Race against time to prevent spread of waterborne diseases in hurricane-hit areas as rainy season starts in Haiti – UNICEF

NEW YORK, (October 8, 2016) – With the start of the rainy season, and as the death toll from Hurricane Matthew continues to rise, UNICEF is sounding the alarm on the threat of waterborne diseases to children living in the worst affected areas. 

“Overflowing rivers, stagnant waters, and animal and human corpses are perfect breeding grounds for waterborne diseases,” said Marc Vincent, UNICEF Representative in Haiti. “Every day that goes by increases the threat of cholera. We are in a race against time to get to these children before diseases do.”

Hurricane Matthew: UNICEF Delivers Lifesaving Humanitarian Supplies to Haiti

NEW YORK (October 7, 2016) – A chartered cargo aircraft loaded with tons of humanitarian supplies will be hitting the ground in Port-au-Prince in the next few hours. The shipment comes from UNICEF Regional Office Latin America and Caribbean and carries lifesaving humanitarian provisions to the most-affected children and families by Hurricane Matthew.

Girls Spend 160 Million More Hours than Boys Doing Household Chores Everyday – UNICEF

NEW YORK (October 7, 2016) – Girls between 5 and 14 years old spend 40 percent more time, or 160 million more hours a day, on unpaid household chores and collecting water and firewood compared to boys their age, according to a report released by UNICEF ahead of International Day of the Girl on October 11.

Harnessing the Power of Data for Girls: Taking stock and looking ahead to 2030 includes the first global estimates on the time girls spend doing household chores such as cooking, cleaning, caring for family members and collecting water and firewood.

Half a Million Children Live in Areas Hardest Hit by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti – UNICEF

NEW YORK (October 7, 2016) – An estimated 500,000 children live in the Grande Anse and Grand South departments in southern Haiti, the areas worst hit by Hurricane Matthew, UNICEF said today. Three days after the storm, it remains unclear how many of them need urgent assistance as damage to road infrastructure continues to hamper assessment and relief efforts.

“We’re still far from having a full picture of the extent of the damage,” said Marc Vincent, UNICEF Representative in Haiti. “We are hoping for the best, but bracing for the worst.”

Joint Press Release: Investing in Early Childhood Development Essential to Helping More Children and Communities Thrive, New Lancet Series Finds

Washington, D.C. (October 4, 2016) – An estimated 43 percent—249 million—of children under five in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs) are at an elevated risk of poor development due to extreme poverty and stunting, according to findings from The Lancet’s new Series, Advancing Early Childhood Development: from Science to Scale.

UNICEF Calls for Safety of Schools in Yemen as the New School Year Opens

NEW YORK (October 4, 2016) – As schools open this week in Yemen, UNICEF urges all parties to the conflict to protect schools.

Since the conflict escalated more than 18 months ago, attacks on school children, teachers and education infrastructure had a devastating impact on the country’s education system – and on the chances of millions of children to access learning.