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Breastfeeding ‘for a healthier planet’

World Breastfeeding Week got underway on Saturday, with the UN urging communities everywhere to “support breastfeeding for a healthier planet”. Health agency (WHO) and the UN...

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Revealed: A third of world’s children poisoned by lead, UNICEF analysis finds

Lead poisoning is affecting children on a “massive and previously unknown scale”, according to a ground-breaking new study launched on Thursday by the United Nations Children’s Fund...

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Forced labour, prostitution and child marriages: rescuing victims of trafficking in Malawi

Human trafficking is a problem in Malawi, with teenage boys forced to work as farm labourers, and young women to sexual exploitation in nightclubs or bars. The UN is supporting the...

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Spread of hepatitis B in children under five, lowest in decades: WHO

The global prevalence of potentially-deadly hepatitis B in children under age five, dropped to under one per cent in 2019 – down from five per cent in the pre-vaccine decades...

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Children in Nigeria and surrounding countries, continuing to endure ‘horrendous violations’

Girls and boys in northeast Nigeria are continuing to endure brutal abuse at the hands of Boko Haram, and are also being deeply affected by military operations taking place to...

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‘COVID-19 is making a global childcare crisis even worse’: UNICEF chief

Following the release of a UN 

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Masks for kids? Schools confront the politics of reopening

 On one side are parents saying, let kids be kids. They object to masks and social distancing in classrooms this fall - arguing both could hurt their children’s well-being - and...

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Pandemic putting immunization gains at risk, UN agencies warn

Disruptions in the delivery of immunization services resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic threaten to unravel global gains in reaching more children and young people with a wider...

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Iraqi children's hospital fighting to keep cancer patients safe from COVID-19

Basra Children's Hospital which specializes in cancer treatment has cut admissions by half since May due to the novel coronavirus, its director said, and is battling to keep...

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COVID-19: UN and partners work to ensure learning never stops for young refugees

Global advocates for refugees are pushing to ensure the COVID-19 pandemic does not derail efforts for displaced children and young people to continue learning and eventually return...

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Women and girls deserve more protection in emergencies, UN rights council hears

The collective impact of climate change, COVID-19 and conflict mean that well over 200 million people will likely need humanitarian assistance by 2022, the UN’s deputy rights chief...

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World must do better to prevent children ‘dying needlessly’ from AIDS-related illnesses

Despite progress in the global battle against HIV, the response on behalf of children has fallen behind, the UN agency leading the fight to stamp out the virus said on Tuesday....

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Spike in child abuse during lockdown: London hospital

A major London children's hospital registered a 15-fold increase in the number of apparent child abuse cases it dealt with during the COVID-19 lockdown compared to previous years,...

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Youth activist speaks up for environmental protection at Human Rights Council

At the UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday, a teenager from Côte d’Ivoire has explained why protecting the environment matters so much.

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Rare syndrome linked to COVID-19 found in almost 300 US kids, adolescents

Nearly 300 cases of a rare, life-threatening syndrome in children and adolescents associated with the novel coronavirus have been identified in the United States in two studies in...

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