KATHMANDU, Nepal/NEW YORK, 26 April 2015 – At least 940,000 children living in areas severely affected by yesterday's earthquake in Nepal are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, says UNICEF. The 7.9 magnitude earthquake on April 25, and nearly 60 aftershocks, caused vast devastation across much of the country, including more than 2,000 deaths and widespread destruction of buildings.
Two devastating earthquakes in just three weeks have left more than 1 million children in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. The first priorities are lifesaving interventions—getting essential medicines, nutrition and safe water to children and families in immediate need.
NEW YORK (April 25, 2015) -- UNICEF expects children to be among the worst affected by the devastating 7.9 earthquake that struck Nepal today, affecting the area around the capital city of Kathmandu. While the full impact of the disaster is still being assessed, an estimated 40 percent of Nepal’s population is children, who are the most vulnerable during emergencies.
Updated 11:00 a.m. EDT, April 29
The powerful earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday has killed more than 5,000 people, and the death toll continues to increase. UNICEF is working to assist the 1.7 million children who urgently need help.
NEW YORK (April 24, 2015) -- More than 280 children (282 boys and 1 girl) have been freed in the final release of children from the Cobra Faction, an armed group in South Sudan.
The release took place in Labrab, a village in a remote corner of Jonglei State. It is the last chapter in a series of releases that have taken place since January and follows a peace agreement between the faction and the Government of South Sudan.
NEW YORK (April 24, 2015) – At least 115 children have been killed and 172 maimed as result of conflict in Yemen since March 26, UNICEF said today.
Conservative estimates on the immense impact of the conflict on children indicate that at least 64 children have been killed by aerial bombardments, 26 by unexploded ordnance and mines, 19 by gunshots, three by shelling and three by unverified causes related to the conflict. In the north of the country, 71 children have been killed, while 44 have been killed in the south.
NEW YORK (April 24, 2015) – A ten-day measles immunization campaign is underway in Syria to protect children from this deadly disease. Launched on April 19, the campaign targets children between 6 months and 5 years of age. Vaccinations will be provided in 1,209 health centers, and nearly 6,000 health staff and mobile teams are participating in the campaign.
NEW YORK (April 24, 2015) – For the first time since the start of the Ebola outbreak, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are conducting major nationwide immunization campaigns to protect millions of children against preventable but potentially deadly diseases.
NEW YORK (April 23, 2015) – Following one of the worst measles outbreaks in Sudan’s recent history, the Ministry of Health with support from UNICEF, the Measles and Rubella Initiative (M&RI) and national partners, is launching a massive campaign to immunize 7.9 million children aged six months to 15 years against this life-threatening disease.