News from the Field
November 7, 2012
It is estimated that more than 100,000 Syrian refugees are now in Lebanon. Accessing basic necessities is difficult, particularly water and sanitation facilities, and children living in these areas are at high risk of disease. UNICEF and partners are running a water voucher program to meet the emergency drinking water needs of families across the Bekaa Valley. Families also need better sanitation facilities and hygiene supplies, and UNICEF will distribute jerry cans, ceramic water filters, buckets and water purification tablets.
November 6, 2012
In Maldives, UNICEF Is Working Closely with the Government to Address Rising Violence Against Girls and Women
Since 2008, there has been a steady increase in the number of rapes and other forms of violence against young girls in Maldives. The number of cases of domestic violence and sexual harassment has also increased. UNICEF is working closely with the Government to address these issues. There is a child abuse prevention program under the Ministry of State for Gender, Family and Human Rights. In addition, UNICEF has contributed to the drafting of a three-year strategy that aims at mass and targeted awareness-raising about the protection of children.
October 29, 2012
UNICEF’s partner Merlin, an international health charity, started supporting this local hospital in the Central African Republic in 2012.
October 25, 2012
CNN has partnered with UNICEF to put the international spotlight on the global crisis of stunting, or low height in children. Learn more.
October 23, 2012
Teaching elementary school children the habits of washing their hands with soap and brushing their teeth with fluoride has been an ongoing campaign of the Philippine Department of Education. Through its Essential Health Care Program, the Department of Education promotes proper handwashing and tooth-brushing, as well as deworming, among school children. UNICEF and corporate partner Procter & Gamble joined the effort in 2010. UNICEF’s participation in the program has added more than 3,000 schools to the initial reach of the program.