Statement: Immediate humanitarian access needed to stave off disaster for Gaza’s children

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore       NEW YORK, 18 May 2021 – “Gaza’s one million children are reeling from the mounting consequences of violent conflict with nowhere safe to turn. Lives have been lost, and families shattered. “In Gaza, at least 60 children have been killed and another 444 have been injured in less than … Continued

Deadly new surge in South Asia threatens to reverse global gains against the COVID-19 pandemic and have disproportionate impact on children

Statement by George Laryea-Adjei, UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia NOTE: Spokespersons available for interview KATHMANDU, 4 May 2021 – “The scenes we are witnessing in South Asia are unlike anything our region has seen before. Family members of patients are pleading for help as the region reels under an acute shortage of medical-grade oxygen. Exhausted … Continued

PRESS RELEASE: Immunisation services begin slow recovery from COVID-19 disruptions, though millions of children remain at risk from deadly diseases – WHO, UNICEF, Gavi 

Ambitious new global strategy aims to save over 50 million lives through vaccination   Please note: Expert spokespersons are available on request.  GENEVA/NEW YORK, 26 April 2021 — While immunisation services have started to recover from disruptions caused by COVID-19, millions of children remain vulnerable to deadly diseases, the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and Gavi, … Continued

A more family-friendly workplace essential to child wellbeing post-pandemic – Chambers Ireland and UNICEF Ireland

A more family-friendly workplace is essential to children’s wellbeing and will be critical to post-pandemic recovery, Chambers Ireland and UNICEF Ireland say in joint statement DUBLIN 23.03.21 – Chambers Ireland and UNICEF Ireland have together issued a call to action for more family-friendly workplaces. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the lives of children and their … Continued

STATEMENT: Syria conflict 10 years on: 90 per cent children need support as violence, economic crisis and COVID-19 impact

Almost 12,000 children killed or injured in the past decade, according to verified data – an average of more than three children a day AMMAN/NEW YORK, 10 March 2021 – The war in Syria has left the lives and futures of a generation of children hanging by a thread, UNICEF warned today, as the conflict nears … Continued

First COVID-19 COVAX vaccine doses administered in Africa – JOINT PRESS RELEASE

Today, the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana began COVID-19 vaccination campaigns aimed at protecting healthcare workers This week’s first vaccinations happen as a further 11 million COVAX doses are expected to be delivered over the next seven days Publication of the allocation of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine to 142 of COVAX’s participating economies, to be … Continued

Côte d’Ivoire becomes second African country and first French-speaking country to receive vaccine doses via COVAX Facility – WHO/UNICEF/GAVI/CEPI JOINT PRESS RELEASE

  ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, 26 February 2021 – The COVAX initiative shipped 504,000 doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine, licensed by the Serum Institute of India, to India, and 505,000 syringes to Abidjan, on 26 February 2021. This marks the second batch that has been shipped and delivered to Africa by the COVAX Facility in an unprecedented … Continued

PRESS RELEASE: UNICEF begins shipping syringes for the global rollout of COVID-19 vaccines under COVAX

100,000 syringes will arrive in Maldives, with more countries to receive imminent deliveries for rollout of COVAX Facility vaccines NEW YORK, 23 February 2021 – UNICEF has sent 100,000 syringes and 1,000 safety boxes for COVID-19 vaccinations to the Maldives by air freight from UNICEF’s humanitarian warehouse in Dubai—part of the first wave of COVID-19-related syringe shipments … Continued

Acute malnutrition threatens half of children under five in Yemen in 2021: UN

JOINT PRESS RELEASE Humanitarian crisis continues to exert a terrible toll on children, warn FAO, UNICEF, WFP and WHO NOTE: UNICEF Ireland spokesperson is available for interview  SANA’A/ADEN/ROME/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 12 February 2021– Nearly 2.3 million children under the age of five in Yemen are projected to suffer from acute malnutrition in 2021, four United Nations agencies … 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