31 July 2018

3 in 5 babies not breastfed in the first hour of life

New York/Geneva, 31 July 2018 – An estimated 78 million babies – or three in five – are not breastfed within the first hour of life, putting them at higher risk of death and disease and making them less likely to continue breastfeeding, say UNICEF and WHO in a new report. Most of these babies are [...]

26 July 2018

Every three minutes a teenage girl is infected by HIV – UNICEF

Amsterdam/New York, 25 July 2018 – Around 30 teenagers aged 15 to 19 were newly infected with HIV per hour in 2017, according to a new UNICEF report. Of these, two-thirds were girls. “This is a crisis of health as well as a crisis of agency,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. “In most countries, women [...]

27 June 2018

UNICEF procured a total of $3.46 billion in goods and services in 2017

​In 2017, UNICEF procured $3.46 billion in supplies and services for children in 150 countries and areas. Partnerships, competition, and strategic procurement contributed to price reductions for vaccines and other supplies, saving $394.6 million for governments and donors. Throughout the year, UNICEF’s focus on delivering sustainable access to life-saving commodities yielded results in health, [...]

15 May 2018

“Stop attacks on children”

New York, 15 May 2018 – Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore “From the Central African Republic to South Sudan, and from Syria to Afghanistan, attacks on children in conflict have continued unabated during the first four months of the year. "With little remorse and even less accountability, parties to conflict continue to [...]

2 May 2018

“Leaving no one Behind – Saving Lives through Immunization”: Photo and Video Exhibit in UN City Copenhagen

Copenhagen, 2 May 2018 -  To highlight the importance of immunization during World and European Immunization Week, WHO/Europe and UNICEF Supply Division created a joint photo and video exhibit in the UN City Lobby in Copenhagen. The exhibit, taking place between the 23rd of April and the 4th of May 2018, showcases UNICEF and WHO’s [...]

6 March 2018

25 million child marriages prevented in last decade due to accelerated progress, according to new UNICEF estimates

New York, 6 March 2018 – The prevalence of child marriage is decreasing globally with several countries seeing significant reductions in recent years, UNICEF said today. Overall, the proportion of women who were married as children decreased by 15 per cent in the last decade, from 1 in 4 to approximately 1 in 5. South [...]

2 March 2018

Statement on the attack against humanitarian workers in northeast Nigeria

Dakar, 2 March 2018 - “UNICEF is shocked by the attack on 1 March in Rann, Borno State, in which three aid workers lost their lives, three were injured and one is reportedly missing. “One of these brave workers who lost their lives, and the nurse who is missing, were on the frontline providing critical [...]

25 February 2018

85 per cent of Syrian children in host communities in Jordan live in poverty – UNICEF

Amman, 25 February 2018 – Syrian refugee families living in host communities in Jordan are increasingly struggling to meet their basic needs, including educating and protecting their children, UNICEF said today. 85 per cent of registered Syrian refugee children are living below the poverty line, according to UNICEF’s latest assessment. In addition, 94 per cent [...]