News articles from UNICEF

Children Children in Conflict Zones Children’s Rights Violations Violations against Children

Staggering scale of grave violations against children in conflict revealed in new UNICEF analysis

Between 2016 and 2020, average of 71 verified grave violations against children every day.
From UNICEF on June 27, 2022
Children Child Marriage Female Genital Mutilation Child Abuse

Child marriage on the rise in Horn of Africa as drought crisis intensifies

irls as young as twelve are being forced into child marriage and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) at “alarming rates” in the Horn of Africa, as the most severe drought in forty years pushes families to the edge – warns UNICEF.
From UNICEF on June 28, 2022
Children Education Learning Crisis Learning Poverty

70 per cent of 10-year-olds in 'learning poverty', unable to read and understand a simple text

COVID-19 worsens global learning crisis, risking $21 trillion in lifetime earnings
From UNICEF on June 23, 2022
Children Child Wasting Malnutrition Hunger

Global hunger crisis pushing one child into severe malnutrition every minute in 15 crisis-hit countries

Ahead of G7 summit, UNICEF appeals for US$1.2 billion to meet urgent needs of 8 million children at risk of death from severe wasting
From UNICEF on June 22, 2022
Children WASH Services Inequalities School Children

Schools ill-equipped to provide healthy and inclusive learning environments for all children – UNICEF, WHO

Despite a steady decline in the proportion of schools without basic water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services, deep inequalities persist between and within countries, UNICEF and WHO said today.
From UNICEF on June 17, 2022
Children Over-consumption Environmental Degradation Toxic Pollutants

Over-consumption in the world’s richest countries is destroying children’s environments globally, new report says

The world’s richest countries – including Finland, Iceland, the Netherlands and Norway – are providing healthier environments for children within their borders, yet are disproportionately contributing to the destruction of the global environment
From UNICEF on May 23, 2022
Children Malnutrition Child Wasting Food Inflation

World a ‘virtual tinderbox’ for catastrophic levels of severe malnutrition in children

Soaring food prices driven by the war in Ukraine and pandemic-fuelled budget cuts set to drive up both need for, and cost of life-saving therapeutic food treatment, the latter by up to 16 per cent
From UNICEF on May 17, 2022
Health Care Givers Mental Health Mental Well-Being

Caregiver mental health and well-being: The key to thriving families

Supporting children means supporting caregivers too.
By Sam Friedlander, Benjamin Perks for UNICEF on May 11, 2022
Children Vaccination Child Health Vaccine Access

1 in 4 children in Latin America and the Caribbean are exposed to diseases that can be prevented with vaccines

In five years, the complete vaccination schedule for diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTP3) in Latin America and the Caribbean has dropped from 90 percent in 2015 to 76 percent in 2020, according to data from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and UNICEF.
From UNICEF on April 25, 2022
Children Income Loss Food Insecurity Economic Impacts

Two thirds of households with children have lost income during pandemic

UNICEF-World Bank report finds that the lost earnings have left adults in 1 in 4 households with children going a day or more without food
From UNICEF on March 9, 2022