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As Polio Spreads to Iraq , UNICEF & WHO Aim to Immunize 20 Million Children

10-day-old Mohammed receives his immunization against polio at a UNICEF-supported health center in the Domiz camp for Syrian refugees in Iraq.

— Polio vaccination campaigns commenced in Syria, Iraq and Egypt early this month, aiming to reach more than 20 million children. For Iraq, this will be the first nationwide vaccination campaign since a case of polio was confirmed by the Ministry of Health in March in a six-month-old boy from Rusafa, northern Baghdad. “The recent detection […]

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How UNICEF Text Messages Save Children’s Lives in Indonesia

A girl and her mother (partially visible) meet with a midwife at a UNICEF-supported clinic in Tanjona, Aceh Province, Indonesia.

— In Indonesia — where a child under five dies every four minutes of preventable causes — midwives are often responsible for children’s health in rural villages. Yet many of the country’s approximately 150,000 midwives have limited education and little access to current medical information. “The idea is simple — texting key health messages to rural […]

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UNICEF Works to Contain Ebola Fever Outbreak in West Africa

Bare shelves at a health center pharmacy in southeastern Guinea, area of the Ebola fever breakout. Many hospitals and health centers in Guinea lack essential medicine and supplies.

— Ebola fever has broken out in the West African nation of Guinea, killing at least 59 people and creating fears of a wider regional outbreak. UNICEF has responded by rushing health supplies to the most affected areas in an effort to prevent the severe, often-fatal disease from spreading further. “The forest region where UNICEF delivered […]

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David Beckham: Stand Up for Syrian Children

— As the conflict in Syria enters its fourth year, soccer legend and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham is speaking up for the country’s children, calling on people around the world to make their voices heard and prevent an entire generation from losing its future. Watch the video:  

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Four Months After Typhoon Haiyan

Frances, 10, shown here with guitar at a UNICEF Child-Friendly Space in Tacloban in December, fled with his family from their home in one of Tacloban's poorest neighborhoods just as Typhoon Haiyan was making its approach. He and his family took shelter in a sports stadium during the storm, which destroyed their home.

— The pain of loss still cuts deep in the Philippines four months after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) killed more than 6,000 people, but there is also a growing sense that recovery is possible. A new UNICEF report, Four Months After [pdf], describes both the progress made and the challenges that lie ahead for Filipino children. Some highlights: 14.1 […]

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UNICEF Report: Children Under Siege in Syria

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— Donate Now The number of Syrian children who need humanitarian assistance has more than doubled in a year — according to a new report published today by UNICEF. The most hard hit: up to a million children trapped in areas of Syria that are under siege or are hard to reach because of violence. Under […]

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