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07 Dec 2010 description

Proposed Emergency Outbreak Response Activities including neighbouring areas of Angola and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

(data as of 7 December 2010)

Current Situation:

As of 7 December, at least 476 cases of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) and 179 deaths have been reported from the site of the acute poliomyelitis outbreak centred in Pointe Noire, Republic of Congo. Six cases have been confirmed to have been caused by wild poliovirus type 1 and laboratory testing continues.

24 Nov 2010 description
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CUNENE, Angola, 24 November 2010 - It is early morning as Dr. Zepelin Leva and his colleagues load cars with bed nets and head inland in the southern Angolan province of Cunene.

Before the upcoming rainy season causes floods that make access difficult, the municipal health authorities distribute insecticide-treated mosquito nets to hospitals and health centres in the area. "It is a very difficult mission but also fun to go long distances, cross rivers and guarantee that children sleep under a mosquito net, protected against malaria," says Dr.

16 Nov 2010 description

Proposed Emergency Outbreak Response Activities including neighbouring areas of Angola and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

(data as of 16th Nov 2010)

Current Situation:

As of 9 November, 324 cases of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) and 146 deaths have been reported from the site of the acute poliomyelitis outbreak centred in Pointe Noire, Republic of Congo. Five cases have been confirmed to have been caused by wild poliovirus type 1 and laboratory testing continues.

15 Nov 2010 description
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Nursing in war and peace

KARIONGO VILLAGE, Angola, 15 November 2010 - Nurse Judith Abrantes has a warm and kindly face, and a tough temperament. The women who jostle in the queue of her paediatric clinic can expect care and understanding, but the ones who push to the front get a stern telling-off.

Video: UNICEF's Steve Felton reports on UNICEF-supported efforts to revitalize child and maternal health care in post-conflict Angola.

No wonder.

11 Nov 2010 description

La campagne cible les enfants et les adultes dans certaines zones de trois pays d'Afrique centrale

Brazzaville/Dakar, 11 novembre 2010 - Le premier tour d'une campagne de vaccination de masse ciblant 3 millions de personnes de tout âge débute vendredi (12 novembre) en réponse à une épidémie de polio faisant majoritairement et de manière inhabituelle, des victimes parmi les adultes.

11 Nov 2010 description

Young and old to be targeted in parts of 3 central African countries

BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo/DAKAR, Senegal 11 November 2010 - The first wave of mass polio immunization campaigns -targeting 3 million people of all ages- is to begin on Friday (12 November) to address an unusual outbreak of polio that is primarily claiming victims amongst adults.

09 Nov 2010 description
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UNICEF has been linked to reports pertaining to human rights violations along the border between DRC and Angola. Figures being quoted are from testimonies gathered as part of an ongoing effort with partners, and have not been verified. The reports are of considerable concern and suggest that there is a need for special protection measures and action by the relevant authorities on both sides of the border. The verification process is ongoing and any figures available so far are not endorsed by UNICEF

UNICEF is always concerned by allegations of human rights violations.

09 Nov 2010 description
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L'UNICEF a été lié aux rapports concernant des violations des droits humains a la frontière entre l'Angola et la RDC. Les données citées sont basées sur des témoignages, collectées à travers des efforts collectifs avec nos partenaires; elles n'ont pas été vérifiées. Ces rapports sont très préoccupants et suggèrent qu'il y ait un besoin pour des mesures de protection particuliers et qu'action soit prise par les autorités des deux cotés de la frontière.

26 Oct 2010 description

Plus de 72 millions d'enfants vont être vaccinés dans 15 pays

Dakar/Brazzaville, 26 Octobre 2010 - Cette semaine, l'Afrique se mobilise pour saisir une opportunité sans précédent d'éliminer la polio en lançant une campagne de vaccination synchronisée dans 15 pays d'Afrique.

26 Oct 2010 description

Dakar/Brazzaville, 26 October - This week, Africa seizes an unprecedented chance to drive out polio when 15 countries across the continent launch a synchronized mass immunization campaign to reach

72 million children, capitalizing on gains made this year.

15 Oct 2010 description
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By Steve Felton

KAMIKOTO, Angola, 15 October 2010 - Deep in the heart of Angola, a boy runs, jumps and splashes with friends in a river. Women wash their clothes under the cool shade of a large tree. A canoe passes by, its owner looking for fish.

VIDEO: UNICEF reports on a programme helping the Government of Angola to provide safe water in schools and health centres.

05 Oct 2010 description
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By Lone Hvass

XANGOGO, Angola, 5 October 2010 - Large bulldozers removed river sand as workmen rolled fresh tar over the new bridge in Xangongo. The small town is home to little more than a bakery, a gas station and a small hotel for the truckers who haul South African goods into southern Angola. Development has arrived in Xangongo.

VIDEO: UNICEF's Steve Felton reports on a local partner's work in a region hit hard by HIV and AIDS.

25 Aug 2010 description
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LUANDA, 25 August 2010 - According to the results of a Government survey released this month, Angola has made significant strides towards reducing maternal and infant mortality since 2002, with the mortality rate for children under five dropping from 250 to 195 per 1,000 live births.

11 Aug 2010 description
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By Steve Felton

CUNENE PROVINCE, Angola, 10 August 2010 - In a province of southern Angola where poverty is prevalent and literacy is low, mothers are learning the unexpected importance of a simple document - the birth certificate.

Without one, children like Euginia Mwashivange's five-year-old daughter, Launa, will have problems enrolling in school, receiving immunizations, voting, marrying and even getting a proper burial.

Obstacles to registration

After some 30 years of armed conflict, there is now peace in Angola.

04 Aug 2010 description

UNICEF & WHO call for urgent efforts to stop the spread of polio

LUANDA, 4 August 2010 - In anticipation of Angola's upcoming polio immunization campaign from 6-8 August, UNICEF and WHO call for the full engagement of all sectors of government as well as communities throughout the country to ensure that all 5.6 million children under five years old are reached in the most critical polio campaign this year.

As part of the Government's emergency plan to put an end to polio in 2010, Angola will launch a national polio immunization campaign, to urgently protect the …

25 Jun 2010 description
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DAMBA MARIA, Angola, 25 June 2010 - Japan's Ambassador to Angola, Kazuhiko Koshikawa, has officially handed over the first of 20 child-friendly schools, financed by the Government of Japan, to Angola's Ministry of Education.

"At the end of World War II, Japan had one major investment priority: education. Because we made this investment, Japan today is a developed nation," Mr.

22 Jun 2010 description
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By Shantha Bloemen

LUBANGO, Angola, 22 June 2010 - In the newly opened red brick Lubango health clinic, a long line of Angolans wait their turn to see one of the two Cuban doctors working here. The doctors were assigned to provide health care to some 30,000 people in the southern province of Huila.

VIDEO: Watch now

The Lubango clinic is one of several that have recently opened across Angola.

27 May 2010 description

Joint press release

NAIROBI, KENYA, 27, May 2010 - Government representatives from 20 African countries highly affected by HIV/AIDS gathered today in Nairobi to discuss ways to virtually eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV by 2015.

The three-day-consultation from 26 to 28 May is co-organized by the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and UN agencies, including UNAIDS, UNICEF, UNFPA and WHO. Participants are exploring how to expand and strengthen services for pregnant women and increase treatment for infected mothers and children.

17 May 2010 description
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By Lone Hvass

LUANDA, Angola, 17 May 2010 - Angola's Minister of Education, Pinda Simão, kicked off the country's second national workshop on child-friendly schools last week. The concept - which centres around the needs and rights of each individual child - is fast becoming a national standard for primary schools in Angola.

Many Angolan children have to walk for miles to get to school. Classes are overcrowded and teachers are frequently poorly trained.

19 Apr 2010 description
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LUANDA, 19 April 2010- Angola has made strides in education in recent years with more than two million children enrolled in primary school since 2002. But, some 1.2 million children still remain out of school.

As the world celebrates Global Action Week for Education, UNICEF urges the Angolan government to spur investment in education aimed at reducing the number of out-of-school boys and girls.