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Can you imagine a world without the internet? Even in parts of the world where internet access remains a challenge, children are saying that it plays an important role in their lives.

Find out what exactly what they had to say and why they think access to digital tools is important: http://uni.cf/1stXMqr #childrights



Jane Kembabazi Karimarimo, Quality Assurance Specialist (QAS), UNICEF Sierra Leone.

Background: I am a Ugandan and a mother of Harris Karimo Junior – my boy! Originally, I am trained as a teacher but later transitioned to accounting and more recently to project management. Now,…

Today is Global Handwashing Day! 

Handwashing with soap is one of the most cost-effective methods to stop the spread of viral diseases such as diarrhoea - the second biggest killer of children under 5. It also plays an important role in the fight against #Ebola.

On #GlobalHandwashingDay - and every day - the power is in your hands!http://uni.cf/1vvhkOS

“All of a sudden this was the topic everywhere, at school, at home…”

Boubacar Sidy Diallo is 12 years old. He is in 6th Grade and lives with his parents at Taouyah, Conakry, in Guinea.

Where were you when you first heard of Ebola?

I was at school, during recess. My friends told me that a disease had been declared in Guinea. They said it was a deadly, very contagious disease.

What were your first thoughts when you heard of the outbreak?

All of a sudden this was the topic everywhere, at school, at home … I was perplexed and I was also very worried when I was hearing of Ebola at the beginning.

What are the signs of Ebola?

It’s when a person vomits blood, or has a bloody diarrhea, or high fever.

How do people get Ebola?

You get Ebola by shaking the hands of sick people, through contact with the sick person’s belongings, or by coming near an Ebola victim’s body.

Where did you learn about this?

I read about it on the internet, and my parents, friends and teachers also told me about it.

What did your teachers say about it?

They spoke to us during class; they said we must always wash our hands.

What about your parents?

They told me to always use chlorine, to be careful, and not to shake hands with people.

How did Ebola change your life?

My mom forbade me from walking around in the neighborhood. I also couldn’t go watch football in video clubs anymore.

Do you know anyone who has Ebola?

No, I don’t know anyone.

What would you say to the people in Guinea?

They must respect hygiene measures, they shouldn’t visit sick people in the hospitals and they shouldn’t shake the hands of anyone. When people die, people must call the Red Cross and not touch the bodies.

“Everyone is on their guard, including the medical personnel”

Dr. Elhadj Bah is a doctor at Donka Hospital, and has been serving in the Ebola treatment center since the outbreak of the disease. He is one of the few specialists on infectious disease in Guinea.

Q: Where were you when you first heard of Ebola?

A: I was at the hospital, working in the Infectious Diseases ward.

Q: What were your first thoughts when you heard of the outbreak?

A: I was very surprised by the news, wondering where this could have been from. Knowing that there is no medicine, I was quite pessimistic at the beginning, thinking that we’re all doomed.

Q: What changes did you observe in the hospital in general?

A:  Hygiene measures are taken very seriously now. The use of bleach and chlorine has exponentially increased, and visitors were required to wash their hands before entering the hospital grounds. Everyone is on their guard, including the medical personnel. Many doctors even abandoned the hospital. At the onset, some doctors believed that this is a disease that had come to ravage the medical personnel so many doctors ‘scurried away’ and were nowhere to be seen for a long time.

Q: Did Ebola change the day to day functioning of your work?

A:  Yes, it changed many things. The relationship between the doctors and the patients has changed a lot, people are much more careful. For instance, before the outbreak, the doctors would seldom wear protective gloves during examinations, and now it’s systematic. Additionally, we’ve received lots of attention as a result of this disease, and there were several interview requests. The collaboration with the partners has improved as well.


Ebola and its devastating impact on children

The village of Meliandou in Guéckédou, Guinea, where the recent Ebola outbreak is believed to have started, is probably one of the most difficult places to reach in the country. It is a two-day drive from the capital of Conakry, followed by a long walk through the dense rain-forest.



Joaquín González-Alemán, Regional Social Policy Adviser, Latin America and Caribbean Regional Office

Tell us about your background.

I grew up in the South of Spain, in a family of seven siblings. I had a happy and fairly privileged childhood, with caring parents who gave me confidence…

At least 3,700 children in West Africa have lost one or both parents to #Ebola since the start of the outbreak. Children like 13-year-old Francis from Sierra Leone, who has lost his parents, sister and grandmother to the disease. Meet Francis and learn how a UNICEF supported centre is caring for him and his five-year-old sister Rose: http://uni.cf/10kpPza


On 15 September, a social mobilizer from NGO Association des Jeunes Conditionnaires et Manutentionnaires (AJCOM), a UNICEF partner, carries a basin of water past the soapy hands of children, in Conakry, the capital. The mobilizer is teaching the children about proper handwashing techniques, which help prevent the spread of diseases, including Ebola.

Last chance to apply! Want to work for children’s rights and have 2-5 years of professional experience? Check out our New and Emerging Talent Initiative (NETI), an entry point into UNICEF for dynamic professionals. Closing on September 23: http://uni.cf/1lzxnaE