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UN says war-torn Yemen 'living hell' for children

Nov 04, 2018 - 9:54 PM

According to UNICEF, 1.8 million Yemeni children under the age of 5 suffer from acute malnutrition, and the lives of 400,000 severely affected children are under threat

MALNOURISHED. A Yemeni child suffering from malnutrition lies on a bed at a treatment centre in a hospital in the capital Sanaa on October 6, 2018. Photo by Mohaemmed Huwais/AFP

UNICEF: Social norms can leave children vulnerable to abuse

Oct 10, 2018 - 1:06 PM

Long-held beliefs and traditions are often barriers to improving the situation of children in the Philippines, says UNICEF

VULNERABLE. Social norms can at times lead children more vulnerable to being abused by someone they know.

Rising food prices may worsen child malnutrition in PH

Oct 09, 2018 - 5:49 PM

Rapid inflation and misconceptions on what to feed children would aggravate the 'very high' levels of child malnutrition in the Philippines, says UNICEF

NUTRITION. Child malnutrition has been a problem among several Filipino households for years, official statistics show. File photo by Fritzie Rodriguez/Rappler

Gridlock and K-pop: Things to know about the UN General Assembly

Sep 24, 2018 - 3:20 PM

130 world leaders are attending the United Nations this week, as well as K-pop sensation BTS, the world's most popular boy band

UNICEF GUESTS. K-pop sensation BTS – the world's most popular boy band – speaks at the launch of the "Generation Unlimited" UNICEF campaign.

Korean boy band BTS to address UN

Sep 20, 2018 - 10:21 PM

BTS will be speaking at the launch of 'Generation Unlimited,' a new partnership to promote education, training and employment for the world's youth

BTS GOES TO THE UN. The Bangtan Boys – among the most popular K-pop groups to date – are set to address the United Nations. Image from BTS' official Instagram account

Myanmar releases 75 more child soldiers

Sep 01, 2018 - 1:53 PM

There are no concrete figures on how many children are still among the estimated 500,000 troops that serve in Myanmar's military or the ethnic rebel armies

SOLDIERS. Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi on August 28, 2017 accused Rohingya fighters of burning down homes and using child soldiers during a recent surge in violence in troubled Rakhine state, allegations denied by the militants themselves. File photo by STR/AFP

WATCH: Stop the silence

May 05, 2018 - 9:54 AM

'These are stories of children we cannot be silent about,' Bahay Tuluyan says in its compelling video depicting the devastating impact of child abuse

Boko Haram has abducted over 1,000 children in Nigeria since 2013 – UNICEF

Apr 13, 2018 - 10:28 AM

'These repeated attacks against children in schools are unconscionable,' says Mohamed Malick Fall, a UNICEF representative in Nigeria

FREE. Released Nigerian school girls who were kidnapped from their school in Dapchi, in the northeastern state of Yobe, wait to meet the Nigerian president at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on March 23, 2018. File photo by Philip Ojisua/AFP

Nikki Teodoro named special envoy to UNICEF

Mar 09, 2018 - 3:03 PM

Former Tarlac representative Nikki Teodoro, wife of former defense secretary Gilbert Teodoro, will serve as President Rodrigo Duterte's representative to the United Nations Children's Fund

UNICEF number two faced complaints at Save The Children

Feb 22, 2018 - 9:34 AM

The UN children's agency says it is unaware that its deputy director faced complaints of inappropriate behavior toward female staff before hiring him two years ago

FACING COMPLAINTS. In this file photo, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Justin Forsyth speaks during a UNICEF media briefing at UNICEF House September 6, 2016 in New York. Bryan R. Smith/AFP

More than 175,000 children go online for the first time every day – UNICEF

Feb 06, 2018 - 3:57 PM

Children are exposed to a wealth of benefits but also to harm such as sexual exploitation, abuse, and cyberbullying

NET CAFÉ. Boys of different ages play online video games inside a darkened back room of an Internet café on the outskirts of Manila, Philippines. Photo by Joshua Estey/UNICEF

PH 'not performing well' in fight vs different forms of malnutrition

Jan 24, 2018 - 3:00 PM

'We remain to be challenged both for stunting, also for malnutrition of mothers, malnutrition of adults, malnutrition of children,' says National Nutrition Council Executive Director Maria-Bernardita Flores

NUTRITION. Mother with her children during a feeding program in Malabon City on May 10, 2017. File photo by Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Philippines losing over P220 billion a year due to child undernutrition – report

Jan 23, 2018 - 7:19 PM

UNICEF Philippines Country Representative Lotta Sylwander says nutrition is 'not yet' a priority of the current administration, but 'there seems to be an increasing interest'

Haiti's killer cholera epidemic could end this year – UN

Jan 20, 2018 - 12:07 PM

'It's possible to eliminate cholera this year,' says Marc Vincent, UNICEF's representative

'MORAL OBLIGATION.' A child at the health center in Grand Dessalines receives oral re-hydration salts being administered by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the French NGO Acted during the cholera outbreak in Haiti, Grand Dessalines, Haiti, 25 October 2010. Marco Dormino/UNICEF/UN Photo

UN ready to provide humanitarian assistance to Vinta-hit Mindanao

Dec 29, 2017 - 9:00 PM

(UPDATED) Nearly 140,000 Vinta victims are expected to welcome the new year homeless

RAPID ASSESSMENT. Humanitarian workers from UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, conduct rapid assessments in Lanao del Sur towns that were hit by Severe Tropical Storm Vinta (Tembin).  Photos by J. Pangalian/UNHCR

Philippines top global source of child pornography – Unicef

Dec 13, 2017 - 11:58 AM

8 out of 10 Filipino children at risk of online sexual abuse or bullying

TOP SOURCE. Unicef says the Philippines is a leading global source of child pornography.

Philippines declared free of maternal and neonatal tetanus – DOH

Nov 29, 2017 - 1:10 PM

The maternal and neonatal elimination status is achieved when there is less than one case of the disease per 1,000 live births in every region

MATERNAL CARE. Maternal and neonatal tetanus is a disease that indicates lack of access to proper healthcare.

First aid flight in weeks lands in rebel-held Yemen capital

Nov 25, 2017 - 7:50 PM

But the UN adds that shipments of food and medicines to the rebel-held Red Sea port of Hodeida remains blocked

AID. A technician unloads doses of vaccines from a plane after it landed in the rebel-held Yemeni capital Sanaa on November 25, 2017. Photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

Malnutrition soaring among Rohingya children in Bangladesh

Nov 03, 2017 - 10:28 PM

The United Nations children's agency says preliminary data indicated a full 7.5 percent of the children crammed into one of the camps in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district are at risk of dying from severe acute malnutrition

Can P16 a day save PH kids from malnutrition?

Sep 07, 2017 - 9:30 AM

The budget for the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s supplemental feeding program sees a drop of P1 billion

NUTRITION. Mother with her children during a feeding program in Malabon City on May 10, 2017. Photo by Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Saudi Arabia pledges $33.7M to UN to battle cholera in Yemen

Aug 06, 2017 - 11:05 PM

The cholera outbreak in Yemen has already claimed the lives of at least 1 915 people since April

A Yemeni woman suspected of being infected with cholera receive treatment at a makeshift hospital in Sanaa on July 13, 2017. More than 320,000 suspected cholera cases have been reported in nearly all of Yemen's districts and at least 1,740 people have died from the outbreak, said Stephen O'Brien, the UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs. / AFP PHOTO / Mohammed HUWAIS

1 in 5 children in developed world in relative poverty – UN

Jun 15, 2017 - 4:45 PM

A report from UNICEF also finds that New Zealand has the highest suicide rate in the world for people aged 15 to 19

Up to 100,000 children at risk in Iraq's Mosul – UNICEF

Jun 05, 2017 - 11:00 PM

An estimated 100 000 girls and boys remain in extremely dangerous conditions in the Old City and other areas of west Mosul Many are caught in the crossfire and hospitals and other medical facilities have reportedly come under attack UNICEF says in a statement

MOSUL'S OLD CITY. A member of the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Services (CTS) secures a house near the old city in west Mosul on June 3, 2017, during the ongoing offensive to retake the city from Islamic State (ISIS) group fighters. Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

Bagaimana Swedia menurunkan tingkat kekerasan pada anak dalam 35 tahun

May 29, 2017 - 12:49 PM

Delegasi Swedia dan Indonesia berdiskusi terkait perlindungan anak dan penghapusan kekerasan terhadap anak

ILUSTRASI. Ibu Negara RI Iriana Joko Widodo (kedua kiri) bersama Ratu Swedia Silvia (kiri) menyapa penari Kupu-Kupu saat kunjungan kenegaraan di Istana Bogor, Jawa Barat, pada 22 Mei 2017. Foto oleh Deska Lidya Natalia/Antara

400,000 DRCongo children at risk in violence-hit Kasai – UNICEF

May 24, 2017 - 8:45 PM

The UN children s agency says the conflict in central Kasai has disrupted food supplies and undermined medical facilities

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UNICEF sambut baik hasil kongres ulama perempuan

Apr 29, 2017 - 1:07 PM

“Ketika seorang anak perempuan diberdayakan semua orang memperoleh manfaatnya ”

UN pushes Myanmar to release detained Rohingya children

Apr 09, 2017 - 7:10 PM

Minors are among those detained following an army crackdown on Rohingya Muslims

This picture taken on May 14, 2015 shows Rohingya migrants on a boat drifting in Thai waters off the southern island of Koh Lipe in the Andaman. Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

1.4 million children face famine in 4 countries – UNICEF

Feb 21, 2017 - 11:00 AM

These children in Nigeria Somalia South Sudan and Yemen could die from severe malnutrition this year

This file photo taken on October 11, 2016 shows Agop Manut (11 months), who suffers acute malnutrition and respiratory distress, assisting at the clinic run by Doctors without Borders (MSF) in Aweil, Northern Bahr al Ghazal, South Sudan. Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP

Unicef lauds MILF for releasing child soldiers

Feb 20, 2017 - 9:14 PM

The MILF s Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces has turned over the first batch of child combatants to their parents It has committed to disengage almost 2 000 combatants under 18

South Sudan suffering 'man-made' famine

Feb 20, 2017 - 6:15 PM

Nearly 5 million people are facing starvation and famine the government says

This file photo taken on October 11, 2016 shows a mother breastfeeding her child who suffers acute malnutrition at the clinic run by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Aweil, northern Bahr al-Ghazal, South Sudan. Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP

UNFPA: praktek sunat perempuan harus berakhir pada 2030

Feb 06, 2017 - 9:02 PM

Direktur Eksekutif UNFPA Babatunde Osotimehin mengatakan dampak dampak fisik dan trauma emosional yang dirasakan para korban dapat berlangsung seumur hidup

UN food agency hopes for continued US funding

Jan 27, 2017 - 5:46 PM

Foreign Policy magazine reports on Thursday January 26 it had seen an executive order from President Donald Trump s administration that proposed cuts of 40 in voluntary US funding for UN agencies

FUNDING SUPPORT PROGRAMS. Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the World Food Program (WFP), speaks during an interview with AFP on the humanitarian situation in Middle East and North Africa, on July 12, 2016. Photo by Khalil Mazraawi/ AFP

Groups collaborate to prevent diarrhea outbreak in Catanduanes

Jan 03, 2017 - 9:41 AM

The Humanitarian Response Consortium HRC installs a water bladder and distributes Aqua tablets in typhoon hit community to improve water safety in typhoon hit communities

Briones inspects schools devastated by Typhoon Nina

Dec 28, 2016 - 10:16 PM

At least 118 schools in Bicol Mimaropa and Calabarzon regions are being used as evacuation centers for about 4 050 families affected by Typhoon Nina

AERIAL INSPECTION. Education Secretary Leonor Briones on Tuesday, December 27, joins an aerial inspection of the areas affected by Typhoon Nina. Photo courtesy of DepEd

Malnutrition still prevalent in Mimaropa – UNICEF

Dec 14, 2016 - 11:00 AM

UNICEF Philippines says Mimaropa covering the provinces of Mindoro Marinduque Romblon and Palawan posted the highest rate of wasting or acute malnutrition in the country in 2015

2.2 million Yemen children acutely malnourished – UN

Dec 13, 2016 - 5:22 PM

At least one child dies every 10 minutes in Yemen because of malnutrition and preventable diseases such as diarrhea and respiratory infections

Most child abuse cases in PH happen at home – study

Dec 06, 2016 - 6:23 PM

8 in 10 Filipino children suffer from a form of violence according to a new study of the Council for the Welfare of Children and the United Nations Children s Fund

PHILIPPINE REPORT. The Council for the Welfare of Children adn the United Nations  Children's Fund launch the National Baseline Study on Violence against Children on December 6, 2016. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Hillary Clinton surprises gala for UNICEF, Katy Perry

Dec 01, 2016 - 11:41 AM

Clinton hails Perry for humanitarian work and to loud applause calls the singer someone whose powerful voice and creative lyrics remind us when you get knocked down to get back up

UNICEF GALA. (L-R) Caryl Stern, Pamela Fiori, and Hillary Clinton present the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award to Honoree Katy Perry during the 12th annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball at Cipriani Wall Street on November 29, 2016 in New York City. Jason Kempin/Getty Images for UNICEF/AFP

Alarm over proposed Philippine law to jail 9-year-olds

Nov 21, 2016 - 7:50 PM

Jail is no place for a child It is alarming for children to be institutionalised sent to a penal institution UNICEF says in a position paper

CHILDREN IN CONFLICT WITH THE LAW. Some lawmakers want the age criminal responsibility lowered but social workers and pro-child groups oppose the proposal.

300 million children breathe heavily toxic air – UNICEF

Oct 31, 2016 - 8:58 AM

UPDATED Nearly one child in 7 around the globe breathes outdoor air that is at least 6 times dirtier than international guidelines

A woman walks with her child on a street as schools were closed due to the heavy smog in Jilin, northeast China's Jilin province on October 22, 2013. Stringer/File/AFP

UN says 145 child soldiers released in South Sudan

Oct 26, 2016 - 9:52 PM

Freed children are disarmed given civilian clothes and drafted into a reintegration program They receive counselling and efforts are made to trace their families

Agencies warn of fresh disaster as winter looms in flood-hit North Korea

Oct 07, 2016 - 3:30 PM

Thousands of children are suffering and the impending winter will trigger a second disaster if we do not increase assistance for children and families says UNICEF s country head in North Korea Oyunsaihan Dendevnorov

SECOND DISASTER? This handout photo received from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) on October 3, 2016 and taken on September 30, 2016 shows a general view of the area during a visit by a Red Cross team in Musan County in North Korea's North Hamgyong Province after floods struck the area at the end of August 2016 causing widespread devastation across six counties. Handout photo by IFRC/AFP

Two million people without water in Syria's Aleppo – UN

Sep 24, 2016 - 5:45 PM

The denial of access to food water and medicines has been used repeatedly as a weapon by all sides in Syria s brutal 5 year old civil war

WATER SUPPLY. A Syrian girl fills jerrycans with water on February 23, 2016 in the rebel-held side of the northern city of Aleppo. File photo by Karam Al-Masri/AFP

Nearly 50 million children 'uprooted' worldwide – UNICEF

Sep 08, 2016 - 9:26 AM

UNICEF found that 28 million of those children were forcibly displaced by violence and conflict within and across borders including 10 million child refugees

UPROOTED. This file photo taken on September 28, 2015 shows refugees and migrants arriving on the shore of the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey. Aris Messinis/AFP

Lessons on cash transfers to disaster victims

Aug 25, 2016 - 11:10 AM

An evaluation of Unicef s Unconditional Cash Transfer Program for Yolanda Victims

What did the UN do for PH? Disaster response, health programs, and more

Aug 23, 2016 - 9:38 PM

The Philippines has been a beneficiary of different United Nations programs for many years especially after Super Typhoon Yolanda Haiyan

Omran, one child among millions traumatized by Syria war

Aug 19, 2016 - 7:45 PM

The footage of the shell shocked 4 year old made headlines around the world and was dubbed by Washington the real face of Syria s five year war

TRAUMA. The bloodied boy tries to wipe off some blood from his face. Framegrab from video courtesy Aleppo Media Center

[Dash of SAS] Including minors in HIV response

Aug 01, 2016 - 1:25 PM

A recent DOH study on adolescent HIV estimates that there are 9 559 adolescents who have HIV but only 10 have been diagnosed Currently only 381 are enrolled on anti retroviral therapy

UN humanitarian convoy in Nigeria ambushed by Boko Haram

Jul 29, 2016 - 6:06 PM

The convoy was travelling from Bama to Maiduguri in Borno State Nigeria returning from delivering desperately needed assistance when it was ambushed UNICEF says

Robredo wants SPED centers in all public schools

Jul 18, 2016 - 7:45 PM

The ability to get a good education early on in life will mean the difference between exclusion and inclusion says Vice President Leni Robredo

INCLUSIVE SOCIETY. Vice President Leni Robredo wants to build communities that also cater to the needs of children living with disabilities who are among the country's marginalized sectors. Photo from the Office of the Vice President