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: 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

STATEMENT: Life is a ‘waking nightmare’ for 12 million children in Yemen – UNICEF ED

UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore’s remarks at the Averting famine in Yemen: What can we do now and in 2021 event  NEW YORK, 10 December 2020 –This is a summary of what was said by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s High-Level Event: Averting famine in Yemen: … Continued

Window to prevent famine in Yemen is narrowing, UN agencies warn – Joint WFP, FAO and UNICEF press release

Levels of hunger in Yemen reach record levels, requiring urgent action SANA’A/ADEN / ROME / NEW YORK / DUBLIN, 3 December 2020 – The window to prevent famine in Yemen is narrowing as new figures reveal record highs of acute food insecurity in the country, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the UN World … Continued

80,000 children displaced due to Beirut explosions – UNICEF

UNICEF scales up response and assistance to children and families  BEIRUT, 6 AUGUST 2020 – Some 80,000 children have been displaced by the Beirut explosions, according to UNICEF estimates, with families affected in desperate need of support. The explosions on Tuesday evening left 140 people dead, 5,000 injured and hundreds missing. UNICEF is concerned that … Continued

UNICEF is sad and shocked at Beirut explosions, concerned about wellbeing of children, supporting partners on the ground

STATEMENT From Ms. Yukie Mokuo UNICEF Representative in Lebanon  BEIRUT, 5 August 2020 – “UNICEF is saddened at the loss of life following the horrific explosions in Lebanon. “According to latest reports, the death toll could be as high as 100 with 4,000 wounded and over 300,000 people displaced. UNICEF is concerned that children are among … Continued

UN calls for immediate access to conflict-affected areas to prevent catastrophe in South Sudan