Vaccination Campaign at Risk as Fighting Intensifies in Syria

NEW YORK (June 2, 2016) – “As fighting and violence escalate across Syria, we risk losing the opportunity to vaccinate and save the lives of more than one million children.

“For example, due to the sharp increase in attacks on health personnel and facilities in Idleb, the immunization campaign in the city has been temporarily halted amid fears to the safety of health workers and the local population.

UNICEF and Government of Italy agree on ways to help refugee and migrant children

ROME, 27 May 2016 – With 16,478 refugee and migrant children having arrived by sea in Italy in 2015 and more than 5,000 having entered the country already this year, UNICEF and the Government of Italy today announced a new collaboration to improve their care and protection.


Athens/Geneva: May 31, 2016: Amid mounting concern over a fresh surge in the number of refugees and migrants bound for Europe, UNICEF is adjusting its strategy in support of the response by the authorities and civil society in Greece, where the humanitarian and longer-term needs of more than 22,000 children are growing.

The crisis was the focus of a visit to Greece by Ms Nana Mouskouri, acclaimed singer, humanitarian and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and Ms. Marie-Pierre Poirier, UNICEF Special Coordinator for the Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Europe.

MNT Milestone: A Deadly Disease Eliminated in Indonesia

On May 19th, an important milestone was achieved: the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that Indonesia has eliminated the terribly painful and deadly disease of maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT).

As recently as 2000, Indonesia was one of 59 countries where the risk of contracting the disease was highest. After India eliminated MNT last year, the four Indonesian provinces of Papua, West Papua, Maluku and North Maluku comprised the last pocket in South-East Asia still suffering from MNT.