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Soaring temperatures in South Asia can put children’s health in danger, UNICEF warns

23 May 2024 – “UNICEF is deeply concerned about the health and safety of babies and young children as debilitating heatwave conditions take hold in several countries.

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Child migration through the Darien Gap up 40 per cent so far this year

PANAMA CITY, 15 May 2024 – An increase in the number of children migrating through the dangerous Darien Gap so far this year puts the route on track for a fifth consecutive year of record levels of child migration, according to UNICEF analysis.

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UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Ted Chaiban concludes visit to Eastern DR Congo, emphasizes humanitarian situation now at a tipping point, the urgent need for peace and a central role of the new government

GOMA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 13 May 2024 – UNICEF Deputy Executive Director for Humanitarian Action and Supply Operations, Ted Chaiban, concluded a five-day visit to eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) where he met with authorities and witnessed firsthand the devastating impact of escalating conflict on vulnerable populations, particularly women and children.

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Nearly 2,000 children killed or injured since the escalation of war in Ukraine

“At least 1,993 children in Ukraine have been killed or injured since the escalation of war more than two years ago, an average of two child casualties each day. These are the figures the UN has been able to verify. We know the true number is likely much higher.

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The Stelios Philanthropic Foundation donates £640,000 to UNICEF to help treat 15,000 malnourished children in Gaza for one month

London, 13 May 2024 - The Stelios Foundation has donated £640,000 to the United Kingdom Committee for UNICEF’s emergency response for the children of Gaza. This donation could help UNICEF provide 15,000 malnourished children in Gaza with Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) for a month.

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Statement by UNICEF Afghanistan on the devastating flash floods in northeast of Afghanistan

KABUL, 12 May 2024 - Flash floods in northeastern Afghanistan have reportedly killed at least 240 people, including 51 children, with many more injured.

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UNICEF and partners accelerate efforts to address child malnutrition amidst crisis in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, 9 May 2024 – Despite the ever-changing realities and the challenging circumstances on the ground, UNICEF remained committed to bolstering the response to malnutrition in the country, working hand in hand with the Ministry of Health and its partners.

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Almost 1 Million People in Kenya, Burundi, Tanzania, and Somalia Affected as Unprecedented Heavy Rains Continue to Wreak Havoc in Eastern Africa

looding and landslides in Eastern Africa are affecting almost a million people in Burundi, Kenya, Somalia and Tanzania. As unusually heavy rains have pounded the region, exacerbated by the 2023-24 El Niño climate phenomenon, hundreds of lives have been lost, highlighting the urgent need for humanitarian assistance.

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When a nightmare becomes the reality

This is a summary of what was said by UNICEF Spokesperson James Elder – to whom quoted text may be attributed - at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

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There is ‘nowhere safe to go’ for the 600,000 children of Rafah, warns UNICEF

With hundreds of thousands of children in Rafah injured, sick, malnourished, traumatized or living with a disability, UNICEF calls for children to not be forcibly relocated, and the vital infrastructure on which children rely to be protected

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An attack on El Fasher would endanger hundreds of thousands of children, warns UNICEF

NEW YORK, 3 May 2024 – “The increase of fighting in Sudan’s North Darfur state has taken a deadly toll on children in recent weeks. But the threat of an imminent military attack on El Fasher, a city sheltering at least 500,000 people displaced by violence elsewhere in the country, risks a catastrophic escalation, endangering the lives and wellbeing of 750,000 children in El Fasher, and potentially millions more.

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SOCCER AID FOR UNICEF LAUNCHES MASCOT DESIGN COMPETITION GIVING CHILDREN IN THE UK THE CHANCE TO BE PART OF THE BIG DAY AT STAMFORD BRIDGE

24 April 2024 – Soccer Aid for UNICEF is once again calling on primary and secondary school pupils across the country to unleash their creativity and compassion and design their dream mascot ahead of this year’s match at Chelsea’s iconic Stamford Bridge stadium on Sunday 9th June.

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Global immunization efforts have saved at least 154 million lives over the past 50 years

24 April 2024 | Geneva / New York / Seattle – A major landmark study in be published by The Lancet reveals that global immunization efforts have saved an estimated 154 million lives – or the equivalent of 6 lives every minute of every year – over the past 50 years. The vast majority of lives saved – 101 million – were those of infants.

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UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell briefing to the United Nations Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Haiti

Excellencies … good afternoon. It is good to be with you.Thank you to Ambassador Frazier for hosting this discussion during Malta’s Security Council presidency, and for inviting me to brief you on the worsening humanitarian situation in Haiti. 

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