News from the Field
May 7, 2013
Vaccination rates in Somalia are low. In 2011, only 11 percent of children in Somaliland and 7 percent in Puntland received three doses of the DTP vaccine—which protects against diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus—before their first birthdays. The new pentavalent (five-in-one) vaccine that was launched with UNICEF’s support in April offers protection against the DTP diseases as well as against Hib, which can cause pneumonia, meningitis and hepatitis B. Over 1.3 million pentavalent vaccines will be available to Somali children this year.
May 1, 2013
In Haiti, 22 percent of children aged 6 to 59 months experience chronic malnutrition, with the highest rates in the poorest areas. One way UNICEF is tackling this health challenge is through nutritional interventions, like community meetings to inform families on what foods they can plant in their gardens and eat to help balance their diets. An important part of this initiative is the distribution of a multiple micronutrient powder. Using this powder can increase children’s chances of survival, especially during the first two years of life.
April 26, 2013
Since fighting broke out in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, thousands have crossed over into Rwanda to seek refuge at Nkamira Transit Center. The center shelters more than 5,000 people, and nearly 90 percent are women and children. With family structures broken and schooling interrupted, there is an urgent need to provide for the care and protection of children and restore a sense of normalcy. UNICEF and partners are providing child-friendly recreation activities in safe and protected spaces, so children can be children again.
April 21, 2013
Volunteering not only makes the world a better place, it is what distinguishes us as human beings. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF is deeply grateful to its over 45,000 volunteers who are helping us save children’s lives every day. We would like to celebrate all our volunteers by introducing you to the eight U.S. Fund for UNICEF volunteers who this year received the President’s Volunteer Service Award, one of the nation’s most distinguished service awards. And National Volunteer Week is the perfect time to join them on the UNICEF Action Center.
April 19, 2013
Chad experiences chronic drought among its harsh and erratic climatic conditions, and nearly 20 percent of the country’s children die before their fifth birthdays. During periods of drought, many children suffer from severe acute malnutrition. In response to the nutrition crisis in Chad and the Sahel Belt region, UNICEF and partners have scaled up services and facilities to treat the growing number of children affected by malnutrition. The number of treatment centers has doubled, and hundreds of tons of supplies have been delivered.