News from the Field
April 8, 2013
Singer and songwriter Katy Perry visited Madagascar to bring attention to the hardships faced by children in the tropical island country, one of the poorest in the world. On her first visit in support of UNICEF, Perry saw a full range of programs, from education, nutrition, health and child protection, to water, sanitation and hygiene.
April 5, 2013
The ethnic conflict that erupted in Myanmar’s Rakhine State in June and October 2012 displaced 115,000 people. For months, displaced persons were living in overcrowded temporary sites without adequate access to basic services. The Rohingya minority in Rakhine State are in an increasingly desperate situation and are becoming more and more dependent on international aid. In Myanmar, they are not recognized as an official minority and are without citizenship rights. UNICEF is stepping up to the needs of children across ethnic lines.
April 3, 2013
UNICEF is a leader in the Measles & Rubella Initiative, a global partnership that has helped reduce measles deaths by 71 percent since 2001. A 2012 immunization campaign against measles and rubella in Mongolia extended into the country's most remote areas and immunized over 95 percent of the targeted children.
April 2, 2013
In Syria, children and their families continue to be uprooted by the violence — some more than once. One displaced family is living in a school in Homs that was turned into a shelter for displaced families. Another has taken refuge in an unfinished residential building. Their daughter has not been in school all year. Four weeks ago, she started attending UNICEF-supported remedial classes. UNICEF and its partner are running remedial classes in shelters for children whose schooling has been interrupted because of displacement or overcrowding.
March 15, 2013
Mangaize is one of several camps hosting the 50,000 Malian refugees who are now living in the Niger. Over 42 percent of the refugees are school-age children. UNICEF and partners have installed and furnished 11 tent classrooms in Mangaize, for 837 students. There are also four child-friendly spaces in the camp to help distressed children recover from the trauma they experienced. So far, more than 4,700 refugee children are enrolled in five primary schools at sites hosting Malian refugees in the Niger, one of the poorest countries in the world.