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In Tanzania, empowering girls, fighting HIV

By Sandra Bisin

A leadership training programme in Tanzania aims at reducing the vulnerability of out-of-school adolescent girls, who are at high risk for HIV, gender-based violence and unwanted pregnancy.

DAR ES SALAAM, United Republic of Tanzania, 20 October 2014 – Fatuma Djamali was born in 1996 in Ruvuma region, in Tanzania’s southern highlands. Since she was in primary school, her life has been dominated by solitude and fear.

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Iraq + 1 other
Canadian Leadership Helping Protect Children’s Futures in Iraq

Minister Paradis announces Canada's leading role in launching the No Lost Generation initiative in Iraq

October 17, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

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Iraq Weekly Humanitarian Situation Report 7th - 13th October 2014

Highlights

  • During the reporting period, an estimated 180,000 people have been internally displaced from Heet City and surrounding areas in Anbar Governorate .

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Tirer les leçons de la lutte contre le sida pour combattre Ebola

«Pour gagner la bataille contre Ebola, il faut faire tomber la rumeur et le niveau de la peur, et faire connaitre les modes de contamination. A partir de ce moment, on pourra mieux communiquer sur comment se prémunir, comment se protéger de la maladie», a déclaré Michelle Barzach, Présidente d’UNICEF France. « Ainsi, on inverse complètement la réaction collective, pour l’assagir, et la rendre raisonnable ».

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Breaking Social Barriers to Reach Marginalized Communities

TAIZ, 15 October, 2013 - In an unprecedented move, UNICEF Yemen along with government partners today launched a package of social protection interventions targeting the Muhamasheen communities in Taiz. The muhamasheen represent the dark skinned Yemenis who are locally referred to as ‘Akdam’. The launch event included a presentation of the results of the first ever household survey on Muhamasheen communities reaching some 10,000 households in nine districts in the Taiz Governorate. This served as a critical baseline for social inclusion of these marginalized communities.

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UNICEF Renews Calls for the Release of staff member James Massaquoi

SANA’A, 15th October 2014 - More than one year ago, Engineer James Conrad Massaquoi, an international staff member, was kidnapped in Sana’a on Sunday 6th October 2013, by unknown armed men. James, who works for UNICEF as a Water and Sanitation Specialist, has not been seen or heard from ever since. James is an ordinary person like most of us who worked hard in his life and came all the way to use his knowledge and expertise to help children of Yemen

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Ghana + 7 others
Cholera outbreak in the West and Central Africa: Regional Update, 2014 (Week 39) [EN/FR]

With almost 21,000 cases, Ghana has a new record number, and the outbreak has already spread along the coast to Togo and Benin. The situation in Lake Chad Basin is of concern as well.

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Deuxième enquête démographique et de santé (EDS-RDC II 2013-2014)

Après la première enquête réalisée en 2007, la République Démocratique du Congo vient de terminer sa Deuxième Enquête Démographique et de Santé, confirmant ainsi son insertion définitive dans le programme international d’Enquêtes Démographiques et de Santé (Demographic and Health Surveys–Measure DHS). Cette deuxième enquête répond globalement aux mêmes objectifs que la première, à savoir produire des indicateurs fiables et à jour pour l’élaboration, le suivi et l’évaluation de la mise en œuvre des programmes et politiques sectoriels du pays.

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UNICEF - Liberia Ebola Virus Disease: SitRep #56, 15 October 2014

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  • Since the UNICEF SitRep of 11 October 2014, 320 new suspected, probable and confirmed cases of Ebola and 4 new deaths were added to the official totals for Liberia.

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In Burkina Faso, sowing the seeds for a sustainable future

In rural Burkina Faso, UNICEF, in partnership with the European Union, is teaching women to grow vitamin-rich vegetables.

It’s hot, dry and dusty, in this corner of Burkina Faso. With support from UNICEF and funding from the European Union, Kientego Zourata and other women from the village are working the plot that will sustain their families in lean times and help their children to thrive.

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UNICEF Sierra Leone Humanitarian Situation Report – Reporting Period 9 - 15 October 2014

Highlights

  • As of 15 October 2014, the cumulative number of laboratory confirmed Ebola virus disease (EVD) cases is 2,977. The number of confirmed deaths is 932 with 571 survivors.*

  • Of the EVD confirmed cases, around 22% are children and youth (0-17 years). To date, 1,965 children have been identified as being affected by the Ebola crisis (972 girls and 993 boys), including 568 children who have been orphaned.**

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Slovenian basketball star helps children in Chad: Part I

17/10/2014

In order to raise awareness to children in emergencies and make their voices heard, the EU and the UN Children Fund (UNICEF) have launched a joint campaign, involving national celebrities from various EU countries. One of them was Slovenian basketball player, Boštjan Nachbar, who's currently playing for FC Barcelona. Boštjan travelled to Chad to shoot a video about undernourished children. In this post, he shares some of the unforgettable moments of his trip.

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Surviving Ebola in Sierra Leone – a child’s story

By Anne Boher

After losing her mother to the Ebola virus, a girl in Sierra Leone must raise her younger brother and sister on her own – and hold on to her own hope of returning to school.

KENEMA, Sierra Leone, 16 October 2014 – Four-year-old Amadou wakes up his sister, Mary, at 4:30 a.m. He has a headache and can’t sleep. He asks her where their mother is. It is the same question he has asked almost daily since he was discharged from the Ebola Treatment Unit in Kenema, almost two months ago.

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Sudan Children Join the World in Celebrating Global Handwashing Day

UNICEF says: Choose Handwashing, Choose Health

UNICEF, Khartoum, October 15

Thousands of Sudanese children will join their peers, across the world in celebrating Global Hand Washing Day, an event aimed at increasing awareness of the importance of washing hands with soap.

In cooperation with the Ministry of Education and under the theme “ Choose Handwashing, Choose Health” children from different states will perform drama, songs and traditional dances focusing on the importance of 'handwashing' with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases.

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L’école primaire St Augustin : un modèle pour le lavage des mains

A l’école primaire Saint Augustin Erudit, dans la Commune Annexe de Lubumbashi, le lavage des mains est devenu une pratique courante, comme dans de nombreuses écoles du Katanga. Même les plus petits en font leur habitude.

"Après les travaux manuels, après avoir été aux toilettes, en pleine récréation ou avant de manger, les élèves se lavent les mains".

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State of Palestine Humanitarian Situation Report, as of 9 October 2014

Highlights

  • In Gaza, Eid al-Adha holiday started on Saturday. Eid is normally celebrated with time off from school and work to enjoy food and gift giving; this year it came in the aftermath of the conflict.

  • With UNICEF support, all 130,000 children in grades 1-9 in MoEHE schools have received school bags and stationery sets and all schools have been supplied with teaching aids and recreational kits.

  • A female died of wounds sustained in the 50 day conflict.

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UNICEF Ebola response: Survivors to join fight against deadly virus in Sierra Leone

GENEVA/KENEMA, Sierra Leone, 15 October 2014 – Thirty-five Ebola survivors are meeting this week in Kenema, one of the epicentres of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, to share their experience of Ebola, learn how to deal with its psychological aftermath, and find ways to help infected community members.

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Give South Sudan’s children a healthy start! Republic of South Sudan launches mass nutrition screening

JUBA, 14 October 2014 – The South Sudan National and State Ministry of Health, Sanitation and Environment, UNICEF and WFP today kicked off a new outreach and a mass-screening campaign to address the nutrition crisis, which UNICEF says is threatening the lives of hundreds of thousands of children.