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Published: Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:00:59 -0500

Last Build Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2018 11:50:00 -0500

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6 ways UNICEF helped change lives in 2017

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 11:02:45 -0500

Looking back on the humanitarian landscape of 2017, it can be easy to focus on the negative: conflicts that show no sign of relenting and with children under attack left with no safe place to go, natural hazards that destroyed millions of homes and lives. But amid the devastation, there are glimpses of hope.

How mothers and community leaders tackled malnutrition in Mali

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 18:38:37 -0500

KOURY, Mali, 19 December 2017 – In 2014, the district of Yorosso in southern Mali was approaching a crisis of malnutrition. Nearly 1 out of 3 children were chronically malnourished, and just under 1 per cent suffered from severe acute malnutrition – a condition which can be life-threatening to children.

How girls built a library in the Gaza Strip

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 14:22:20 -0500

DEIR AL BALAH CITY, State of Palestine, 18 December 2017 – There are one million children in Gaza, yet hardly any sports fields or playgrounds. And this lack of safe outside play areas especially affects girls. The beach is basically off limits, with terrible sewage pollution. Youth unemployment is over 60 per cent.

How visiting nurses help prevent child deaths in Kazakhstan

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:57:02 -0500

KYZYLORDA, Kazakhstan, 14 December 2017 – Early spring seeps through grimy windows, lighting a small unkempt apartment. The place is so dirty that Bibinur begins to feel nauseated. She finds a clear spot to sit down with Almagul, who recently gave birth to a baby boy.

Surviving HIV: Preventing mother-to-child transmission in Burundi

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 14:46:09 -0500

MURAMVYA, Burundi, 7 December 2017 – “I started to feel quite sick,” says 40-year-old Darlene*, describing a period in her life a few years ago. “After going to a health centre, I was referred to a hospital where I was hospitalized for several weeks. I did not know why I was weak, until they asked me to do HIV test. I was diagnosed as living with HIV,” she says.

The search for Lesotho’s most vulnerable families

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 23:09:34 -0500

HA TŠEPO, Lesotho, 28 November 2017 – A cloud of yellow dust blows into the group sitting on the ground at the village centre. Toddlers run, legs wobbly, to bury their faces in the open arms of their mothers, as the women pull down kerchiefs to protect their eyes. But community mobilizer Tlaleng Maimane keeps talking.

The heroes keeping the water flowing for families in eastern Ukraine

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:28:01 -0500

LUHANSK, Ukraine, 21 November 2017 – Inna Krasnyakova was born, raised and married in the small village of Artema, in Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine. In June 2014, she was at work, operating a water pumping unit at the Petrovskaya pumping station, when conflict broke out.

How toilets are saving lives and money in Afghanistan

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:43:02 -0500

NILI, Afghanistan, 18 November 2017 – For 23-year-old Fatima, it took the death of one child to spark a simple but transformational change, to convince the whole village to start using toilets and improve the health of many young lives.

A warmer winter for refugee children in Serbia

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:00:27 -0500

DIVLJANA, Serbia, 14 November 2017 – As you watch 8-year-old Aya Rekani playing with her friends among the fallen leaves, it’s difficult to imagine how different her life was just a year ago.

Making childbirth safer in South Sudan

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 17:32:54 -0500

AWEIL, South Sudan, 9 November 2017 – Arek Yel Deng had given birth before but she had never experienced such pain. Her labour lasted a week and the pain was so severe she thought she was going to die.

Mothers fight malnutrition in Burkina Faso, one child at a time

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 13:58:02 -0500

YAKO, Burkina Faso, 8 November 2017 – In Yako, in Burkina Faso’s Northern Province, Awa slowly approaches the group of women, her twin toddlers draped one in front and one behind.

Striving for uninterrupted learning for every child in Mali

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 14:35:45 -0500

MOPTI, Mali, 7 November 2017 – “We fled because of the conflict,” says Aminata Haidara. She was only 10 when her family escaped from their hometown, Gao, in 2013.

Investing in better care during babies' first days is saving lives in Kyrgyzstan

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 16:40:51 -0500

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, 3 November 2017 – “She is the daughter I dreamed to have,” says Nargiza. “When I reach into the incubator, I touch her hands, her legs, to give her my love.” Inside the incubator rests little Omurkal – Nargiza’s first child – who was born at 30 weeks.

Mobile medical teams provide a lifeline for children in Yemen

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 12:07:21 -0500

SANA’A, Yemen, 16 October 2017 – “He is very weak and cannot even walk anymore. He’s lost so much weight.” Muhammad, 50, is desperate when he reaches the mobile medical team. He came on foot, carrying his feather-light son, Yahya, 4, in his arms. Muhammad has seen other children in his village die from malnutrition and he’s terrified the same fate awaits his son.

Hurricane Maria aftermath: Children's education on hold in Dominica

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 11:49:09 -0500

DOMINICA, 13 October, 2017 – Deltin Eugene, 16, stares at the chalkboard at the front of what used to be his classroom at the Goodwill Secondary School. The only words written there are “Friday 15 September 2017”. It was the last day he and more than 18,000 other students in Dominica went to school.

Stolen childhood: Gang violence in El Salvador

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 17:02:43 -0500

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador, 24 November 2017 – Tears roll down her face. Through the sobbing, she describes how her family has suffered at the hands of one of the world’s deadliest street gangs. She pauses for a minute, catches her breath and wipes her tears.

Rohingya crisis

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 12:50:22 -0500

Rohingya crisis: Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar to southern Bangladesh since August 2017. Nearly 60 percent of them are children.

Agents of change: Children in Lesotho bring improved sanitation from classrooms to communities

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 23:08:01 -0500

QHOLAQHOE, Lesotho, 27 September 2017 – The road to Qholaqhoe High School, perched on an isolated mountaintop in northern Lesotho, is long and rocky. Here and there, a peach tree blossoms pink or white against the drought-parched yellow hills. Dotted between the aluminum-sided shacks and the round thatched-roof houses is the occasional backyard gravestone.

‘The night the sea rose’: Families from Barbuda and Cuba reflect on surviving Hurricane Irma

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:41:25 -0500

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua and COJÍMAR, Cuba, 22 September 2017 – From 6–10 September, Hurricane Irma tore through the islands of the Caribbean, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. The category 5 storm was one of the most powerful storms ever recorded over the Atlantic Ocean.

Communities make children’s early learning possible in Timor-Leste

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:25:29 -0500

VIQUEQUE, Timor-Leste, 25 September 2017 – “Ida, rua, tolu, hat, lima, nen, hitu, walu. Se mak badinas ba eskola buka matenek to’o hetan. Haksolok ba, haksolok ba, hader dader saan ba eskola” (One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. We love to go to school to get knowledge. Be happy, be happy. Wake up in the morning to go to school).

The long and dangerous path to school in eastern Ukraine

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:22:19 -0500

DONETSK, Ukraine, 20 September 2017 – Every morning, 14-year-old Karyna Shvets walks 2 km past piles of rubbish, abandoned buildings and unexploded landmines marked with bright orange ribbons.

Ending child marriage and teenage pregnancy in Sierra Leone

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 21:15:29 -0500

KOIDU, Sierra Leone, 19 September 2017 – Last year, the course of 16-year-old Alice Ngaujah’s* life changed forever when she discovered she was pregnant. Disowned by her parents, she was quickly thrown into adulthood.

UNICEF Executive Board session closes emphasizing strong partnerships for every child

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 10:57:23 -0500

NEW YORK, United States of America, 18 September 2017 – The second regular session of the 2017 UNICEF Executive Board, which closed on Friday, culminated in the adoption of the UNICEF Strategic Plan, the framework that will guide the work of UNICEF over the next four years, 2018–2021. The Plan was developed in close consultation with a host of partners, including Member States, other United Nations entities, partners in the private sector and civil society, and children.

Cash assistance helps Syrian children with disabilities to pursue their dreams

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 15:58:35 -0500

ALEPPO, Syrian Arab Republic, 14 September 2017 – Bashar is one of 2.8 million Syrian children forced to flee their homes because of the intense violence. For Bashar, life was already tough and being displaced added to his daily challenges.

Antiguans and Barbudans unite to recover from Hurricane Irma’s destruction

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 20:33:18 -0500

ST JOHN’S, Antigua, 13 September 2017 – When Miranda finally ventured outside the morning after hurricane Irma hit Barbuda, she was met with a scene of absolute devastation. All around her were the remnants of the homes of her friends and families, scattered like litter by the vicious winds and rains that battered the Caribbean island.