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— A weekly news roundup highlighting the best of the FieldNotes blog and online coverage of UNICEF issues. Best of the FieldNotes Blog SMS for survival How text messages save lives in Indonesia 250 million minutes for children More than 2.5 million people participated in the UNICEF Tap Project this year. Check out all the results. […]

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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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Powerful Earthquake in Chile

— An 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck northern Chile just after 8:00 P.M. local time last night. The earthquake epicenter was offshore from the Chilean Region of Tarapaca (population 350,373). There are reports of structural damage and six casualties. The Government has declared two northern zones as disaster areas. Approximately 900,000 people were evacuated from coastal zones […]

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UNICEF Must Reads

— A weekly news roundup highlighting the best of the FieldNotes blog and online coverage of UNICEF issues. Best of the FieldNotes Blog Ebola returns UNICEF is helping to contain an outbreak in Guinea that has killed at least three children. “Like the sky was angry with the people below.” In a dispatch from South Sudan, […]

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Thank You for Supporting the UNICEF Tap Project

Venus, 8, washes her hands at a new, UNICEF-supported hand-washing facility at Santo Niño Elementary School in Tanauan, Philippines -- one of the areas hit hardest by Typhoon Haiyan. © UNICEF/NYHQ2014-0124/Giacomo Pirozzi

— It was a huge success: more than 2.5 million people stayed away from their phones for nearly 250 million minutes. As this year’s UNICEF Tap Project comes to a close, we would like to thank everyone who participated, supported and sponsored the campaign — you made it happen! The UNICEF Tap Project proposed a simple […]

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Readying the Emergency Landing Zone in South Sudan

A boy displaced by recent fighting in South Sudan stands near makeshift shelters in the town of Mingkaman, where humanitarian assistance is being provided.

— James Elder, UNICEF’s Regional Chief of Communication in Eastern and Southern Africa, is currently on mission in South Sudan. Here in Akobo, on the eastern edge of South Sudan near the border with Ethiopia, temperatures do not rise to 120 degrees—they sit there pretty much all day, every day. And yet when aid workers turn […]

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