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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2 in 5 schools around the world lacked basic handwashing facilities prior to Coronavirus pandemic — UNICEF, WHO

13 August 2020 – As schools worldwide struggle with reopening, the latest data from the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) reveals that 43 per cent of schools around the world lacked access to basic handwashing with soap and water in 2019 – a key condition for schools to be able to operate safely in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Polio vaccination campaigns resume in Afghanistan and Pakistan after COVID-19 disruptions leave 50 million children unimmunized

11 August 2020 – Polio immunization campaigns have resumed in Afghanistan and Pakistan – the last two polio-endemic countries in the world – months after Coronavirus left 50 million children without their polio vaccine.

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Update on children affected by Beirut explosions and UNICEF response

11 August 2020 - Statement from Palais des Nations Press Briefing on the situation and response in Beirut.

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Jason Manford, Santan Dave, Kelly Smith MBE, Patrice Evra and David James to make their Soccer Aid for Unicef debuts alongside returning stars Yaya Touré, Olly Murs, Kem Cetinay and Joe Wicks

11 August 2020 - Soccer Aid for Unicef today announced the first set of players who will take part in September’s behind-closed-doors game at Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United.

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Remarks by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore at the virtual briefing on the humanitarian situation in Lebanon

10 August 2020 - "Everyone across the UNICEF family is shocked and saddened by last Tuesday’s explosions in Beirut.

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80,000 children displaced due to Beirut explosions

6 AUGUST 2020 – Some 80,000 children have been displaced by the Beirut explosions, according to UNICEF estimates, with families affected in desperate need of support.

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Children in Central America and the Caribbean facing dual threat of stronger hurricane season and Coronavirus

Across Central America and the Caribbean, more than 70 million children are directly or indirectly affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. Many of those children living in coastal areas of Central America and the Caribbean could face the additional threat of catastrophic storms as the 2020 hurricane season moves into a more active phase, UNICEF warned today. Displacement, infrastructure damage and service interruption caused by storms, particularly in coastal areas, could leave children and families more vulnerable to the disease and its impacts.

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Soccer Aid for Unicef has today announced that the world’s biggest charity football match will take place this September at Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United.

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A third of the world’s children poisoned by lead, new groundbreaking analysis says

30 July 2020 – Over 800 million children globally, including 200,000 in the UK are reported to have blood levels with concerning amounts of lead present.

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UNICEF: An additional 6.7 million children under 5 could suffer from wasting this year due to Coronavirus

An additional 6.7 million children under the age of five could suffer from wasting – and therefore become dangerously undernourished – in 2020 as a result of the socio-economic impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, UNICEF warned today.

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UNICEF warns of triple threat of floods, locusts and COVID-19 in Somalia

23 July 2020 – An estimated 3 million children are in need of assistance due to the combined impact of floods, the locust invasion and the coronavirus pandemic.

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Millions of children affected by devastating flooding in South Asia, with many more at risk as Coronavirus brings further challenges

23 July 2020 – Weeks of torrential monsoon rains, widespread flooding and deadly landslides in Bangladesh, India and Nepal have affected millions of children and families, UNICEF said today.

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Unicef UK response to news that the Government are to cut UK aid spending by £2.9 billion in light of an economic downturn due to pandemic

23rd July 2020 - Statement from Unicef UK Executive Director, Sacha Deshmukh on Government cuts to UK aid spending in light of the recent pandemic.

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Yemen sees return to alarming levels of food insecurity

22 July 2020 – Economic shocks, conflict, floods, desert locusts and now Coronavirus are creating a perfect storm that could reverse hard-earned food security gains in Yemen, warns the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis released today by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP) and partners.

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40 million children miss out on early education in critical pre-school year due to Coronavirus

t least 40 million children worldwide have missed out on early childhood education in their critical pre-school year as Coronavirus shuttered childcare and early education facilities, according to a new research brief published today by UNICEF.

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WHO and UNICEF warn of alarming decline in vaccinations worldwide during Coronavirus pandemic

15 July 2020 – The World Health Organization and UNICEF warned today of an alarming decline in the number of children receiving lifesaving vaccines.

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As more go hungry and malnutrition persists, achieving Zero Hunger by 2030 in doubt, UN report warns

13 July 2020 – More people are going hungry, an annual study by the United Nations has found. Tens of millions have joined the ranks of the chronically undernourished over the past five years, and countries around the world continue to struggle with multiple forms of malnutrition.

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UN agencies welcome latest relocations of unaccompanied children from Greece, call for further action and solidarity

8 July 2020 - UNICEF welcomes the latest relocations of 49 unaccompanied and migrant children from Greece to Portugal and Finland.

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