UNICEF

  • Malaria kills over 1,200 children a day: UNICEF 2 days ago

    United Nations: The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Thursday that malaria kills more than 1,200 children a day across the world, despite a 40 per cent drop in child deaths from the disease since 2000. The UN agency released its "Facts about Malaria and Children" ahead of World Malaria...
  • Nigeria: A year on after Boko Haram militants kidnapped over 200 school girls April 15, 2015

    It has been a year since Boko Haram militants kidnapped more than 200 school girls in Nigeria. UNICEF has said that such abductions are now being replicated there with reports of children being trafficked in northern Nigeria. ...
  • 800,000 children forced to flee homes in Nigeria: UNICEF April 14, 2015

    United Nations: The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in a new report has revealed that at least 800,000 children have been forced to flee their homes as a result of the conflict in northeast Nigeria between Boko Haram, military forces and civilian self-defence groups. The report, "UNICEF's Missing Childhoods", was released...
  • At least 62 children killed in Yemen in past week: UNICEF April 1, 2015

    United Nations: At least 62 children have been killed and 30 injured in Yemen over the past week as fighting has escalated with a Saudi-led air campaign, the UN children's agency UNICEF said on Tuesday. "Children are in desperate need of protection, and all parties to the conflict should do all...
  • Small Pacific Nation of Vanuatu hit by powerful cyclone PAM March 13, 2015

    Wellington: An extremely powerful cyclone blew over islands in the Pacific's Vanuatu archipelago late on Friday after a westward change of course put populated areas directly in the path of its destructive 270 kilometer- (168 mile-) per-hour winds, according to relief workers. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs...
  • Gay rights, inter-generational chasms and evolving society - A conversation with Indian-American writer Mala Kumar February 20, 2015

    New York: Mala Kumar is an Indian-American writer and international development practitioner. Her debut novel, 'The Paths of Marriage', came out in October 2014, while she was working for UNICEF in the central African nation of Burundi and has made plenty of waves within the United States in general and...
  • 'Swachh Bharat': 2.5 lakh people to take oath to use toilets February 18, 2015

    Kolkata: Pledging never to defecate in the open, around 2.5 lakh people in Nadia district will form a first-of-its-kind 122-km-long human chain on February 21. The district administration, which is running the 'Sobar Souchagar' (toilets for all) campaign similar to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Swachh Bharat' movement, has already approached...
  • Airtel, UNICEF partner to provide health, education, youth-focussed content in Africa February 18, 2015

    New Delhi: Bharti Airtel has partnered with UNICEF to provide health, education and youth-focussed content to its customers in 17 African countries. The company said this partnership aims at improving African population's access to health and education-related information whilst pushing forward various innovative projects supported by UNICEF. The agreement allows UNICEF to...
  • Amitabh Bachchan committed to spread awareness about head injury, Hepatitis January 4, 2015

    Mumbai: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan says he wants to spread awareness about head injury and Hepatitis. "If my face and my voice is needed to the cause of awareness for Head Injury and Hepatitis... I have committed to it," Amitabh tweeted Sunday. He also took to Facebook to share more about his commitment. "Dedicated...
  • Actress Kareena Kapoor to endorse UNICEF campaign for children's benefit December 5, 2014

    New Delhi: Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor has been roped in to support Child-Friendly Schools and Systems (CFSS) campaign. It is a joint initiative by DTH provider Tata Sky and Unicef, and Kareena, also the Unicef India celebrity advocate, will support the communication campaign for the initiative including promotional films, mailers and...
  • 1.1 million HIV infections in children prevented: UNICEF November 29, 2014

    United Nations: An estimated 1.1 million human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections among children under the age of 15 have been prevented between 2005 and 2013. According to data released by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) Friday ahead of World AIDS Day, new HIV infections among children has declined by about 40...
  • Watch: Priyanka Chopra sings 'Imagine' with John Lennon, Courtney Cox, Will.I.Am, Sunidhi Chauhan for UNICEF November 21, 2014

    Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra and over 50 world artistes came together to sing for this promotional video for UNICEF. #IMAGINE is an initiative uniting millions of people to raise awareness and funds for children's rights globally. In collaboration with David Guetta and Yoko Ono, UNICEF plans to bring the world...
  • Watch: UNICEF's 'Baap wali baat' anthem focuses on every girl's right to education, shows every Indian dad the importance of providing a better world to their daughters November 5, 2014

    UNICEF India released a new anthem 'Baap wali baat' to mark the International Day of the Girl Child celebrated on October 11. The song speaks about the positive changes an educated girl can introduce to the society. It asks every Indian father to send their daughters to school and provide...
  • Meliandou's two-year-old Emile the first Ebola victim October 29, 2014

    Unicef visited Ebola's ground zero, a tiny hamlet in Guinea called Meliandou where two-year-old Emile is believed to have been the first Ebola victim way back in December 2013. ...
  • UNICEF warns India against polio risk as cases rise in Pakistan October 27, 2014

    New Delhi: "Polio virus doesn't need any visa to cross border," UNICEF warned polio-free India as the number of cases of the paralysing disease reached an alarming high in Pakistan. The UN agency's warning came months after World Health Organisation (WHO) declared India polio-free and Pakistan recently recorded its 200th...
  • Nepal PM congratulates Aamir Khan on being appointed as the new Unicef Ambassador for nutrition in South Asia October 10, 2014

    Kathmandu: Though some substantive achievement has been made in the region for overall development of children, compared with developed nations, South Asia needs to do more, Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala said here. The prime minister made the observation during his meeting here Thursday with the newly appointed Unicef Ambassador for...
  • Aamir Khan made Unicef ambassador for South Asia October 9, 2014

    Kathmandu: Bollywood superstar, director and producer Aamir Khan has been appointed Unicef Ambassador for South Asia, the UN agency announced here Thursday. Aamir endorsed the offer, in which capacity he would support Unicef's work to promote the right of South Asian children to nutrition. In a programme organised in Kathmandu Thursday, the...
  • UNICEF to collate data on violence against children in India September 30, 2014

    New Delhi: The UNICEF in collaboration with the the Women and Child Development (WCD) Ministry may soon undertake a survey to collate data on violence against children in India. "We are keen to carry out a survey and collate data on violence against children in India and have taken it...
  • 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...