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UNICEF’s work for children is non-stop – that’s why the Media Team is on hand around the clock for whenever the media need information on issues affecting children in Ireland and across the world.

If you are a journalist and have a media enquiry, please contact:

Aedín Donnelly, Communications and Media Manager, aedin@unicef.ie

Education for almost 1 million children in jeopardy following Nepal Earthquake

UNICEF works to establish child friendly spaces as 90% of schools in Kathmandu remain unable for use Photos and videos are available here: http://uni.cf/1HH6SbO KATHMANDU, 7 May 2015 ? At least 950,000 children in Nepal will not be able to return to school, unless urgent action is taken to provide temporary learning spaces and repair damaged school buildings following the 25 April earthquake ? according to UNICEF. Almost 24,000 classrooms were damaged or destroyed in the 7.8 magnitude quake that hit the country 12 days ago, with many suffering further damage in subsequent aftershocks.

UNICEF secures release of up to 10,000 child soldiers in Central African Republic

BANGUI, Central African Republic, 5 May 2015 – Leaders of armed groups in the Central African Republic agreed today to release all children associated with their forces and to immediately end any new child recruitment. An estimated 6,000 to 10,000 children are currently associated with the country?s armed factions according to UNICEF. The figure includes those serving as combatants and used for sexual purposes, as well as those working as cooks, messengers and in other roles.

Nepal earthquake one week on: UNICEF warns of disease risk for children

KATHMANDU, 2 May 2015 ? One week on from the earthquake in Nepal, UNICEF says the health and wellbeing of children affected by the disaster are hanging in the balance ? as many have been left homeless, in deep shock and with no access to basic care. With the monsoon season only a few weeks away, children will be at heightened risk of diseases like cholera and diarrhoeal infections, as well as being more vulnerable to the threat of landslides and floods.

Life-saving information helps reduce spread of Ebola across West Africa

Together with Ministries of Health and other partners across seven countries in West Africa, UNICEF is using text messages, radio shows, TV programmes and door-to-door campaigns to disseminate life-saving information in an effort to contain the often-fatal Ebola virus that has already claimed over one hundred lives in Guinea and Liberia.