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 UNICEF In Action 

Witnessing the impact of Hurricane Dorian on children

By Manuel Moreno González 7th September 2019   Amidst the ear-piercing noise of the helicopter, I could hear 11-year-old Jahmaurae Moreau say that to fly in a helicopter was “pretty cool”. He was smiling but, minutes later, as we were leaving the island behind, a few tears rolled slowly down his cheeks His mother Marianise … Continued

Child Survivors of Hurricane Dorian

Hurricane Dorian has caused widespread destruction across The Bahamas. The islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama were hit the most severely.  The hurricane left behind a path of destruction unprecedented in this Caribbean country. Thousands of children have been directly affected by the hurricane. Many are now homeless, without access to clean water, food or … Continued

A Letter From Yemen

Dr. Nuzhat Rafique | UNICEF | Yemen | 2019   My name is Dr. Nuzhat Rafique and I am currently working as Health Manager in UNICEF’s country office in Yemen.  Every day I work to save the lives of babies and their mothers who are directly affected by the war in Yemen.  The war has … Continued

Rohingya girl refugees

Two years on from the arrival of nearly one million Rohingya refugees to Bangladesh, the situation remains grave for children in refugee camps near Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. Teenage girls are particularly at risk with families reporting the disappearance and trafficking of their children. Currently, 500,000 children live in heavily congested camps in one of … Continued

Meet the Heroines Saving Mothers & Babies in Yemen

Ashwaq lives in a remote village where access to health services and education remains very limited. She lost her own baby in childbirth so she knows better than most why her role as a midwife and nurse is so vital in Yemen. “I work hard and face difficulties when trying to convince the inhabitants to … Continued

Maternal & Infant Mortality in Yemen: Ali’s Story

No mother should die giving birth to her baby, but that’s what happened to Ali’s mother, Khaizaran in Yemen.  Ali was loved long before he was born but his mother never got to hold him or nurse him. She never got to sing him a lullaby or tell him how much she loved him. When Khaizaran’s … Continued

Donncha O’Callaghan: Witnessing Ebola in the DRC

One in every three people infected by Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a child. As a proud UNICEF Ambassador, I recently visited the country to witness the devastating impact the virus is having on children, their families and communities. Right now, the DRC is experiencing the second-largest Ebola outbreak in history. … Continued

Peanut Paste: The Game Changer in the Fight Against Hunger

Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) is the most extreme and visible form of malnutrition. Children with SAM have very low weight for their height and severe muscle wasting. They are nine times more likely to die than a well-nourished child. Three Million Children Die Every Year From Malnutrition The cause of death is not always malnutrition … Continued

Ireland’s Breastfeeding Rates Worst in the World

UNICEF is concerned about low rates of breastfeeding in Ireland. Though it is proven to be the best way to feed a child, breastfeeding is difficult and women report a lack of support. We spoke to parents.

6 Things You Should Know About Child Malnutrition

Today, 15,000 children will die from Severe Acute Malnutrition.  It’s one of the leading causes of death in the developing world, but it can be easily stopped. Children who suffer from malnutrition will face long term consequences to their health, but a simple course of treatment cant prevent this. Read on to discover why malnutrition … Continued

#VaccinesWork – fighting measles and other deadly diseases

Ulla Kou Griffiths Senior Health & Immunisation Advisor, UNICEF An alarming trend Recently UNICEF and the World Health Organisation released new data that showed 20 million children worldwide, or more than 1 in 10, missed out on lifesaving vaccines for measles, diphtheria and tetanus in 2018. This continues an alarming global trend of stagnating – … Continued