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UNICEF delivers over 260,000 vaccines and medical supplies to fight measles outbreaks in Samoa, Fiji and Tonga

28 November 2019: UNICEF is supporting the Governments of Samoa, Fiji and the Kingdom of Tonga to respond to the current measles outbreak in the Pacific region, together with the World Health Organisation (WHO), partners and with the support of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT).

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4,500 children under the age of five died from measles in the Democratic Republic of the Congo so far this year – UNICEF

Since the beginning of the year, more than 5,000 people have died due to measles, over 90 per cent of them children under the age of five.

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Ishmael Beah visits Sierra Leone on 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

26 November 2019 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Ishmael Beah has concluded a visit to his native Sierra Leone on the commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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New policies in northern Central America, Mexico and the U.S. put asylum and safety beyond reach for migrant children

Migrant children in northern Central America, Mexico and the United States are facing significantly reduced access to safety and international protection, according to a new statement from Unicef.

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Update on the situation in Syria

21 November 2019 - A summary of a briefing note delivered at the Palais des Nations on the situation in Northeast Syria and across the country from Fran Equiza, UNICEF Representative in Syria.

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NEW FILM/PHOTOS - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors David Beckham and Millie Bobby Brown host global summit at UN in New York for World Children’s Day

20th November 2019 - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors David Beckham and Millie Bobby Brown host global summit at United Nations Headquarters for World Children's Day

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KIDS TAKEOVER LONDON’S TRANSPORT SYSTEM FOR WORLD CHILDREN’S DAY

20 November 2019 - This World Children’s Day, Transport for London is supporting Unicef UK to celebrate kids in the capital and the power of children’s voices

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David Beckham and Millie Bobby Brown headline UN summit to demand rights for every child

20 November 2019 – This World Children’s Day, governments renew commitment to child rights, children take over key roles and famous landmarks go blue as Convention on the Rights of the Child turns 30.

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30 years of child rights: Historic gains and undeniable achievements, but little progress for the world’s poorest children

18 November - Urgent action and a recommitment to child rights needed to address age-old and emerging threats

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“Forgotten epidemic” hospitalising six children every hour in England

Six children are being rushed to hospital with pneumonia every hour in England, a report by two leading children’s agencies reveals.

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One child dies of pneumonia every 39 seconds, agencies warn

Pneumonia – a preventable disease – kills more children than any other infection

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Update on situation in northeast Syria

This is a summary of what was said by UNICEF spokesperson Marixie Mercado – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

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Immediate action needed in South Asia to clean the air for children

6 November 2019 – Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore on toxic air in South Asia

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More than 855,000 children remain out of school in North-West and South-West Cameroon

5 November 2019 - UNICEF calls on all parties to protect children and their education

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Flooding in Somalia increases risk for malnutrition and disease outbreaks

5 November 2019 – An estimated 200,000 children have been affected by heavy flooding in Belet Weyne, Berdale, Baidoa, Jowhar and Mahadaiin, Somalia.

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Urgent response needed for flood affected children in South Sudan

5 November 2019 - While water levels are continuing to rise, UNICEF in South Sudan launched a flash appeal asking for US$ 10 million to respond to the most immediate needs of children affected by the floods. Over 900,000 people in South Sudan, including 490,000 children, are in need of urgent assistance.

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Increase in child and adolescent mental disorders spurs new push for action by UNICEF and WHO

5 November 2019 - Up to 20 per cent of adolescents globally experience mental disorders, and around 15 per cent of adolescents in low-and middle-income countries have considered suicide

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