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Omicron: Know about Covid-19 third wave's effect on children, pregnant women

Should pregnant and lactating women be vaccinated against Covid-19? Will the third wave of coronavirus be more challenging for kids? Read on to find out from medical experts
Omicron: Know about Covid-19 third wave's effect on children, pregnant women  (Photo by Evgeni Tcherkasski on Unsplash )
Omicron: Know about Covid-19 third wave's effect on children, pregnant women  (Photo by Evgeni Tcherkasski on Unsplash )
Updated on Jan 13, 2022 09:00 PM IST
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ByZarafshan Shiraz, Delhi

UN official warns of increasing child marriages in Afghanistan, calls for action

“I am deeply concerned by reports that child marriage in Afghanistan is on the rise. We have received credible reports of families offering daughters as young as 20 days old up for future marriage in return for a dowry,” executive director of UNICEF Henrietta Fore said.
Henrietta Fore said most teenage girls in the country were not allowed to go back to school and thus increasing the risk of child marriage.(UNICEF | Representational image)
Henrietta Fore said most teenage girls in the country were not allowed to go back to school and thus increasing the risk of child marriage.(UNICEF | Representational image)
Published on Nov 13, 2021 08:01 PM IST
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Written by Srivatsan K C | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Air pollution particularly harmful for kids, say WHO, Unicef

India, with a rank of 168, fared worse than its neighbours, according to 12th biennial Environmental Performance Index (EPI).
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Published on Nov 08, 2021 10:05 AM IST
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UNICEF to directly fund Afghan teachers without channeling money to Taliban

UNICEF Afghanistan’s chief of Education Jeannette Vogelaar said that funding teachers of the war-gripped country is the “best way” to support the education of girls, and also urged the donors not to “let Afghanistan’s children down.”
The Taliban have said that high schools for girls will soon be reopened.(AFP File Photo)
The Taliban have said that high schools for girls will soon be reopened.(AFP File Photo)
Published on Nov 03, 2021 09:19 PM IST
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Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Shilpa Shetty's powerful wellness advice is perfect to take us through the week

  • As UNICEF warns about the impact of Covid-19 on mental health in its flagship report today, ‘Shilpa Ka Mantra’ comes in handy since Shilpa Shetty Kundra spills the beans on a strong willpower motto and her inspirational wellness tip is all we need to smash our goals for the week
Shilpa Shetty's powerful wellness advice is perfect to take us through the week(Instagram/theshilpashetty)
Shilpa Shetty's powerful wellness advice is perfect to take us through the week(Instagram/theshilpashetty)
Updated on Oct 05, 2021 05:06 PM IST
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ByZarafshan Shiraz, Delhi

Taliban reopen schools for Afghan boys, girls still not allowed in classes

Taliban officials have promised that girls will be able to go to school so long as they do so in segregated classrooms and they have said they will not replicate the fundamentalist policies of their previous government.
Taliban have said Afghan can return to schools. (AP Photo)
Taliban have said Afghan can return to schools. (AP Photo)
Published on Sep 18, 2021 12:17 PM IST
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By | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi

300 unaccompanied Afghan children evacuated from Kabul: Unicef

  • Some of the children who left Afghanistan have been evacuated on flights to the United States, Germany, Qatar and other countries.
Unicef along with its partner agencies have been involved in registering the evacuees who have been airlifted out of Kabul since August 14. (Qatar Government Communications Office via AP)
Unicef along with its partner agencies have been involved in registering the evacuees who have been airlifted out of Kabul since August 14. (Qatar Government Communications Office via AP)
Published on Sep 07, 2021 05:28 PM IST
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By | Written by Ayshee Bhaduri | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Around 10 million children across Afghanistan require humanitarian aid: UNICEF

"Today, around 10 million children across Afghanistan need humanitarian assistance to survive. An estimated 1 million children are projected to suffer from severe acute malnutrition over the course of this year and could die without treatment," UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore said in a statement on Monday.
An estimated 4.2 million children are out of school, including more than 2.2 million girls.(AP file photo)
An estimated 4.2 million children are out of school, including more than 2.2 million girls.(AP file photo)
Published on Aug 24, 2021 07:41 AM IST
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Bhutan fully vaccinates 90% population in one week, Unicef lauds 'success story'

Bhutan started vaccinating its population with the second dose of the Covid-19 shot from July 20 and within seven days i.e. by July 27 (Tuesday), 90% of the entire population had been fully vaccinated, said the country's health ministry.
This photograph provided by Unicef shows airport personnel in protective suits handle unloaded consignment as 500,000 doses of Moderna Covid-19 vaccine gifted from the United States arrived at Paro International Airport in Bhutan, July 12, 2021. (Unicef via AP)
This photograph provided by Unicef shows airport personnel in protective suits handle unloaded consignment as 500,000 doses of Moderna Covid-19 vaccine gifted from the United States arrived at Paro International Airport in Bhutan, July 12, 2021. (Unicef via AP)
Published on Jul 28, 2021 10:27 AM IST
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Written by Joydeep Bose, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

UNICEF says highest number of unvaccinated, under-vaccinated kids in India

UNICEF said the data showed that just 10 countries account for 62 per cent of all under- or unvaccinated children globally.
"More than 3 million of these 'zero-dose children' in 2020 lived in India," the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund,(UNICEF) said in a statement.(AFP | Representational image)
Published on Jul 15, 2021 07:29 PM IST
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PTI | , New Delhi

Covid-19: Japan to give $9.3 million aid to India for building cold chain system

The funding will be used to procure cold chain equipment and for strengthening institutional capacity to manage CCE to bolster the Covid-19 vaccines drive over a 12-month period starting from July.
This grant will provide India with cold chain equipment (CCE), including cold-storage facilities, to ensure vaccines reach all, a UNICEF statement said. In picture: Covid vaccines being transported from cold storage facility.(HT Photo )
This grant will provide India with cold chain equipment (CCE), including cold-storage facilities, to ensure vaccines reach all, a UNICEF statement said. In picture: Covid vaccines being transported from cold storage facility.(HT Photo )
Published on Jul 02, 2021 01:09 AM IST
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PTI | , New Delhi

World Refugee Day: Priyanka Chopra pens inspiring message on strength, courage

  • World Refugee Day 2021: UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra Jonas honours and draws attention towards ‘people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution’, her message on 'strength and courage' is a must-read
World Refugee Day: Priyanka Chopra pens inspiring message on strength, courage(Instagram/priyankachopra)
World Refugee Day: Priyanka Chopra pens inspiring message on strength, courage(Instagram/priyankachopra)
Updated on Jun 21, 2021 10:28 PM IST
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ByZarafshan Shiraz

Child labour rises 1st time in 20 years, Nobel laureate demands action

  • The United Nations on Thursday said one in 10 children are involved in work worldwide and millions more are at risk due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The number of child labourers increased to 160 million from 152 million in 2016.(File Photo. Representative image)
The number of child labourers increased to 160 million from 152 million in 2016.(File Photo. Representative image)
Published on Jun 10, 2021 06:17 PM IST
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By | Written by Deepali Sharma | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

UNICEF reaches Covid-19 vaccine supply agreement with Moderna

"Through the supply agreement, UNICEF, along with procurement partners including the PanAmerican Health Organization (PAHO), will have access to up to 34 million doses of the vaccine for around 92 countries and territories in 2021," UNICEF said.
UNICEF said the vaccines are expected to be delivered in the final quarter of 2021.(Reuters)
UNICEF said the vaccines are expected to be delivered in the final quarter of 2021.(Reuters)
Published on Jun 03, 2021 12:03 AM IST
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ANI | , Washington Dc

Cummins allocates his donation to UNICEF Australia's India Covid Crisis appeal

Cummins seems to have changed his mind following Cricket Australia's financial assistance to UNICEF Australia.
Pat Cummins of Kolkata Knight Riders: File Photo(IPL)
Pat Cummins of Kolkata Knight Riders: File Photo(IPL)
Published on May 03, 2021 05:42 PM IST
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PTI | , New Delhi

Unicef sends 3,000 oxygen concentrators to India to combat second Covid-19 wave

Unicef is helping to procure and install 25 oxygen plants for hospitals in northeast India and Maharashtra, as well as the installation of thermal scanners at ports of entry countrywide.
The UN agency has sent critical life-saving supplies, including 3,000 oxygen concentrators, diagnostic tests, medical kits, and other equipment to help India in its battle with a deadly wave of Covid-19. (File Photo)
The UN agency has sent critical life-saving supplies, including 3,000 oxygen concentrators, diagnostic tests, medical kits, and other equipment to help India in its battle with a deadly wave of Covid-19. (File Photo)
Published on May 01, 2021 10:28 AM IST
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50 million people in urban India have no access to safe drinking water: Report

In urban India, 50 million people in 15 cities have no access to safe, affordable drinking water, reveals a UNICEF India report.
Healthy drinking water is arguably one of the essential commodities, which plays a pivotal role in ensuring good health. (Representational picture)
Healthy drinking water is arguably one of the essential commodities, which plays a pivotal role in ensuring good health. (Representational picture)
Published on Apr 24, 2021 07:33 PM IST
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ANI | , New Delhi

Increase in child migrants passing through dangerous Darien Gap: UN

While underage migrants made up only about 2% of those using the jungle corridor in 2017, in 2020 children comprised 25% of the migrants making the hard trek on foot, UNICEF's report said.
Over the last four years, at least 46,500 migrants had made the trek including 6,240 minors.(Bloomberg | Representational image)
Over the last four years, at least 46,500 migrants had made the trek including 6,240 minors.(Bloomberg | Representational image)
Published on Mar 30, 2021 03:25 AM IST
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AP | , Panama City

Highest rise in child mortality, maternal deaths likely in India: Unicef report

The 'Direct and Indirect Effects of COVID-19 Pandemic and Response in South Asia’, a report commissioned by Unicef Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA) is based on the six most populous countries of the South Asian region.
District magistrates would need to complete probe in cases of child deaths inside a child-care institution (CCI) within four weeks, according to new guidelines issued by the NCPCR.(Satish Bate/HT File Photo)
District magistrates would need to complete probe in cases of child deaths inside a child-care institution (CCI) within four weeks, according to new guidelines issued by the NCPCR.(Satish Bate/HT File Photo)
Published on Mar 18, 2021 03:53 PM IST
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By | Edited by Deepali Sharma, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Online mode is a big lesson for the education system

With online learning the stark inequalities of class, caste and gender became immediately visible.
Students in a classroom in a school in Kasheli village, Bhiwandi, which reopened after a year in February. HT Photo
Students in a classroom in a school in Kasheli village, Bhiwandi, which reopened after a year in February. HT Photo
Published on Mar 09, 2021 12:38 PM IST
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ByAnkita Bhatkhande, Hindustan Times, Mumbai

Unicef report on child marriages has a stark warning for India, 4 more countries

  • The report said that closing of schools, economic stress, parental deaths and pregnancies due to the coronavirus pandemic could increase the risk of child marriage.
The report said that the levels of child marriage were highest in sub-Saharan Africa, where 35 per cent of young women were married before the age of 18 which was followed by South Asia. (Representative image)
The report said that the levels of child marriage were highest in sub-Saharan Africa, where 35 per cent of young women were married before the age of 18 which was followed by South Asia. (Representative image)
Updated on Mar 08, 2021 09:21 PM IST
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By | Edited by Mallika Soni, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Closure of 1.5mn schools impacted 247mn children in India: UNICEF study

Closure of 1.5 million schools due to coronavirus pandemic and the resultant lockdowns in 2020 impacted 247 million children enrolled in elementary and secondary schools in India, a UNICEF report has found.
Globally, schools for more than 168 million children have been completely closed for almost a full year, UNICEF report said.(Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)
Globally, schools for more than 168 million children have been completely closed for almost a full year, UNICEF report said.(Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)
Published on Mar 03, 2021 07:59 PM IST
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Ghana becomes first nation in world to receive Covax vaccines

  • The vaccines, delivered by Unicef, arrived at Accra’s international airport early Wednesday and are part of the first wave of Covid-19 vaccines being sent by Covax.
Airport workers transport on dollies a shipment of Covid-19 vaccines from the Covax global Covid-19 vaccination programme, at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra.(AFP)
Airport workers transport on dollies a shipment of Covid-19 vaccines from the Covax global Covid-19 vaccination programme, at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra.(AFP)
Published on Feb 24, 2021 04:44 PM IST
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AP | , Accra

Priyanka Chopra's killer looks sizzle up Internet, Alia Bhatt-Mindy Kaling react

  • Priyanka Chopra Jonas set fans on frenzy as breathtaking pictures from her London photoshoot take the Internet by storm. Here’s what Alia Bhatt and Mindy Kaling have to say about ‘The Power of Priyanka’
Priyanka Chopra Jonas’ killer looks from latest photoshoot sizzle up the Internet, Alia Bhatt-Mindy Kaling react(Instagram/priyankachopra)
Priyanka Chopra Jonas’ killer looks from latest photoshoot sizzle up the Internet, Alia Bhatt-Mindy Kaling react(Instagram/priyankachopra)
Updated on Jan 11, 2021 09:23 AM IST
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ByZarafshan Shiraz

60,000 babies born in India on New Year’s Day, world’s highest: UNICEF

More than 371,500 babies were born worldwide on January 1, 2021, the UN’s children’s agency has said.
A nurse holds a baby at Sonawane hospital, as the hospital has treated 100 Covid positive pregnant mothers and babies in Pune, India (Photo by Shankar Narayan/HT PHOTO)
A nurse holds a baby at Sonawane hospital, as the hospital has treated 100 Covid positive pregnant mothers and babies in Pune, India (Photo by Shankar Narayan/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 05, 2021 10:35 AM IST
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United Nations | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Karan Manral

New virus variant a threat to the young

According to Unicef, over 460 million children have been unable to access remote learning tools last year. The harms extend to their health too. Disruptions in health services in lower- and middle-income countries could contribute an additional two million under-five deaths.
A young woman wearing a protective mask in the wake of novel coronavirus outbreak, Delhi, March 2020.(PTI)
A young woman wearing a protective mask in the wake of novel coronavirus outbreak, Delhi, March 2020.(PTI)
Updated on Jan 04, 2021 09:13 PM IST
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2021: Year of the shot in the Arm

The experiences in the US, the UK, and several European countries over 2020 have demonstrated that the factory-to-syringe process can throw up several challenges, and that even the most resourceful of nations can struggle with a process that can be as labyrinthine as it needs to be precise.
The coronavirus strain(Unsplash)
The coronavirus strain(Unsplash)
Updated on Jan 01, 2021 03:17 AM IST
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Ayushmann Khurrana: Content landscape has been changed by the pandemic, the industry has to make superlative cinema to pull people back to the theatres

2020 saw Khurrana play the role of a gay man on screen in Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan. He also had a direct-to-digital release with Gulabo Sitabo.
Actor Ayushmann Khurrana has a jam-packed 2021
Actor Ayushmann Khurrana has a jam-packed 2021
Updated on Dec 28, 2020 01:24 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByJuhi Chakraborty

Aurobindo Pharma to make COVAXX’s potential Covid-19 vaccine for India, UNICEF

The Indian drugmaker also has non-exclusive rights to sell the shot — which is currently undergoing an early-stage trial — in certain other emerging markets, the Hyderabad-based company said in an exchange filing.
COVAXX, a unit of privately-owned United Biomedical Inc, plans to pursue mid- and late-stage trials for the vaccine candidate from early 2021 in Asia, Latin America and the United States.(Reuters file photo)
COVAXX, a unit of privately-owned United Biomedical Inc, plans to pursue mid- and late-stage trials for the vaccine candidate from early 2021 in Asia, Latin America and the United States.(Reuters file photo)
Published on Dec 24, 2020 10:23 AM IST
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Bengaluru | ByReuters | Posted by Deepali Sharma

‘Scandal… political stunt,’ says UK minister on Unicef feeding poor kids in London

Asked about the Unicef’s initiative, Jacob Rees-Mogg, leader of the UK House of Commons with a cabinet ministerial status, criticised the UN body, saying it should be ashamed of itself
Britain's Leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg arrives to attend a Cabinet meeting at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London.(REUTERS/FILE)
Britain's Leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg arrives to attend a Cabinet meeting at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London.(REUTERS/FILE)
Updated on Dec 17, 2020 07:00 PM IST
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