2020's Newest Additions
Sharifah, 27, was the first to give birth at a hospital in Uganda on the 1st of January, welcoming the new decade with a beautiful baby girl.
Sharifah was so excited to bring her into the world. She hasn't given her newborn baby a name yet, but has decided it will be either Samirah or Amirah.
"I decided to deliver from this hospital because it has all necessary equipment for child birth," she says. Sharifah is looking forward to taking her new baby home and embarking on the journey of motherhood.
Midwife Madrine is passionate about saving babies' lives.
"There is a procedure called resuscitation. A baby is born and there is no life, and even the mother has lost hope, so bringing the baby back to life is the best part of my job," Madrine says.
Australia's Bushfire Emergency
Australia has been hit with one of the worst bushfire seasons on record. Major blazes have killed at least 33 people, destroyed almost 1,700 homes and burned more than 8.4 million hectares.
While Australia has always experienced bushfires, this year, the country has set a new temperature records with some average daily temperatures reaching 41.9°C. The record temperatures come on top of a prolonged period of drought and water shortages.
Professional and thousands of volunteer firefighters are on the line battling the flames around the clock. They have saved more than 11,000 homes and 4,000 outbuildings or facilities.
Ten years on
Ten years ago, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated parts of Haiti, destroying much of the country’s fragile infrastructure and leaving many Haitians in dire need of assistance.
UNICEF rapidly mobilised staff in affected areas to save lives - providing emergency water and sanitation, food, shelter, medical assistance, as well as care and support for children who had become separated from their families and caregivers.
UNICEF then continued programmatic efforts to help children recover, and worked with partners to strengthen national systems around resilience, protection, health, nutrition, education and more.
A decade later, challenges remain. With a long-term presence in the country, UNICEF remains committed to the children of Haiti, working with the government and other partners to reach vulnerable children with much-needed support.
Liam Neeson calls for greater support for Venezuela
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Liam Neeson joined UNICEF in urging the international community to increase its support to refugee and migrant children from Venezuela in need of assistance across Latin America and the Caribbean.
Neeson met with vulnerable Venezuelan children and families, as well as those from host communities in early January.
Countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are already hosting about 3.9 million Venezuelan migrants and refugees in what has become one of the world’s largest migration flows. The number of families leaving Venezuela continues to rise.
This year, over 1.9 million children, including both Venezuelan migrants and those from host communities, are expected to need assistance.
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22 Jan 2023
Something to smile about
Smiling is contagious. These happy children and young people from around the world are sure to put a smile on your face. Find out what has been making children smile this past year.
22 Jan 2023
Cambodia Cycle: Do you have what it takes?
Experience first-hand UNICEF's work in Cambodia from the seat of your bicycle
18 Jan 2023
Classrooms around the world in pictures
Education is the key to the future we want to see for every child. And it all starts here, in the classroom.
19 Dec 2022
Hope after heartbreak
The situation has gotten so bad in Somalia that the United Nations and UNICEF fear that famine is imminent in some regions of the country.
13 Dec 2022
Rebuilding children’s lives and futures in Pakistan
In August this year the world held its breath when one third of Pakistan was devastated by flood.
29 Nov 2022
“My ability is bigger than my disability.”
Hear from two incredible young disability advocates from Timor-Leste in conversation with renowned writer and UNICEF Australia Ambassador, Tara Moss.
20 Nov 2022
Swimmer, Emma McKeon shares the importance of sport for children
It is with great pleasure that we announce Emma McKeon, 11-time Olympic gold medal holder, as the latest UNICEF Australia Ambassador.
16 Nov 2022
The flooding continues to devastate - with children the most vulnerable
We continue to see the devastating destruction and emotional impact on children and families due to climate change-driven extreme weather events – with predictions these will become more frequent and intense over time.
31 Oct 2022
Saving children from malnutrition in Sudan
Learn how UNICEF is creating sustainable solutions to the malnutrition crisis.
18 Oct 2022
We're all feeling the rise in the cost of living
Globally, the cost of living is on the rise. The war in Ukraine and climate change is exacerbating the increasing global food and fuel prices.
13 Oct 2022
Four things you need to know about the looming famine in the Horn of Africa
“An escalating malnutrition crisis is pushing millions of children to the brink of starvation – and unless we do more, that crisis will become a catastrophe.” – Catherine Russell, UNICEF Executive Director