Due to COVID-19, polio and measles campaigns have been suspended in 27 countries, and polio vaccination campaigns have been put on hold in 38 countries,  UNICEF’s Executive Director Henrietta Fore has warned.  Some 80 million infants in at least 68 countries are likely to be affected by the suspension of routine immunization services, said Fore […] Continue reading ->
Women’s and children’s health advocates have lauded a landmark move by Sudan to finally criminalize the practice of female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C) – punishing perpetrators for up to 3 years in prison to ward them off the crime. Last Thursday, Sudan’s National Council for Child Welfare endorsed a long-awaited amendment to Criminal Law […] Continue reading ->
Ecological degradation, climate change, and exploitative marketing practices are the greatest emerging threats to children’s health, says a new report from a WHO-UNICEF-Lancet Commission on the future of child health. Despite dramatic improvements in survival, education and nutrition for children over the past five decades, the report, titled A Future for the World’s Children?, found […] Continue reading ->
NEW YORK CITY – Evidence-based decision-making and tapping into local potential are keys to achieving the goals set in the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) declaration, said a panel convened today on the sidelines of the 74th United Nations General Assembly. The Government of Georgia, whose Permanent Mission to the UN co-sponsored the panel, helped lead […] Continue reading ->
An estimated 820 million people went hungry in 2018, the third continuous year in a worldwide trend of rising hunger. And over one-quarter of the world’s population, or 2 billion people in all, experienced moderate or severe food insecurity, according to the The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report for 2019. […] Continue reading ->