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A girl does geometry at a UNICEF-assisted school in Rwanda | Photo © UNICEF/HQ07-1345/Giacomo Pirozzi

May 29, 2013

In Syria, Mobile Health Teams Treat Displaced Children

Six days a week, Dr. Fedaa Shofan attends to children and women seeking medical assistance at a clinic in Homs city. Here, she examines 30 to 40 children and women every day. Later in the morning, Dr. Shofan makes her routine visits to shelters for displaced families. She is part of one of three mobile health teams in Homs that go from shelter to shelter taking medical services to where the children are. Throughout Syria, UNICEF is supporting 50 such teams, which have, so far, provided medical assistance to over 44,400 children.

May 23, 2013

In Nigeria, Mother of Girl with Polio Determined to Spare Other Children the Same Fate

Across Kano State in Nigeria, 557 volunteers like Aisha are knocking on doors again as part of the polio communication campaign. Learn more.

May 20, 2013

Fighting Malnutrition in Guatemala

In Guatemala, the latest government survey reveals nearly one in two children under 5 is chronically malnourished. See how UNICEF is helping.

May 14, 2013

Syrian Refugee Children Find Hope in Jordan's Schools

Some 450,000 Syrians have taken refuge in Jordan, with 75 percent of them staying in urban communities. In areas where Syrian families are concentrated, Jordanian schools run double shifts to accommodate the massive numbers of Syrian children desperate to continue their education. Some have been out of school for a year or longer, and being able to continue to study is key to the futures of these children. For many, it is a sign of hope. UNICEF is currently supporting the schooling of over 31,000 Syrian children in host communities in Jordan.

May 10, 2013

UNICEF Supports Malians Displaced by Conflict

In January 2012, rebellion erupted in northern Mali. The Dicko family fled by truck, empty-handed, and arrived in Ségou just over a year ago. They are now are among an estimated 292,648 Malians who have fled the fighting in the North but have stayed within the country’s borders. According to the governor, little Ségou’s houses, riverbanks and yards have gained 36,000 people in the past year. UNICEF has provided kits containing everyday items like pots, mosquito nets and blankets, along with water, sanitation and hygiene items.

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