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Pakistan has worst newborn mortality rate: UNICEF

NEWS DESK: In the neonatal intensive care department of an Islamabad hospital, scrawny infants struggle for survival — victims of a vacuum in resources and education in the country with the highest newborn mortality rate in the world. “In Pakistan, a baby dies every second minute,” says Haider Shirazi, head of the neonatal department at…

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Babies born in poorest countries still face ‘alarming’ risks: UNICEF

NEWS DESK: Babies born in the world’s poorest countries, most of them in Africa, still face “alarming” risks of death that can be 50 times as high as those in the richest countries, according to a UNICEF report released Tuesday, reported AFP. While the last quarter-century has seen broad improvements in older children’s health, “we…

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Karma: Charity, generosity, pity

By Ehtesham Anwar The first ever English proverb recited to me was to serve humanity, which really motivated an emerging brain being shaped to respond the society, giving an eternal strength to help others with positivity in the future. People and countries are annually categorized by their generosity shown to others despite their financial and…

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Unicef calls for protection, supervision of children using internet

NEW YORK: Only 15 per cent people have access to the Internet in the least-developed countries, a UNICEF report has revealed. In developed countries, an estimated 81 per cent people use Internet, the report “The State of the World’s Children 2017: Children in a Digital World” covering 24 countries in 2017 said, calling for a…

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Govt fully alive to ensure security, welfare of children: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Monday said that the government was fully alive to its responsibilities towards our children, and is striving with determination to ensure their inclusive development, education, healthcare, participation, dignity and security. In his message to the nation on Universal Children’s Day observed on the day, the prime minister said Pakistan…

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Pakistan can face absolute water scarcity, drought by 2025: Experts

LAHORE: Health experts have warned that Pakistan can approach absolute scarcity levels of water and face a drought as early as 2025. These hazards, pose not only threats to individual health but also to economic growth, food security and environmental sustainability, they said and added efforts to include environmental considerations in all phases of policy…

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More than 200,000 children of Rohingya Muslims in urgent need of help

An unprecedented 200,000 child refugees have fled Burma and are now in urgent need of help, Unicef has warned, as the Rohingya crisis reaches new proportions. Minors make up at least 60 per cent of the 330,000 Rohingya who have crossed the border to Bangladesh over the past few weeks. Highly traumatised, they are arriving…

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This video depicting plight of thirsty Somali children will leave you in tears

NEWS DESK: Over 2.4 million children in Somalia desperately need clean drinking water. Their lives depend on it. As part of World Water Week observance, UNICEF made this video depicting the plight of thirsty Somali children who do not have access to clean drinking water. Water is a right, not a privilege. Watch this video:

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Only 37.7 per cent Pakistani mothers practice exclusive breastfeeding: WHO-UNICEF report

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan stands at 18 per cent for early initiation of breastfeeding and only 37.7 per cent mothers practice exclusive breastfeeding for six months, a newly released joint WHO-UNICEF report revealed here Thursday. The report stated that no country in the world fully meets the recommended breastfeeding standards and that only 23 countries, out of…

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One in five children in developed world in relative poverty: UN

PARIS: One in five children in rich countries lives in relative poverty, according to a UNICEF report published Thursday that put the US and New Zealand among the world’s worst performers for youth well-being. Nearly 13 percent of children in those countries lack access to sufficient safe and nutritious food, the report said, with that…

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Stunting and wasting, a major threat for child survival and development of South Asian nations

KATHMANDU: A regional conference organized jointly by the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will identify actions to accelerate progress in the care of severely wasted children, which affects 8 million children in South Asia. It brings together, for the first time, government representatives, UN partners and…

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Japan, UNICEF to vaccinate 3.3m children in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Japanese government, Japan International Cooperation Agency and the United Nations Children’s Fund have signed an agreement to vaccinate 3.3 million children between 4 to 23 months of age in Pakistan. Speaking at a signing ceremony in Islamabad, Prime Minister Focal Person for Polio Eradication Ayesha Raza Farooq lauded Japanese government efforts in eradication of…

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Pakistan will become polio free by the end 2016: UNICEF

ISLAMABAD: UNICEF Country Representative in Pakistan, Angela Kearney said that through coordinated and collaborative efforts of the international organisations and the government of Pakistan, polio will be eradicated from the country by the end of this year. Talking to the state broadcaster, Angela Kearny said that in 2014 there were 309 polio cases in Pakistan…

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22 children killed in air strikes on Syrian school: UNICEF

UNITED NATIONS: Air strikes that hit a school in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province killed 22 children and six teachers, the UN children’s agency UNICEF said Wednesday.

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Girls spend 40% more time on chores than boys, UN report finds

NEW YORK: Girls spend 40% more time performing unpaid household chores than boys, according to a new report from the UN children’s agency. Unicef said the difference in time spent working amounted to 160m extra hours a day worldwide. Two out of three girls cook and clean in the home, and almost half collect water or…

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Without aid, 49,000 children will die this year in northeast Nigeria: U.N.

NEW YORK: Nearly half a million children around Lake Chad face “severe acute malnutrition” due to drought and a seven-year insurgency by Islamist militant group Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria, UNICEF said on Thursday. Of the 475,000 deemed at risk, 49,000 in Nigeria’s Borno state, Boko Haram’s heartland, will die this year if they do…

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Bottle feeding rate of increased to 42pc in Pakistan: UNICEF

ISLAMABAD: Only 37.7 percent of infants under six months are exclusively breastfed in Pakistan, according to data released by UNICEF. Bottle feeding rate has increased to 42 percent, which shows the severity of problem in the country. Progress has also been slow in getting more new-borns breastfed within the first hour of life, UNICEF said….

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Syria newborns saved by staff after hospital attacks

ALEPPO: Air strikes on a children’s hospital and two others in the divided Syrian city of Aleppo sparked a desperate bid by medical staff to rescue at least nine newborns. The UN’s children’s agency UNICEF and doctors at Al-Hakim children’s hospital said Wednesday’s attacks in the rebel-controlled part of the city were chilling. The attacks…

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UNICEF inaugurates water scheme in Chitral

CHITRAL: Rehabilitation of the Angarghoon drinking water supply scheme was inaugurated in Chitral today. The scheme was opened by the Deputy Commissioner Chitral, Osama Ahmed Warriach and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative in Pakistan, Angela Kearney. The largest and the only source for safe drinking water in the area, it is expected to…

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New UN initiative aims to protect girls from child marriage

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations announced a new initiative Tuesday to advance efforts to end child marriage by 2030 and protect the rights of millions of the most vulnerable girls around the world. The initiative by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), announced on International Women’s Day, is part of…

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Google teams with UNICEF to map Zika virus spread

SAN FRANCISCO: Google on Thursday said that it is working with UNICEF to map the spread of Zika and pitching in a million dollars to support the group’s efforts on the ground. A volunteer team of Google engineers, designers and data scientists is helping UNICEF build a computer platform to analyze data from sources such…

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