In December 2005 in southern Sudan, a boy drinks water from the Akuem River, near the village of Malual Kon in Bahr el Ghazal State. Only about one-third of the population has access to safe drinking water, and the threat of water-borne disease has increased as towns swell due to the return of displaced people and refugees following decades of civil war.

2005 © UNICEF/NYHQ2005-1987/Georgina Cranston



Selena Gomez calls for action on the Sahel crisis

Actress, recording artist and UNICEF Ambassador Selena Gomez delivers a public service announcement about the critical needs of children in the Sahel.

For more information about her work with UNICEF and the current situation in the Sahel, please visit: http://uni.cf/IRgDBu


For the first time ever, from 21-28 April, countries across the world are participating in a World Immunization Week sponsored by the World Health Organization, to raise awareness on how immunization saves lives and to make sure that the poorest and hardest to reach communities get the vaccinations they need to protect their health.

Hey guys, hope you are enjoying your final day of spring break. Just a reminder, there will be a meeting after 9th tomorrow. April’s Theme is Malaria & Climate Change. See you then!



Niger, 2012: Farida Ousmane, 16, holds her 9-month-old brother, Laouli Ousmane, at the UNCEF-supported Routgouna Health Centre, in the town of Mirriah, Mirriah Department, Zinder Region. They are waiting for Laouli, who is malnourished, to be examined.

With prompt global support, a full-scale nutrition crisis can still be averted.  In Africa’s Sahel region, over 1 million children under age 5 are at risk of dying of nutrition-related illnesses. UNICEF needs US$120 million to expand emergency responses this year; only 32 per cent has been funded to date.




Kuka Kengech wraps her arms around her son, amid the ruins of their home, destroyed during inter-ethnic violence, in Pibor Town, Pibor County, Jonglei State. The boy’s stomach is distended, a likely combination of under-nutrition and parasites.

In February 2012, South Sudan celebrated seven months of independence from Sudan – achieved on 9 July 2011. But scars left by a decades-long civil war are still evident: widespread chronic food insecurity; acute malnutrition, exceeding 20 per cent in certain areas; severely limited access to basic services, including health care, improved sources of drinking water and sanitation facilities; and high rates of under-five and maternal mortality. Inter-ethnic violence also remains endemic, particularly in the eastern Jonglei State. In one example in late December 2011, a longstanding rivalry between the Lou Nuer and Murle tribes again erupted. After raiding the Murle village of Likuangole in Pibor County, the Lou Nuers went on to attack the Murle village of Gumuruk, then Pibor Town, where many conflicted-affected people had sought refuge after the initial attacks. The strikes were intended to counter the August 2011 Murle attack, involving the abduction of Lou Nuer children and women, as well as cattle. By the end of January 2012, over 140,000 people throughout Jonglei State had been registered as needing aid due to inter-ethnic violence. UNICEF supports these relief efforts in the areas of water and sanitation, health, nutrition, education and child protection.

© UNICEF/NYHQ2012-0130/Brian Sokol



PHOTO OF THE WEEK: 26 March 2012
Uganda, 2007: Uganda’s northern districts continue to recover from two decades of armed conflict. Some 2 million people were displaced, and vital infrastructure was destroyed. In the area of education, UNICEF supports government efforts to enrol all eligible children. An abandoned school desk in a camp for people displaced by conflict, in the northern Gulu District.

©UNICEF/Roger LeMoyne

For more information, please visit: http://www.unicef.org


UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Audrey Hepburn is surrounded by children (several of whom are suffering from eye diseases), during her visit to the IDP camp in Abyei province in West Kordofan State.

In 1989 in Sudan, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Audrey Hepburn travelled to central and southern Sudan to help draw attention to the plights of hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) who continue to be affected by the civil conflict in this region.

Sudan © UNICEF/NYHQ1989-0205/Jeremy Hartley


In November 2004, world-renowned footballer David Beckham of the United Kingdom was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. Mr. Beckham joins ‘Team UNICEF’ with a special focus on UNICEF’s Sports for Development programme, which promotes the power of sport to improve the lives of children, particularly those affected by poverty, disease and conflict. Mr. Beckham was introduced to UNICEF while playing at Great Britain’s premier football club Manchester United FC, which established the ‘United for UNICEF’ partnership to raise awareness of the rights of children around the world.

Spain, 2004 © UNICEF/NYHQ2004-1222/Dan Thomas

To learn more about David Beckham and other UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors, please visit: http://uni.cf/GWAmbassadors