15 06, 2018

97% reduction in reported polio cases – NEOC


Dr. Rana Muhammad Safdar, Coordinator National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) for Polio Eradication has said that during the last four years, Pakistan has witnessed 97 percent reduction in the reported polio cases, as the number of cases fell from 306 to 8 in the year 2017. He was addressing a meeting of National Emergency Operations [...]

15 05, 2018

Women across South Asia lack nutritional care they urgently need


Pregnant and breastfeeding women need better nutrition to protect children from stunting and disease. The progress on improving nutritional care of women in South Asia during and after pregnancy is slow, impacting on their children’s survival, growth and development. A three-day regional conference on actions to accelerate improvements in women’s nutrition across South Asia is [...]

15 05, 2018

Need for stronger investment in children and adolescents discussed


UNICEF is hosting parliamentarians from the entire South Asia region in an effort to increase investment in children and young adults, bringing about much needed change for millions of poor and improving the prospects for healthy economic growth in the region. The South Asia Parliamentarian Platform for Children (SAPPC) being held in Dhaka, Bangladesh aims [...]

15 04, 2018

New global guidance to promote Breastfeeding in health facilities issued


The World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) jointly issued new ten-step guidance on Wednesday to increase support for breastfeeding in health facilities that provide maternity and newborn services. Breastfeeding is vital to a child's lifelong health, and reduces costs for health facilities, families, and governments. WHO statistics show that breastfeeding within [...]

15 03, 2018

Nearly 19 million newborns at risk of brain damage every year due to iodine deficiency


UNICEF and GAIN urge immediate action to increase access to iodized salt amid longstanding evidence on how deficiency reduces cognitive ability   Nearly 19 million babies born globally every year – 14 per cent – are at risk of permanent yet preventable brain damage and reduced cognitive function due to a lack of iodine in [...]

15 03, 2018

25 million child marriages prevented due to accelerated progress – UNICEF


Improving trend in child marriage driven largely by significant reductions in South Asia, but problem persists with over 150 million girls likely to marry by 2030 The prevalence of child marriage is decreasing globally with several countries seeing significant reductions in recent years, UNICEF said today. Overall, the proportion of women who were married as [...]

15 03, 2018

National Workshop on Countering Child Abuse


A two-day national workshop on countering the menace of child abuse was inaugurated here today, bringing together key stakeholders from across the country to discuss and commit to a clear roadmap for the establishment of responsive and coordinated child protection systems. Hosted by the Government of Balochistan, in collaboration with the United Kingdom’s Department for [...]

15 03, 2018

PHC, UNICEF to set up Centres of excellence


The Punjab Healthcare Commission and UNICEF will collaborate in establishing maternity and obstetrics centres of excellence in the province, where the Minimum Service Delivery Standards will be implemented besides imparting training to the medics. The areas of cooperation will also include standardisation of the healthcare establishments (HCEs), monitoring of the centres of excellence, and introducing [...]

15 03, 2018

Non-Formal Education Policy 2017 launched


The Sindh Non-Formal Education (NFE) Policy was formally launched by Minister for Education and Literacy Jam Mahtab Hussain Dahar at a ceremony held recently in Karachi. The event was attended by School Education and Literacy Department (SELD) Secretary, Dr. Iqbal Durrani, USAID Deputy Mission Director John Smith-Sreen and representatives of other development agencies like JICA [...]

15 03, 2018

Japan provides USD 3.5 million for Educating children in Pakistan


The Government of Japan will provide a grant of 393 million JPY (approximately USD 3.5 million) to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for supporting its initiative to provide Quality Alternative Education to out-of-school children and adolescents in Pakistan. Notes to this effect were signed and exchanged here today between H.E. Mr. Takashi Kurai, Ambassador [...]

16 02, 2018

Government, UNICEF and AKU embark on National Nutrition Survey


A country-wide survey to collect information on the nutritional status of women and children, food security and household water quality is about to begin under a joint collaboration between the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, the Aga Khan University and UNICEF. For the first time, the 2018 National Nutrition Survey (NNS) will [...]

15 01, 2018

Nearly 15,000 babies to be born on New Year’s Day in Pakistan, says UNICEF


?UNICEF challenges nations around the world to make sure more newborns survive their first days of life Approximately 14,910 babies will be born in Pakistan on New Year’s Day, UNICEF said. Pakistani babies will account for 3.86 per cent of the estimated 385,793 babies to be born globally on New Year’s Day. Kiribati’s Christmas Island, [...]

15 10, 2016

Nearly 385 million children living in extreme poverty – World Bank-UNICEF Study


Children are more than twice as likely as adults to live in extreme poverty, according to a new analysis from the World Bank Group and UNICEF. Ending Extreme Poverty: A Focus on Children finds that in 2013 19.5 per cent of children in developing countries were living in households that survived on an average of [...]

15 08, 2016

Meeting of provincial task force on Polio


Meeting of provincial task force on Polio Chaired by Chief Secretary Sindh Siddiq Memon. Also present in the meeting are Prime Ministers Focal Person on Polio Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq, Chairperson Monitoring and Oversight Committee Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, National Technical Consultant Dr. Altaf Bosan, Coordinator EOC Sindh Fayaz Jatoi, Technical Focal Person Sindh Dr. [...]

15 03, 2016

Japan renews commitment to bring Pakistan closer to becoming polio-free


The Government of Japan, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) signed an agreement of 360,000,000 Japanese Yen (US$ 2,981,554) worth grant  to support interruption of the wild polio virus in Pakistan. The grant will help procurement of 16,078,990 doses of the Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV); sufficient to vaccinate 14,356,241 children under the age of five in ten mop-up [...]