Over a Quarter of Children Under the Age of Five in Ghana Suffer Chronic Malnutrition

Many Ghanaian children under the age of five suffer the irreversible effects of malnutrition in their critical first 1,000 days of life. This is the time in children’s lives that determines their health as adults, their ability to learn in school and to perform at a future job. Over a[Read More…]

Girls Forced Into Child Marriage Because They Can’t Afford Sanitary Pads

by Emma Batha LONDON, Oct 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When Ugandan schoolgirl Auma got her first period she asked her mother for sanitary pads. Her mother suggested she find herself a husband to pay for them. Auma was just 12. Auma’s story is not uncommon. Many girls in Uganda[Read More…]

UNICEF Explains How Boko Haram Used 83 Children As ‘Human Bombs’

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says since January, Boko Haram insurgents have used 83 children as “human bombs”. In a statement, UNICEF said while 55 were girls, mostly under the age of 15 years old, 27 were boys, and one was a baby strapped to a girl. It said the[Read More…]

Famine Looms In Nigeria, UNICEF Warns

  Famine looms in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan with close to 1.4 million children at risk of dying from severe acute malnutrition, UNICEF has said. UNICEF revealed this via a statement by Doune Porter, UNICEF spokesperson, on Tuesday. “Time is running out for more than a million children,” said Anthony[Read More…]

Under Buhar’s Watch, 80,000 Children Will Starve To Death In Northern Nigeria

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nearly a half million children will face starvation in northeastern Nigeria next year and 80,000 will die if they don’t get treatment in the humanitarian crisis created by Boko Haram’s Islamic uprising, the U.N. Children’s Agency warned Tuesday. “What is already a crisis can become a[Read More…]

UNICEF Frees 876 Children Held For Possible Boko Haram Ties

The United Nations says that it has negotiated the release of nearly 900 children detained by the Nigerian Army and other security forces after they reclaimed territories seized by Boko Haram militants. According to UNICEF’s Regional Director for West and Central Africa region, Mr Manuel Fontaine, the 876 children had[Read More…]

The Disturbing Statement By UNICEF About The Released Chibok Girls Deserves Your Attention

The 21 Chibok girls and other girls rescued last week need intensive support to rebuild their lives, UNICEF has said. They face a new ordeal of stigmatisation resulting from their forced association with Boko Haram, the organisation said. UNICEF says the reunification of these girls with their families highlights the[Read More…]

As Polio Makes A Come Back, Borno Is The First State Targeted With Two Outbreaks Confirmed

The Minister of Health, Prof.Isaac Adewole, yesterday, confirmed an outbreak of wild polio virus, WPV, in Borno State. This is coming after Nigeria celebrated two years without a case of polio. Meanwhile, the Federal Government has directed the deployment of a national emergency response team, comprising government and partners to[Read More…]

Saraki Seeks Review of Security Situation In The North East As Boko Haram Attacks UN Aide Workers

Saraki Calls for Calm as UN Humanitarian Convoy is Attacked – Calls on UN to resume activities Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Friday called for calm as the United Nation’s announced that it would be suspending aid deliveries in Nigeria after a United Nation’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF) humanitarian[Read More…]

UNICEF Begs For Urgent Intervention In Kaduna As 1.6 million Children Are Malnourished

The United Nation Children’s Fund on Wednesday said Kaduna State has over 1.6 million malnourished children, the highest in Nigeria. UNICEF’s Nutrition Specialist, Dr Florence Oni, disclosed this while presenting nutrition intervention score card in the last six months in the state. Speaking during the two-day 2016 mid-year review meeting[Read More…]