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Almost half of child deaths occur in first month of life, UN estimates

16 Sep 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

Most are from preventable causes such as diseases like pneumonia, malnutrition and complications in labour, but new research highlights success in Rwanda

Liz Ford

More than six million children under five died last year, mostly from preventable causes and almost half in the first month of life, according to the latest UN estimates.

Pneumonia, diarrhoea and malaria were among the leading causes of death, while undernutrition contributed to almost half of all under-five deaths. Complications before and during child birth were also significant. 

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Government launches campaign against corporal punishment

15 Sep 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

KATHMANDU, SEP 15 - The government on Sunday launched a national campaign against Corporal Punishment of Children.

The campaign set afloat by the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare on the occasion of Children’s Day aims to ban corporal punishment by advocating for amendments in current law and also reaching out to parents, teachers and children to stop the use of physical force.

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Six in 10 children face regular physical assault, report warns

5 Sep 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

Young people aged between two and 14 experience frequent violence, according to global study published by Unicef

Carla Kweifio-Okai
Friday 5 September 2014 07.54 EDT
 

Six out of 10 children between the ages of two and 14 are regularly subject to physical assaults, according to a report that shows violence against children remains largely under-reported and undocumented.

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Unicef Report Details Endemic Violence Against Children

4 Sep 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

 

UNITED NATIONS — One in 10 girls worldwide have been forced into a sexual act, and six in 10 children ages 2 to 14 are regularly beaten by parents and caregivers, according to a report issued Thursday by the United Nations’ children’s agency, Unicef.

 

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A death by suicide every 40 seconds, says WHO

4 Sep 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

Somebody dies by taking their own life every 40 seconds, according to a significant report by the World Health Organization (WHO).

It said suicide was a "major public health problem" that was too often shrouded in taboo.

The WHO wants to reduce the rate of suicide by 10% by 2020, but warned that just 28 countries have a national suicide prevention strategy.

Campaigners said there needed to be more education in schools. 

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Five Hundred Days Remain to Achieve Our Goal of Universal Primary Education

2 Sep 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

 

There are fewer than 500 days before the world reaches its deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals. These goals contain a set of targets agreed to by world leaders in 2000 to eradicate poverty and hunger, ensure universal primary education and women’s rights and improve health across the globe by 2015.  With the finish line in sight, it is time to focus our attention on completing the job. We will need every single one of the 500 days we have left.

 

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Share your World Day of Prayer and Action for Children celebration with us!

21 Aug 2014  |  News and Press - World Day News

 

Whether you celebrate the World Day on or around November 20 or you work on children’s issues throughout the year, we would like to hear from you how you try to give expression in and to celebration, worship, meditation, reflection that strengthens and supports your work and action.
 
We want to establish a resource page for anyone who would like to celebrate The Day of Prayer and Action for Children. With a resource page we want to engage religious leaders and their communities in the celebration of the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children. With a resource page we want to contribute to the building of a community, where people of different religious and cultural traditions, can inspire each other and together all over the world be strengthened in knowing that they belong together and are all committed to the wellbeing, security and rights of children. ]
 
How do you or how would you like to express a moment of spirituality in celebration? Do you work together with people of different faiths or do you work with people from your own religious community? How do you make sense of the Prayer in the title of the Day of Prayer and Action for Children?
 
Let us know what you do or what you would like to do. Share with us a prayer, a text, a meditation, a reflection, a hymn or song, an illustration or drawing, a video-clip or slides and we will post it on our resource page building day by day a library of spiritual resources!
 
Already now you can see how this page is growing day by day. Thank you for being part of this undertaking to establish a library of your prayers for a Day of Prayer and Action for children!
 
Please send you contribution to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Kind regards
 
Hans Ucko
Co-chair
Day of Prayer and Action for Children
 
PS If you need additional information or seek any advice, don’t hesitate but contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Syrian conflict: Untold misery of child brides

20 Aug 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

 

There is an alarming rise in the number of Syrian refugee girls in Jordan being forced into early marriages, according to the new figures from the United Nations.

As Orla Guerin reports from Zaatari refugee camp, poverty is forcing some families to effectively sell their daughters to much older men, and there is now an organised trade in young girls.

In a prefabricated cabin in the sprawling camp, a girl, 13, sat on the floor engulfed by a frilly white dress, and a hooded silk cape.

She was surrounded by children, not much younger than her, clapping and singing a nursery rhyme.

What looked like a game of dressing-up was in fact her wedding reception. Her Mother looked on from a distance and wept - for her war torn homeland, and perhaps for her daughter. She asked us not to give their names.

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500 days and beyond in education

20 Aug 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

 

By Allan Goodman20 August 2014

We stand now at approximately 500 days from the initial target date for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals set in 1990.

These goals represent the most ambitious shared aspirations of humanity the modern world ever assembled. As we take measure now of the successes and shortfalls of this global effort, redouble our efforts for real, sustained progress in these final 500 days, and establish the framework for beyond 2015, I am inspired by what has been achieved and worried about what comes next.

 

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World Humanitarian Day: voices from the field

19 Aug 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

For humanitarian workers, last year was the most dangerous on record, with 155 killed. World Humanitarian Day – which marks the anniversary of the bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad in 2003 when 22 people died – is intended to highlight the plight of aid workers. We profile 10 people working in some of the world’s most dangerous areas, who reveal in their own words why they do it.

Click here to read the original article on the guardian.com.