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: Anxious students and parents voice health fears, seek new supports ahead of schools reopening 

Survey reveals concerns around lack of communication, facilities and resources NOTE: EMBARGOED UNTIL 00.01 July 22nd  Dublin 22.07.2020 – ISSU, NCPPP, IGC, and UNICEF are urgently calling on the Government to provide the additional resources students need this Autumn, as preparations continue for the safe reopening of schools after COVID-19 closures. There are serious concerns … 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: UNICEF Ireland welcomes the relocation of eight unaccompanied children from Greece

Statement attributable to Peter Power, Executive Director of UNICEF Ireland DUBLIN, 17.06.2020 – “The relocation of 8 unaccompanied and separated refugee and migrant children from the Greek Islands to Ireland today must be warmly welcomed. “These children, who have fled violence, conflict and poverty, survived dangerous journeys and stayed in dire conditions in crowded reception facilities, will … 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

UNICEF appeals for $1.6 billion to meet growing needs of children impacted by COVID-19 pandemic

New funding request is $1 billion more than March appeal, as countries reel from socioeconomic impact of COVID-19 DUBLIN/NEW YORK, 12 May 2020 – UNICEF is appealing for US$1.6 billion to support its humanitarian response for children impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, up from $651.6 million requested in a similar appeal late March. This increase reflects … Continued

New guidelines provide roadmap for safe reopening of schools

NEW YORK/PARIS/ROME, 30 April 2020 – UNESCO, UNICEF, WFP and World Bank today issued new guidelines on the safe reopening of schools amidst ongoing closures affecting nearly 1.3 billion students worldwide. The agencies also warned that the widespread closures of educational facilities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic present an unprecedented risk to children’s education … Continued