Severe water shortages compound desperate situation for children and families in Beirut

UNICEF and partners rehabilitating and reconnecting critical water infrastructure DUBLIN/BEIRUT, 28 AUGUST 2020 – 300,000 people[1] in Beirut continue to face a lack of access to critical safe water and sanitation services, UNICEF warned today, more than three weeks after the huge explosion tore through Lebanon’s capital. While public water infrastructure thankfully sustained only minor damage and … Continued

UNICEF: An additional 6.7 million children under 5 could suffer from wasting this year due to COVID-19

UNICEF calls for accelerated action to prevent and treat malnutrition caused by pandemic as humanitarian community appeals for $2.4 billion to improve maternal and child nutrition  DUBLIN/NEW YORK, 27 JULY 2020 – An additional 6.7 million children under the age of five could suffer from wasting – and therefore become dangerously undernourished – in 2020 … Continued

PRESS RELEASE: Yemen sees return to alarming levels of food insecurity

Economic crisis, conflict, floods, desert locusts – and now COVID-19 – could wipe out improvements in food security in parts of Yemen, UN agencies warn JOINT PRESS RELEASE 22 July 2020, Sana’a – Economic shocks, conflict, floods, desert locusts and now COVID-19 are creating a perfect storm that could reverse hard-earned food security gains in … Continued

PRESS RELEASE: WHO and UNICEF warn of a decline in vaccinations during COVID-19

WHO and UNICEF call for immediate efforts to vaccinate all children as new data shows that, before the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccine coverage stalled at 85 per cent for nearly a decade, with 14 million unvaccinated infants yearly In Ireland, rates for the first dose of measles vaccine fell in 2019 from 92 to 91 per … Continued

As more go hungry and malnutrition persists, achieving Zero Hunger by 2030 in doubt, UN report warns

Securing healthy diets for the billions who cannot afford them would save trillions in costs Rome, 13 July 2020 – More people are going hungry, an annual study by the United Nations has found. Tens of millions have joined the ranks of the chronically undernourished over the past five years, and countries around the world … Continued

UNICEF, ISSU, NPCPP and IGC seek enhanced resources for students returning to school in September

Groups representing students, parents and Guidance Counsellors join together to advocate for students  Dublin 01.07.2020 – COVID-19 poses serious threats to the Education Sector. ISSU, NPCPP, UNICEF and IGC are calling for an urgent and proactive response from the new Minister for Education, Norma Foley, to address the challenges ahead for students, parents/guardians, guidance counsellors and school staff … Continued

STATEMENT: Deteriorating Yemen crisis will plunge 30,000 more children into Severe Acute Malnutrition

Statement attributable to Peter Power, Executive Director of UNICEF Ireland NOTE: THIS STATEMENT IS PARTNER TO THE EMBARGOED PRESS RELEASE ISSUED ON YEMEN REPORT NOTE: PETER POWER IS AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW Dublin 26.06.2020 –UNICEF has today warned that millions of children in Yemen will be pushed to “the brink of starvation” due to huge shortfalls in … Continued

Yemeni children face deadly hunger and aid shortages as COVID-19 pandemic spreads – UNICEF

Number of malnourished children could reach 2.4 million by end of year, a 20 per cent increase SANA’A/ADEN/AMMAN, 26 June 2020 – Millions of children in Yemen could be pushed to ‘the brink of starvation’ due to huge shortfalls in humanitarian aid funding amid the COVID-19 pandemic – according to a new UNICEF report marking … Continued

STATEMENT: An additional 51,000 children under the age of five might die in the Middle East and North Africa by end of 2020 due to COVID-19’s disruption in primary health care

Calls to support frontline health workers and systems to increase children’s access to basic health services From Ted Chaiban, UNICEF Regional Director in the Middle East and North Africa and Dr. Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Region AMMAN, 15 June 2020 – “The COVID-19 pandemic is putting health systems under unprecedented … Continued

As COVID-19 devastates already fragile health systems, over 6,000 additional children under five could die a day, without urgent action

UNICEF launches #Reimagine, a global campaign to prevent the pandemic from becoming a lasting crisis for children NOTE: Irish spokespersons are available for interview DUBLIN/NEW YORK, 13 MAY 2020 – An additional 6,000 children could die every day from preventable causes over the next six months as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to weaken health systems and … Continued