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  • UNICEF signs deal to procure up to 220 million doses of Sputnik V vaccine May 28, 2021 08:18 AM IST

    UNICEF signs deal to procure up to 220 million doses of Sputnik V vaccine

    The deal is contingent on the vaccine being approved for emergency use by the World Health Organisation and on vaccines alliance Gavi signing a purchase agreement to buy vaccines on behalf of the UN-backed initiative known as COVAX.

  • Tragic COVID-19 situation in India should raise alarm bells for all of us: UNICEF May 06, 2021 09:36 AM IST

    Tragic COVID-19 situation in India should raise alarm bells for all of us: UNICEF

    United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has sent additional critical lifesaving supplies to India, including 2 million face shields and 200,000 surgical masks.

  • Sent 3,000 oxygen concentrators to help India: UNICEF May 01, 2021 08:39 PM IST

    Sent 3,000 oxygen concentrators to help India: UNICEF

    The UNICEF is also providing technical support to the government and partners to help 1.23 crore children in 17 states continue learning from home.

  • COVID-19 update | UNICEF says AstraZeneca supply issues outside India resolved Apr 20, 2021 08:39 PM IST

    COVID-19 update | UNICEF says AstraZeneca supply issues outside India resolved

    UNICEF also expects to receive 50 million doses of the shot from the Serum Institute of India in May, compared with almost none this month as the company tries to meet demand in its home country that is battling a huge jump in infections.

  • COVAX expects full vaccine supplies from India's Serum in May, says UNICEF Mar 29, 2021 11:20 AM IST

    COVAX expects full vaccine supplies from India's Serum in May, says UNICEF

    “Deliveries of SII/AZ vaccine are expected to begin fully again by May, with catch-up deliveries to reach every participant’s full allocation up to May, accelerating thereafter,” a UNICEF spokeswoman told Reuters in an email.

  • Artwork from world's largest canvas painting sells for $62 million in Dubai Mar 26, 2021 05:35 PM IST

    Artwork from world's largest canvas painting sells for $62 million in Dubai

    Painted on one large canvas on the ballroom floor of the Atlantis hotel in Dubai over seven months of the coronavirus pandemic, the canvas was split into 70 lots for sale. They were all bought together by Andre Abdoune, a French national living in Dubai who has a cryptocurrency business.

  • COVID-19 Update | The World Needs Syringes. He Jumped In to Make 5,900 Per Minute Mar 05, 2021 10:45 PM IST

    COVID-19 Update | The World Needs Syringes. He Jumped In to Make 5,900 Per Minute

    The world needs between 8 billion and 10 billion syringes for COVID-19 vaccinations alone, experts say. In previous years, only 5% to 10% of the estimated 16 billion syringes used worldwide were meant for vaccination and immunization.

  • Closure of 1.5 million schools due to COVID-19 impacted 247 million children in India: UNICEF study Mar 03, 2021 06:57 PM IST

    Closure of 1.5 million schools due to COVID-19 impacted 247 million children in India: UNICEF study

    Globally, schools for more than 168 million children have been completely closed for almost a full year, UNICEF said.

  • Migrants evade Libyan coast guard to reach Europe Feb 25, 2021 05:13 PM IST

    Migrants evade Libyan coast guard to reach Europe

    Not only must they brave 70 kph (43 mph) winds and 4-meter (13-foot) waves, but also win the race against the Libyan coast guard, which has been trained and equipped by Europe to keep migrants away from its shores.

  • Community, private sector involvement crucial to achieving health goals: UNICEF official Feb 25, 2021 10:42 AM IST

    Community, private sector involvement crucial to achieving health goals: UNICEF official

    Addressing a webinar on "Achieving SDGs related to Maternal Mortality Rate and IMR Dream or Reality," organised by the state Department of Health and Family Welfare on Wednesday, Paul Rutter, Regional Advisor (Health) of UNICEF lauded Kerala for ensuring community engagement, social accountability, and decentralised governance in primary healthcare.

  • Ghana to receive world's first doses of free Covax vaccines: UNICEF Feb 24, 2021 12:58 PM IST

    Ghana to receive world's first doses of free Covax vaccines: UNICEF

    "These 600,000 Covax vaccines are part of an initial tranche of deliveries of the AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccine licensed to the Serum Institute of India, which represent part of the first wave of Covid vaccines headed to several low and middle-income countries," said UNICEF, which organised the shipment from Mumbai, in a joint statement with the WHO.

  • Serum Institute of India, UNICEF enter into long-term supply for COVID-19 vaccines Feb 04, 2021 01:45 PM IST

    Serum Institute of India, UNICEF enter into long-term supply for COVID-19 vaccines

    India is one of the world's biggest drugmakers, and an increasing number of countries have already approached it for procuring the coronavirus vaccines.

  • Nearly 60,000 babies to take birth in India on New Year’s Day, highest in the world: UNICEF Jan 01, 2021 06:14 PM IST

    Nearly 60,000 babies to take birth in India on New Year’s Day, highest in the world: UNICEF

    UNICEF estimates that over 3,71,504 babies are likely to be born across the world on January 1, 2021. Of these, 52 percent of the births will take place in just 10 countries, including India, China, and Pakistan.

  • Coronavirus impact | WHO, UNICEF warn of polio, measles resurgence as COVID-19 disrupts healthcare services Nov 06, 2020 09:09 PM IST

    Coronavirus impact | WHO, UNICEF warn of polio, measles resurgence as COVID-19 disrupts healthcare services

    Both the WHO and UNICEF reminded on November 6 that the coronavirus pandemic has not only brought the entire world to its knees, but also disrupted immunization services across the globe

  • United Nations stockpiling billion syringes for COVID-19 vaccine Oct 19, 2020 05:58 PM IST

    United Nations stockpiling billion syringes for COVID-19 vaccine

    UNICEF, the UN Children's Fund, said it aims to get 520 million syringes in its warehouses by the end of this year, to guarantee an initial supply in countries ahead of the vaccine.

  • Need to bring back Poshan Abhiyan at the level it was in pre-COVID times: UNICEF Oct 04, 2020 02:14 PM IST

    Need to bring back Poshan Abhiyan at the level it was in pre-COVID times: UNICEF

    He said programmes under Poshan Abhiyan such as the functioning of Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), take-home rations and giving pregnant women and children iron folic tablets to prevent anaemia need to be fully implemented again.

  • 2 in 5 schools did not have handwashing facilities before COVID-19 outbreak: UNICEF Aug 14, 2020 07:24 PM IST

    2 in 5 schools did not have handwashing facilities before COVID-19 outbreak: UNICEF

    As per the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme report, as many as 818 million children around the world lack access to basic handwashing facilities at their schools, which exposed them to the risk of contracting COVID-19 among other contagious diseases.

  • Additional 6.7 million children under 5 could suffer from wasting due to COVID-19: UNICEF Jul 28, 2020 04:41 PM IST

    Additional 6.7 million children under 5 could suffer from wasting due to COVID-19: UNICEF

    Wasting is a life-threatening form of malnutrition, which makes children too thin and weak, and puts them at greater risk of dying, poor growth, development and learning.

  • Indian children, relentless punishment, and a vicious cycle of violence Jul 18, 2020 08:45 AM IST

    Indian children, relentless punishment, and a vicious cycle of violence

    Our society punishes children twice – first as parental abuse when they are little, then by denying them opportunities for rehabilitation when they take to crime.

  • How violence at home traumatises children and sprouts a dysfunctional society Jul 18, 2020 08:34 AM IST

    How violence at home traumatises children and sprouts a dysfunctional society

    Growing up in a violent home is a traumatic experience that affects every aspect of a child’s life and development, writes psychologist Dr Prerna Kohli.

  • Serum Institute of India, UNICEF supply agreement to provide pneumonia vaccine to low-income nations Jun 17, 2020 09:50 AM IST

    Serum Institute of India, UNICEF supply agreement to provide pneumonia vaccine to low-income nations

    “Pneumonia is the biggest single killer of children, claiming the life of a child every 39 seconds. By being able to provide this quality-assured pneumococcal conjugate vaccine at such an affordable price, we can save millions of children's lives,” Director of UNICEF's supply and procurement headquarters Etleva Kadilli said.

  • Culture of silence around menstruation has become even more evident in COVID-19 pandemic: UNICEF May 28, 2020 03:18 PM IST

    Culture of silence around menstruation has become even more evident in COVID-19 pandemic: UNICEF

    On Menstrual Hygiene Day on Thursday, Haque said millions of women and girls from economically disadvantaged sections of the society are finding it difficult to manage their periods safely, hygienically and with dignity.

  • Coronavirus impact | With routine health services disrupted, 6,000 more children could die daily: UNICEF May 14, 2020 01:34 PM IST

    Coronavirus impact | With routine health services disrupted, 6,000 more children could die daily: UNICEF

    The countries that could see the highest death toll among children aged below 5 years are India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Brazil, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Congo and Uganda

  • UNICEF more than doubles coronavirus appeal to $1.6 billion May 12, 2020 09:53 AM IST

    UNICEF more than doubles coronavirus appeal to $1.6 billion

    The new coronavirus, which causes the respiratory illness COVID-19, has infected some 4.1 million people globally and more than 282,000 have died

  • At 20.1 million, India expected to have highest births since COVID-19 declared as pandemic: UNICEF May 07, 2020 09:48 AM IST

    At 20.1 million, India expected to have highest births since COVID-19 declared as pandemic: UNICEF

    The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned that pregnant mothers and babies born during the pandemic across the world were threatened by strained health systems and disruptions in services.

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