Millions of Children in Syria at High Risk of Disease amid Water Scarcity and Summer Heat

NEW YORK (July 10, 2015) – Dwindling supplies of safe drinking water during Syria’s scorching summer months are exposing children to the threat of water-borne diseases, UNICEF warns.

Since the beginning of the year, Syria has reported 105,886 cases of acute diarrhoea. There has also been a sharp increase of Hepatitis A cases with a record 1,700 cases reported in one week alone last February[1].

Amid Surging Conflict in Yemen, UNICEF Mobile Teams Respond to Children’s Urgent Health Needs

NEW YORK (July 10, 2015) – With health services across Yemen disintegrating under the impact of a brutal conflict, UNICEF and its partners are stepping up nutrition screening, vaccinations and other life-saving interventions for millions of children caught up in the ongoing crisis.

Children’s Lives at Serious Risk if DPR Korea Drought Continues, UNICEF Warns

NEW YORK (July 8, 2015) – Children are already suffering as a result of drought in some parts of DPR Korea and many more may be at serious risk of malnutrition and disease if it continues, UNICEF warned today.

UNICEF personnel have recently met with local health officials in affected provinces who confirm reports of significant increases in diarrhoea among children, as the absence of rain threatens access to safe water and sanitation.

Children Make Up One Fifth of Cholera Deaths in South Sudan: UNICEF

NEW YORK (July 7, 2015) – More than 700 cholera cases have been reported in Juba and Bor so far, resulting in 32 deaths – one in five of which are children under five, UNICEF said today. Stressing the role of education in stemming the cholera outbreak in South Sudan, the UN children’s agency is working with children and teachers throughout the country to raise awareness on how to prevent the disease from spreading further.

UNICEF Teams and Supplies Arrive in Areas Affected by New Ebola Cases in Liberia

NEW YORK (July 3, 2015) – Responding to Liberia’s first confirmed cases of Ebola in more than three months, UNICEF has begun distributing emergency supplies in the affected communities, including tents for isolating those under quarantine, hygiene kits, and chlorine and buckets for handwashing stations.