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Child Survival is one of UNICEF’s main programs. On this page, you will find more information about current and past UNICEF projects, child stories and ways you can get involved.

Shrouded Maternity: Stories from pregnant Rohingya refugees

Posted by: UNICEF August 22, 2018

Nine months since violence forced thousands of Rohingya people to flee Myanmar, conditions for pregnant women in one of the world’s largest refugee camps remain dire, especially for survivors of sexual violence. Read more »

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World Water Week 2018: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Water

Posted by: UNICEF August 27, 2018

The world is not yet on track to meet Sustainable Development Goal 6: Access to safe water and sanitation for all. Water is life. Without water, children simply cannot survive. Without basic toilets, entire communities live with human waste in their environment. Without taps and soap for handwashing, diseases spread rapidly. Young children are particularly vulnerable, and water and sanitation related diseases remain among the leading causes of death in children under five. When hospitals and health care centres do not have running water, toilets or soap, they can become disease factories. At the time of birth, this can be a matter of life or death for both mother and baby. To celebrate, and raise awareness of, World Water Week 2018, here are 10 facts about water that might surprise you. Read more »

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The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative: Step by Step, Day by Day… That’s (Still) the Baby-Friendly Way

Posted by: Guest Author July 31, 2018

The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative has the power to create systems change, inform professional practice and enrich personal values and ethics and strengthen commitment to improve women’s and children’s health and the well being of families. It enables mothers to achieve their personal goals regarding infant feeding. Read more »

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8 Things You Need to Know About the Yemen Crisis

Posted by: UNICEF July 3, 2018

The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is worsening by the day. More than 22 million Yemenis – that’s three-quarters of the population – need humanitarian assistance and protection. More than 11 million of them are children. The conflict has made Yemen a living hell for its children. Read more »

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Fighting for survival

Posted by: UNICEF May 10, 2018

Violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Kasaï region has caused massive displacement and prevented hundreds of thousands of families from planting crops. After months living in the bush in rudimentary conditions, thousands of children are suffering from severe acute malnutrition and need life-saving care. In response, UNICEF is supporting health centres to treat malnourished children. Read more »

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Polio eradication in Afghanistan

Posted by: UNICEF Canada May 8, 2018

UNICEF and partners are working hard to achieve complete polio eradication in Afghanistan – which currently has the highest number of polio cases in the world. Read more »

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World Malaria Day 2018: A newborn and a mosquito net

Posted by: UNICEF April 25, 2018

In Chad, 27% of child deaths are caused by malaria, making it the leading cause of death among children under five. Malaria is also a high risk for pregnant women and can result in premature births and stillbirths. Read more »

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It hurts but it works!

Posted by: UNICEF April 24, 2018

Vaccines protect children against disease and death, saving up to three million lives a year. Despite the benefits, millions of young children around the world are missing out. UNICEF envisions a world where no child dies from a preventable cause and all children reach their full potential. That is why UNICEF is on the ground in 190 countries, immunizing millions of children every year. Read more »

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New research: Happy Momma, Healthy Baby

Posted by: Scott Watson April 11, 2018

Research from AllerGen was just released that looks at the relationship between a mom’s stress and a baby’s immune health. The research found that when mothers experienced distress, both during and after pregnancy, their infants were three times as likely to have reduced immune function (lower levels of an important immune antibody in the infant’s gut). The research also found that breastfeeding can help protect babies from the effects of maternal stress on their immune system. Read more »

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