Akon Mathiong is mourning 2 young grandsons, who died of measles last week in South Sudan.   Both had been vaccinated—spurring concerns of compromised vaccines.   A Kuajok doctor reports more than 10 cases among vaccinated children since January, amid an outbreak that has…

Water, sanitation and hygiene services are the most basic frontline tools in any health care facility—but a new WHO/UNICEF report finds that inadequate WASH facilities affect billions of people worldwide, potentially fueling the rise of deadly superbugs,

Ethiopia’s African Child Policy Forum just released its latest report ranking countries on a “Child-Friendliness Index” with a call to action.     The rankings, released periodically since 2008, look at efforts around children’s health like poverty rates, nutrition and…

Struggling to survive Afghanistan’s worst drought in decades, families are leaving their homes and losing their livelihoods—pushing some to marry off their children in exchange for dowries.   "Children are becoming the collateral,” UNICEF spokesperson Alison Parker told…

Their bright blue UNICEF backpacks could not shield dozens of children killed yesterday by a Saudi-led coalition as they sat on their schoolbus, headed back to school after a picnic.   The exact death toll is unconfirmed, but the casualties could pass 60, with dozens…

To get you in the spirit for World Immunization Week, UNICEF bundled up a dozen vaccination facts. In case you want to test yourself first here’s a sampling:

UNICEF’s “statement” on mass casualties of children in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta consisted of 10 empty lines, with quotation marks to represent missing text, CNN reports.An editorial note explaining the blank statement reads:

$37.6 billion was spent on development aid for health in 2016. But where does it all go?In low-income countries, the funds enable life-saving interventions, treatments, and medicines. But the finer details of aid allocation often lack transparency, write Y-Ling Chi, Kalipso…

Despite overall improvements in infant health, startling numbers of infants in West and Central Africa don’t make it past their first month.

Child survival rates are vastly improving globally–but how much depends on where you are. A UNICEF annual report showed improvements in under-5 deaths, from 12.6 million in 1990 to 5.6 million last year—largely from preventable conditions certain regions.  In sub-Saharan…