More Syrian children are becoming breadwinners for their families, says a report by UNICEF and Save the Children released Thursday. Children's education is being disrupted, and the labor is taking a toll on their health and cognitive development, the report argues.
The earthquake in Nepal and its aftermath have left more than 3,900 people dead and nearly 7,200 injured. UNICEF estimates that nearly 1 million children have been "severely affected" by the disaster. Food, water and sanitation are the biggest concerns, said Christopher Tidey of UNICEF.
Malaria deaths can be prevented by using bed nets, UNICEF said as part of its World Malaria Day statement. "We must distribute insecticide-treated nets to all who need them, provide timely testing for children and appropriate medicine when they are infected," says Nicholas Alipui, UNICEF's director of programs.
A UNICEF report says that 25% of children younger than 5 are permanently stunted from malnutrition, writes Shawn Pogatchnik. Such a child "will learn less in school, will earn less later, is more vulnerable to disease," says Anthony Lake of UNICEF. Separately, IRIN discusses six African countries that are grappling with stunted children.