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Geneva Palais briefing note on the situation of Ethiopian children fleeing into Sudan and UNICEF’s response

20 November 2020 - This is a summary of what was said by Abdullah Fadil, UNICEF Representative in Sudan – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

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New data shows profound impact of Coronavirus on children in the Middle East and North Africa

UNICEF and partners reached out to around 7,000 households in seven countries, covering nearly 13,000 children. According to the surveys, almost all families stated that their children were negatively impacted by the pandemic.

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CHILDREN AND CELEBRITIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD UNITE IN CONVERSATION FOR WORLD CHILDREN’S DAY

Friday 13 November – Children and young people from the UK and around the world are set to join in virtual conversations with some of the world’s biggest celebrities in celebration of Unicef UK’s World Children’s Day, a day for children, by children on Friday 20 November.  

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Worldwide measles deaths climb 50% from 2016 to 2019 claiming over 207,500 lives in 2019

Measles surged worldwide in 2019 reaching highest number of reported cases in 23 years.  Highlighted in a publication by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), measles cases worldwide increased to 869,770 in 2019, the highest number reported since 1996 with increases in all WHO regions. Global measles deaths climbed nearly 50 percent since 2016, claiming an estimated 207,500 lives in 2019 alone. 

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UNICEF and PAHO launch joint coronavirus vaccine tender on behalf of COVAX Facility

UNICEF and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) announced today the launch of a tender inviting all COVID-19 vaccine developers to submit a proposal for supply in 2021.

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100 days on from Beirut explosions, children and families affected remain in need of sustained support – UNICEF

11 November 2020 – Children and families affected by the explosions that tore through Beirut 100 days ago remain in need of crucial support as they rebuild their lives.

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Coronavirus: Over 97 per cent of students still out of classrooms in Latin America and the Caribbean

More than seven months into the pandemic, the coronavirus is putting education on hold for more than 137 million children in Latin America and the Caribbean according to a new UNICEF report on the devastating impacts of the pandemic on education.   

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At least five children and two aid workers killed in a renewed wave of violence in north west Syria

5 November 2020 - Statement from Ted Chaiban, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

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UNICEF alarmed by spike in school attacks in Cameroon

6 November 2020 – There has been an alarming spike in attacks on schools and education centers in the North- and South-West of Cameroon, UNICEF said today.

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UNICEF and WHO call for emergency action to avert major measles and polio epidemics

6 November 2020 – UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) today issued an urgent call to action to avert major measles and polio epidemics as COVID-19 continues to disrupt immunization services worldwide.

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Nearly half a million children in Nicaragua at risk from Hurricane Eta

3 November 2020 – Hurricane Eta hit Nicaragua early Tuesday as a powerful Category 4 storm, potentially impacting 1,227,000 people.

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Children in the poorest countries have lost nearly four months of schooling since start of pandemic – UNESCO, UNICEF and World Bank report finds

29 October 2020 – Schoolchildren in low-and lower-middle-income countries have already lost nearly four months of schooling since the start of the pandemic, compared to six weeks of loss in high-income countries, according to a new report published today by UNESCO, UNICEF and the World Bank.

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UNICEF Statement on impact of Storm Molave in Vietnam

28 October 2020 – Storm Molave, which today battered Viet Nam’s central coastal region, is one of the strongest storms to hit the country in 20 years, according to the country’s meteorological agency. Molave.

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Unicef UK statement on the tragic report of children being among those who died in today’s boat accident in the Channel

27 October 2020 - Responding to the tragic report of children being among those who died in today’s boat accident in the Channel, Joanna Rea, Director of Advocacy at Unicef UK

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UNICEF Statement on the killing of two humanitarian workers in Mogadishu, Somalia 

27th October 2020 - Statement from Jesper Moller, UNICEF Somalia Representative a.i.

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UNICEF condemns attack on religious school in Peshawar

27 October 2020 - UNICEF strongly condemns the attack on a religious school which took place in Peshawar earlier today, reportedly killing at least seven people and injuring more than 75 -- some of them children and teachers.

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Malnutrition surges among young children in Yemen as conditions worsen

27 October 2020 – Acute malnutrition rates among children under five are the highest ever recorded in parts of Yemen, with more than half a million cases in southern districts, according to the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) Acute Malnutrition 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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