Somalia: UN-backed project registers 57,000 out-of-school children in Puntland

In only two months, some 57,000 out-of-school children in northeast Somalia have been registered -- by youngsters their own age -- in a United Nations-sponsored initiative to get children in the war-torn country involved in the Back to School campaign.

UNICEF thanks Association of Tennis Professionals for tsunami aid

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has presented a plaque to World No. 1 tennis player Roger Federer in appreciation for the efforts of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) to raise money for relief programmes after the Indian Ocean tsunami struck last December.

Girls around the world still face challenges of inequality, UNICEF says

Ten years after the most recent United Nations conference on women’s rights, girls around the world still face such challenges as violence, difficulties getting into and staying in school, and suffering a disproportionate impact from the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

UNICEF seeks to improve management of childhood diseases in Sudan

As part of its campaign to improve the health of over 2 million children and women in Sudan over the next 12 months, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is seeking not only to provide medicines to treat diseases but also to promote better management of such illnesses in the home.

UNICEF opens two-day workshop on girls’ education in Liberia

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) opened a policy review workshop on girls’ education in Liberia today, bringing together some 50 participants to finalize a policy document aimed at promoting the full cycle of schooling by girls as the West African country recovers from 15 years of civil war.

On front line of Niger’s war against hunger, UNICEF wields porridge and syringe

On the front line of the global battle to stop starvation in drought-stricken Niger, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) stands armed with a life-saving porridge for undernourished children and syringes to vaccinate against killer diseases.

UNICEF 'senior statesman' dies at 90

A 32-year veteran of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), E.J.R. "Dick" Heyward, has died in Long Island, New York, after a long illness, the agency said today. He was 90.