Measles outbreaks continue unabated as figures show under-fives accounted for most deaths in 2018

• Samoan children the latest victims of 2019 outbreaks • Children in DRC, Somalia, Liberia, Madagascar and Ukraine suffer too UNICEF’s global Health and Immunisation specialists are available for interview, including spokespeople based in the Pacific region DUBLIN/NEW YORK, 5 December 2019 – Children under the age of five accounted for most of the 140,000 … Continued

Over 300 children and adolescents die every day from AIDS-related causes

Only half of children living with HIV have access to life-saving treatment DUBLIN/ NEW YORK/JOHANNESBURG, 26 November 2019 – Some 320 children and adolescents died every day from AIDS-related causes in 2018, or 13 every hour, according to a global snapshot on children, HIV and AIDS released by UNICEF today. Low access to antiretroviral treatment, in … Continued

Family-friendly policies needed to increase breastfeeding rates worldwide

Wealthiest countries have lowest breastfeeding rates – including Ireland Photo: Dublin Mum Irmak breastfeeding baby Aurelia DUBLIN/NEW YORK , 1 August 2019 – The benefits of breastfeeding for children and mothers are widespread. It supports healthy brain development in babies and young children, it protects infants against infection, decreases the risk of obesity and disease, … Continued

20 million children miss out on lifesaving measles, diphtheria and tetanus vaccines in 2018

Global vaccination rates stagnant due to conflict, inequality and complacency – 8% of babies born in Ireland in 2018 were not vaccinated against measles – Almost 5,000 Irish infants are unvaccinated against measles – 76 reported cases of measles in Ireland in 2018   For photos and broll, please click here. For the 2018 data, … Continued

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

Campaign led by the Ministry of Health with support from UNICEF and MSF DUBLIN / ITURI, DR CONGO / DAKAR / GENEVA / NEW YORK, 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 … Continued

Over 20 million children worldwide missed out on measles vaccine annually in past 8 years, creating a pathway to current global outbreaks – UNICEF

Alarming global surge of measles cases a growing threat to children – UNICEF

Every three minutes a teenage girl is infected by HIV

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