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In Africa, UN chief spotlights progress in improving women’s and children’s health

United Nations, 25 May 2011 – Visiting health workers in Ethiopia today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spotlighted the progress made in improving the health of women and children, while also stressing the need to do more to avoid needless deaths. “We have seen so many women and children dying needlessly from preventable diseases,” Mr. Ban told reporters at the Ambo Mesk health post in Bahir Dar, in Ethiopia’s northern state of Amhara.“Training good health workers [and] training good midwives can save a lot of women’s and also children’s lives.” The Horn of Africa nation knows all too well the challenges associated with ensuring maternal and child health. Every 25 minutes, a...

UNICEF says education for women and girls a lifeline to development

New York, 8 May 2011 – Making sure girls and women have equal access to quality education is key to sustainable economic development, UNICEF said today, as the world celebrates Global Action Week on Education. This year’s Global Action Week focuses on Education for Women and Girls, as 53 per cent of all children out of school remain girls denied of the right to learn. Poverty, exploitation and armed conflict magnify the risk girls face even as they go to school, forcing many to stay home or drop out in fear of their safety. In countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, sexual violence and mass rape - a clear violation of their rights - continues to terrify and sev...

UNICEF concerned about impact of Libya hostilities on children

Amman, 5 April 2011 – UNICEF expressed deep concern today at the continuing hostilities in Libya and their impact on children.“The current fighting in Libya is putting children at high risk,” said Shahida Azfar, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa. “Their right to education, play, health and even survival are under serious threat.”Schools have reportedly been closed for over six weeks, depriving children of learning and affecting their well-being.Thousands of people in the conflict areas have been displaced from their homes. In Ajdabyia alone, over 27,000 people are reported to have fled the fighting to neighbouring towns. While most of them moved in with ...

Aflatoun Reaches 1 Million Children in 75 Countries

Holland, 20 March 2011 - Aflatoun has accomplished its campaign goal of reaching 1 million children in 75 countries. Over the past three years, Aflatoun has worked collaboratively with partners across the world to reach the target it set at the campaign launch in March 2008. Starting with partners in 11 countries, the Aflatoun network has grown and built the momentum necessary to reach these ambitious goals. Today, the programme is being delivered in 33 languages with 60 country contextualizations. Despite challenges along the way, the Aflatoun network has succeeded through the combined will and shared vision of its dedicated partners and supporters. Working together, the Aflatoun network ...

UNICEF seeks $1.4 billion to assist women and children in crises

8 March 2011 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today requested $1.4 billion in its annual appeal to assist children and women caught in crises, with the bulk of that needed for Pakistan and Haiti.The agency’s Humanitarian Action for Children Report (HAC) 2011 highlights projected needs in 32 countries and territories and 6 regions, and emphasizes the increasing importance of strengthening the resilience of communities. This year’s requirements have increased 21 per cent over those for 2010.“Investing in children and building the resilience of countries and communities living on the edge not only shortens their road to recovery, but also helps them to manage anticipated ...

Invest in adolescents' education and training, urges UNICEF

Nairobi, 28 February 2011 (IRIN) - With the majority (88 percent) of the world's 1.2 billion adolescents living in developing countries, investing in their education and training could break entrenched cycles of poverty and inequality, says the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) 2011 State of the World’s Children report.“We need to focus more attention now on reaching adolescents - especially adolescent girls - investing in education, health and other measures to engage them in the process of improving their own lives,” Anthony Lake, UNICEF executive director, said in a statement issued at the launch of the report, Adolescence: An Age of Opportunity, on 25 February.Lake said: "Adolescence is ...
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