Why Child Survival Rates Continue to Improve

Last week Melinda Gates, the Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, wrote on Impatient Optimists that the most important statistic in the world is the rate of child survival. It is one of the only health statistics that improves year after year. 300,000 more children are alive this year than last and you can be…

One Million Children are Now Syrian Refugees

Amid news of a poison chemical attack right outside of Damascus last week and the sniper attack on a UN convoy today, UNICEF also had harrowing news of its own to announce last Friday. They have recorded the one millionth child refugee who has escaped the war in Syria. “This one millionth child refugee is…

Somalia: A Country in Flux

Photo: Ramadan in Somalia: Men pray at a mosque in Mogadishu, Somalia, during the holy month of Ramadan. UN Photo/Ilyas A Abukar Even though there was much fanfare and optimism coming out of Somalia a year ago as a new government was put in place and a new constitution was ushered in , the Horn of Africa country…

UNICEF Features Fantastic Breastfeeding Images

During World Breastfeeding Week UNICEF shared knowledgeable breastfeeding infographics along with beautiful photos of breastfeeding mothers on Facebook. Whenever I travel to low or middle income countries I always see scores of breastfeeding mothers and their children, but those numbers could be greater in order to save more babies. Simply breastfeeding gives babies an increased…

Unicef USA’s Children With Disabilities Webinar

On Thursday, August 1, Unicef USA conducted a webinar with Cara E. Yar Khan, UNICEF Haiti Disability Focal Point and Mark Engman is currently the Director of Public Policy and Advocacy for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. From UNICEF The issue of disability is not new to UNICEF, however the agency has moved from just…