stories from the frontline
“Initially, I wanted my kids to be sports stars, but at the end of the day, I just want them to be happy and healthy. If they choose sport then that’s awesome. If they don't choose sport then that’s awesome too."
Hunger and malnutrition deprive children of essential nutrients, making them susceptible to severe versions of common sicknesses and diseases, and can lead to poor growth, development and stunting.
Nyabel Wal travelled for six days to look for food, only to come back empty-handed. With no other options, she’s been forced to gather plants which grow close to the ground in the her remote village of Kiech Kon, South Sudan.
Children and adolescents account for 1 in 9 of reported COVID-19 infections, according to new analysis released by UNICEF.
Childhood malnutrition affects more than 229 million kids worldwide. It's a triple threat which includes undernutrition, hidden hunger and overnutrition. Find out what you should know about malnutrition.
UNICEF Health Worker Paul Maesiala travels on a boat for three hours to reach children in remote Solomon Islands.
Mossa is the only father in the group. He has come today with his four children: “I wanted to give their mother a break today. We have such a long, dangerous journey behind us, and she is exhausted and sick because of all the worrying for our kids.”
The pre-COVID-19 analysis reveals that 356 million children struggle to survive on less than $1.90 a day, two-thirds of them in sub-Saharan Africa
Robel talks to UNICEF NZ about growing up with precious little food in Sudan and his journey to New Zealand
Some breakfasts are hot, some are cold. Here’s what breakfast looks like for children in 10 countries around the world.
From not being able to stand by herself, to walking again on her own - this is Adut's 8 week journey to recovery.
Gains made to advance women and children’s health are threatened by conflict, the climate crisis and COVID-19.
Young Entrepreneur Sharndre Kushor celebrates her 26th birthday with the launch of a foundation and a partnership with UNICEF
Kiwi musician Paige Tapara is a singer-songwriter. She spoke to UNICEF NZ about racism, growing up feeling disconnected from te ao Māori, her struggles with depression, and how ultimately her music gave her a way to express herself.
COVID-19 has significantly increased education disparity amongst New Zealand's low-income families and those that enjoy a privileged upbringing.
Vivien Maidaborn is used to fielding unusual questions. But this was a question even she hadn’t heard before.
On the day Khalid held his oldest daughter for the first time, there was an explosion close to the hospital where she was born in Yemen.
Only half of Yemen's health centres are functional. We went inside one of the main hospitals in Sana'a.
Māori soul singer TEEKS features on new version of One Love launched by members of the Marley family.
Aussie aid worker Harriet Dwyer wants to remind people that Yemeni children can truly flourish with the right support.
The Childhood Challenge is simple: pull out that old photo album and reminisce about your favourite childhood memories. It’s a sure way to brighten up your week. Take a look at our favourite staff snaps!
COVID-19 is bringing a new threat to already battered countries – and makes delivering life-saving assistance even harder.
UNICEF New Zealand today welcomes Brandi Hudson to the role of Deputy Executive Director – Child Rights.
New analysis from Save the Children and UNICEF reveals that without urgent action, the number of children living in poor households across low- and middle-income countries could increase by 15 per cent, to reach 672 million
After more than five years of conflict, families in Yemen now face the threat of a deadly pandemic without even the most basic supplies.
As Covid-19 spreads around the world, communities in the Pacific are desperately preparing to respond to the imminent threat of the pandemic.
Photographers in countries around the world are at home with their families – these are their photos.
As Covid-19 spreads around the world, water and soap are more important than ever before. But what if you didn’t have access to them?
Gemma McCaw speaks to UNICEF NZ about the joys of motherhood and why looking out for others is so important during the COVID-19 crisis.
With 116 million expected births in the approximately 9 months since the Covid pandemic was recognised, UNICEF calls on governments and donors to maintain lifesaving services for pregnant women and newborns.
As the Covid-19 crisis pushes families to the brink, Kiwi Mum Malaina Tuafa says now is not the time to worry about putting your hand up for a bit of help.
As COVID-19 has continued to spread globally, more than 117 million children in 37 countries may miss out on receiving the lifesaving measles vaccine.
The Covid-19 pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on global supply chains. UNICEF is developing innovative solutions to ensure we continue to reach as many children as possible with life-saving supplies.
Maya Vai Bourne has a massive heart – she supports her husband Anthony who is on dialysis for ten hours a day as well as her three children and five nieces and nephews. She tells UNICEF NZ why food parcels have been so important for her family during the Covid-19 lockdown.
Not only must the region protect its people from the deadly coronavirus pandemic, it has to also recover from a second wave of destruction - Tropical Cyclone Harold.
For the first time ever, UNICEF New Zealand is fundraising to support Kiwi children and families impacted by Covid-19.
As the conflict enters its 10th year, millions of children are entering their second decade of life surrounded by war, violence, death and displacement.
UNICEF Pacific Chief of Comms Cate Heinrich flew aboard a lifesaving vaccine delivery to Samoa last November.
Boosting efforts to fight pneumonia could avert nearly 9 million child deaths from pneumonia and other major diseases, a new analysis has found ahead of the first ever global forum on childhood pneumonia.
Four years ago, Ramia Saidawi left Syria, with her husband and two girls, for a life of safety in New Zealand
NZ is in the middle of a housing crisis with many sides - cost, quality and availability among them. But every child has the right to a safe and healthy home
My bags and I are heading to Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh - the largest refugee settlement in the world
Three-year-old Nur has been vomiting for three days, with severe diarrhoea, and now his father watches him, wondering if he waited too long to bring him in.
Of every 1000 children under five in Kiribati, 47 will die, often from entirely preventable causes. But that's changing.
Eight-year-old Bassam and his family have been running from war for five years, only to have it chase them every step of the way
An unusual ally has been enlisted in the fight against polio in the war-torn mountains of Yemen: Donkeys
New Zealand still isn’t immune from outbreaks of disease, and a lack of vaccination can still be a death sentence for kiwi children
As violence escalates in the Syrian region of Raqqa, families have been fleeing their homes to poorly equipped temporary shelters and camps.
When 19-year-old, award-winning shot putter Nathaniel is not training, he's helping out Kiwi kids as a teacher aide at a Hutt Valley kindergarten.
19 year old Lyric Brooklyn has spent time living on the streets since his early teens. He talks about the challenges of being young and homeless in Wellington.
Syrian children have been fighting to survive war, hunger, poverty and disease. But now they are fighting to survive the cold.
Every day we see the very worst of what people can do to one another, and the very worst conditions that people are forced to survive in.
Iman fled the war in Syria with her four children, but just when she thought they were safe – they faced a threat they couldn’t escape: winter.
Marie-Pierre Poirier recently travelled the migrant route through the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Croatia. She shares her story with us
Some Syrian families are attempting to live in relative normality, as fighting takes place down the road
Drone technology is proving a game changer when it comes to immunising the world's hardest-to-reach children
The foreign object is a UNICEF sport-in-a-box kit. It’s the key ingredient in a new partnership between the Black Ferns and UNICEF called PLAY ON, helping children all over the Pacific.
Te Hiringa Tamariki is UNICEF New Zealand’s tamariki Māori wellbeing model. The model was developed during 2018 and 2019 with the assistance of 600 Māori who attended hui in Hastings, Wellington and Auckland.
Baby Luthfi was born just six days after the dual disasters that devastated Indonesia. His mother was feeding him with formula, until a UNICEF-trained midwife supported his transition to breast milk.