News from the Field
October 24, 2013
Eradicating polio in Afghanistan – one of only three countries where the disease remains endemic – is a battle taking place every day across the country. Against the larger backdrop of instability and suffering that continues to draw the world’s focus, it is also largely invisible. But amid this scenario are those who fight social and cultural odds and work long hours trying to make the difference in a struggle between life and death. UNICEF met with a few of these heroes to talk about the work they do.
August 29, 2013
Not long ago, it was common for children under the age of 5 to receive treatment for severe malnutrition in this Ethiopian community. Today, a community-based nutrition program is keeping children strong and healthy, and families resilient.
August 1, 2013
In a meeting held under the big mango tree, a Nigerian community calls on a humble carpenter to find a way to improve their latrines. The simple, low-cost invention he comes up with is a big hit.
July 15, 2013
Nigeria’s rates of childhood stunting and wasting are among the highest in the world, particularly in the north, where the country reaches into the Sahel region. In many cases these conditions can be life threatening if not treated properly.
June 19, 2013
Ten years ago, teachers searched the streets of Bamako in Mali to seek out hearing-impaired children for their new school. Back then, these children were often hidden away and neglected by their families. Nineteen children became the school’s first pupils. Today, the School of Hope is ensuring that its 160 students receive an education, and are no longer isolated within their families. Fatoumata, 11, is one student, and her father is taking sign-language classes at the school on Saturday mornings.