cent. We are deeply concerned by this decision."

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114 unaccompanied children rescued at sea off the coast of Libya

More than 350 people have drowned or gone missing in the Mediterranean since the start of the year From Ted Chaiban, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North…

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UNICEF sends 3,000 oxygen concentrators and other critical supplies to India as country battles deadly COVID-19 surge

29 April 2021 – UNICEF has sent critical lifesaving supplies to help India in its battle with a deadly wave of COVID-19.

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The UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) appoints Shatish Dasani as Chair

Thursday 29 April 2021 – The United Kingdom Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) is pleased to announce the appointment of Shatish Dasani as Chair with immediate effect. Shatish brings a…

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Vaccination Demand Observatory launched to strengthen local communication programmes to address vaccine misinformation

29 April 2021 - UNICEF, Yale Institute for Global Health, and Public Good Projects team up to create the Vaccination Demand Observatory to equip country teams with tools to counter misinformation and mistrust related to all vaccines.

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Immunization services begin slow recovery from COVID-19 disruptions, though millions of children remain at risk from deadly diseases – WHO, UNICEF, Gavi

Mass immunization campaigns are also disrupted. According to new data, 60 of these lifesaving campaigns are currently postponed in 50 countries, putting around 228 million people - mostly children - at risk for diseases such as measles, yellow fever and polio. Over half of the 50 affected countries are in Africa, highlighting protracted inequities in people’s access to critical immunization services.

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UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) response to UK aid cuts announcement

22 April 2021- “Announcements on cuts to UK aid made this week are of serious concern to the UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK). For every pound cut, children living in some of the world’s worst crises and conflicts could suffer the consequences - with fewer children able to attend school, receive life-saving food and access critical healthcare services."

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Syria receives its first delivery of COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX Facility

22 April 2021 – “Syria received 256,800 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, the first COVAX delivery of vaccines to reach the war-torn country.

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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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