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Central African Republic Diary: Child Victims of Bangui Violence

— Kent Page, Senior Advisor of Strategic Communications for UNICEF, reached Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR) on Jan. 11 as part of UNICEF’s Emergency Response Team, which is working to help the 2.3 million children affected by violence there. Page filed this dispatch shortly after his arrival. As the plane taxied towards the airport, we could […]

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UNICEF Fights Rising Childhood Malnutrition in Afghanistan

Afghan mother Sheela holds her 4 month old son Naim in Indira Gandhi Hospital in Kabul. UNICEF supplies the hospital with therapeutic food to treat malnourished Afghan children

— Malnutrition is on the rise in Afghanistan, the New York Times reported on Sunday, with hospitals across the country revealing significant increases in admissions for severe acute malnutrition among children. Bost Hospital in Helmland province, for example, is admitting 200 children a month, a four-fold increase in two years. The hospital has doubled its capacity, […]

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Drought, Malnutrition Hit Namibia and Angola


— In Namibia, the worst drought in three decades has led to soaring child malnutrition rates. In neighboring Angola, 10 out of 18 provinces have also experienced a catastrophic lack of rain. UNICEF has been scaling up nutrition programs in both countries to combat a growing crisis.   For children in Namibia, the drought aggravates already […]

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Field Visit: In Uganda, UNICEF Innovation in Action

Dr. Abubaker at Gulu District Regional Hospital observing child birth certificate registration by local staff. The computers, software, and training for child birth registration are provided by UNICEF. Photo credit: Karen Turney, UNICEF USA.

— Dr. Yaseen Abubaker is a rheumatologist in private practice in Atlanta and a member of the Southeast regional board of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. As a U.S. Fund supporter, I was excited to see UNICEF’s work, so I prepared for my trip in early September by reading up on Uganda. Among several startling facts, […]

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Janet Jackson: We Can Save Lives


— I’m writing about a matter of life and death.
Around the world, nearly 1 in 4 children under the age of 5 doesn’t have enough to eat. We’re not just talking about kids going to bed hungry—we’re talking about kids who literally may not live through the night.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. What’s happening is completely preventable, and it won’t change unless we do something about it.

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Some Good News for Children

Children get vaccinated in Côte d Ivoire

— The world has seen “stunning” gains in child survival and health, according to The New York Times’ Tina Rosenberg in a recent column citing UNICEF’s work. Her article shares heartening results from a new study called the Global Burden of Disease report. Among them: over the past 20 years, the mortality rate for children under five has dropped worldwide, in some countries by as much as 70 percent.

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