On 25 September, [NAMES CHANGED] (foreground, left-right) siblings Awa, 3, and Amadou, 4, pretend to talk on toy mobile telephones, at home in a village on the outskirts of the city of Kenema in Eastern Province. Many of the people in the village are affected by Ebola. Olematu and Ibrahim are being cared for by their 15-year-old sister, Betty, with help from a neighbour, following the death of their mother from Ebola one month ago. Betty is a survivor of the virus. An estimated 1,131 children in Sierra Leone are affected by Ebola virus disease. UNICEF/UNI172461/Bindra

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1 in 2 children in Europe and Central Asia are exposed to high heatwave frequency, double the global average

GENEVA, 27 July 2023 – Around half of children in Europe and Central Asia – or 92 million – are exposed to high heatwave frequency, according to an analysis of the latest available data from 50 countries published today by UNICEF in a new policy brief. This is double the global average of 1 in 4 children exposed to high heatwave frequency.

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Severe violations of children’s rights an ‘hourly occurrence’ in Sudan, warns UNICEF

24 July 2023 – As the brutal conflict in Sudan hits 100 days, UNICEF has received reports of a staggering 2,500 severe violations of children’s rights —an average of at least one an hour.

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UNICEF: Against the odds, children begin the new school year in Rohingya refugee camps

23 July 2023 – Against the odds of displacement, fires burning down learning centres, and Cyclone Mocha’s wrath, classrooms in the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh are filling up today with children, excited on the first day of school.

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UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Vanessa Nakate takes a stand for adolescent girls during visit to Rwanda

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Vanessa Nakate is joining thousands of girls and women at the Women Deliver Conference in Rwanda this week to call for increased investment to protect and promote the rights of adolescent girls.

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“UNICEF UK is deeply concerned that vulnerable children who are seeking safety in the UK will be put at greater risk by the passing of the Illegal Immigration Bill today.

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Childhood immunization begins recovery after COVID-19 backslide

New WHO and UNICEF data show promising signs of immunization services rebounding in some countries, but, particularly in low-income countries, coverage still falls short of pre-pandemic levels putting children at grave risk from disease outbreaks.

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Eleven children die every week attempting to cross the Central Mediterranean Sea migration route – UNICEF

At least 289 children are estimated to have died or disappeared this year attempting to cross the perilous Central Mediterranean Sea migration route from North Africa to Europe, according to UNICEF.

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Today more than 80 leading charities, experts in early childhood development, and UNICEF Ambassadors and high profile supporters have added their support to UNICEF UK’s call for the UK Government to commit to a National Baby and Toddler Guarantee, which would help families with babies and young children across the UK.

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18 million doses of first-ever malaria vaccine allocated to 12 African countries for 2023–2025: Gavi, WHO and UNICEF

Geneva/New York, 5 July 2023 – Twelve countries across different regions in Africa are set to receive 18 million doses of the first-ever malaria vaccine over the next two years. The roll out is  a critical step forwards  in the fight against one of the leading causes of death in the continent.

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Funds for world’s climate hotspots woefully neglect the needs of children, new report finds

Children are being failed by climate funding commitments, despite bearing the brunt of the climate crisis, according to a new report from members of the Children’s Environmental Rights Initiative (CERI) coalition; Plan International, Save the Children, and UNICEF.

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WFP and UNICEF Executive Directors visit Haiti to galvanize international support amid record humanitarian needs

The heads of UNICEF and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) ended missions to Haiti today, calling for far more support for highly vulnerable children and families who face rampant violence, deadly natural disasters, and a resurgence of cholera.

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Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell on brutal school attack in Uganda

17 June 2023: "I am outraged by the attack last night on a secondary school in Mpondwe, Uganda near the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo that has, according to media reports, left over 40 people dead, mostly students, with others injured or abducted.

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Over one million children newly displaced in two months as Sudan faces escalating conflict

PORT SUDAN, 15 June 2023 – More than one million children have now been displaced by two months of conflict in Sudan. Across Sudan, UNICEF has received credible reports that over 330 children have been killed, and over 1,900 have been injured, as of 6 June and many more are at grave risk.

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UNICEF UK responds to the Vaccine Alliance reaching more than one billion children

Neil Raw, Senior Policy Advisor for UNICEF UK said: “The vaccination of one billion children through Gavi since 2000  signifies great progress on vaccinations globally and demonstrate what is possible when donors support global immunisation efforts.

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