UNICEF

  • Action plan launched to check under5 deaths September 18, 2014

    New Delhi: With 13.3 lakh under5 children dying every year, over half of them in their first month, Government on Thursday launched an action plan aimed at reducing such deaths from 29 per thousand live births to single digit by 2030, ahead of global deadline of 2035. Flanked by billionaire philanthropist...
  • India has the highest number of deaths among children below 5 September 16, 2014

    United Nations: India's child mortality rate has dropped by more than half since 1990 but it still recorded the world's highest number of deaths among children below age five in 2013, a United Nations report said on Tuesday, acknowledging the progress made by the world's second most populous nation. The report,...
  • Pakistan: 1 killed in attack on polio team September 15, 2014

    Karachi: An official was killed on Monday when motorcycleborne armed men attacked a polio vaccination team in Pakistan's restive Balochistan province, seriously hampering the drive to eradicate the crippling disease. A campaign official said that armed men opened fire at the team in Pishin's Karbala area and killed the levies official....
  • India has secondhighest number of child marriages: UN report September 12, 2014

    United Nations:India had the highest number of unregistered children under age five between 2000 and 2012 and the secondhighest number of child marriages, according to a UN report which said the country still needs to improve immunisation coverage and stop genderbased sex selection. The report 'Improving Children's Lives, Transforming the Future...
  • 77 per cent of teenage Indian girls endure sexual violence: UN September 5, 2014

    United Nations: About 77 per cent of girls aged between 15 and 19 in India have been subjected to sexual violence by their spouses, according to a report by UNICEF which also said more than half of the girls in the age group faced physical abuse at the hands of...
  • Child marriage on rise in Kerala: UNICEF August 29, 2014

    Kolkata: Notwithstanding a better gender balance in the southern part of the country, child marriage has been found to be on the rise in Kerala in recent years, according to UNICEF. "In the southern part of India we have a relatively better gender balance which explains lower rates of child marriage....
  • Child marriage on rise in Kerala: UNICEF August 29, 2014

    Kolkata: Notwithstanding a better gender balance in the southern part of the country, child marriage has been found to be on the rise in Kerala in recent years, according to UNICEF. "In the southern part of India we have a relatively better gender balance which explains lower rates of child marriage....
  • Abolition of child marriage in India to take 50 more years: UNICEF August 26, 2014

    Kolkata: India has witnessed a decline in child marriage in the last two decades, but going by the slow pace it will require another 50 years to abolish the practice from the country, according to UNICEF. "Child marriage has been declining at a rate of one per cent per year in...
  • 469 children killed in Gaza: UNICEF August 22, 2014

    United Nations: A senior official of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Thursday that a total of 469 children were killed in the Gaza Strip, where the situation is "dire" because of its debilitating effect on the one million Gaza Strip inhabitants under the age of 18. "This situation...
  • Girls have the ability to transform their own lives: Priyanka Chopra August 12, 2014

    Actress Priyanka Chopra says that "girls have the ability to transform their own lives and help India's economy to grow". She feels that they should be given more opportunities to make a mark. "Girls have the ability to transform their own lives, develop their own enterprises and help grow India's economy,"...
  • Chhattisgarh lures doctors for Naxalhit areas with fat salaries, accommodation August 8, 2014

    To overcome the acute shortage of doctors in Chhattisgarh's insurgencyhit regions, the state government is working on a "special package" to offer certain facilities, besides lucrative salary, to the specialists for their posting in such areas. "Unlike typical procedure of the appointment, we are trying to bring more flexibility in the...
  • Maharashtra, UNICEF launch campaign against diarrhoea July 28, 2014

    Mumbai: Maharashtra government and UNICEF on Monday launched a fortnightlong campaign to mobilise communities, health personnel and political leaders towards prevention of diarrhoea. The campaign titled 'Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight (IDCF)' will be held from July 28 to August 8. "IDCF will mobilise communities, health personnel and political leaders to prioritise investment...
  • India home to one in every three child brides in the world: UN report July 22, 2014

    United Nations: India has the sixth highest prevalence of child marriage in the world with one in every three child bride living in India, a United Nations report said. Child marriage among girls is most common in South Asia and subSaharan Africa and India is among the top 10 countries with...
  • Not confirmed that Indians have been abducted in Iraq, UNICEF representative reiterates June 24, 2014

    New Delhi: A representative of UNICEF, Iraq, has also reiterated the sentiments of the Iraqi ambassador to India saying it is hard to confirm if the Indians who've gone missing in Mosul were captured or just trapped due to the ongoing conflict in the region. "We have been reported that...
  • UN body talks tough on Badaun gangrape, says no justification or impunity for rapes June 11, 2014

    A UN body has demanded justice for the families of the young girls raped and killed in Badaun, saying there can be no justification for such "unspeakable crimes" against girls and women and "certainly no impunity" for those who commit such acts. UNICEF "renews the call for justice: justice for the...
  • 'There is a tremendous disparity in remuneration for male and female actors', Priyanka Chopra June 10, 2014

    Mumbai: Actress Priyanka Chopra today said that a huge disparity exists in remuneration accorded to male and female actors in Bollywood, which she feels can be reduced only if womencentric films fares well at the Box Office. "The male actors do get paid a lot more. There is a tremendous disparity...
  • 'Life of Pi' artiste Shri re-mixes potty noises (farts and flushing toilet) to make 'Poo Song' for UNICEF's hygiene campaign March 24, 2014

    "In India, more than 620 million people defecate in the open. That's practically half the population. The other half have become blind to the practice. So how do you get a blind population to open their eyes and see the big Poo Problem?" The 'Poo Party''s official YouTube channel tries...
  • Jharkhand records lowest infant mortality rate: UNICEF March 12, 2014

    Jharkhand has recorded the lowest infant mortality rate in 2012-13, the UNICEF said in a statement in Ranchi on Wednesday. "Jharkhand has the lowest infant mortality rate (IMR), as per the recently released Annual Health Survey 2012-13. The IMR (death rate of children below 1 year) declined from 41 per 1,000...
  • School dropout scenario in India 'extremely high': UNICEF March 11, 2014

    New Delhi: The school dropout scenario in the country is "extremely high" as over 80 million children are not completing the full cycle of elementary education, while eight million are out of school over a period of years, according to UNICEF. "The dropout is much much higher with girls," UNICEF representative...
  • Syria among 'most dangerous places on Earth' for children: UNICEF March 11, 2014

    The number of children affected by the civil war in Syria has more than doubled over the past year, with hundreds of thousands of young Syrians trapped in besieged parts of the country, the United Nations Children's Fund said on Monday. "After three years of conflict and turmoil, Syria is now...
  • These photos of Sachin Tendulkar demonstrating batting techniques to blind children will melt your heart March 5, 2014

    Sachin Tendulkar, Brand Ambassador, UNICEF South Asia Region, demonstrated batting techniques to visually impaired children at a blind school near Mandangad in Ratnagiri district on March 4, 2014. These PTI photos showed him also demonstrating hand washing to visually impaired children. ...
  • Speaker to discuss smooth functioning of House with leaders February 12, 2014

    With loss of business hours because of frequent disruptions in two Houses of Bihar Legislature, Speaker Udai Narayan Chaudhary on Wednesday said he would discuss the issue with leaders of all parties on Thursday. "I will put the issue in the Business Advisory Committee meeting of the Assembly on Thursdayand appeal...
  • UNICEF seeks steps to protect rights of children January 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Declaring that "every child counts", UNICEF on Thursday sought greater effort and innovation to identify and address the gaps that prevent the most disadvantaged of the world's 2.2 billion children from enjoying their rights. The report released by the UNICEF, highlights the importance of data in making progress for...
  • After polio eradication, Big B wants women's emancipation January 7, 2014

    Mumbai: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador for polio eradication, is proud that the country has rid itself of the virus. His next focus is emancipation of the girl child. He hopes to achieve similar results as he helped for polio. "As UN ambassador for Girl Child, I hope and pray...
  • Tendulkar named UNICEF brand ambassador for South Asia November 29, 2013

    Mumbai: Recentlyretired batting legend Sachin Tendulkar on Thursday became UNICEF's first brand ambassador for South Asia and is all set to work in promoting hygiene and sanitation in the region. "Thanks for allowing me to start this wonderful second innings of my life. I'm looking forward to being an ambassador for...
  • J&K: Omar Abdullah seeks UNICEF's help over female foeticide September 22, 2013

    Srinagar:Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday underlined the need for focused attention by all towards eradicating the menace of female foeticide. Interacting with a United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) team led by its regional director Karin Halshof in Srinagar on Sunday, Abdullah said the state government...
  • Amitabh Bachchan joins UN for global humanitarian campaign August 23, 2013

    The UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan has joined the UN and its humanitarian partners to promote 'The World Needs More__'   a global campaign seeking to turn words into real assistance for communities affected by humanitarian crises. In a new video interview released yesterday, the Bollywood star shares his personal mission...
  • UNICEF launches initiative on violence against children August 1, 2013

    United Nations: UNICEF on Wednesday launched a new initiative on violence against children, calling on the international community to speak out against it. The 'End Violence Against Children' initiative seeks to build on growing popular outrage following attacks against children, including the 2012 shooting of then 14yearold Malala Yousafzai in...
  • Stronger action needed to ensure women's safety, says UNICEF April 20, 2013

    New Delhi: The UN on Saturday strongly condemned the rape of a fiveyearold girl in Delhi and called for "stronger and immediate action" to improve the safety of girls in the country. "The rape that took place in the past days in Delhi where a fiveyearold girl is now fighting...
  • Aamir to work for children's survival and development February 9, 2013

    Chennai: Bollywood actors and goodwill ambassadors of Unicef Aamir Khan, Priyanka Chopra and Sharmila Tagore pledged to work for children's survival and development. A threeminute audiovisual (AV) of the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) released here Friday featured Aamir Khan, Priyanka Chopra and Sharmila Tagore emphasising on the need to give...