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Health, International

Emergency action requested to avert measles, polio epidemics worldwide

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted immunization services around the world, according to UNICEF and The World Health Organization (WHO). The two United Nations organizations are calling for emergency action to avert what it fears will be major measles and polio »

Arts & Entertainment

Canadian actor to advocate for the world’s children

Award-winning actor and heart throb Simu Liu is taking on the role of ambassador for UNICEF Canada.  Liu, 30, has just landed the leading role of Asian-American superhero for the new Marvel movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten »

Health, International, Politics

Canada announces $93.7M funding for sexual and reproductive health

Aid groups are praising Ottawas’s pledge to allocate $93.7 million to fund projects supporting sexual and reproductive health and rights for millions of women and girls in developing countries whose access to these services has been severely curtailed as a »

Health, International

370M children face hunger as COVID-19 deprives them of school meals: UN

More than 370 million children in the poorest countries risk going hungry as school closures brought by the COVID-19 pandemic deprive them of school meals, the World Food Programme and UNICEF warned Wednesday. WFP executive director David Beasley called on »

International, Society

‘Alarming’ number of children suffer damage from poor diets: UNICEF

The humanitarian organization, UNICEF, says an alarmingly high number of children around the world are suffering the consequences of poor diets and a food system that is failing them. A new report suggests that 149 million children are too short »

Health, Society

UNICEF report: Canadian children not doing so well

It may seem to many around the world that children in Canada have a great life. It seems however that the children and youth themselves have a different view. A new study by UNICEF Canada found a high percentage of »

Health, International, Society

UN: Canada only so-so on family friendly policies

Oh happy day, a new baby has just come into the family! If you’re in some countries, the laws say you’ll get a significant amount of paid leave to spend with the newborn, along with other policies to help new »

Health, International

‘Water for Life’ initiative by UNICEF raises millions

For the 26th time, UNICEF will hold a gala in the western city of Calgary to raise money for its “Water for Life” campaign. UNICEF says that it and its partners reached 45 million people with improved water supplies in »

Health

Breastfeeding right after birth helps save babies’ lives: UN report

An estimated 78 million newborns are at a higher risk of death and disease each year because they do not get their mothers’ first breastmilk rich with nutrients and antibodies within the first hours of being born, according to a »

Immigration & Refugees, International, Society

Syrian children denied access to humanitarian aid

UNICEF Canada warns 55,000 children and their families are cut off from basic lifesaving humanitarian assistance in southwestern Syria. The aid agency is renewing calls for the UN Security Council to pressure the Syrian government and all parties to the »