GovernmentHealth17 Oct 2019New Delhi: Malnutrition caused 69% of deaths of children below the age of five in India, according to a UNICEF report released on Wednesday.
A third of the world's nearly 700 million children under five years old are undernourished or overweight and face lifelong health problems as a consequence, according to a grim UN assessment of childhood nutrition released Tuesday.
NEW DELHI : Deficiency in vitamins and other essential nutrients arising from unhealthy diets is the main risk factor for several diseases among Indian children, a Unicef report said. The report also pointed to the prevalence of anaemia, insufficient protein intake and changing dietary preferences in the country.Nearly 80% Indian babies aged 6 to 23 months do not receive minimum dietary diversity, said the State of the World s Children 2019, a food and nutrition report released by Unicef on Wednesday. While only 61% of children, adolescents and mothers consume dairy products at least once a week, only around 40% children, adolescents and mothers consume fruits at least once a week. Over 85% children (5 to 9 years) and adolescents, and 75% mothers, consume pulses and dark green leafy vegetables at least once a week, according to the report.
The Comprehensive National Nutrition Survey (CNNS) 2016 18, an extensive online dashboard released last month, showed that the number of stunted children below five years of age has come down to 3.87 crore in 2016 18 from 5.55 crore in 2005 06 a fall of 30 per cent.Stunting was one of the primary reasons why the mid day meal scheme was introduced in India. It is caused by an insufficient intake of nutrients and frequent infections. The UNICEF calls it a measure of profound physical and cognitive underdevelopment , as it leads to a lower height than the average for a child s age.
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres handed Kavira her Ebola survivor certificate in early September. I never thought I would make it at first but now that I am cured, I want to go back to my community and tell them to seek treatment early if they are affected because you can actually survive, said Kavira.The outbreak, declared on 1 August 2018, started in North Kivu and has since spread to parts of Ituri and South Kivu provinces. Currently, active transmission is confined to Ituri, in several hotspots Mambasa and Mandima but the epidemic is evolving in an extremely complex environment, marked by poor health infrastructure, political instability, insecurity, community mistrust and resistance, and ongoing conflict involving scores of armed groups.
The installation, which will run through 10 September, is a message to world leaders as children in many parts of the world are returning back to school, and just days ahead of the annual United Nations General Assembly. Once the installation is taken down, the backpacks will continue on their journey to support children s education. UNICEF backpacks have always been a symbol of hope and childhood possibility, said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. In just two weeks, world leaders gathering at the UN General Assembly will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This installation should remind them of the stakes.
Audio Hub UN Photo Martine PerretAs part of the response to the outbreak of Ebola, the Red Cross has been working with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) ensure safe burials to help stop the spread of the deadly disease. (August 2019) 30 August 2019Humanitarian AidSince the Ebola epidemic struck in the north east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) one year ago, almost 600 of around 850 children who have caught the virus have now died, the UN Children s Fund (UNICEF) reported on Friday.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Muzoon Almellehan, who recently returned from Mali, says the children she met live in fear of their lives and their futures. "Many schools have been attacked, which resulted in many children out of school, which affects the future of those countries," she said. "And if we do not act now, rather than tomorrow, we cannot help those children to have access to education, which is a fundamental human right."
Audio Hub UNICEF ArcosEach morning, around 5 am, hundreds of boys and girls cross the border from Venezuela to head to the buses that will take them to school in Cucuta, Colombia. (April 2019) 6 August 2019Migrants and RefugeesThe UN migration agency, IOM, has welcomed Colombia s decision on Monday to grant nationality status to more than 24,000 Venezuelan babies born inside the country after their parents fled across the border.
This Ebola response is far more complex because it is in an active conflict zone. People living in North Kivu and Ituri are facing a public health emergency and a humanitarian crisis at the same time.Both provinces, for example, are also facing a major measles outbreak. In Ituri, about half of the health facilities have been damaged or destroyed during fighting over the past two years. There is mass displacement. We have just completed a first vaccination campaign in the provincial capital, Bunia, where we vaccinated more than 40 000 children against measles. But we need to vaccinate far more children, against the full array of diseases, in order to protect them from all the public health risks they are exposed to.
Audio Hub UNICEF Jimmy AdrikoA health worker takes the temperature of a man as people from the Democratic Republic of the Congo line up at a screening facility set up at point of entry at a Uganda DRC border town. Medical staff routinely check people who enter Uganda from the DRC for Ebola symptoms. (12 February 2019) 19 July 2019HealthEbola virus is just one challenge among many facing communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, reiterating an appeal for the international community to show support and solidarity for its people.
According to UNHCR, 300,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) are reported to have fled inter ethnical violence in North Kivu and Ituri and nearly 20,000 people have reached Bunia with the risk that these populations be exposed to Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). UNICEF is contributing to the overall response to this humanitarian situation, jointly with partners, and leading the community engagement component of their support and assistance.Following the confirmation of three EVD cases from the same family in Uganda since June 11th, UNICEF participated in the cross border mission in the affected areas conducted by the Congolese and Ugandan Ministries of Health, World Health Organization (WHO) and
Audio Hub WFP Gemma SnowdonWFP disaster risk reduction teams are stabilising slopes that slipped during heavy rains in Cox s Bazar. July 2019. 9 July 2019Migrants and RefugeesHeavy flooding and landslides in the Rohingya refugee camps of Cox s Bazar in Bangladesh, has left thousands of children and families in an increasingly dire situation with critical infrastructure damaged or destroyed, the UN Children s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Tuesday, while scaling up relief efforts to those vulnerable children.
The Joint Monitoring Programme report, Progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene: 2000 2017: Special focus on inequalities finds that, while significant progress has been made toward achieving universal access to basic water, sanitation and hygiene, there are huge gaps in the quality of services provided. Mere access is not enough. If the water isn t clean, isn t safe to drink or is far away, and if toilet access is unsafe or limited, then we re not delivering for the world s children, said Kelly Ann Naylor, Associate Director of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, UNICEF. Children and their families in poor and rural communities are most at risk of being left behind. Governments must invest in their communities if we are going to bridge these economic and geographic divides and deliver this essential human right.
Produced by UNICEF s Office of Research Innocenti the report ranks countries across the Organisation for Economic Co operation and Development (OECD) and European Union (EU) based on their national family friendly policies. These policies include the duration of parental leave at full pay equivalent, and childcare services for children aged between 0 6 years old.The report is part of UNICEF s early childhood development policy and programmatic work, and Early Moments Matter campaign, now in its third year, which aims to support families in providing their young children with the nurturing environment and stimulating experiences needed for healthy brain development.
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Mexico City, Jun 6 (UNI) Despite no agreement being concluded on the first day of trade tariff talks related to the migration crisis on the US Mexican border, Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard remained optimistic.United Nations, Jun 6 (UNI) The UN s financial crisis has been years in the making and is undermining the organisation s mandates and reform efforts, Secretary General Ant nio Guterres told the Fifth Committee, the body responsible for the United Nations budget.