19.9 women suffer genital mutilation in Nigeria – Unicef

2016-02-11 12:15

The Unicef has lamented the high rate of female genital mutilation in Nigeria, disclosing that at least 19.9 million women have gone through the procedure in the country to date, a report says.

Nine people suspected dead of Lassa fever in Benin

2016-02-03 05:12

As the world ramps up its fight against the Zika virus, West Africa is battling to contain a growing outbreak of Lassa fever with nine people in Benin reported dead.

Niger moves nearly 100 schools 'out of harm's way'

2016-01-19 05:27

The Niger government and UN staff have moved 99 schools to 'safer zones' out of harm's way from Boko Haram jihadists.

Ebola orphans struggle to resume their lives

2016-01-14 09:04

Saa Mathias Lenoh, a high school student in the Guinean capital Conakry, says he's "learning to smile little by little," like thousands of other youngsters orphaned by Ebola in west Africa.

Success against malaria threatened by new strain

2015-12-25 18:18

Major successes are being recorded in the fight against malaria, with the global death rate more than halving in 15 years. But, just as a new drug-resistant strain of the disease is emerging in Asia, is the world about to lower its guard?

Mediterranean migrant arrivals near 900 000

2015-12-01 17:44

The number of migrants who have arrived on Europe's southern shores this year is climbing towards 900 000 and includes growing numbers of children, international organisations say.

UN: Teens dying of Aids tripled over 15 years

2015-11-28 16:16

Aids is the leading cause of deaths among adolescents in Africa, with six countries - South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, India, Mozambique and Tanzania - accounting for half of those living with HIV, according to Unicef statistical data.

Unicef: Child brides in Africa may double to 310m by 2050

2015-11-26 06:18

The number of women married as child brides in Africa could more than double to 310 million by 2050 if current trends continue, Unicef has warned.

Nearly 2 million children in Sudan malnourished

2015-11-23 05:13

About two million Sudanese children under five suffer from malnutrition every year, Unicef's representative has said, urging the international community to boost funding to tackle the problem.

Boko Haram pushed out of Nigerian school

2015-11-02 20:09

Troops have driven Boko Haram extremists out of an abandoned school in Nigeria.


UN: At least 200 million females estimated to be circumcised

2016-02-05 10:56

The UN children's agency is estimating that at least 200 million girls and women in 30 countries have undergone female circumcision - half in Egypt, Ethiopia and Indonesia.

One in 9 children globally live in conflict zones

2016-01-26 17:50

About 250 million children - one in nine children worldwide - live in countries affected by violent conflicts, Unicef has lamented, saying it needs nearly $3bn this year to help the most vulnerable of them.

Medics race to save starving Syrians

2016-01-15 18:13

Aid workers are scrambling to help a hunger-stricken Syrian town where a teenager became the latest victim to succumb to starvation.

More than half of South Sudanese kids not in school

2016-01-12 17:48

The UN children's agency says more than half of South Sudanese children are not in school, the highest number in the world.

CAR sex abuse: Damning report against UN

2015-12-17 21:21

A new report says the United Nations' "gross institutional failure" to act on allegations that French and other peacekeepers sexually abused children in the Central African Republic, led to even more assaults.

P!nk joins UNICEF in fight to end child malnutrition

2015-12-01 15:14

P!nk named UNICEF ambassador to raise awareness about child malnutrition and exercise.

16 000 children in S Sudan forced into conflict this year: UN

2015-11-27 18:31

Up to 16 000 children have been forced to join the fighting in South Sudan since the start of this year, the UN children's agency says.

500 million children could suffer if climate deal fails

2015-11-24 17:58

The more than 500 million children living in flood-prone areas and 160 million children in drought zones will bear the brunt of climate change, Unicef says.

El Nino threatens millions of children in Africa, says UN

2015-11-11 11:37

At least 11 million children in eastern and southern Africa face hunger, disease, and water shortages as a result of the strongest El Nino weather phenomenon in decades, the Unicef says.

Good news: more breast milk banks are opening up in SA

2015-10-28 11:15

Kuruman is set to open the latest breast milk bank in the wake of renewed calls to promote breastfeeding in South Africa.

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