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Mass vaccination campaigns in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey amid measles outbreaks

AMMAN/GENEVA, 30 April 2013 - UNICEF and partners have stepped up vaccination campaigns in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey amid a number of measles outbreaks in a region already struggling to provide humanitarian assistance to millions of people affected by the Syrian crisis. "With large population movements and the breakdown of regular health services in Syria, additional precautions are required to ensure that children are protected against killer diseases like measles no matter where they are," said Mahendra Sheth, UNICEF Regional Health Advisor. "Immunization is one of the most cost-effective tools we have available."


Supporting Syrian Children in Turkey!

Ankara, 27 March 2013 - the European Union and UNICEF Turkey have launched the project "Increasing Resilience of Syrian Children in Turkey" to assist vulnerable school-aged Syrian children and youth (ages 4-18) living in camps in Turkey. The 18 month project has a total budget of EUR 5,6 million, of which EUR 4,75 million is funded by the EU's Instrument for Stability.


Indicators to Measure the Development in Child Well-Being

Ankara; April 25, 2013 - The process to develop a national framework for identification of "Child Well-Being Indicators" in Turkey has kicked off. Today, the representatives of NGOs, international agencies and academicians, who participated at the "Child Well-Being Conference", organized by the Republic of Turkey and UNICEF, stated that proper development indicators should be designed to develop appropriate policies in order to promote child well-being.

At the opening ceremony of the conference, Ayman Abulaban, UNICEF Turkey Representative, Cevdet Yılmaz, Minister of Development and Fatma Şahin, Minister of Family and Social Policies expressed their wishes to strengthen their cooperation to promote child well-being.


UNICEF Turkey Representative Dr Ayman Abulaban's Letter to the Press for April 23


April 22, 2013

Dear Members of the Press,

I am writing to congratulate the people of Turkey, and especially the children, on the occasion of National Sovereignty and Children's Day.


"Every child needs a family"

The Goverment of Turkey and UNICEF are joining forces to support the growth of the foster care system, which provides children separated from their birth parents with a family to look after them and be part of.

Over 600 children are already benefiting from foster care as a result of the recent campaign, 'Every child needs a family'. However, about 14 000 children are still living in institutions.

Today, Minister Fatma Sahin and Marie-Pierre Poirier, Director of UNICEF Regional Office for CEE/CIS, meet to review Turkey's recent progress.


Eyes and Ears for Children: Ombudsman

18 April 2013, Ankara - UNICEF CEE/CIS Regional Director Marie-Pierre Poirier and Ombudsman of Turkey M. Nihat Omeroglu today signed a Joint Action Plan to protect child rights at the highest possible level.

The multi-dimensional joint action plan is focusing on variety of areas starting from generation of information about children and complaint mechanisms for them to the development of child friendly tools and procedures.


First 1,000 days last forever: Scaling up nutrition for a just world

New UNICEF Global Report "Improving Child Nutrition: The achievable imperative for global progress" to be launched in Dublin today

BY Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director and Tom Arnold, Scale-Up-Nutrition movement

It is entirely fitting that Ireland is hosting the 15-16 April International Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Climate justice in Dublin.


Progress shows that stunting in children can be defeated - UNICEF

Globally one in four of all children under 5 is stunted DUBLIN, 15 April 2013 - A new UNICEF report issued today offers evidence that real progress is being made in the fight against stunted growth the hidden face of poverty for 165 million children under the age of five. The report shows that accelerated progress is both possible and necessary.


UNICEF/WHO: New plan to address pneumonia and diarrhoea could save 2 million children a year

GENEVA/WASHINGTON, 12 April 2013 - A new Global Action Plan launched today by UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) has the potential to save up to 2 million children every year from deaths caused by pneumonia and diarrhoea, some of the leading killers of children under five globally. The Integrated Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhoea calls for closer integration of efforts to prevent and treat these two diseases and sets ambitious targets to reduce mortality rates and raise levels of children's access to life-saving interventions.


Child well-being - progress in danger?

FLORENCE/BRUSSELS/DUBLIN 10 April 2013 - A timely study on child well-being in rich countries, launched today by UNICEF's Office of Research, finds that the Netherlands and four Nordic countries - Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden - again sit at the top of a child well-being table; whilst four southern European countries - Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain - are placed in the bottom half of the table.


Ombudsperson visits UNICEF

Possible joint activities with UNICEF were reviewed during the visit of Ombudsperson Institution. The most important outcome of the meeting was the decision to sign a joint work plan.

"We're a new institution; we want to adopt our practices about women and children with the technical assistance of UNICEF. We'll be pleased to cooperate with UNICEF in every area" said Ombudsperson M. Nihat Ömeroğlu.



The opening ceremony, for the first of 6 prefabricated schools, was held in Süleyman Şah Tent City of Akçakale as planned to be constructed under the cooperation of AFAD, Kingdom of Belgium and UNICEF. Fatih OZER, Head of Department of Intervention (AFAD), Dr. Ayman A. ABULABAN, UNICEF Turkey Representative and Eyüp FIRAT, Akçakale District Governor attended the ceremony appealing considerable attention by hundreds of Syrian citizens consisting mostly of children.


Joint statement Appeal by heads of leading UN humanitarian agencies for the people of Syria

Enough. Enough. After more than two years of conflict and more than 70,000 deaths, including thousands of children  "After more than five million people have been forced to leave their homes, including over a million refugees living in severely stressed neighbouring countries"


"With a million people in flight, millions more displaced internally, and thousands of people continuing to cross the border every day, Syria is spiraling towards full-scale disaster," said UN High Co

School infrastructure severely damaged, attendance rates plummeting, UNICEF assessment shows

AMMAN/DAMASCUS, 5 March 2013 - Almost two years into the Syria crisis, the escalating level of violence is threatening the education of hundreds of thousands of children, a UNICEF assessment says.

One fifth of the country's schools have suffered direct physical damage or are being used to shelter displaced persons.


UNICEF welcomes adoption of Arms Trade Treaty as crucial step toward protecting children

NEW YORK, 2 April 2013 - UNICEF today welcomed the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty by the United Nations General Assembly as a crucial step towards protecting children by regulating the transfer of weapons from one country to another. The lack of any consistent global oversight of the arms trade has allowed weapons to be misused on a mass scale, resulting in the widespread killing and maiming of civilians.


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