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In Nigeria – The LLIN, Netting mosquitoes to save lives

Defying the scorching sun, Barakaali Ali, a young twenty year-old mother, waits eagerly for her turn to collect the Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets (LLIN) at her local distribution point in North Central Nigeria’s state of Nassarawa. “My son, Shuaibu has had malaria three times since he was born,” says Barakaali of her 10 month … Continued

Fighting malaria in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, 7 April 2011 – Little Moke is 4 years old and for the past 5 days he’s had fever and no appetite. “I am really worried; he doesn’t stop complaining about pain. Usually he plays all day long, but now he is totally listless,” explains Nsadisa, his 25 year old … Continued

Saving lives with mosquito nets: A mother’s story.

Marceline Nguizaima, 38, lost three babies to malaria between 2008 and 2009, each before their first birthday. She still cries when she thinks about them, which is often.  “Children should be with their parents, they shouldn’t die,” she says, “they should be taken care of.” Marceline and her husband used to sleep under a mosquito … Continued

UNICEF delivers more supplies to embattled Misrata

  A boat carrying UNICEF life-saving supplies has reached the port of Misrata in western Libya today. “Children in Misrata need urgent protection,” said Shahida Azfar, UNICEF RegionalmDirector for the Middle East and North Africa. “This latest batch of supplies will provide for their basic needs, but their long term recovery will only begin when … Continued

Children under increasing threat as fighting continues in Libya

  Report by James Elder in Benghazi, Libya  — Before intense fighting engulfed Misrata 50 days ago, five-year-old Dava* would play dress-ups and make beaded necklaces. In this she was probably typical of most five year olds living in the western Libyan city. But who would know? For the first two months of this conflict, … Continued

UNICEF unloads first supplies for families displaced by conflict in Côte d’Ivoire

After four months of conflict, the dark clouds of political uncertainty are slowly clearing in Côte d’Ivoire. For the first time since the crisis began following presidential elections there last November, UNICEF was able to airlift medical, nutrition, education, water and sanitation supplies to the country at the weekend. Video: UNICEF correspondent Chris Niles reports … Continued

Helping save lives with mosquito nets: A mother’s story.

Marceline Nguizaima, 38, lost three babies to malaria between 2008 and 2009, each before their first birthday. She still cries when she thinks about them, which is often. Bangui/Mpoko II, Central African Republic (CAR), 11 April 2011 – Marceline Nguizaima, 38, lost three babies to malaria between 2008 and 2009, each before their first birthday. … Continued

UNICEF airlifts over 60 tons of relief supplies to Côte d’Ivoire

Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 15 April 2011 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is airlifting over 60 tons of medical, nutrition, education and water and sanitation supplies to Côte d’Ivoire, where the humanitarian situation of the population has seriously deteriorated after days of intense fighting in Abidjan. Medical kits will allow health workers to treat … Continued

Update on UNICEF’s work in Japan

  We recently passed the one month anniversary of the devastating Japan earthquake and tsunami. Here is a breakdown of what UNICEF has been able to accomplish thus far: The Japan Committee for UNICEF and UNICEF visited the affected areas and conducted a rapid needs assessment within a week after the disaster and began fundraising … Continued