At $1 billion more per year, vaccines can save 10 million lives over decade – UN

Ten million additional lives could be saved through child and maternal immunization between 2006-2015 at an average annual cost of $1 billion, according to a new study by the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

UNICEF chief to visit India, UK on health and protection mission

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Ann M. Veneman travels to India and the United Kingdom this week for a trip focusing on issues critical to children’s health and protection, culminating with the launch in London of the agency’s flagship publication, the State of the World’s Children 2006.

African politicians convene for conference on ending female genital cutting

Ways of ending the dangerous practice of female genital cutting that violates the fundamental human rights of 3 million girls in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East were discussed by African parliamentarians as well as religious and traditional leaders at a just-concluded seminar co-organized by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Dakar, Senegal.

Racing Dream Team raises $18,000 for Ethiopian orphans, UNICEF says

Dream Team members who ran in the first sponsored 2005 Toyota Great Ethiopian Run to raise funds for orphans and vulnerable children pulled in more than $18,000 in Sunday’s “Run for Their Dreams” campaign, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today.

UN children’s agency supports expanded tetanus immunization in Uganda

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has announced its support for an expanded campaign to immunize more than 850,000 girls and women of childbearing age in Uganda against the threat of tetanus, which poses grave risks to pregnant women and their babies.

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.