26 September 2017 - The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday recommended six months paid maternity leave and four weeks paid paternity leave to ensure healthy development of young children.

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24 July 2015 – Millions of children around the world are caught up in adults’ wars, declared the head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today, marking the 10th anniversary of a UN Security Council resolution that established a monitoring and reporting mechanism on the use of child soldiers with a strong call for accountability and robust measures to end all “horrors” children face.

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NEW YORK/ADDIS ABABA, 15 July 2015 - At the close of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, UNICEF challenges the international community to turn its promises to invest in children and young people into concrete action that reduces inequities and provides every child with a fair chance in life.

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GENÈVE, 29 janvier 2015 - L'UNICEF lance un appel de 3,1 milliards de dollars américains – un record – pour venir en aide à 62 millions d'enfants en danger dans les crises humanitaires partout dans le monde. Cela représente un bond de 1 milliard de dollars de plus en besoins de financement depuis l’appel de l’année dernière.

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GENEVA, 29 January 2015 - UNICEF is launching a US$3.1 billion appeal – its largest ever – to reach 62 million children at risk in humanitarian crises worldwide – a US$1 billion jump in funding needs since last year’s appeal.

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L’UNICEF demande aux gouvernements, aux donateurs et au secteur privé de non seulement investir davantage dans l’éducation mais aussi de le faire de façon plus judicieuse
DAVOS, 22 janvier 2015 - Dans de nombreux pays du monde, on consacre beaucoup moins de ressources publiques à l’éducation des enfants des 20 % de la population la plus pauvre qu’à celle des enfants des 20 % les plus riches, selon un nouveau rapport publié aujourd’hui par l’UNICEF. Cette différence peut atteindre jusqu’à dix-huit fois moins.

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UNICEF calls on governments, donors and the private sector not only to invest more, but also to invest more wisely in education
DAVOS, 22 January 2015 - In many countries around the world, significantly less public resources are used to educate children in the poorest 20 per cent of society than their counterparts in the most affluent 20 per cent, according to a new report issued today by UNICEF. This difference can be as much as 18 times.

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NIGERIA: Children of war need help

OPINION, 16 January 2014 - Action is needed to halt the targeting of children in conflict zones everywhere, writes Anthony Lake, executive director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

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NEW YORK, 28 November 2014 – An estimated 1.1 million HIV infections among children under 15 have been averted, as new cases declined by over 50 per cent between 2005 and 2013, according to data released by UNICEF.

This extraordinary progress is the result of expanding the access of millions of pregnant women living with HIV to services for the prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT). These include lifelong HIV treatment that markedly reduces the transmission of the virus to babies and keeps their mothers alive and well.

“If we can avert 1.1 million new HIV infections in children, we can protect every child from HIV – but only if we reach every child,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake.  “We must close the gap, and invest more in reaching every mother, every newborn, every child and every adolescent with HIV prevention and treatment programmes that can save and improve their lives.”

The sharpest declines took place between 2009 and 2013 in eight African countries: Malawi (67%); Ethiopia (57%); Zimbabwe (57%); Botswana (57%); Namibia (57%); Mozambique (57%); South Africa (52%) and Ghana (50%).

But the global goal of reducing new HIV infections in children by 90 per cent between 2009 and 2015 is still out of reach. Only 67 per cent of pregnant women living with HIV in all low- and middle-income countries received the most effective antiretroviral medicines for PMTCT in 2013.

Disparity in access to treatment is hampering progress. Among people living with HIV in low- and middle-income countries, adults are much more likely than children to get antiretroviral therapy (ART). In 2013, 37 per cent of adults aged 15 and older received treatment, compared with only 23 per cent of children (aged 0-14) – or less than 1 in 4.

AIDS mortality trends for adolescents are also of significant concern. While all other age groups have experienced a decline of nearly 40 per cent in AIDS-related deaths between 2005 and 2013, adolescents (aged 10-19) are the only age group in which AIDS-related deaths are not decreasing.

UNICEF’s Statistical Update on Children, Adolescents and AIDS provides the most recent analysis of global data on children and adolescents from birth to 19 years of age.

To download a copy of the data update, excel spreadsheets, tables and graphs, please visit: www.childrenandaids.org


Anthony Mwangi

Public Affairs Manager,
UNICEF Liaison Office to the AU and UNECA

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20 May 2014 – A ground-breaking series of papers released by The Lancet at UNICEF Headquarters today shows that the majority of the almost 3 million children who die before they turn one month old could be saved if they received quality care around the time of birth – with a particular focus on the most vulnerable and under-served.

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