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#wateris scarce for as many people as roughly the population of Europe – that’s 768 million people who don’t have access to safe water.

Janet Jackson Lifts Her Voice to Help Kids in West and Central Africa
Janet Jackson, GRAMMY® Award-winning and Oscar® nominated artist, entertainer and actor is lending her talent and powerful voice to support UNICEF in providing humanitarian assistance in the Sahel region of West and Central Africa, where 1.4 million children are at risk of severe malnutrition, a potentially deadly condition if left untreated.

UNICEF’s response in the area focuses on providing immediate support to the most vulnerable children, including life-saving therapeutic food, basic health services, and clean water to help safeguard against infectious diseases and diarrhea. Last year, 800,000 children’s lives were saved from severe malnutrition in the Sahel. It was the largest intervention of its kind in the history of the region, which encompasses the countries of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Cameroon, The Gambia, Nigeria and Senegal.

Globally, under-nutrition contributes to more than a third of deaths among children under the age of five. The physical and cognitive damage caused by not receiving enough of the right type of nutrients, especially in the first two years of life, is permanent. Lifelong physical and mental effects can include stunting, blindness, weakened immune systems, mental retardation, and other disabilities. While the damage cannot be treated, it can be prevented by providing expectant mothers, newborns and very young children with nutrients such as proteins, fat, and vitamins; and minerals such as vitamin A, iron, and zinc.

For more information: http://www.unicef.org/


“Every day, we spend three hours collecting and carrying water,” said Elezete (age 9), who lives in the rural village of Mate Restu in Timor-Leste. She rises each morning at 5 a.m. to begin the first of several 30-minute treks she makes daily to the nearest water source, an unprotected mountain spring. She then walks 90 minutes to school, frequently arriving late and tired. Fetching water often falls to girls in Timor-Leste; most spend an average of 52 minutes each day on this work.

© UNICEF/James Alcock

To see more: www.unicef.org/photography

He did it again.

Huge congratulations to Goodwill Ambassador Novak Djokovic, who on Sunday broke records by winning the Australian Open for the third consecutive year!

You truly are a champion both on and off the court.

© UNICEF/NYHQ2011-1349/Matthew Cortellesi

Photo caption: Taken in 2011, newly appointed UNICEF National Ambassador for Serbia Novak Djokovic holds up a T-shirt bearing the UNICEF logo, at the United States Open Tennis Championships in New York City.

More than 600,000 have fled the conflict in Syria and registered as refugees. The number of Syrians who have left without registering is unknown but is likely to be hundreds of thousands.

We do know, however, that children make up around half the number of refugees and that is certainly no way for any child to live their childhood.

What is going to happen and when will a Syrian child be able to simply be a child?

Follow UNICEF’s activites regarding the Syrian crisis here: http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/syriancrisis_67185.html

Investment in children - the best buy in global health

As world leaders, economists and captains of industry meet in Davos to tackle the health of the economy, UNICEF is looking at economical ways of bringing better health to vulnerable children.

Check this out…the scenarios are, tragically, familiar in the world: A new mother bleeds to death because a health centre has run out of medicine; a child dies of pneumonia because there is no one to diagnose or treat her; parents are powerless stop their newborn from contracting malaria.

Of the estimated 6.9 million children who died before reaching their fifth birthday in 2011, almost two thirds of them died of infectious diseases, nearly all of which could have been prevented by low-cost, life-saving commodities such as medicines, medical devices and health supplies.

Watch this video and tell us what you think should and can be done.

FYI - you can read more here: http://www.unicef.org/health/index_67622.html

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: 22 January 2013

A girl passes a wall that reads: “God loves children who say their ‘namaz’ [prayers].” She is on her way to her kindergarten, in the village of Bahl, Hormozgan Province. Article 14 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child guarantees every child’s right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. UNICEF works worldwide to realize the fulfilment of all children’s rights.

Iran, 2011 ©UNICEF/Arfa

To see more: www.unicef.org/photography

Remembering Danny Kaye – UNICEF’s first ambassador to the world’s children

18 January 2013 would have been iconic entertainer Danny Kaye’s 100th birthday. The UNICEF family remembers its first Goodwill Ambassador fondly.

Do you remember Danny? 

“If children are healthy and have care and education,” he said, “surely they will be more effective adults, and maybe, just maybe, make the world a better place.”

What a guy!!!

Read more: http://www.unicef.org/people/people_67566.html

Mia Farrow Field Diary: “Let’s be a community”

"Lebanese communities who have taken in Syrian refugees are setting an example that the world must match" says UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow.

At the same time, the internationally renowned actress and long-time UNICEF advocate said she’d been deeply touched by the way ordinary Lebanese families – themselves very poor – had opened up their homes and hearts to the incoming refugees.

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Now the real question: Would you take a stranger into your home if asked?..think about it

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: 6 January 2013

Boys play football in an area of Sirte, Libya, that was once contaminated with unexploded ordinance. Much of the city, the final stronghold of former government forces, was destroyed during Libya’s civil war. The 10-month conflict displaced more than 200,000 Libyans and forced over 660,000 to seek refuge abroad before ending in October 2011. Recovery efforts are ongoing.

©UNICEF/Giovanni Diffidenti

To see more: www.unicef.org/photography