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One in three children under the age of 5 suffers from some form of malnutrition. One in two children faces “hidden hunger” in the form of vitamin or mineral deficiency. And one in five is overweight or obese. These were three key findings in The State of the World’s Children, a report published Oct. 15 […] Read More

Half of the world’s children – 175 million – between 3 and 6 years old are not enrolled in pre-primary education programs, UNICEF said, putting them at a disadvantage that will follow many of them throughout their lives. […] Read More

Even though social safety nets have been shown to reduce poverty and inequality, only 35 percent of the world’s children have such protections available to them, a new report says. […] Read More

The economic status of the world’s youth is a principle indicator of educational access and achievement; the out-of-school percentage of the world’s poorest youth was more than four times greater than the richest. […] Read More

By Staff – Millions of children coming to the U.S. from Central America are migrating to escape poverty and violence, a report says. Those who are caught often migrate again when returned home. […] Read More

The faith community has a significant role to play in combating the exploitation of children. Such exploitation has “soared in recent years” as the Internet has “expose[d] children to new and evolving forms of sexual exploitation,” a United Nations’ Children’s Fund (UNICEF) press release said in announcing the release of a resource for faith-based groups. […] Read More

An estimated 600 million children (one in four) will struggle to access potable water by 2040 if current trends continue. That’s the conclusion of the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) recent report, “Thirsting for a Future.” Thirty-six nations currently struggle with sufficient access to clean water due to conflicts, droughts, floods and changes […] Read More

Almost 50 million children worldwide currently are migrants, refugees or internally displaced persons (IDPs), according to a United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) report. “This is a conservative estimate,” UNICEF emphasized. “More than half of these girls and boys fled violence and insecurity – 28 million in total.” Child migration has increased significantly from […] Read More

I have on my desk the 2006 UNICEF State of the World’s Children report. The title of the report is “Excluded and Invisible.” It gives several reasons for this invisibility, which shuts children out of school, healthcare and other services and makes them more likely to fall prey to abuse and exploitation. For children, it […] Read More