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New Report on the World’s Most Urgent Children’s Crises

A Syrian father accompanies his daughters to school in Za’atari refugee camp, Jordan. © UNICEF/NYHQ2013-1390/Shehzad Noorani

— UNICEF is making a big push for Syria’s children in its annual appeal to respond to the world’s most critical emergencies. Nearly 40 percent of the 2014 humanitarian action appeal is designated as aid for children in Syria and the surrounding region, an indication that UNICEF is redoubling its efforts to ensure that Syria’s traumatized […]

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2013 in Review: UNICEF’s Year in Pictures

Two girls attend school at Alpha Moya school in Timbuktu, Mali, a facility that has been re-furnished with help from UNICEF.

— From the Philippines to Syria to the Sahel, in 2013 UNICEF delivered vital services to children in crisis. Here at home, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF mobilized support from people across the United States to guarantee that UNICEF will be there in the coming year to help and protect the world’s most vulnerable children, wherever […]

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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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An Evening with Pau

Pau Gasol speaking to UNICEF supporters

— While the 12-12-12 concert for Sandy Relief was taking place at Madison Square Garden, a few blocks away UNICEF Ambassador Pau Gasol was meeting with U.S. Fund for UNICEF supporters as a reminder that millions of children around the world also need our help. Pau, who has been working with UNICEF for ten years, discussed his recent field visit to Chad (a trip he made after winning a silver medal with Spain in the London Olympics), where he experienced firsthand the efforts UNICEF is undertaking to combat the nutritional crisis in Africa’s Sahel region.

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Q and A with an innovator of lifesaving therapeutic food

Nutrition expert Michael Golden speaks with a participant at the UNICEF-supported workshop training health workers to manage complications associated with severe acute malnutrition, in Nouakchott, Mauritania. © UNICEF Mauritania/2012

— In the world of nutrition, Professor Michael Golden is something of a celebrity. He is famous for his work developing Formula 100 (F-100), which is the basis for therapeutic foods that treat malnutrition. Receiving proper nutrition is a key element for children to reach their fifth birthday.

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1 million children at risk in Central and West Africa

— An estimated 1 million children stand on the brink of severe acute malnutrition in the Sahel region of Africa. UNICEF is calling for an intensive and immediate response to the crisis, detailed in a Humanitarian Action Update released today. Sahel is one of the poorest regions in the world where children already face daunting odds of survival. Without immediate humanitarian aid an already desperate situation will only become worse. Inadequate rain, poor harvests and rising food prices have left hundreds of thousands of children vulnerable and weak. UNICEF is providing nutrition supplies, as well as clean water and sanitation facilities at feeding centers. Please donate online to support UNICEF’s relief efforts for children in emergencies.

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