Statement by UNICEF Ireland on school closures

The following can be attributed to UNICEF Ireland Executive Director Peter Power DUBLIN 5 January 2021 – “The expected closure of schools for the month of January, while understandable, will impact children negatively and it must be a short-term measure. UNICEF Ireland wants schools to reopen as soon as possible, in order to mitigate the … Continued

Updated: New Year’s Babies: Children born in Ireland on New Year’s Day will live to 93 – UNICEF

Updated 15 January with corrected figures With the calendar flipping to 2021, UNICEF dedicates its 75th year to reimagining a better world for children DUBLIN/NEW YORK, 1 January 2021 – An estimated 157 babies will be born in Ireland on New Year’s Day, according to UNICEF. As the calendar turns to 2021, UNICEF is again … Continued

UNICEF outlining plans to transport up to 850 tonnes of COVID-19 vaccines per month on behalf of COVAX, in ‘mammoth and historic’ logistics operation

UNICEF – in partnership with Gavi and WHO – is also helping low- and lower-middle-income countries prepare to receive COVID-19 vaccines in 2021 NOTE: Spokespersons available on request DUBLIN/NEW YORK, 18 December 2020 – UNICEF could potentially transport up to 850 tonnes of COVID-19 vaccines per month in 2021, should such quantities become available, according to a new assessment. This is … Continued

Saolta University Health Care Group supports UNICEF ‘Get a Vaccine, Give a Vaccine’ Campaign

UNICEF Ireland and Saolta University Health Care Group partner for 4th year running Staff in the Saolta University Health Care Group are once again supporting the UNICEF ‘Get a Vaccine, Give a Vaccine’ campaign by getting their flu vaccination. For every member of staff who gets a flu vaccine, Saolta will donate 10 polio vaccines … Continued

STATEMENT: Teachers should be prioritised for vaccination against COVID-19

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore NEW YORK, 15 December 2020 – “The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on children’s education around the globe. Vaccinating teachers is a critical step towards putting it back on track. “At their peak in late April 2020, nationwide school closures disrupted the learning of almost 90 per cent of … Continued

Child poverty will remain above pre-COVID levels for at least five years in high-income countries – UNICEF report

In high-income countries, only 2 per cent of fiscal stimulus was allocated specifically to support children during the first wave of COVID-19; a better balance of spending that provides more direct support to children is urgently needed Pre-Covid data shows children in Ireland benefitting from economic recovery, but wellbeing must be protected through maintaining investments … Continued

Taoiseach celebrates World Children’s Day with 15-year-old #KidsTakeOver winner and activist

Ministers O’Gorman, Foley, Coveney and McEntee host virtual conversations An Taoiseach Micheál Martin listens to UNICEF Ireland’s #KidsTakeOver winner Ruairí (15) speak about his views on homophobia, and how to tackle the problem, on the occasion of World Children’s Day 2020, November 20 © Merrion St UPDATED Dublin 20 Nov 2020 – An Taoiseach Micheál Martin … Continued

UNICEF Calls For Averting A Lost Generation As Covid-19 Threatens To Cause Irreversible Harm To Children’s Education, Nutrition And Well-Being

Children and adolescents account for 1 in 9 of reported COVID-19 infections, according to new analysis released ahead of World Children’s Day   DUBLIN/NEW YORK, 19 November 2020 – UNICEF warned in a new report today of significant and growing consequences for children as the COVID-19 pandemic lurches toward a second year. Released ahead of … Continued

Worldwide Measles Deaths Climb 50% from 2016 to 2019 Claiming Over 207,500 Lives in 2019

Mixed picture for Ireland, where Covid-19 has paused recent growth in measles cases, but risk of future increase remains DUBLIN/NEW YORK/ GENEVA/ ATLANTA, 12 November 2020 – 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 … Continued

Malnutrition surges among young children in Yemen as conditions worsen – UNICEF, FAO, WFP

One in five children under five in parts of Yemen estimated to be acutely malnourished and in urgent need of treatment as malnutrition cases increase, UN agencies warn.  DUBLIN/ADEN, 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 … Continued