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Promoting health through the life course

With climate change driving child marriage risks, Bangladesh fights back

Climate change-driven extreme weather is accelerating migration to Bangladesh`s cities, raising the risks of problems such as child marriage, according to UNICEF`s head of Bangladesh programmes. Innovative efforts to curb the threat - particularly training young people to help each other - are paying off, with Bangladesh`s government now incorporating programmes started by UNICEF and Save the Children

July 20, 2017

100,000 children in extreme danger in Mosul, trapped behind IS lines - UN

About 100,000 children are trapped in extremely dangerous conditions in the remaining Islamic State-held enclave in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, the United Nations said, children were being used as human shields by the insurgents or were caught in the crossfire of the battle, the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) said. Some had been forced to take part in the fighting. Hospitals and clinics had come under attack, it said. "We are receiving alarming reports of civilians including several children being killed in west Mosul," UNICEF said. "Some were reportedly killed as they desperately tried to flee the fighting which is intensifying by the hour"

June 6, 2017

Millions of Yemenis suffer from lack of food during Ramadan

Nearly 17 million people are facing hunger in war-torn Yemen as Muslims around the world observe the holy month of Ramadan. At the same time, more than two million children suffer from malnutrition in the country, and a child under the age of five dies every 10 minutes of preventable diseases, a UNICEF report said. Additionally, the country is facing a cholera outbreak with more than 29,000 people infected, according to the World Health Organization

May 29, 2017
Daily Sabah, AlJazeera

Violence in central Congo leaves 400,000 children prey to deadly malnutrition - UN

Spiralling violence in the central Democratic Republic of the Congo has disrupted farming and shut down health centres, leaving hundreds of thousands of children vulnerable to life-threatening malnutrition, UNICEF said. An insurrection in the Greater Kasai region has left hundreds dead and uprooted more than 1m people since last July, the UN warned of a dramatically deteriorating situation

May 24, 2017

One in four children in Arab world live in poverty - UNICEF study

One in four children in the Arab world live in poverty, often deprived of life’s most basic necessities such as proper housing or safe water, according to a study by UNICEF. The study is the first to pull together data on child poverty across the region and it found that a lack of education is a key driver of poverty among the young

May 15, 2017

Acutely malnourished Somalian children increase to 1.4 mln: UNICEF

The number of Somali children who are, or soon will be, severely malnourished, has risen by 50% to 1.4m since January, according to UNICEF. The UN body said this number includes over 275,000 who are already experiencing, or will soon do so, life-threatening severe acute malnutrition. About 615,000 people, the vast majority women and children, have been displaced by drought since November 2016. But the combination of drought, disease and displacement is deadly, particularly for children, and the world urgently needs to do more

May 2, 2017
xinhuanet, Daily Sabah, UN News, Prensa Latina, News International, AllAfrica.com, tst.pt, China.org
May 4, 2017

Malnutrition, disease rise sharply among children in Somalia - UN

Early numbers show an increasing number of children in Somalia are suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) and cholera or acute watery diarrhoea, the UN warned. The UNHCR warned in a statement that children suffering from SAM are nine times more likely to die of disease than a well-nourished child, adding that during a 2011 famine the biggest killers were diarrhoea and measles

March 30, 2017
Agence Presse Africaine
March 31, 2017
March 30, 2017

Uma criança morre no Iêmen a cada 10 minutos por doenças evitáveis

UNICEF’s Christoph Boulierac said ‘Millions are on the brink of famine in Yemen, more than two-thirds of the entire population are struggling to feed themselves and nearly half a million children are suffering from severe and acute malnutrition. The UN estimates that a child dies in Yemen every ten minutes from a preventable disease – but still the warring parties delay, obstruct or impede the delivery of humanitarian assistance’

March 28, 2017
UOL Brazil, Caracol.com Colombia, SABA Yemen News Agency

Nigeria loses 2,300 under five, 145 women of childbearing age daily

Because Nigeria loses about 2,300 under five year olds and 145 women of childbearing age daily, UNICEF has renewed its commitment to support the Nigerian health sector towards improving maternal and child health. To this end, it plans to strengthen immunization and revitalisation of the primary healthcare system in the country

March 22, 2017
Business Daily

Women and child migrants raped, beaten and detained in Libyan 'hellholes': UNICEF

Armed groups have taken effective control of the detention centres for migrants and political chaos now reigns in Libya. These groups run their own centres, competing and cooperating with criminal gangs and smugglers, according to the United Nations

February 28, 2017

Growing child labor in India's cities is just the tip of the iceberg, say activists

Urban India is employing an increasing number of children, many under nine years of age, who are producing everything from pickles to fireworks, working in tourism and labouring on building sites – a UN children’s agency report and campaigners say

February 27, 2017

Preparedness, surveillance and response

Yemen Now Faces 'The Worst Cholera Outbreak In The World,' U.N. Says

Anthony Lake, executive director of UNICEF, and Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, say that "more than 1,300 people have died — one quarter of them children — and the death toll is expected to rise." They suspect that is because Yemen now has upwards of 200,000 cases to grapple with, and that number is growing quickly — by a rate of roughly 5,000 cases a day. "And geographically, it is expanding," Mohamed El Montassir Hussein, Yemen director for the International Rescue Committee, told NPR`s Jason Beaubien earlier this month

June 24, 2017
June 25, 2017
AlJazeera, BBC
June 23, 2017
Voice of America
June 25, 2017
June 22, 2017

Aid workers race to contain Yemen cholera outbreak, UN agencies report

A “race” is under way to contain the cholera epidemic in Yemen where 20 out of 22 governorates are affected, United Nations agencies said. Nearly 1,200 people have died in the latest outbreak and there are more than 172,000 suspected cases in the crisis-torn country, according to the World Health Organization. Together with UNICEF, WHO says it is attempting to stop cholera being “exported” from the worst-affected areas. In Raymah in western Yemen, mortality rates are almost twice the national average

June 20, 2017
June 21, 2017
The Herald
June 20, 2017
pulse.ng, Voice of America

Cholera rages across Yemen, one child infected every minute: charity

Almost 1,000 people have died from cholera in Yemen in just over a month in what is thought to be one of the worst outbreaks of the disease since the Haiti earthquake in 2010. Since late April, 942 people have died from cholera, and there are a further 129,000 suspected cases, Save The Children said. At least one child is infected every minute, according to the aid group, which said that the infection rate had tripled over the past two weeks. More than 30 people are dying a day.“ Cholera has come within a perfect storm. Only half the country’s health centres are still operating. The speed of the disease is unprecedented,” Meritxell Relano, Unicef’s Yemen representative said

June 13, 2017
Reuters, The Globe and Mail, AlJazeera, The Times

WHO, UNICEF rushing to address cholera outbreak in Yemen

The World Health Organization and the United Nations Children`s Fund are taking forceful measures to address the cholera outbreak in Yemen, a UN spokesperson said. UNICEF, WHO, and their partners have reached nearly 3.5 million people across the country by disinfecting water tanker filling stations, chlorinating drinking water, restoring water treatment plants, rehabilitating water supply systems, and providing household water treatments and distributing hygiene kits, said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric

June 10, 2017

Cholera case count nears 100,000 in Yemen

Just a few days ago, UNICEF Regional Director, Geert Cappelaere, upon return from a visit to Yemen said the number of suspected cases is expected to reach 130,000 within the next two weeks, then, today, the WHO office in Yemen announced over 96,200 suspected cholera cases and 746 deaths have been reported, last week alone, more than 25,000 cases were reported. More than 80 percent of the governorates have reported cholera, with most cases being reported in the west

June 7, 2017
Outbreak News Today, Asharq Al-Awsat, Egypt Independent

'Nearly 600 cholera deaths' in Yemen over past month

An estimated 70,000 cases of cholera have been reported by UNICEF in Yemen, with nearly 600 people dying over the past month, as the disease continues to spread at an alarming rate. The UN agency said that the already dire situation for children in Yemen was quickly turning into a disaster

June 2, 2017

Unicef Fears Yemen Cholera Outbreak Could Hit 300,000 in Coming Weeks

The Yemen UNICEF regional director said he had never seen a cholera outbreak of the size it is in this country, which is already contending with the risk of famine and a collapse of the healthcare system because of the war. Half the cholera cases in Yemen are children, and parents have little recourse to help as many hospitals and clinics are closed or lack supplies

June 2, 2017
New York Times

Yemen: Cholera deaths mounting as infections increasing

UNICEF reported that 473 people have died from cholera, while infections rose to 52,000 cases across 18 Yemeni governorates. The numbers jumped by 14,000 in just the last two days. The health conditions are being exacerbated by food shortages, increased malnutrition and a lack of access to adequate health services, due to the Yemeni crisis. The UN Population Fund for the Arab Region said that 1.1m pregnant women who are malnourished, need immediate care and pregnancy health service support are at high risk

May 29, 2017
AlArabiya, menafn.com, Ahram Online, Anadolu Agency

World Health Organization: 11000 suspected Cholera cases and 124 deaths in 17 governorates

The number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen now stands at 11,000. The suspected cases have been diagnosed as Acute Watery Diarrhoea, while the number of deaths cause by cholera is 124. The head of delegation at the ICRC tweeted that the number of deaths is higher at 184. The sudden hike in the number of patients has made hospitals in Sana’a unable to cope with the large number of AWD patients

May 16, 2017
Yemen Times
May 17, 2017
Xinhuanet, Anadolu Agency, Asharq Al-Awsat
May 18, 2017
News International
May 17, 2017
May 16, 2017
Ahram Online

Drought, cholera kills over 400 people in Somalia

Somalia’s health ministry said almost 18,000 people are receiving hospital treatment amid the worst drought since 1945. To date, drought and cholera have killed more than 400 people – the areas most affected are in southern and central Somalia. Experts say this is not the Somalian rainy season yet, which is still a few weeks away. Even so, health workers report at least 300 new cases every day along with dozens of deaths

April 5, 2017
Anadolu Agency, Hiiraan.com

UNICEF warns of outbreaks of cholera in Yemen

UNICEF warned of outbreaks of cholera in Yemen due to the continuing conflict, lack of clean drinking water and sanitation-related diseases. UNICEF said nearly 462,000 children are suffering from malnutrition and 10,000 under-fives may have died from preventable disease. Across the country, 17 million people – 60% of the population – are food insecure

April 5, 2017
Middle East Monitor

Cerebrospinal Meningitis: 328 deaths in 16 states

More than 2,254 people have been affected by the CSM  with 328 deaths recorded in ninety local government councils of 16 states of the federation. Of additional concern is the fact that the Polio virus has been detected in Gombe. And the health minister confirmed that out of the 131 samples laboratory tested a majority indicate this is a Neisseria Meningitides type C. The health minister added that other countries such as Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Togo are facing meningitis outbreaks at the moment as well

April 2, 2017
Guardian Nigeria

Health systems

Unicef: Nurses’ strike will fuel more casualties in outbreaks

The United Nations Children’s Fund has raised the alarm that the nurses’ strike, now in its 23rd day, will fuel more casualties in the disease outbreaks being reported in several parts of Kenya.The UN agency wrote that the strike has impeded response. In a periodical report on the health needs of Kenya, UNICEF listed the disease outbreaks: “There is an active cholera outbreak in five counties (Garissa, Nairobi, Murang’a, Turkana and Nakuru) with 581 confirmed cases and seven deaths”. This excludes the recent cholera outbreak in Nairobi’s Weston Hotel

June 27, 2017
Daily Nation, AllAfrica.com

UN: 50% of Yemen Health Facilities Closed, Medicines Urgently Needed

More than 14m people in Yemen have no access to health services, the UN health agency said, warning that transportation of medical personnel and treatment for the injured is getting increasingly difficult as this week heralds the third anniversary of the conflict

March 30, 2017
Alahed News

Communicable diseases

U.N. chief, Trump meet at White House amid U.S. funding cut threat

UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres met with President Trump at the White House in talks set against a backdrop of Trump’s plans to cut funding to the world body and its agencies. Trump has proposed a 28% budget cut for diplomacy and foreign aid, which includes an unspecified reduction in financial support for the UN and its agencies, as well as an enforcement of a 25% cap on U.S. funding for peacekeeping operations. The USA is the largest contributor paying 22% of the $5.4bn core budget and 28.5% of the $7.9bn peacekeeping budget. The talks were said to be constructive and they agreed to meet again in the future

April 21, 2017

Nearly 600 million children to live in areas with extremely limited water resources by 2040: UNI...

In a new UNICEF report, the writers outlined the scenario where one of four children worldwide will be living in areas where water demand far outstrips supply by 2040

March 22, 2017
News Express , Reuters, The Guardian, bdnews24.com