News: December 2008

UNICEF intensifies emergency response in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean children, already bearing the brunt of a shattered economy, severe food shortages, HIV/AIDS and failing social services, as well as suffering the acute effects of a lack of food, water a...

02 Dec '08 | Cholera | Zimbabwe

Global measles deaths drop by 74%

It has been reported that measles deaths worldwide fell by 74% between 2000 and 2007, from an estimated 750 000 to 197 000. The Eastern Mediterranean region, which includes Afghanistan, Pakistan, S...

04 Dec '08

HRB Chairman stresses importance of continued investment in health research

Researchers in Ireland are involved in health research that will make a difference to people’s lives. According to the Irish Health Research Board, it is important to help people to understand the ...

04 Dec '08 | Ireland

Health system problems aggravate cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe

The major cause of the cholera outbreak is the inadequate supply of clean drinking water and poor levels of hygiene. Shortages of medicines, equipment and staff at health facilities throughout the ...

10 Dec '08 | Cholera | Zimbabwe

Irish pork update

15 Dec '08

Cholera epidemic takes its toll on Zimbabwe’s children

Since August 2008, 783 people from nine of the 10 provinces of Zimbabwe have died from cholera. With a fatality rate of approaching 5%, the outbreak has exceeded the international acceptable thresh...

15 Dec '08 | Cholera | Zimbabwe

Soccer Aid 2008 raises over £1.14 million for UNICEF

Soccer Aid 2008 has raised over £1.14 million for its health, education and protection work with vulnerable children worldwide. UNICEF does not receive any funding from the United Nations and relie...

19 Dec '08 | Soccer Aid | International

Mia Farrow calls for access for aid agencies in Congo

Actress Mia Farrow, who has returned from a 3 day visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), urged armed groups to allow aid organizations to provide life saving assistance to women and child...

22 Dec '08 | International Aid | DRC

Children in conflict: Darfur, the DRC and Gaza

Childrens' organization UNICEF has expressed concern about children in areas of violent conflict, including in Gaza, DRC and Darfur (Sudan). In such circumstances, children are the most vulnerable.

30 Dec '08 | Child Welfare | International

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