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Sub-Saharan Africa is one of the geographical regions where UNICEF is currently running programs for children in need. On this page, you will find more information on UNICEF’s work.

Through partnerships and continued commitment, Kenya has become the latest country to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT).

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In 2014, the world witnessed the abduction of more than 276 school girls taken from their school in the town of Chibok, in northeastern Nigeria, triggering a massive solidarity movement on social media with celebrities calling on the governments of the world to act. We wanted to bring them back, to live their childhood as any child - any girl - should be entitled to. Yet, more than five years later, more than 100 of the “Chibok girls” are still missing. Worse, 110 more girls were abducted, and five lost their lives, in February 2018 in Dapchi, northeast Nigeria.

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Massive flooding, as a result of Cyclone Idai, has left hundreds of thousands of children and families vulnerable.

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An estimated 1.5 million children have been affected by the aftermath of Cyclone Idai, but in spite of all the adversity, baby Teresa represents hope for a brighter future.

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One week after Cyclone Idai devastated parts of Mozambique, the water supply system is working again in the hard-hit city of Beira – a life-saving development for children and families still reeling from the storm.

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Angelina Paulo, a single mother of 7 children tells her story on how she managed to survive Cyclone Idai.

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Today is World Water Day. UNICEF is calling for access to safe water for children around the world, especially in emergency situations like cyclone-affected Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. This is vital to prevent the spread of water borne diseases such as cholera.

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How are solar-powered water systems are helping children in remote communities like Yambio, South Sudan access clean water in health centres, schools and homesÉ

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Water is life. Without water, children simply cannot survive. This year on World Water Day, we look at 10 facts about water that might surprise you.

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Fact: Across the world, when young girls reach adolescence, they begin menstruating. Reality: In many parts of the world the start of menstruation can result in girls dropping out of school.

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