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Vaccination to contain severe measles outbreak underway in DR Congo amidst Ebola and mass displacement

11 July 2019 – Health workers are urgently rolling out a complex measles vaccination campaign targeting 67,000 children in Ituri, northeast DR Congo, a region ravaged by armed conflict that is now also the hub of the second deadliest Ebola outbreak on record.

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Rohingya refugee children in Cox’s Bazar at risk from flooding and landslides as monsoon rains continue

9 July 2019 – Thousands of children and families living in the Rohingya refugee camps and host communities in Cox’s Bazar in south-eastern Bangladesh are at risk from flooding and landslides caused by heavy rainfall in the last few days.

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At least seven children killed in yet another attack on civilians in northwest Syria

7th July 2019 - Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore: At least seven children killed in yet another attack on civilians in northwest Syria

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Venezuela: More than 2.8 million people will gain access to safe drinking water with UNICEF support

6th July 2019 - Unicef UK: more than 2.8 million people in Venezuela will gain improved access to safe drinking water with UNICEF support

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Millions of people risk being cut off from safe water as hostilities escalate in Eastern Ukraine – UNICEF

4 July 2019 – An escalation in fighting is threatening access to safe water and sanitation for 3.2 million people, including 500,000 children, as well as the safety of workers risking their lives to repair damaged infrastructure in Eastern Ukraine, said UNICEF today. 

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Migrant children in the U.S. lack protection and services needed to ensure their wellbeing

26 June 2019 – “I am deeply concerned for the wellbeing of migrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border. Having already faced perilous journeys, some children are now being sheltered at facilities that are not equipped to meet the needs of this vulnerable population.

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Tech Summit to bridge gap between education and employment for young people in the Middle East and North Africa

25 June 2019 - A two-day Tech Summit kicked off today in Amman, featuring tech-enabled solutions to connect learning to earning for young people in the Middle East and North Africa.

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Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore following three-day visit to Mexico

21 June 2019 – “Some 15,500 migrant children and young people were registered by the Mexican migration authorities in the first four months of the year, or 130 a day, according to the latest estimates from the National Migration Institute.

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Anglophone crisis in Cameroon causes closure of 80 per cent of schools in the region, denying more than 600,000 children access to education

21 June 2019- Some 1.3 million people, including around 650,000 children, are now in need of some form of humanitarian assistance in the North-West and South-West regions of Cameroon, as the security situation and living conditions continue to deteriorate.

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EU Commits £16 million to strengthen resilience for Rohingya and Bangladeshi communities

20 June 2019- In a major support for Cox’s Bazar district, the European Union has announced €18 million in funding to help improve resilience among Rohingya refugees and Bangladeshi host communities.

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Unicef UK calls on the international community to support vulnerable refugee children

19 June 2018- Unicef UK responds to UNHCR Global Trends Report which found that 70.8 million children, women and men were forcibly displaced at the close of 2018.

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UNICEF condemns use of children as human bombs in north-east Nigeria

17 June 2019 - According to several reports, three children - two girls and a boy (ages unknown) – were used to detonate explosives that killed 30 people and injured 40 others at a community football viewing centre in Konduga, Borno today. UNICEF sends its condolences to all those who have been killed or injured in this horrific incident.

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1 in 3 people globally do not have access to safe drinking water – UNICEF, WHO

18 JUNE 2019– Billions of people around the world are continuing to suffer from poor access to water, sanitation and hygiene, according to a new report by UNICEF and the World Health Organization.

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SOCCER AID FOR UNICEF ON ITV RAISES RECORD £6.7M FOR WORLD’S CHILDREN

SOCCER AID FOR UNICEF ON ITV RAISES RECORD £6.7M FOR WORLD’S CHILDREN

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One woman and six newborns die every two hours from complications during pregnancy or childbirth in Yemen

14 June 2019 – One woman and six newborns die every two hours in Yemen from complications during pregnancy or childbirth, UNICEF said today in the first of a series of short snapshots on maternal and newborn health Yemen.

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Record number of people facing critical lack of food in South Sudan

14 June 2019- The number of people facing a critical lack of food in South Sudan is the highest ever, three United Nations agencies warned today.

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UNICEF launches swift response as first Ebola cases and deaths confirmed in Uganda

13 June 2019 – UNICEF has launched an emergency Ebola response plan in Uganda following the confirmation of the first three cases of the Ebola Virus Disease in the country over the past two days.

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Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Estonia and Portugal rank highest for family-friendly policies in OECD and EU countries

13 June 2019 – Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Estonia and Portugal offer the best family-friendly policies among 31 rich countries with available data, according to a new UNICEF report. Switzerland, Greece, Cyprus, United Kingdom and Ireland rank the lowest.

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FOOTBALL AND ENTERTAINMENT STARS UNITE TO RAISE £425,000 AT FIRST EVER SOCCER AID FOR UNICEF GALA

London, wednesday 12 June - Soccer Aid for Unicef players including Usain Bolt, Niall Horan, Jamie Redknapp and Sir Mo Farah joined more than 250 guests for a star-studded gala tonight at the Science Museum in South Kensington, raising a staggering £425,000 to support Unicef’s vital work protecting children in danger around the world.

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