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1 in 4 health care facilities lacks basic water services – UNICEF, WHO

3 April 2019–  One in four health care facilities around the world lacks basic water services, impacting over 2 billion people, according to a new report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (JMP).

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900,000 cholera vaccine doses arrive in Beira

2 April 2019 – Nearly 900,000 doses of the cholera vaccine, procured by UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO), arrived in Beira, Mozambique, on Tuesday afternoon and the vaccination campaign will begin imminently.

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Violence continues to impact children in the State of Palestine and Israel

28 March 2019 – “Over the past few days - once again - children in the State of Palestine and Israel have experienced unjustifiable stress and been exposed to violence as a result of an escalation in the conflict. We support calls for an urgent de-escalation. 

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Cyclone Idai: More than 1.5 million children urgently need assistance across Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe – UNICEF

27 March 2019 – An estimated 3 million people, more than half of whom are children, urgently need humanitarian assistance across Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai – the worst disaster to hit southern Africa in at least two decades.

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UK provides £3.4 million to UNICEF and WFP for humanitarian response to Malawi floods

27 March 2019 – Following heavy rains and catastrophic floods in the south of Malawi, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) has provided £3.4 million to fund UNICEF, the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Red Cross humanitarian response for people displaced by the disaster.

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UK Government supports UNICEF Chad in treating over 58,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition 

27 March 2019 – The Government of the United Kingdom, through the Department for International Development (DFID), committed another 4 million UK pounds to support UNICEF’s lifesaving interventions to scale up the treatment of severe acute malnutrition in Chad.

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Yemen: Deaths from Cholera and Acute Watery Diarrhoea increasing again

26 March 2019- “In Yemen, since the beginning of the year till 17th March, nearly 109,000 cases of severe Acute Watery Diarrhea and suspected cholera were reported with 190 total associated deaths since January. Nearly one third of the reported cases are children under the age of five years old. This comes two years since Yemen witnessed the world-largest outbreak when more than 1 million cases were reported. 

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Cyclone Idai: Live-saving water supply for children and families restored in Beira, Mozambique

26 March 2019 – One week after Cyclone Idai devastated parts of Mozambique, the water supply system is working again in the hard-hit city of Beira – a life-saving development for children and families still reeling from the storm.

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Largest joint-United Nations programme on education to reach tens of thousands of children in South Sudan thanks to European Union funds

26 March 2019 – Tens of thousands of school children in some of South Sudan’s most food insecure areas will benefit from a new European Union (EU) funded education in emergencies programme launched today in Aweil.

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Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore on village attack in Mali

24 March 2019 – “An attack on a village in Bankass in Mopti, central Mali, has reportedly killed more than 130 people. UNICEF is deeply saddened and outraged that children are among the casualties. 

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1 million children affected by Cyclone Idai and subsequent floods in Mozambique, actual numbers feared much higher

23 March 2019 – We are in a race against time to help and protect children in the disaster-ravaged areas of Mozambique, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore said at the end of a visit to Beira, one of the areas worst affected by Cyclone Adai. 

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Children living in protracted conflicts are three times more likely to die from water-related diseases than from violence

22 March 2019 – Children under the age of 15 living in countries affected by protracted conflict are, on average, almost three times more likely to die from diarrhoeal diseases caused by a lack of safe water, sanitation and hygiene than by direct violence, UNICEF said in a new report today.

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Urgent funding needed to meet massive humanitarian needs in Democratic Republic of the Congo

21 March 2019 - With the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) facing one of the largest and most complex humanitarian crises in the world, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock called today for urgent and sustained funding for the Government-led response to meet the needs of children, families and vulnerable communities including people with disabilities.

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One child reportedly killed as school bus comes under attack in Aleppo, north of Syria

20 March 2019 - As families in the region prepare to celebrate Mother’s Day tomorrow, another mother in Syria today is grieving the loss of her child. UNICEF received reports that a five-year old child was killed while on a school bus on his way home.

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UNICEF supplies arrive in flood affected areas, bringing relief to displaced families in Malawi

19 March 2019 – UNICEF supplies have begun arriving in areas affected by heavy rains and floods in southern Malawi, bringing a measure of relief to families living in evacuation centres.

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Thousands of children in need of urgent humanitarian assistance as Cyclone Idai hits Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe

17 March 2019 – Almost 850,000 people – around half of whom are estimated to be children – have been affected by severe flooding in Malawi and Mozambique, with the numbers set to rise as Cyclone Idai moves west and the impact of the cyclone becomes clearer, UNICEF warned today.

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Unicef UK hold rallies calling for an end to illegal levels of toxic air

16th March 2019 - Today, Unicef UK held rallies in Birmingham, London and Manchester to show how strongly local children, families and campaigners feel about the urgent issue of toxic air in the city.

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Mozambique: 600,000 people, including 260,000 children, affected by Cyclone Idai

15 March 2019 – During the night to Friday the intense tropical Cyclone Idai has made landfall in Mozambique’s Sofala region close to the city of Beira, causing severe damage with its strong winds and severe flooding.

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UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Geert Cappelaere’s remarks at the “Supporting the future of Syria and the Region” conference

14 March 2019- UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Geert Cappelaere’s remarks at the “Supporting the future of Syria and the Region” conference

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Intensification of fighting impeding humanitarian access and displacing thousands in Hajjah, Yemen

13 March 2019 – “The most recent attack in Hajjah, north of Hudaydah, on 9 March, took yet another devastating toll on the children of Yemen: 12 were killed while at home and another 14 injured.

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