News from the Field
December 14, 2012
This past summer, in Vinnytsya, Ukraine, a school was adapted to the needs of children with disabilities. A wheelchair ramp was built, and a street-level classroom and bathroom were modified. Some students were able to go to a school for the first time in their lives. These and other improvements were possible thanks to the Child Friendly Cities Initiative. Under the initiative, UNICEF and partners contribute to changes that make children’s lives in cities more comfortable and safe, including the lives of children with special needs.
December 13, 2012
A week after Typhoon Bopha hit the southern Philippines, six UNICEF staff were deployed to the four most affected regions. Learn more.
December 10, 2012
As Leaders of the GAVI Alliance Meet, the United Republic of Tanzania Introduces New Vaccines for Pneumonia and Diarrhea
In early December, the United Republic of Tanzania introduced two new vaccines to help prevent pneumonia and diarrhea. These two diseases are the main causes of death of children under five, so the vaccines represent another huge step forward for the children of Tanzania. At the same time, the GAVI Alliance, which includes UNICEF among other organizations and foundations, was meeting to discuss boosting immunization in developing countries—including introducing new vaccines and strengthening systems to immunize the hardest-to-reach children.
December 7, 2012
Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter and UNICEF supporter Lady Gaga paid a surprise visit to a UNICEF-supported school in Ventanilla District, Peru, on the outskirts of Lima. The school is located in one of the poorest areas of the district, and UNICEF has been working to implement Child Friendly School initiatives to help keep children in school and provide them with a protective environment. During her visit, Lady Gaga emphasized the importance of initiatives that help children and youth develop to their fullest potential.
December 6, 2012
In Lesotho, the effects of two consecutive years of floods and heavy rains followed by a drought have been amplified by rising food prices, especially for staple foods such as maize. Families already struggling to make ends meet have fallen on even harder times. The government estimates that about 725,000 people, a third of the population, are in need of humanitarian assistance. The food crisis is aggravating the already massive social challenges Lesotho faces, including HIV/AIDS: The country has the third highest HIV prevalence in the world.