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UNICEF, WHO demand emergency action to avert major measles and polio epidemics

Henrietta Fore

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday, November 6, 2020 issued an urgent call to action to avert major measles and polio epidemics as COVID-19 continues to disrupt immunisation services worldwide, leaving millions of vulnerable children at heightened risk of preventable childhood diseases. Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director The two UN organisations estimate that $655 million ...

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How to finance safe and affordable WASH for everyone

Unicef Water

Since its inception, the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) partnership has recognised the primacy of financing in catalysing progress. Since 2010, it has held four high-level meetings with finance ministers from all around the world alongside the World Bank’s Spring Meetings. These meetings have become known as the “SWA Finance Ministers’ Meeting” (FMM). Children fetch water at a pump ...

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UNICEF donates 115,000 COVID-19 test kits to NCDC

Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has donated 115,000 COVID-19 test kits to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to assist Federal Government’s efforts to curb the Coronavirus pandemic. Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Chief Executive Officer, NCDC The UNICEF Representative, Ms Rushnan Murtaza, said this on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 during the donation at the NCDC National Reference Laboratory in Abuja. According to her, ...

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Over 800m children lack handwashing facilities at school, says UN


Nearly 820 million children worldwide lack basic handwashing facilities at school, increasing the risk of coronavirus contagion, United Nations agencies said on Thursday, August 13, 2020. Toilet facility provided under the Ghana Water and Sanitation Project (GAMA) at the Madina Cluster of Schools in the La Nkwantanang Madina Municipal Area Two in five schools do not provide children with soap ...

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UN, EU present Covid-19 protective equipment to Correctional Service

UNODC National Correctional Service

As part of ongoing effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the various correctional centres in Nigeria, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in partnership with UNAIDS and EU on Thursday, May 7, 2020 delivered basic protective and preventive equipment and supplies, including gloves, face masks, sanitisers, dispensers as well as infrared thermometres to the Nigerian ...

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Internally displaced children, most vulnerable to COVID-19, says UNICEF


The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says the internally displaced children in Nigeria are among the world’s most vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic. Women and children in a IDPs camp. The displacement was informed by the Boko Haram insurgency. Photo credit: channelstv.com UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, Mr Peter Hawkins, made this known in a statement on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 ...

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Countries fail to meet breastfeeding standards, says report


No country in the world fully meets recommended standards for breastfeeding, according to a new report by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organisation (WHO) in collaboration with the Global Breastfeeding Collective, a new initiative to increase global breastfeeding rates. The “Global Breastfeeding Scorecard”, which evaluated 194 nations, found that only 40 per cent of children younger than six ...

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Images: How Yemen struggles against cholera

Yemen cholera

Cholera continues to spread in Yemen, causing more than 390,000 suspected cases of the disease and more than 1,800 deaths since April 27, 2017. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and its partners are responding to the cholera outbreak in Yemen, working closely with UNICEF, local health authorities and others to treat the sick and stop the spread of the disease. ...

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One in 10 infants didn’t receive vaccinations in 2016 – UN

Polio immunisation

Worldwide, 12.9 million infants, nearly one in 10, did not receive any vaccinations in 2016, according to a recent World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) immunisation estimates. This means, critically, that these infants missed the first dose of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP)-containing vaccine, putting them at serious risk of these potentially fatal diseases. Additionally, an estimated 6.6 million ...

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Billions lack safe drinking water, sanitation globally, say UNICEF, WHO

water sanitation

Some three in 10 people worldwide, or 2.1 billion, lack access to safe, readily available water at home, and 6 in 10, or 4.5 billion, lack safely managed sanitation, according to a new report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) report, “Progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene: 2017 update ...

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