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A new model of service provision could soon revolutionise the well-being of children in South Africa by making a whole range of services available in one place

Ebola is threatening to wipe out all those hard-earned gains for children and for Liberia.

Death rates among the most deprived children in Wales are 70% higher than those in more privileged parts of the country.

The Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) today recognized the nearly one million children who benefit from the State's child support program.

According to a new survey that Sodoma Law administered the main concern regarding a couple's divorce was consistently how their children will fare after the decision is made.

When parents are unable to effectively balance work and family needs, children often suffer. The outcome of this uneasy dynamic has been most severe on low-income working families.

The removal of institutions or group homes will not lead to better child well-being and could even worsen outcomes for some orphaned and separated children, according to new findings from a three-year study across five low- and middle-income countries.

Beginning in 1999, the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well Being has sought to answer questions about the functioning, service needs, and service use of children who encounter the American child welfare system.

Despite the low ranking revealed in The Children's Society report, around 90% of English children still rate themselves as having relatively good levels of wellbeing.

An interdisciplinary team of researchers has received a new foundation grant to study the well-being of children in two states: Pennsylvania that allows natural gas drilling and New York that bans such activities.

"According to the Children's Play Policy Forum, play can have numerous benefits for young people, from supporting the development of their language skills to helping them learn independently and manage risks," suggests the BPS.

The Department of Labour says interventions taken to improve the social security and welfare of children have resulted in government being able to reduce the bane of child labour.

In February 2014 the NSPCC looked at how child abuse statistics compared over time. While we can not be certain if child abuse is increasing, decreasing or remaining constant we do know that there has been a 42% rise in investigations.

Babies born to middle-income families last year are expected to cost their parents nearly a quarter million dollars through age 18, according to the federal government.

Public school can end up being much more expensive than private school depending on where you choose to live.

Ninety percent of Oklahoma City students already qualify for free or reduced lunch, and some schools, like Spencer, have an even higher rate.

Language skills improve when preschoolers with disabilities are included in classes with typical peers.

Official statistics showed that 16,820 "child healthy weight interventions" were carried out on children aged between five and 15 in the three years up to March 2014.

The data was released by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families and shows a state-by-state list of the total amount of children released to sponsors from Jan. 1 to July 7.

The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that 81% of overweight boys and 71% of overweight girls believe they are the right weight.

The root cause of this crisis is not U.S. immigration law or the policies of one U.S. president. The root cause is the violence and poverty that make these children’s lives at home intolerable.

Congress approved the legislation early this month, and Vice President Alvaro Garcia signed it into law on Thursday.

Loneliness, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and heightened aggression are some of the possible issues faced by children who may overuse the internet.

Children whose mothers are highly protective are more likely to be overweight or obese by 10–11 years-old, according to research from the Telethon Kids Institute.

Secure attachment occurs when parents or caregivers are in tune with their child’s needs. This starts in infancy.

The relationship between marriage, childbearing and the well-being of both mothers and children is complicated. The Census Bureau released a new report Tuesday that sheds a little more light on the connections between all of these data points.

A new report published by HRSA's MCHB in June 2014, the chartbook is based on data from the latest round of the National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH).

In an article published in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics the effects of antidepressant drugs on well-being in children and adolescents are analyzed.

In a recent report of an ongoing study, the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute asks: What impact does a child’s housing have on their development and wellbeing?

GPs should 'coach' parents on healthy behaviour, including how to drink alcohol responsibly, to better protect children against maltreatment, according to an expert review of GPs' role in safeguarding.

The official child poverty figures for 2012/13 were published today by the DWP.

The Myanmar government and the UN Children's Fund (Unicef) are planning to collect data on child labour as part of a four-year plan for elimination of child labour in the country.

Parents are being urged to be mindful of their eating habits and comments they make about body image in front of their children after a government report found children as young as eight were unhappy with their body size.

92 percent of Israeli children live in two-parent homes, 7 percent live in one-parent homes and 0 percent live in homes without parents; South Africa lies at other end of scale.

Mental illness in parents was front and center at a Child Welfare conference at U-Maine in Orono Thursday.

Provides an overview of the child care industry in Australia, trends through time, international comparisons and a regional perspective on child care costs and affordability.

The Bill provides a central legislative focus for efforts relating to children and young people in South Australia to support integrated, multidisciplinary and cross-sector planning and coordination for their development and wellbeing.

This UNICEF-IDS conference sought to investigate and explore the question of how issues of urban inclusion can be addressed to support equitable access to services and livelihood options, particularly for the most marginalised and excluded children in Asia.

As the post-MDG era approaches in 2016, reducing child undernutrition is gaining high priority on the international development agenda, both as a maker and marker of development.

The Refugee Council of Australia (RCA) has chosen ‘Restoring Hope’ as the theme for this year’s Refugee Week to remind us that ‘while a refugee’s journey begins with danger, it also begins with hope.

Most Americans are vaguely aware of the problems confronting Native Americans, particularly on Indian reservations: a 1 in 5 chance of committing suicide, a 1 in 10 chance of being abused, twice as likely to be placed in foster care, and a 1 in 3 chance of living in poverty.

One in 8 children in the United States will suffer maltreatment—neglect or abuse—before they turn 18 years old, a recent study estimates.

Australian children are getting fatter, are more likely to survive infancy, more likely to suffer from abuse or neglect and are doing better at school, according to data released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

The most important factors to be considered in raising the bar for the African Child is ensuring that all pre-requisites to keep them in good health are taken seriously and also ensuring that there are reliable medical facilities to cater for their health.

Every Child Counts has joined with groups across the country to support the launch of a nation-wide campaign Tick for Kids that aims to make children an election issue.

The launch of the Tick for Kids campaign marks the beginning of a national movement to create the political will to improve the status and wellbeing of Kiwi Kids in the lead up to the election and into the new parliament.

According to the National Statistics Institute of Bucharest, in fact, in 2012 there were almost 400,000 children not enrolled in any form of schooling.

Being raised by a solo parent is the biggest risk factor for obesity, and experts are blaming it on low incomes, inability to pay for participation in organised sport and the unaffordability of healthy food.

Johns Hopkins University researchers have explored the effects of affordable housing on the cognitive development, physical health, and emotional well-being of children living in poverty.

Education, child well-being and effective legislation against racism and the trafficking of humans constitute the main human rights challenges facing Portugal according to a report from the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency.

Whether the children lived with two biological parents, a step-parent and biological parent, or in a single parent family, made no difference to how they rated their happiness: 64% said they were happy ‘sometimes or never’, and 36% said they were ‘happy all the time’.

The World Family Map, a comprehensive report on family trends in 60 countries, identifies and tracks key family factors affecting child and family well-being.

Hundreds of women and children living alongside prisoners, pass out through the metal gates every day for work or school.

Such access constitutes a basic human right for all adolescents and young adults and is a critical part of addressing this population’s general health.

While Mars, Nestlé and Hershey have all denied supporting unfair practices and child slavery from any of their suppliers, it has been found that approximately 75% of the chocolate consumed in the United States is sourced from the Ivory Coast, a nation known for ramped child slavery issues.

Children’s Parliament is developing a national survey for children and young people aged 8 to 18 years old, which uses subjective measures of well-being.

The relevant commissions of the Mexican Senate have initially passed a draft to reform the Constitution and prohibit children under 15 from working.

Up to 44 developing countries and their partners committed on Friday to accelerate efforts to provide basic sanitation to 2.5 billion people and clean drinking water for 750 million across the globe.

A new app has been co-created by a group of 16-25 year olds to help young people affected by mental health issues.

Shouting at children when they misbehave, rather than reasoning with them, is more harmful to their overall behaviour, according to new research from LSE.

A study reveals that children under the age of 10 are mistaking apple slices for french fries and failing to recognize milk as a substitute for soda.

If they had the money in their own pockets, they could send their children to school, and they would not need their children to work on the farms.

In 1972, researchers in North Carolina started following two groups of babies from poor families. The group that got care was far healthier, with sharply lower rates of high blood pressure and obesity, and higher levels of so-called good cholesterol.

The authors estimated that the direct medical costs of an obese 10-year-old were $12,660 to $19,630 more than the costs for a 10-year-old with a healthy, normal weight.

"Our focus is particularly on early grades; looking at the challenges that girls go through. So there is a community component, understanding the barriers to accessing education working with parents to really sensitise on the value of education."

American Heart Association research shows that the “iron fist” style of parenting led to a 37% higher chance of obesity among kid’s ages 6- to 11-years-old and a 30% higher chance among children ages 2- to 5-years-old.

The Index assesses youth wellbeing across six interconnected areas: citizen participation, economic opportunity, education, health, information & communications technology and safety and security.

When the Annie E. Casey Foundation releases its annual report on the condition of children, the results are predictable.

Child laborers in the San Joaquin Valley are working 10 hours a day in 106 degree heat because the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938 allows them to do so.

UN Secretary general’s Special Envoy on Education Gordon Brown on Saturday announced the international community would offer about $ 1 billion for education in Pakistan over the next three to four years.

A large study of child growth patterns in 36 developing countries finds that, contrary to widely held beliefs, economic growth has little to no effect on the nutritional status of the world’s poorest children.

The Commons agreed by 520 votes to 22 to back the £119.5 billion ceiling on welfare spending in 2015-16 announced by George Osborne in his Budget last week.

The African Economic Outlook estimates that 53 million of Africa's 200 million young people between the ages of 15 and 24 are in unstable employment and 40 million young Africans are out of work.

The amount of time kids spend watching TV or playing electronic games may affect their well-being in early childhood, including mental health factors like their risk for emotional problems.

From their study of Indonesian children, the researchers find that “the impact of parental death varies with the age and gender of the child and that shorter-term impacts are not reliable indicators of the effects that emerge in the longer term.”

Children who experienced three or more stressful events were six times more likely to have physical or mental health problems or a learning disorder than those who had no stressful experiences, the study finds.

Children growing up in the richest areas of Britain can expect to live a full, active life for as much as 20 years longer than their counterparts in the poorest neighbourhoods, an official analysis shows.

The Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy (ICYFP) at Brandeis University's Heller School for Social Policy and Management has launched a new online data and analysis tool, providing unprecedented insight into wellbeing and equity among the ever-more diverse child population in the United States.

Government has intensified efforts to ensure all children live in a safe, secure and supportive environment by 2020, a Cabinet minister has said.

With the addition of these new resources, the project now aims to build schools to serve about 90,000 students and provide access to an improved water source for about 18,000 people.

If the cocoa sector is successful at boosting production during the coming years, this will certainly not be deemed a sustainable expansion if the child labour issue in the two major producing countries has not been satisfactorily addressed.

Researchers are beginning to understand exactly why a teenager’s brain is so tempestuous, and what biological factors may make teens’ brains vulnerable to mood disorders, substance abuse, and suicide.

A Taiwanese biomedical company announced Sunday that it will invest NT$30 million (US$991,560) in a United Nations' program to reduce deaths of infants born in unhygienic circumstances in developing nations.

Scientists reported that Georgia's Pre-K Program produces significant positive outcomes for children, regardless of family income level or English language skills.

Adolescent boys have increased rates of depression, PTSD, and conduct disorder after moving out of poverty. Adolescent girls have decreased rates of depression and conduct disorder after moving out of poverty.

Its education and awareness that is driving girl children in India to stand up against abuse and forced marriage.

The symposium is expected to bring people together to draw out priorities, lessons and gaps for improving child and maternal-new born health as well as identify the opportunities to assist the evidence symposium.

The charity Save the Children is calling on health ministers in developing countries to provide more support to mothers as it delivers a report that shows that 40 million women each year give birth without medical support.

Recommendation, several European networks whose members are active in tackling child poverty and promoting children’s well-being have agreed to work together in the framework of an EU Alliance for Investing in Children.

The agreement No. 138 obliges the Kingdom to ban children under this age from work and requires them to finish compulsory schooling. The Kingdom and the ILO sealed the deal at 15 years as minimum age.

On 15th February, 2014, Underprivileged Children's Educational Programs (UCEP) celebrated Working Students Day at its premises in Mirpur. The national NGO organised this event with the slogan 'End Child Labour, Ensure Education'.

Stunting has grave consequences on cognitive development, overall health, and even socio-economic conditions that carry into adulthood.

For the first time in Sudan, the Simple Spatial Survey Methodology (S3M) has been used to collect data on child malnutrition.

The second Vice-President said this recently while introducing a new vaccine against diarrhea caused by rotavirus in the commune of Isale in Bujumbura province.

About 140 million girls and women worldwide are living with the consequences of FGM, which is mostly carried out on young girls between infancy and age 15.

A 17-year-old British student is calling on Michael Gove to help end female genital mutilation in the UK.

FGM is child abuse. What you can do to help...

The urban environment, at neighbourhood or community scale, has been recognised by international research to shape illness, health and well-being.

Almost half of Australia's children were chauffeured to school last year and the number of walkers is on a steady decline.

The country’s biggest school board has promised training to all teaching staff in relation to mental-health issues as part of a new strategy to help students.

The study showed that overweight kindergarteners were four times as likely as normal-weight children to become obese by the 8th grade.

Pakistan is home to hundreds of thousands of Afghan refugees. Over the last three decades, at least 1.6 million Afghans have fled their home after continuous wars and violence in their country.

In India, 90 percent of children from poor families remain illiterate despite completing four years of school education. Also, around 30 percent of children reach the illiteracy rate even after attending five to six years of school.

In Juba, the outbreak of war was no excuse for over 500 students to skip their final exams.

A lack of quality time and space for children to be able to play is severely impacting their development, according to international aid agency Plan Australia.

More than half of Afghan girls and boys suffer damage to their minds and bodies that cannot be undone because they are poorly nourished in the crucial first two years of life, doctors and other experts say.

The awareness programme was organised by the District Legal Services Authority and District Child Welfare Department as part of the Girl Child Celebrations Week being observed from January 18 to 24.

A key human rights organisation for gender equality is calling on the United Nations to include the ending of child marriage in new development targets.

Government policies that allow both parents to take time off after a child is born provide positive benefits for the physical and mental health of women.

New research has shown that obesity among children from lower earning and less educated families has risen compared to their wealthier counterparts.

Two thirds of Germans are willing to pay more taxes to support children in poverty, according to a recent survey. Some 2.8 million children and adolescents are affected by poverty across the country.

Eating breakfast—or choosing to skip it—may significantly influence a child’s ability to solve math problems, a U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded nutrition study suggests.

According to a report released by Worker Health and Work Security Assembly, at least 59 child workers were killed from work-related injuries in 2013. Out of 59, 23 worked in agriculture-related jobs.

A vast majority is not aware that about 1.8 million children are subjected to hard labour and horrible working conditions on West African cocoa farms, which is where 70 percent of the world’s chocolate comes from.

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) already commits governments to develop and undertake all necessary practices and policies to uphold the best interests of the child and support the realization of their rights to survival and development. It is, therefore, an important framework for supporting and informing the post-2015 development agenda.

Led by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the joint-effort involves a series of advocacy campaign on anti-child labor simultaneous with the launching of the convergence program dubbed “HELP ME,” which stands for health, education, livelihood, prosecution, monitoring and evaluation.

"We do not know whether obese children actually experience more psychological stress or if their bodies handle stress hormones differently," van den Akker said. "Answering these key questions will improve our understanding of childhood obesity and may change the way we treat it."

This year's Australian Medical Association Report Card on Indigenous Health suggests that national efforts to improve indigenous education, well-being and health require more emphasis on improving the conditions of early-childhood development.

To provide accurate data on age-specific sleep patterns in Australian children, researchers studied 10,000 children involved in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children.

The World Health Organization tells us that one of the biggest predictors of children’s wellbeing and long-term health is the social status of the child’s mother.

He appealed to parents to send their children, without gender discrimination, to schools which, according to him, is the only way to make them responsible citizens of tomorrow.

More than 16million adolescent girls aged between 25 and 19 become mothers every year with almost 40% of them acquiring new HIV infections each day, statistics by the United Nation Population Funds (UNFPA) has revealed.

UNICEF released a new report showing that the births of nearly 230 million children under-five have never been registered; approximately one in three of all children under-five around the world.

For 16 years, children’s rights advocates have called on the Chinese government to do away with a law that allows men who have sex with girls under 14 years of age to receive a more lenient punishment if they can “prove” that the child was paid or otherwise compensated for sex.

Article about making the holiday season a bit more about giving and a bit less about getting.

The United Nations Children Fund (Unicef) recognises Malaysia’s efforts to alleviate child poverty and provide access to children in the country to healthcare, education and protection.

A progressive new piece of legislation focusing on the safety and well-being of children involved in the adoption process was introduced in the Canadian House of Assembly this afternoon.

Coordinating Minister of Social Development reported that Ecuador met its goal to eradicate child labor from meat slaughtering centers in 2013. Ecuador’s challenge is to eradicate child labor in its entirety by 2017.

A detailed 21-page report card on the childhood well-being of New Britain’s young children shows strides are being made in childhood obesity and third-grade reading, while the city’s youth did not fare as well in kindergarten readiness.

If "child poverty" is to blame for Britain's average Pisa scores, as Blower claims, you'd expect the level of child poverty in Britain to be in line with the OECD average. But, actually, it's below average, as you can see from the table below.

This research has shown that growing up in difficult circumstances dictated by poverty can wreak damage to a child’s cognitive skills that last a lifetime.

A new report today provides the most comprehensive picture ever produced on the health of children and young people in Wales at a community level.

We know that giving women access to family planning is the first link on a long chain of things that give people an opportunity to build a good life--safe motherhood, healthy newborns, vaccinated children and the list goes on.

Measuring the physical properties of the brain - its size and connectivity - can help predict the degree of anxiety that a young child is experiencing in daily life.

The World Bank Human Development Specialist, Bedemi Carrol has expressed satisfaction over progress made in Sierra Leone’s education sector ... She however noted that sexual harassment and other gender based violence related issues are some of the major challenges that deteriorate the percentage of girls in the higher institutions of learning.

The new resolution calls for a panel discussion to be held next year in New York focusing on the issue of child, early and forced marriage worldwide, and the post-2015 development agenda.

Africa has become a better place for children in recent years, but more investments are needed in health and education to further improve the lives of African children, according to a new study of the African Child Policy Forum.

Bangladesh has had 40 years of exceptional progress in health, with infant mortality down, life expectancy up and good disease control, all despite being one of the world's poorest countries.

One of the biggest obstacles to a child’s learning and development is poor hearing. If a child has hearing problems early in life, it can seriously affect their individual growth and ability to learn and keep up with other children who are the same age.

“When healthful food options are offered, students will select them, eat them, and improve their diet,” says Katherine Alaimo, associate professor of food science and human nutrition at Michigan State University.

“Currently, we are middle of the road at best for child wellbeing when compared to other countries. That is why we are calling for bold reform..."

ARACY today released The Nest, a national plan to improve child wellbeing in Canberra, centred on improving the physical and mental health of children.

As little as 20 minutes of moderate exercise three times per week during pregnancy enhances the newborn child's brain development, according to researchers at the University of Montreal and its affiliated CHU Sainte-Justine children's hospital.

Dr Annie Soutter says her research suggests that more needs to be done to give effect to important wellbeing goals in schools, inside and outside of the health and physical education curriculum, for the positive benefit of students.

This simple move could decrease children’s time in front of screens by 10 per cent, and increase their levels of physical activity, alertness and wellbeing.

Pakistan’s renowned paediatricians have warned that the child mortality can not be controlled until routine immunization is raised up to 95 per cent from existing paltry vaccine coverage of 57.5 per cent in the country.

Mount Sinai cardiologist Dr. Valentin Fuster says what children learn about healthy eating and exercise between ages 3 and 6 is vital.

A recent study found that lack of financial security, especially when it involves hunger and nutritional deprivation, can lead to stunted brain growth, making it harder to ever develop mental skills most of us take for granted.

India needs to pay a lot of attention to the basic healthcare and wellbeing of its children, especially issues like malnutrition, infant and maternal mortality, leading NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul has said.

Retailers are starting to gear up to sell the latest generation of Christmas toys, but some campaigners are advocating a change in attitude. Do some children have too many toys?

A recent study published in Social Psychological and Personality Science looks at whose well-being comes first in a family, the child’s or the parent’s.

You need to occupy your kids while you make an important phone call, cook dinner or during a long plane trip, so you hand them your phone or tablet.

A new study reveals spanking is linked to externalizing behavior such as aggression and cognitive development such as receptive vocabulary.

A new study of adolescent drinking and its genetic and environmental influences has found that different trajectories of adolescent drinking are preceded by discernible gene-parenting interactions, specifically, the mu-opioid receptor (OPRM1) genotype and parental-rule-setting.

The Ministry of Women and Child Development will host the Second High Level Meeting (HLM) on South-South Cooperation for Child Rights in Asia and the Pacific here from October 23-25.

Most young people in Nigeria commonly abuse three major drugs - codeine, rohypnol and cannabis - says Dr Vincent Udenze, founder of Synapse Service, a centre for psychological medicine.

During disasters, girls fare worse than the rest of the population, according to a new report released on 11 October by child rights NGO Plan International.

Babies born to teen mothers have less developed speaking skills at age five than children of older mothers, a new study has found.

In China, the idea that girls can't or shouldn't do the same jobs as boys is passed on early. It's a lesson that extends into university and beyond.

The GAVI Alliance is on track to meet its goal to expand immunizations in developing countries to an additional 243 million children before 2015, which could save approximately 4 million lives, according to a report released on Monday.

Child marriage remains a significant problem with nearly 29% (2.5 million) of all Nigerian girls aged 15 to 19 being reported as already married. Child marriage continues to persist in this region due to a combination of factors that include poverty and increased vulnerability due to crisis or conflict situations.

One of the challenges which have immense effect on the girl child’s present physical, psychosocial and emotional health is sexual violence. This is a global public health epidemic and human rights violation.

“School Lunch Across The USA” is the theme of National School Lunch Week being observed the week of October 14-18, all across the nation.

The law for the promotion of breastfeeding and child nutrition is yet to see the light of day despite a passage of seven months since the Sindh assembly lawmakers unanimously passed the act.

If universal free meals can improve attendance, schoolwork and test scores while removing a stigma for students and more work for district employees, then it might be the right path for thousands of other school districts across the nation.

A team of researchers at the University College London (UCL) in UK have now found out that regular bedtime at childhood is crucial for proper development of the brain and also that sleeping at different timings disturbed body's natural rhythms and caused hyperactivity, conduct problems and emotional difficulties in children.

The country has refused to sign the first-ever global resolution on early and forced marriage of children led by the UN.

Overweight adolescents were twice as likely as their normal weight peers to later develop esophageal cancer in a recent study from Israel.

Research led by Dr. Edward Barker showed women suffering from depression during pregnancy resorting to unhealthy eating habits. This directly affected the child’s cognitive function.

Over one-third of population mortality in rural areas is due to malnutrition triggered by poverty. Children are the most unprotected victims of this situation and the data of World Health Organization (WHO) have confirmed the fact: over 200M of children under the age of five are not able to develop their cognitive and social abilities.

Child marriage, lack of schooling, violence -- these are the realities for many of our girls around the globe. These truths continue to slow efforts to improve all lives and communities. This is why it is critical -- mission critical -- that we make addressing the needs of adolescent girls a top priority in the next generation of Millennium Development Goals.

Leonard M. Lopoo of Syracuse University and Thomas DeLeire of Georgetown University analyze data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics to determine the effect of family structure on a child’s income and education level once that child reaches adulthood.

Cuba stressed today the need to fight hunger, poverty and social exclusion to eliminate the worst forms of exploitation and use of children at the Third Global Conference on Child Labour.

South African Child Gauge 2013 states that these indicators could be achieved by "improving maternal and child health and nutrition, supporting caregivers in the context of prevailing poverty, and ensuring that all children get access to early learning opportunities".

In celebration of the 21st National Children Month in October with the theme "Kahirapan Wakasan, Karapatan ng Bata Ipaglaban", a policy forum entitled "Poverty and Disparity Reduction Begins with Children" will be held on 14 October 2013 at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, Ortigas Avenue corner Asian Development Bank Avenue, Quezon City.

The elimination of child labour cannot be justified without providing a financially sustainable alternative to the children and their families, said speakers at a discussion on Wednesday. They urged companies to refer any child working in the supply chain to a school, calling universal education “an investment for future economic and social development of the country.”

Published by the Children’s Institute at the University of Cape Town, the South African Child Gauge is the only publication to provide an annual snapshot of the status of South Africa’s children.

"Let us be clear. We will not meet the 2016 target and that is a collective policy failure. We have to do better," the Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder, said at the opening ceremony of the Third Global Conference on Child Labour in Brasilia.

Kindergarten-age children have poorer health if their home life is marked by disorder, noise and a lack of routine and they have a mother who has a chaotic work life, new research suggests.

Heavy reliance on child labor is commonplace. This sad reality is found in small-scale mining Burkina Faso.

A new University of Texas at Austin study reveals that teens for whom puberty begins early and who have rapid pubertal development are at greater risk for experimenting with cigarettes, alcohol and marijuana.

The study was conducted by researchers at Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health at the Mailman School of Public Health. They found that the risk of developing behavioural problems such as anxiety, aggression was higher in children, whose mothers were psychologically stressed and were exposed to high levels of air pollution during pregnancy.

For every immunization purchased at Walgreens through Oct. 14, the pharmacy will donate one vaccination to a developing country as a part of the “Get a shot, give a shot” vaccine initiative.

The Government of Oman and Unicef yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the launch of Oman’s first Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey, a Unicef-supported statistical tool that will help monitor the situation of women and children in the country.

Children's experiences in their early years have a profound influence on their subsequent academic achievement and lifelong economic productivity. Investing in early childhood development therefore represents an extraordinary value.

A new study from UCLA suggests that a loving parental figure may alter neural circuits in children that could influence health throughout a lifespan. On the flip side, the negative impact of childhood abuse or lack of parental affection take a mental and physical toll can also last a lifetime. Childhood neglect increases adult risk for morbidity and mortality.

The Moyamba District Women's Network last week concluded a day's dialogue forum on improving joint monitoring and protecting of in-and-out-of-school girls to enhance supportive initiatives that can make them achieve a bright future.

A new study is raising fears that our obsession with obesity is masking another health crisis: our lack of fitness. New research by the University of Essex suggests that a child's fitness level is a better indicator of their health, than weight.

In a 826-page report, the Department of Labor said half of the 143 developing countries and territories it surveyed had made at least "moderate" progress towards eradicating child labor. Ten countries made "significant advancement," including three Southeast Asian nations and five in Latin America.

UNICEF is supporting training for cadres on breastfeeding and infant and young child feeding practices. During the training, cadres are shown how to prepare a range of food using carbohydrates, protein, vegetables and legumes.

The programme aims at increasing the availability and accessibility of key maternal and child health and nutrition services at all levels through convergence of sectoral programmes and bridging of critical gaps for addressing under-nutrition.

While this may come as a shock to parents, the study finds that children who were frequently yelled at, called names like “lazy,” or cursed at suffered even if the rest of the parent-child relationship was warm and stable.

Consider incorporating moments of gratitude sharing into your dinner or bedtime routines, or helping your children find positives in otherwise challenging situations.

Judith Robertson, head of Oxfam Scotland, said: “The fact that we’re coming together to raise the issue of poverty shows how serious we believe the situation is. Poverty is a scandal in rich, modern Scotland and Challenge Poverty Week is a chance to demand concrete action from our politicians and policy-makers.”

While children of divorce usually go through a great deal of pain during the initial divorce process, there are things that parents can do to help children through this period and minimize the chances of long-term damage.

Forty one (41) communities in the Wassa East District in the Western Region have made bye-laws in their various communities to eliminate Child Labour. The bye-laws stipulate that, children under the age of eighteen should not be engaged in activities that would impact negatively on their education, health and deprive them of proper childhood development.

Playing with blocks may be crucial for helping preschoolers to develop “spatial thinking,” or envisioning where blocks go in relation to each other as they build.

We know caffeine can affect sleep, of course. Grownups often drink it because it can aid alertness. But when it affects children's sleep—which mounting evidence says is critical for brain development—it can really hold them back.

Farnworth and Kearsley Foodbank Project Manager Alex Malone said: "I am pleased that it is being recognised what a difference a meal can make to a child, not only by providing physical nourishment but educational and emotional benefits too as the child is better able to concentrate and get the most out of their education...However, I hope that further attention will go towards dealing with the issues that cause people to fall into food poverty and enable people to become independent of outside support."

While poverty remains at historically high levels, the percentage of people in the United States – especially children – who lack health insurance is declining, according to new data released by the Census Bureau.

The National Longitudinal Study of Children published a new report from the study on how children in Ireland are faring at three years of age. The report also examines how outcomes are affected by the home environment of the children, by their childcare arrangements and by their family's economic and financial situation.

India and Nigeria account for more than a third of child deaths worldwide. If all women in both countries had completed secondary education, the under-five mortality rate would have been 61 per cent lower in India and 43 per cent lesser in Nigeria, saving 1.35 million children’s lives.

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim announced Monday that at least $700 million would be invested by 2015 to help developing countries reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for women and children's health.

Lifebuoy gathered experts from across public and private organisations to look at how handwashing with soap can help more children reach the age of five. Key in this discussion was the role the private sector can play in accelerating progress towards the MDG which aims to reduce child mortality.

There is clear evidence that girls are key to the poverty solution. For example, the World Bank's 2012 World Development Report found that girls completing secondary school in Kenya would add $27 billion to the economy over their lifetimes.

UNICEF today announced that the IKEA Foundation has contributed Є 60 million to its programmes in India to improve the health, survival, education and protection of tens of millions of vulnerable children and women.

Doctors explain that about 80% of physical disabilities in Uganda that occur in children can be prevented, reduced or cured through timely interventions. Unfortunately, many still fail to receive the required services due to funds.

UNICEF's new tools recommend ways for businesses to incorporate children's rights into their policies and codes of conduct; provide criteria for companies to assess their performance in respecting children's rights; and review critical areas of impact on children's rights.

Twenty years after the end of formal apartheid, most South Africans are yet to reap the fruits of the struggle for freedom. The nation's wealth is in the hands of the white minority, while the black youth have no jobs. The ANC pursues a capitalist model of development, which the youth now want changed.

New HIV infections among adults and children were estimated at 2.3 million in 2012, a 33% reduction since 2001. New HIV infections among children have been reduced to 260 000 in 2012, a reduction of 52% since 2001. AIDS-related deaths have also dropped by 30% since the peak in 2005 as access to antiretroviral treatment expands.

New HIV infections in children have halved since 2001 and been cut by one-third in adults. The reduction in HIV in children is due largely to treatment programmes to prevent pregnant women with HIV from passing the virus on to their newborns.

Current guidelines call for every child to be physically active at least 60 minutes per day. Alarm bells have sounded about the increase in childhood obesity, and schools all over the country have responded by offering healthier food choices.

The United Nations Childrens Fund (Unicef) on Sunday expressed concern about the plight of an estimated 90,000 children affected by the armed conflict in Zamboanga City, including 47,000 children who have been displaced. Both the figures are estimated based on the national average percentage of below-18-year-old population.

The research conducted by Plan International in collaboration with the University of Toronto says that very little progress has been made for inclusion of children with disabilities in the region despite legal commitments made by the governments.

The 2010 launch of Every Woman, Every Child by the United Nations sparked a series of promises to accelerate progress against Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4, 5 and 6, which aim to save the lives of 16 million women and children by the end of 2015.

The research for Growing Up in Ireland matches international trends and marks the earliest age at which poverty and privilege manifest in a child's well being. It showed that diet is having an impact on three-year-olds, with children from poorer families more likely to be obese and those with less-educated mothers more likely to eat burgers and crisps than fresh fruit or vegetables.

An analysis by three education groups released Monday indicates that low income and poverty might have the most detrimental impact on learning. The causes for lower test scores include lacking resources at home and in schools, which are limited by their inability to squeeze local dollars from low-wealth communities.

"Now we can say confidently that with the right efforts, we can reduce new HIV infections among children to zero, even within the short time remaining until the Millennium Development Goals are concluded at the end of 2015."

The report draws on research from the National Literacy Trust which suggested that young people who read outside class were 13 times more likely to read above the expected level for their age.

Some recent news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that the rate of obesity among low-income pre-school children appears to be declining for the first time in decades.

Children countrywide are now being registered at birth using the mobile vital records system (MVRS), a new pilot technological innovation.

A new study released Wednesday finds that 13-year-old adolescents whose parents shouted at them suffered more symptoms of depression than their peers whose parents didn’t.

Nigeria is to access $500 million from international funding agencies from Europe and America to boost educational development and enhance access to universal basic education in the country.

The specialists said parents should focus on factors such as health, hygiene, safety and nutrition because they are vital in shaping confidence and so play a major role in pupils’ academic success.

Children lucky enough to have strong parents are more likely to succeed at all the critical life stages, which means policies to help weaker parents do a better job can be investments in opportunity, and equality.

Studies have shown that older children living with smokers are sick more often, resulting in more absences from school. Their lungs grow less than children who do not breathe secondhand smoke, and they are more prone to getting bronchitis and pneumonia.

New research has shown that schemes that grant children with a life threatening illness a special wish have a positive impact on their and their family's wellbeing.

The results of the assessment revealed that subjects who grew up in poorer households were more likely to become habitual tobacco users when they were older, while binge drinking was much more common among adults who grew up in wealthier environments as children.

The study showed between 2009 and 2011, roughly 63 percent of Latino children didn’t attend preschool compared with 50 percent of non-Hispanic white children.

Queendom's study of 1,234 parents who took their Parenting Style Test reveals that healthy parent-child relationships and well-adjusted children require a different view of "tough love."

There are 153 million working children in Asia, 80 million - in Africa, and 17 million - in Latin America. Many of them work under the conditions that are dangerous to their physical, mental and emotional development. Children are involved in activities such as slavery, prostitution and pornography, participation in armed conflicts, as well as working in mines, agriculture and construction.

The study found that among youth who have symptoms of depression, the risk is most severe for those who have one or more of three risk factors. Specifically, those who are most vulnerable are those who have a pessimistic outlook; those who have mothers with a history of an anxiety disorder; or those who report that the quality of their family relationships is poor.

According to a report released on Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control, there has been a "statistically significant" decline in obesity among lower income children in 18 states over the last eight years.

“The transformation of a child to adulthood entails physical, emotional and social wellbeing and it therefore behoves the Nigerian leadership and the citizenry take cognisance of all these before benchmarking any particular age as a ripe age for marriage."

Child trafficking and prostitution isn't something that happens only in developing countries on the other side of the globe; nearly 300,000 children in the U.S. are at risk. Putting an end to this tragedy is the mission of ECPAT-USA, a nonprofit organization that has worked toward this goal for the last 20 years.

All South African pupils should be equipped with the requisite furniture in schools, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said on Tuesday. “At the (Council of Education Ministers (CEM)), we said provinces should strive to have a chair and a desk for every child,” she said in Pretoria.

The Michigan Department of Education's Office of Great Start has begun a project to develop a coordinated early childhood data system to support improved outcomes for children. The project was funded by a $400,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Mich.

Childhood poverty erodes the very basis for stability that children depend on in order to be ready to learn — if food, clothing, shelter and security at home are at risk, children cannot perform well in school.

Over the next few months a new curriculum will be rolled out in Kenya's 10 deafblind education units in specialist schools. This is a result of a partnership between Sense International Kenya and the Kenyan Institute for Education (KIE) that we hope will result in a much improved standard of education for deafblind children in the country.

The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) today released new research into child abuse, based on an analysis of Child Youth and Family data, which found a strong link between high rates of child poverty and high rates of abuse and neglect.

Conditions of economic strains and poverty during childhood increase the risk of substance using in young adulthood. A life of hardship in early ages increases likelihood of falling out bad habits, such as marijuana using, heavy episodic drinking and especially regular smoking.

“Our study shows that disabled children often encounter a kind of double jeopardy,” Bornstein said. “In addition to their disabilities, they are at greater risk for harsh treatment from their caregivers."

Children who grow up in poverty are more likely than wealthier children to smoke cigarettes, but they are less likely to binge drink and are no more prone to use marijuana. Also, economic strains in early life independently erode a child's self-control, regardless of strong parenting in adolescence. Lack of self-control often leads to substance use.

Increasingly more girls in Nigeria are finding themselves getting married as early as twelve years old. Not only are they becoming child brides, but they are being forced to drop out of school.

Malnutrition affects 24 per cent of the population in Pakistan including adults and children; this translates to about 37.5 million undernourished citizens. Malnutrition is a subject that is not getting the focus that it deserves and can be improved through establishment of integrated institutional mechanisms to deliver nutrition services.

More than one million children experience homelessness in the United States every year, and the impact it can have on a child's education can be devastating. To beat these statistics, the Syracuse City School District is working to team up with the Salvation Army.

More than 30 percent of single-parent households experienced food insecurity in the last 12 months, meaning that at some point during the year they did not have enough money to pay for food, according to a new study from the Gallup-Healthways Well-being Index.

Besides simply preventing child marriage, Jennifer Redner, senior program officer at International Women’s Health Coalition, suggested promoting the empowerment of girls, addressing the unique needs of girls, and specifically targeting areas with high prevalence.

Dr Carol Fuller, associate professor of education and assistant director of research at the University of Reading's Institute of Education, said: "That children's wellbeing is on the decline, particularly amongst those aged 14-15, is hardly surprising given the huge amount of stresses placed on them."

But there is a price for keeping wages so low, and it is paid by the workers who cannot afford to keep their daughters. When the traffickers come knocking, offering to take the girls away, promising good wages and an exciting new life, they find it hard to say no.

Senator Saraki said "one of the uppermost principles which I uphold as a Senator is the wellbeing and protection of children irrespective of their religious background or their social status. The girl child especially needs protection under our law, therefore any bill or legal provision which is aimed at promoting the rights of any child, the wellbeing of children generally, the prohibition of practices that inhibits the girl child and her potentials and the elimination of all forms of discrimination against any child will continue to receive my unflinching support"

The Ipsos Reid survey found that 81 per cent of British Columbians think it's easy to turn a blind eye to child labour in developing countries. The majority also misjudged the scale of child slavery worldwide.

Vocational training can play a key role in helping girls get jobs. Ideally, vocational training is demand-oriented and builds specific skills tailored to prospective employers' needs. The success of vocational training depends primarily on programmes' ability to target and help girls develop the actual technical and business skills needed by employers.

More than a quarter of Chinese children with disabilities don’t get to go to school. The ministry’s report failed to show how it was making mainstream schools more accessible to disabled students, as the government is obligated to do under an international treaty on the rights of disabled people that Beijing ratified in 2008.

There are 61 million children chronically undernourished, and 8 million children suffering from severe acute malnutrition in India. Therefore, the focus needs to be on the right to adequate nutrition, beyond the right to food – as the bill indicates.

Adolescent girls are among the world's most economically vulnerable groups, significantly more so than adult women or adolescent boys. The Adolescent Girls' Economic Empowerment Report demonstrates that economic empowerment initiatives can be a critical lever for change in adolescent girls' lives.

According to the UN Population Fund, “about 16 million girls aged between 15 and 19 years old give birth each year, and complications from pregnancy and child birth are the leading cause of death among girls in this age group.”

Investing in girls and women is linked to the achievement of nearly every Millennium Development Goal. Yet, millions of girls don’t get opportunities to live out their true potential.

Social well-being plays an important role in almost every aspect of a child's life. Parents can take certain steps to help promote social well-being, depending on their child's developmental phase.

Children who live in the most adverse circumstances can make the biggest gains in their intellectual, social, emotional, and physical progress if they have good nutrition, interaction, and relationships early in their lives and have access to high-quality early childhood development services.

“The noise about the energy crisis is huge, while on malnutrition there is almost nothing,” and chronic malnutrition levels in Pakistan had not changed for 40 years.

In what should be an eye-opener to the [Indian] government, hardly any importance was given to nutrition when implementing various schemes.

Diarrhoea is the second leading killer of young children globally. Yet it is preventable and treatable. A majority of those deaths occur in developing countries.Moreover, it is also the leading cause of malnutrition.

Peer pressure can be a powerful force, and sometimes a positive one. Hanging out with active peers may lead kids to exercise more, making a child’s social network a potential vehicle for promoting healthy habits and reducing obesity.

Two years away from the deadline of the set international development standards, rights groups say the marginalisation of children with disabilities will impede Zimbabwe’s attainment of the MDGs.

The UNICEF's State of the World's Children Report states that true inclusion can be achieved if societies were to dismantle barriers to inclusion in children's environments, particularly schools, health facilities and public transport.

(See the UNICEF report here.)

“I think the most fundamental policy implication here is...we now understand that making sure these young children know their numbers and colors, or learn to read a little better or spell a little better, isn’t enough. Whether they can focus, sit still and plan ahead is a much more fundamental issue.”

Children's needs and rights are interdependent to sustainable development. This is the central argument for a new report from UNICEF, which makes the case for purposefully considering children in the post-2015 development agenda in which sustainable development is a core tenet.

The latest numbers from the 2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book finds mixed results for the United States’ youth -- while health and education figures have improved since 2005, many economic and family wellbeing factors diminished in subsequent assessments.

(See the KIDS COUNT Data Book here.)

The authors of the 2013 Data Book found that, while children continue to make gains in education and health, the economic well-being of young people in the United States has continued to get worse after the recession.

(See the KIDS COUNT Data Book here.)

Data from the Population Welfare Department shows that illiteracy, unemployment and the resultant absence of basic necessities were the root cause of adolescent pregnancy and rapid increase in population.

The Oregon Legislature approved a plan that could allow students to attend state colleges without paying tuition or taking out traditional loans. Instead, they would commit a small percentage of their future incomes to repaying the state; those who earn very little would pay very little.

Today, President Obama is expected to announce a national plan for climate change in the US. Last week, the White House released a video leading up to a speech he would give today at Georgetown University.

In humanitarian emergencies, the sexual health needs of young people are too often ignored or placed as the lowest priority.

Many of the poor children being left behind in schools now are in suburbs, market towns and seaside resorts rather than big cities, England's chief inspector of schools is to say.

10 April 2013 – The Netherlands, along with four Nordic countries – Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden – top a United Nations list released today, which ranks children’s well-being in 29 industrialized countries, while Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain are at the bottom.

Now that high school graduation season is winding down, it’s worth taking a moment to remember that in the sea of flowing gowns lurk some unsettling statistical realities. On many measures of childhood well-being, the last decade in the United States has been one of stagnation. We remain an outlier in many ways among developed countries.

The High-Level Panel's goal for girls and women is a moment to celebrate, but there is still work to do to unleash girls' unique potential

The Department of Social Welfare in partnership with Unicef, Child Fund The Gambia and other partners will Sunday 16 June 2013 commemorate the Day of The African Child at Farafenni in the North Bank Region.

There has been a four-fold increase in the number of children and teenagers admitted to hospital for obesity-related conditions in the last decade, doctors in England and Wales warn.

This year’s annual World Day against Child Labour (12 June) will put the spotlight on the plight of child labourers in domestic work.

Greens leader plans 'keep the bastards honest' campaign, casting party as Senate curb on Coalition excesses

Malnutrition is responsible for 45% of the global deaths of children under the age of five, research published in the Lancet medical journal suggests.

In a country where the sight of unfinished, discarded food on white plates is a common sight at weddings, an organisation based in the twin cities has been trying to create awareness on avoiding food wastage while feeding the undernourished and underprivileged communities.

When talking about the impacts of climate change on health, it is impossible to overlook the specific impacts on child health.

The global development community is starting to pay more attention to girls. New projects are now needed to help build momentum

Youth unemployment is set to rise further in the hardest-hit developed nations, the OECD, a club of mostly rich countries, warned on Thursday.


GENEVA — The U.N. Children's Fund says children with disabilities are among the most marginalized people in the world. In its annual State of the World's Children report, UNICEF says ending discrimination against children with disabilities and nurturing their abilities will benefit both the children and society as a whole.

A group of leading authors including Julia Donaldson is highlighting new research that malnutrition leaves children struggling to read and write.

While the next set of global development goals are being debated around the world, those who actually will be responsible for achieving them are also voicing their concerns. As reports are being drafted, working groups assembled and high-level panels convened, we shouldn’t forget that it is today’s young people who will be tasked with carrying out the next development agenda.

Efforts to end child marriage must bring together community activists and those working on structural problems. But just how does partnership work between 250 NGOs in 50 countries?

Women and children are the most vulnerable sections in displaced population as statistics show that almost four per cent of disaster-affected women are pregnant at any given point, a government official said today.

An annual UN report says that the crisis has left one in three children in Greece living in poverty.

A UK-backed project in Western Equatoria state seeks to ensure domestic and social factors don't deny girls an education

It's well documented that the first 1,000 days of a child's life is developmentally critical. No less so for the last 1,000 days of the life of a Millennium Development Goal (MDG). With less than 1,000 days before the end of the current MDGs, we are entering what UN Special Envoy for Education Gordon Brown describes at the "Final Sprint" to achieve them.

Education is a cornerstone of a functioning society. As Benjamin Franklin put it: “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” But as education becomes longer and increasingly expensive, are we teaching our young people the right skills for the current market? With an outstanding student debt reaching $1 trillion last year in the US alone, and millions of graduates unable to find jobs in OECD countries, the question of return on investment has become a real economic priority.

A report by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (Niace) says there has been a seven percentage point drop in the number of 17 to 24-year-olds taking part in learning compared with last year.

British Medical Association report says cuts to benefits and social care likely to hit the most vulnerable the hardest

The 2013 World Health Statistics Report focuses on progress to health-related Millenium Development Goals.

Poverty is an exam room familiar. From Bellevue Hospital in New York to the neighborhood health center in Boston where I used to work, poverty has filtered through many of my interactions with parents and their children.

At least 3,000 children as young as six are being recruited by insurgent groups across India, according to a new report published by a human rights group.

Mother's Day is a time to come together as families and friends to celebrate some of our greatest nurturers, teachers and providers. It's not easy being a mother under any circumstance, but I am particularly inspired by, and mindful of, the mothers we serve in countries where malnutrition and food insecurity still persist.

Following the recommendations from the youth union, the Lou Nuer organized a peaceful demonstration in Bor to petition the state government for more vigorous disarmament initiatives. The governor listened to the demonstrators and pledged to ramp up disarmament. Lou Nuer tribe members were pleased with the response, and tensions subsided.

IFS says 'tax and benefit reforms introduced since April 2010' can account for most of the projected rise in numbers

Report says poverty should remain central, but calls for inclusive, sustainable model that emphasises jobs

Around the world almost 300m 15- to 24-year-olds are not working. What has caused this epidemic of joblessness? And what can abate it?

Throughout Somalia's armed conflict, successive transitional governments and international actors have overlooked widespread human rights abuses by all parties. The failure to address these abuses and the culture of impunity in which they have taken place has contributed to ongoing conflict and insecurity. A substantial improvement in the respect for human rights and accountability for serious abuses is now essential. Given the scale and nature of the crisis that has wracked the country for two decades, the needs are significant.

Millennium Development Goal 2 concerns education. It ensures that by 2015, children everywhere will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling.

After years of postponing the inevitable, the U.S. is finally on the verge of reforming our dysfunctional immigration policies. For millions of immigrant families who have committed themselves to building better lives for themselves and their communities, change cannot come too soon. And for the children in these families, their hopes for the future are very much part of America's future.

Obesity in Scotland's primary one pupils has remained at "worryingly" high levels for more than a decade, a leading public health consultant said.

Heeals is a Non Profit Organisation registered under the Indian Government societies act 21 of 1860. A vibrant civil society organization aims to safeguard health, environment, education and livelihood to promote sustainable development of society.

I thought in honour of the day, I would give you some facts and figures about malaria, its effects in Uganda and the work of Kids Club Kampala in this area.

Invest in the future. Defeat malaria.

“Countries pledge billions of dollars to fund child vaccinations,” rings out the headline, the ringing only drowned out by those of the tills in the minds of pharmaceutical manufacturers as they see their coffers rapidly filling with a cool four billion dollars.

Poor health and malnutrition have been shown to be important underlying factors for poor performance, early drop out from school, low enrolment, and absenteeism, and are constraints on both “Education for All” and the second and third Millennium Development Goals of achieving universal primary education and gender-based equitable access to quality education.

More than a million schoolchildren could be susceptible to measles due to the MMR vaccine scare, warn child health doctors in the UK.

The United States has done it again — and not in a good way.

The United Nations Children’s Fund says more than a quarter of children under the age of 5 worldwide are permanently “stunted” from malnutrition, leaving them physically and intellectually weak and representing a scandalous waste of human potential.


Health advocates recommended that restaurants offer kids meals with more fruit and vegetable options and more whole-grain items.

Unhealthy food environments and sedentary lifestyles certainly contribute to obesity, but they can’t entirely explain weight gain. The latest research points to four new genes that could contribute to the most extreme cases of obesity in childhood.

Complying with federal guidelines for healthy meals in schools helps children to stay leaner, according to the latest study on school lunches.

The Netherlands ranks first and Romania last among 29 developed countries examined in a UNICEF report on the well-being of children that warns budget-slashing governments to spare a thought for future generations.

Top donors urged to provide extra $15bn to fight infectious diseases over three years or risk reversing decade of advance

Almost unnoticed, one of the great civil rights struggles of our times is being fought out in our midst. Across the Indian subcontinent, in Afghanistan and in Africa, supporters of universal girls’ education are being threatened, assaulted, bombed and murdered.

THE defenders of traditional marriage tell us the argument is, first and foremost, about the children. You might not know that from the buzz surrounding the Supreme Court deliberations. The children of gay and lesbian parents got a few splashes of attention, including a powerful endorsement of marriage equality from the 60,000-member American Academy of Pediatrics and one sympathetic-sounding aside from Justice Anthony Kennedy during the hearings. But for the most part, the debate has focused on the rights of grown-ups and the powers of states, not so much on the well-being of children. And when that subject does come up, the discussion is often shallow or misleading.

This week marks an historic turning point in how benefits are increased. The government's up-rating measure comes into force, increasing payments by just one per cent and breaking the crucial link between benefits and inflation.

Up to 12 civilians - 10 children and two women - are reported to have been killed in a Nato air strike in eastern Afghanistan.

Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai has said 40 girls in Pakistan will be the first to benefit from a fund set up in her name after she was shot in the head by the Taliban for her efforts to promote girls' education.

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie has honoured Pakistani schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai, who has launched a charity to fund girls' education.

More than 20 million children and adolescents in Mexico are estimated to live in poverty, and five million of them in extreme poverty, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today reported in a joint study with the Mexican Government.

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim called for a commitment by the international community on Tuesday to end extreme poverty by 2030 and to improve the lives of the most vulnerable people living in developing countries.

In February 2013, Martin and Maureen Brooke travelled to Madagascar to volunteer their professional skills for SOS Children. Martin is an NHS associate specialist in paediatrics and Maureen is trained in horticulture. Using their annual leave from work, they are volunteering at SOS Children’s projects for six weeks.

Two million children in the Central African Republic are without basic social services and are exposed to violence following a power grab by the Séléka rebel coalition and subsequent insecurity and looting, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today said, warning that more children will be at risk if the country does not stabilize quickly.

Children are supposed to be protected and provided for by their parents and caretakers. However, the trend has changed and it is now the little ones providing for the families. There are many factors contributing to this trend, including poverty, high school dropout rates and the growing trends in HIV/AIDS, writes Andrew Masinde.

BANGKOK, 28 March 2013 (PlusNews) - As a UN high-level panel completes worldwide consultations to pick development goals for 2015 and beyond, PlusNews consulted experts to see how HIV/AIDS might fit into this new agenda.


The Millennium Development Goals have left behind millions of forgotten children. Had they tackled educational inequality 9 million more children could now be in school in Nigeria and Pakistan alone.

On her speech, MEP Daciana Octavia SÂRBU (S&D, RO) stressed that good and healthy nutrition have a crucial impact on children life expectancy and that the role of the parents in this regard should not be underestimated.

Child malnutrition is one of the most serious side effects of poverty. Without proper sustenance, children can be more susceptible to disease, growth defects and even death. Malnutrition can also interfere with children's cognitive development, which can cause them to struggle in school. Providing children and their families with healthy, nutritious and affordable food is one of ChildFund's most important objectives, and to ensure children get the healthy start they need, we are working to improve nutrition for children and pregnant women as part of the 1,000 Days initiative.

Government adviser says proposals are 'muddled and unclear', and income must remain the central measure

the new BBC One series The Editors invited me to consider a question I posed on this blog...it asked whether the teen rebel is now a dying breed.

Child Poverty Action Group says raising personal tax allowance does little for million lowest-paid workers, due to loss of benefits

Education experts gathered in the Senegalese capital Dakar this week to discuss what priorities should look like once the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire in 2015. The conclusion: more focus on quality and how to measure it; on equity and access for hard-to-reach children; and on what should happen during the first three years of secondary school.

The process of establishing a post-2015 development agenda must include youth input and participation to reflect the issues that concern them, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Envoy on Youth stressed today in his first press conference since he assumed office.

The young Pakistani heroine and education activist, who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban, met for the first time with teachers and pupils at her new school in Britain. But millions of girls like her are still denied an education, writes Gordon Brown, former U.K. prime minister and UN Special Envoy for Global Education.

Prime Minister’s Questions, the weekly opportunity for MPs to grill David Cameron in Parliament on anything and everything, is usually an occasion for highly political shouting matches and “Hear hears” on largely domestic issues. While this week was no exception, it was great to see an MP ask about international development issues at this crucial time. David Blunkett MP, former Labour Education Secretary, used the opportunity to ask the Prime Minister about his leading role in the UN’s High Level Panel on the Post-2015 successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals…

On Friday 15 March, the One UN Rwanda launched the offline version of the MY World Survey today with the aim of reaching 80,000 children from all Districts in Rwanda within a two week period.

In 2000, 164 governments met in Dakar, Senegal and pledged to achieve the six "Education for All" goals by 2015 committing to provide quality basic education for all children, youth and adults. This week, education experts from all over the world meet again in Dakar to discuss the best way to ensure education, training and learning is reflected in the post-2015 agenda.

We are entering an age of post-standardization in education. It may not look, smell, or feel like it, but the augurs of the new age have already arrived and are advancing with increasing speed. [This] Fourth Way pushes beyond standardization, data-driven decision making, and target-obsessed distractions to forge an equal and interactive partnership among the people, the profession, and their government.

The U.N. says the proportion of the world’s middle-class living in developing nations more than doubled between 1990 and 2010 and is expected to be more than 80 percent by 2030.

Education is the greatest investment that a nation can make in its citizens or that a parent can make in his or her child. It is indisputable that historically marginalized groups are too often denied access to an education by those holding power. Withholding education is the most effective tool for those in power to control their citizens.

This article will first assess the dangers inequalities pose to children and then provide an analysis of current methods of measuring child poverty referencing UNICEF’s ‘Child Poverty and Inequality – New Perspectives’ report, published in 2012.

Two million Syrian children are victims of war, charity says in report revealing third of children have been hit, kicked or shot at

India is no longer considered a poor country and yet many children do not receive a good education. Rachel Williams reports.

Sheila C. Bair is right (“Grand Old Parity,” Op-Ed, Feb. 27): income inequality should concern both parties. In Britain, it does, at least when it comes to children.

The government of South Sudan should increase efforts to protect girls from child marriage, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today, on the eve of International Women’s Day. The country’s widespread child marriage exacerbates South Sudan’s pronounced gender gaps in school enrollment, contributes to soaring maternal mortality rates, and violates the right of girls to be free from violence, and to marry only when they are able and willing to give their free consent.

MDGs have been important in advancing the livelihoods and capacities of young people, but also mobilizing young people to be involved in the implementation and progress reporting of the MDGs. However, Beyond 2015 goals should have at least one goal committed to youth and one committed to human development governance, particularly issues pertaining participation in decision making.

Child poverty in the US has reached record levels, with almost 17 million children now affected. A growing number are also going hungry on a daily basis.

5th March 2013: Launch of the 'A girl's right to learn without fear: Working to end gender-based violence at school' report at #CSW57, New York

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The United Nations depicted the collapse of Syria’s education system in a report released on Tuesday, saying that thousands of schools have been damaged or converted into shelters for civilians displaced by civil war and that many children have not attended class since the conflict began two years ago.

The 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (#CSW57) is taking place at UNHQ from 4-15 March. Its priority theme is the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls. Below pictures summarize some of the highlights of Day 1.

Global policy and advocacy experts discussed the importance of nutrition in the successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – more specifically, how to connect the technical aspects of nutrition and development with the political and practical “in order to come up with concrete and actionable principles and recommendations.

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the ALAS Foundation are teaming up for the second annual ALAS-IDB Awards to recognize innovations and excellence in programs and research that benefit children under 6 years of age in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The United States is considered the richest, most economically competitive country on the planet. So how is it possible that it also has one of the highest rates of child poverty in the developed world?

A lot is already happening in an aggressive manner to influence and shape the post Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agenda globally.

Si de nombreux couples rêvent de fonder une famille, une étude met à mal le bonheur qui devrait logiquement en découler...

An African high-level ministerial meeting on ending violence against women and girls was held in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa to prepare a common position for Africa during the 57th Session of the UN Commission on The Status of Women-CSW

Gratiane de Moustier has been following young Indonesian girls training to be servants overseas, where they often encounter abuse and exploitation.

Data shows that the number of missing girls exceeds boys by over 100

The International Reporting Project (IRP) has sent ten new media journalists to India to report on child survival. You may recall, the Indian Ministry of Health along with UNICEF and USAID convened the latest Child Survival Summit earlier this month where, of course, child survival reigned top on the agenda.

The Winter 2013 Child Indicator newsletter features the following articles and information

Ten years after new legislation, still no one has been charged

Shocking figures published this week show that in some parts of the UK, nearly half children live in poverty. Nowhere is free from child poverty, and even in the most affluent areas, families are struggling to get by from day to day.

The UN Commission on the Status of Women meets next month to discuss ways to eliminate violence against women and girls. But how effective are global high-level meetings at tackling the problem? Can they be effective or does grassroots community work hold the key?

Which parts of the country have the worst child poverty? The latest estimates show a country of huge variations. This map shows those estimates by parliamentary constituency. Click on a constituency to explore the data, and use the drop down menu to see which party controls that parliamentary seat. Search for a place in the box below and hit 'share view' to share map on Twitter and Facebook.

Bollywood actor Aamir Khan, who has been at the forefront of a debate on gender equality, blamed the "patriarchal mindset" of people for the lesser status of women in society.

To celebrate our 20th Anniversary we've released an album with Parlophone Records that brings together some of the best tracks from our five albums - including the legendary 'HELP' one from 1995 , which raised £1.5million. Subsequent releases have featured the hottest names in music and raised not only funds, but profile, for our vital work.

Across the world, over 60 million girls are out of school. For every one of them, this is a tragedy of promise unfulfilled.

World Vision, a development and advocacy organisation, has implemented a project to tackle child malnutrition in Coimbatore since January. It has been taken up in collaboration with Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), a Central Government-sponsored social welfare scheme.

Money is central factor, experts say in letter to Guardian

Last week, the Government of India held a star-studded National Summit on child survival, “co-convened”* with USAID and UNICEF. The high-profile meeting featured politicians (the Minister of Health & Family Welfare, the US Ambassador to India), heavy-hitters in global child health (Bob Black, Zulfiqar Bhutta, Mickey Chopra, Geeta Rao Gupta) along with some Indian stars of child health (Vinod Paul, Abhay Bang, Yogesh Jain), and even a Bollywood actress/“child rights activist” Nandana Sen (daughter of Nobel Laureate and Professor Amartya Sen), to name a few.

The Maternal Health Channel, a weekly glossy TV show, hopes to raise awareness and boost maternal health across Ghana

JOHANNESBURG, 12 February 2013 (IRIN) - Girl child soldiers are often thought of only as “sex slaves”, a term that glosses over the complex roles many play within armed groups and in some national armies. This thinking contributes to their subsequent invisibility in the demobilization processes - in fact, girls are frequently the most challenging child soldiers to rehabilitate.

The UK is below average in an international comparison of social mobility within school systems.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) - which works for children's rights, their survival, development and protection - expects the rate of diabetes in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to increase to almost 59 million people by 2030.

This week, ONE and Save the Children gathered close to 200 Liberians, including several Liberian ONE members, at a popular event in Monrovia, which included an exhibition and panel on transparency and accountability in the city’s iconic City Hall.


Uncertainty still rules supreme over the global economic outlook… The IMF forecasts a sluggish global growth of 3.6% for 2013, saying that the prospects have deteriorated further and risks increased.

OTTAWA – A new report says Canada’s social fabric is being torn by rising income inequality and stagnant child poverty rates.

With a burgeoning number of refugees from conflict in northern Mali arriving in neighbouring Mauritania, the international community steps up its response for refugees and host communities.

After 10 years and $1 billion, an ambitious, federally-funded study of child health has not gotten off the ground, and outside observers say it is in serious trouble. Outsized expectations, bureaucratic rigidity, and lack of strong scientific leadership — all played a role in creating “a national embarrassment.”

In 2004-05 , 2% of households suffered from hunger at some point during the year and about 25% of people were below the poverty line, but as many as 45% of children below the age of five years were malnourished.

The number of cases of insulin-requiring type 1 diabetes rose sharply in children under the age of Philadelphia over a two decade span, paralleling increases seen across the United States and in Europe, according to a US study.

That's the number from working families who will be affected by benefit cap, minister admits

A United Nations joint mission to the western Syrian governorate of Homs has found that 420,000 people, half of whom are children, need immediate humanitarian assistance.

MANILA, Philippines–The United Nations Children’s Fund has appealed for nearly a billion pesos in additional assistance for the Philippines to fund humanitarian emergencies affecting children in Mindanao due to conflict and the aftermath of deadly Typhoon “Pablo.”

Alarmingly low levels of asylum support are forcing thousands of children and their families seeking safety in the UK into severe poverty, putting babies’ and mothers’ lives at risk, a parliamentary inquiry reveals today.

During the last 10 years, around 10 million children are estimated to have been killed as a result of war.

GENEVA — The U.N. Children's Fund is appealing for $1.4 billion in 2013 to meet the immediate, life-saving needs of tens of millions of children gripped by conflict, natural disasters and other complex emergencies in 45 countries and regions. As in previous years, most of these emergencies are in Sub-Saharan Africa.

WASHINGTON -- In the last 24 hours as many as 10,000 children and their families have fled from Syria into Jordan.

Healthcare access and treatment, public-private partnerships, and innovation are among the many issues being addressed at the World Economic Forum this week. To aid the discussion ahead, the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship partnered with the Executive Office of UNICEF and designed a debate at the strategic intersection of these issues. Core to the framing of this debate is an interview with UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake.

Which countries have a national youth policy?

Hi everyone, I wanted to share this video clip of a recent experience I had that is very close to my heart. I have been volunteering for many years for charity organization UNICEF, and just a few weeks ago, I traveled to Haiti to learn more about the recovery efforts since the devastating earthquake in 2010 and the nationwide cholera epidemic in 2011.

Government admits statistic that Labour says shows children are victims of Tory 'games' and 'economic failure'

Thousands of children are struggling in poor families. Housing providers should not turn away from this tricky problem

UNICEF Emergency Specialist Mark Choonoo was recently in Homs. He describes the situation there and the impact the conflict has wreaked on children and families.

Between 2008 and 2010 the number of out-of-school children in Sub-Saharan Africa increased by 1.6 million. As national governments and the international community strive to achieve universal primary education by 2015, we need to understand why too many countries’ progress has stalled or gone into reverse. One factor that acts as a significant break on progress and that is the low quality of much of the schooling currently provided. There is a danger of seeing the issues of access to school and education quality as separate. In reality they are intimately linked because without improvements in learning outcomes it will not be possible to achieve 100% access.

HAVING well-educated parents is more important for a child's well-being than being part of a family where a mother and father live together.

Government-funded child welfare agencies have been established in only a minority of China's county-level regions, an official with the Ministry of Civil Affairs has revealed.

Almost three years after a devastating earthquake struck Haiti, preliminary results of a new United Nations-backed national household survey show substantial progress for children there in the education, nutrition, health and sanitation sectors since 2006.

Meet Jon Schwartz and his creative work using the blues to teach just about everything. Jon, his ideas and his students are what "school" can and should be. I love the stories he shares he about using music in deep and rich learning.

KHATI GAUN and BIRALTOLI, Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, 9 January 2013 - Deep in the foothills of the Himalayan mountains, Pashupati Saud is up early, harvesting herbs and vegetables from her small garden. She cooks them into a sauce and gives them to her 8-year-old son, along with a bowl of rice soaked in buffalo milk.

Former senior adviser for policy at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Nicole Goldin has joined the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) to help lead a new initiative on global youth wellness.

The international charity organisation ‘Save the Children’ says as world leaders have been occupied with one economic crisis after another, a hunger and malnutrition crisis affecting millions of children has gone unchecked.

(WNN) Bangui/Dakar, AFRICA/GENEVA, UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today that it had received credible reports that rebel groups and pro-government militias are increasingly recruiting and involving children in armed conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR).

The High Level Panel - co-chaired by Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, and British Prime Minister David Cameron - will meet later this month to discuss a new system to replace the UN's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which expire in 2015.

David Cameron has said the decision to remove child benefit from better-off families is "the right approach".

Amy Mina is Save the Children's Country Director in Iraq. She has worked with the organization since 2004 in the Middle East, Haiti and Latin America. Save the Children is currently responding to the Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. Mina recently completely her second trip to refugee camps in Al Qaem, Iraq.

Thousands of children were separated from their families and forced to become soldiers in a country ravaged by war

SAVE THE CHILDREN has enlisted the rock group OneRepublic to write a song that incorporates the actual heartbeats of young people and serves as the centerpiece of a public service advertising campaign.

In the past year, experts and practitioners in the field, whole child partners, and ASCD staff have shared their stories, ideas, and resources to help you ensure that each child, in each school, in each community is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged and prepared for success in higher education, employment, and civic life. These are the top 10 posts you read in 2012.

The nation has reduced stunting in children under 5, but the rate has fallen more slowly than it has in other developing countries and regions. The percentage of wasting children has held steady at 20 percent. That malnutrition rates in India are worse than in Bangladesh is not a surprise for nutritionists comparing public health indicators between the two nations. India has not collected basic data on nutrition since 2006.

QUETTA: A report presented by Unicef officials revealed that over 24,000 children die of Pneumonia in the country every year which is caused by a bacterium called Streptococcus Pneumonia.

NAIROBI — Officials say violence against children in Kenya is exceedingly and unacceptably high, with the United Nations estimating as many as 10 percent of girls and five percent of boys have experienced at least one episode of sexual violence in the previous 12 months.

UNICEF is on the ground helping children and families affected by the Super Typhoon Bopha, which hit the south-eastern coast of Mindanao in the Philippines in early December 2012.

A SHOCKING report indicates that more than 30 percent of Namibia's children live in poverty, more so than the general population, of whom 28,7 percent are considered poor.

America's children and their families are showing greater resilience and support in the face of rising poverty that has now wiped out the historic financial gains of the 1990s, according to the Foundation for Child Development's annual child well-being index.

The Syrian conflict has now entered its 21st month and is showing few signs of abating. Over the course of this period between 40,000 and 55,000 Syrians have been killed and about 1.2 billion people are said to be displaced.

The OECD Gender Initiative was launched to explore economic aspects of gender equality and develop knowledge on why barriers to greater equality persist, focusing on three key dimensions: education, employment and entrepreneurship (“the three Es”). The Gender Initiative also identifies policy practices that can reduce the gender gaps in economies around the world.

As winter approaches, executive director Dennis McKinlay says UNICEF is expanding its operations within Syria to help the children and families affected by the conflict.

There is no doubt that there is a close link between the increases in financial support for families with children over the past decade and the fall in child poverty

Working in partnership to provide effective and innovative support for parents affected by alcohol misuse is key to ensuring children stay safe and happy.

Worrying is the increase in the number of girl victims, who make up two thirds of all trafficked children. Girls now constitute 15 to 20 per cent of the total number of all detected victims, including adults, whereas boys comprise about 10 per cent, says the Report, which is based on official data supplied by 132 countries.

KIGEME, Rwanda, 10 December 2012– The clapping grows louder as hundreds of onlookers cheer for their six young friends from the Democratic Republic of Congo who dance in front of the new education facilities.

The Central African Republic is home to a number of rebel groups that use child soldiers – with devastating consequences. This is the first despatch of our campaign.

Recently, I read yet another article in the Indonesian press about child malnutrition. Or rather, it was less an article about malnutrition per se and more a presentation of the standard format: a study, statistics and a solution.

Child poverty has worsened in Canada over the last decade, a UN official said Friday as she completed a tour of the country. "Canada can afford to do better," said Marta Mauras, vice president of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, citing figures from UNICEF that rank the North American country 24th out of 35 industrialised countries.

An effective school culture is established by the work we do together on a daily basis, with values determined through a synergistic process. Our culture defines us and our ability to positively impact students and their learning. So how do we truly shift our school cultures toward positive changes that align with supporting the whole child? And how do we develop a collective mindset that leads to dynamic changes and, ultimately, sustains school improvement?

New Save the Children report reveals findings of research with over 1,000 African children and key stakeholders

NEW YORK, 4 December 2012 – UNICEF and UNESCO launched today a “global online conversation” to ensure that education is effectively addressed as a priority in the post 2015 development agenda.

UNICEF wants to prevent HIV and AIDS among youth in Haiti. To address the issue the non-profit is arming kids with technology that they can use to help identify risks of sexual abuse in the city of Port Au Prince. Rhazi Kone, project manager at UNICEF, described the project in a panel at Mediabistro’s Media App Summit today.

Juba — South Sudan's Deputy Minister of Gender, Child and Social Welfare said Sunday that violence against women is one of the major contributing obstacles to the country's development.

As Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas pushes on Thursday for the U.N. General Assembly to upgrade the Palestinians’ status in the international body to that of “observer state,” his movement’s experience of a year of full membership in the U.N. cultural body, UNESCO, suggests that such diplomatic upgrades are not always favorable to the Palestinian cause.

New York — New HIV infections in children are down, but reaching the goal of an AIDS-free generation requires treating more pregnant women and children living with HIV, UNICEF said today.

Teachers should be evaluated on the atmosphere they create in their classrooms and the degree of trust they have established with their students. Several findings from the Schools of Integrity and other research literature support examining both classroom culture and teacher-student relationships.

With the world turning its attention away from the violence in Gaza, back to the turmoil in Syria and the rising floodwater here in the UK, there's not much room left for the beleaguered country I've just returned from.

A report into the health of Indigenous children in the Northern Territory shows improvements have been made but there is still a long way to go.

Brussels — One hundred and ninety million - that's more than the populations of Germany, France and Poland combined. It is also the number of children affected by vitamin A deficiency around the world.

The latest edition of the Global Education Digest reveals the urgent need to address the high numbers of children repeating grades and leaving school before completing primary or lower secondary education. New data from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation's ( UNESCO) Institute for Statistics (UIS) show that about 32.2 million primary pupils were held back a grade in 2010, and 31.2 million dropped out of school and may never return.

Activists in Syria say a government jet has dropped a cluster bomb on a playground, leaving 10 children dead.

A new report by the Child Poverty Action Group calls for better employment opportunities for London mums

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO, 21 November 2012 - “We are on the ground and are reaching out to children affected by the crisis,” says UNICEF Representative in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Barbara Bentein.

On Universal Children’s Day, Unicef issued a new research paper highlighting global demographic shift forecast for the coming generation of children that present major challenges to policy makers and planners.

New York, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 19 November 2012 – They were too young to understand the violence that would kill them. Bearing the brunt of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict on their shrouds, four children from the Dalu family were buried amidst continued bombardment in Gaza City, occupied Palestinian territory. Their family home was turned into rubble by missile attack on Sunday.

Save the Children is calling for an immediate end to the conflict in Gaza and Israel as the number of child casualties mounts.

DOHA, QATAR — Sheika Moza bint Nasser, wife of the emir of Qatar, has created a program that seeks to educate the 61 million children worldwide who have no access to formal schooling.

International charity Save the Children has warned 200,000 Syrian refugee children are at serious risk from freezing temperatures, as winter sets in the Middle East.

Instead of doing something about children living in poverty, the coalition has launched a consultation on how to measure it

Rwanda has been selected among the regional countries that will benefit from Educate A Child (EAC), an initiative that focuses on bringing quality primary education to remote areas.

Family breakdown, drug addiction, debt and education results are among the factors that could be used to measure child poverty in future, ministers say.

The international advocacy organisation World Vision has called on the public to get involved in improving child and maternal health.

Family planning a human right and sound economic investment as number of young people in developing countries surges.

Millions of children have little to celebrate and their life is marked by struggle

On October 10, 2012, President Goodluck Jonathan presented the 2013 budget proposal to a joint session of the National Assembly. A total sum of N426.53 billion was proposed as allocation to the education sector.

12 November 2012 – The United Nations and its partners today called for greater efforts to eradicate pneumonia, the number one killer of children under the age of five, as they marked the fourth annual World Pneumonia Day.

Growing homelessness and child poverty are fueling truancy in the earliest grades across Illinois, but efforts to fight the problem are often thwarted by dwindling resources and weaknesses in state law, school administrators say.

Indonesia’s infant mortality rate matches that of significantly poorer Bangladesh, and blame for the alarmingly high rate lies with the government, an activist says.

In his first 100 days of this new administration, President Obama has the opportunity to take on issues of poverty and hunger, and to lay the ground work for bold initiatives over the next four years.

Partnership for Nutrition in Tanzania (PANITA) in collaboration with Save the Children has mentioned Tanzania as one of 21 Africa Union (AU) countries which continue to have very high burdens of under nutrition among its people.

More children at risk should be put into care, says a committee of MPs examining child protection in England.

Election Day is here, and the candidates for president barely mentioned the importance of strengthening programs that benefit poor children. It is a silence that could reverberate for decades to come.

How does one ensure meaningful participation of children in matters concerning them, and what needs to be done to guarantee effective and efficient government investment in children?

Hundreds of children living rough in London and other cities may have no nationality, the BBC has found.

Making sense of the contradictions and bipolar reality of Uganda's health indices

Liu Jie remembers clearly when her mother violated China's one-child policy and gave birth to her little brother. The family was living in Hunan province, where her mother worked as a teacher, and the illegal addition to the family cost her mother the job.

Global inequalities in wealth are at their highest level for 20 years and are growing, according to a new report by Save The Children.

Organization mobilizes staff and resources to hardest-hit areas of New Jersey to ensure children’s needs are addressed in the aftermath of the ‘superstorm.’

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) pledged to continue working with Viet Nam's National Assembly to implement educational and protective programmes for Vietnamese children.

Stressed-out parents are more likely to have obese children, U.S. researchers suggest.

KATHMANDU, Oct 29: Child development experts say that to increase the effectiveness of the preliminary child development center, the government should increase the facilitators’ monthly salaries.

Even the most established filmmakers fear to venture into the documentary genre, a highly respected niche known to be hard to nail. Few Ugandan filmmakers who have tried the loathed and respected genre have left little to be desired.

Teachers report more children turning up for school hungry and unready to learn

Childhood obesity has become so epidemic in this country that kids today risk having shorter life spans than their parents. The American Heart Association reports that about one in three American kids is overweight or obese. Those statistics have nearly tripled in about 50 years. As a result, many young children today are plagued with risk factors for heart disease, including high cholesterol, elevated blood pressure, high triglycerides, raised insulin, physical inactivity, and obesity. Many also suffer from low self-esteem and depression. Is there a solution in sight?

I completed a study a while ago for the Early Childhood Development Research Foundation. It is a survey of school children from Primary 4 to Secondary 3. Conducted early this year, the survey attempted to pursue an investigation of the interaction between parents and children.

Today, as the publication this week of UNESCO's Education for All Global Monitoring Report shows, we the world continue to fail our children.

Children are more exposed to the risk of poverty and social exclusion than the overall population of the EU. Today 115.7 million (23.4%) people in the EU are exposed to the risk of poverty and social exclusion and 25.4 million (27%) of these are children.

Rising income inequality has serious consequences for children today, and for South Africa's future.

The silence from the Obama campaign on the issue ended when a detailed response arrived Saturday.

The millennium pledge made by international leaders that all children would have a primary education by 2015 is going to be "missed by a large margin".

Walang tutong sa taong nagugutom, a Filipino proverb says. “There’s no burnt rice to a hungry person.”

News that a 14-year-old Pakistani girl was gunned down by the Taliban simply because she wanted to go to school has sparked a wave of protests and condemnation across the world.

Married at the age of 8. That fact alone is hard to fathom. It's even more difficult to stomach when you think of the resulting forced sex, physical abuse and early pregnancies that often result. But for girls in more than 50 countries around the world, this is their reality. The reality of child marriage.

Today is our human family's first-ever International Day of the Girl

Madrid, Oct 9 (Prensa Latina) Some 2.267 million children wereliving below the poverty line in Spain at the end of 2011, said Tuesday the United Nations Fund for Children - UNICEF

A 14-year-old rights activist who has campaigned for girls' education has been shot and injured in the Swat Valley in north-west Pakistan.

Plans to cap the benefit payments of poor families who choose to continue having children when they cannot afford them have been branded 'abhorrent' by children's charities.

Kotlowitz, a Chicago-based writer, journalist and a producer of the documentary The Interrupters writes and reports about poverty and crime -- particularly as it relates to children -- in Chicago.

The latest report of the Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation has punched holes in the tall claims made by the central government about addressing malnutrition in children.

Wednesday night’s presidential debate in Denver was not only notable because of the reset it gave Mitt Romney’s floundering campaign. Or because it was a wake-up for a seemingly somnambulant President Obama. The 90-minute showdown will be notable for what was never discussed: Poverty. In particular, child poverty.

In Zambia, about 591 maternal deaths occur per 100,000 live births while the infant, neonatal and under-five mortality rates are at 70, 34, and 119 per 1,000 live births, respectively. By any standard, these mortality rates are unacceptably high and call for a more enhanced mother and child healthcare system.

From advancing efforts to tackle the complex crisis in Africa’s Sahel region to generating new commitments to ensure education for millions of children, this year’s high-level segment of the United Nations General Assembly produced substantial progress, a top official said today.

Today, one in five children in the United States lives in poverty -- income of just over $23,000 for a family of four.

Tanzania is on track to achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of lowering the under-five mortality, a recent UN report indicates

High-level political and private sector officials today met in New York to fight childhood and maternal under-nutrition with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praising the progress made so far, while stressing the importance of continuing to boost efforts on this front.

The U.S. government on Wednesday added South Sudan, Suriname and Vietnam to its list of 74 countries where adults and children as young as 5 are subjected to serious labor and human trafficking abuses in prostitution, mining and other dangerous work.

Catching mental illness and intervening earlier in childhood may heighten the likelihood of a better outcome in adulthood.

Poverty remains the greatest risk for a child's development in Germany, according to a long-term study released on Tuesday.

Children in Syria are subjected to "appalling" torture, imprisonment and abduction according to Save the Children. The harrowing testimony is captured in the slideshow attached http://bit.ly/QhsoKc

A large children's hospital in Durban, South Africa, is being rebuilt two decades after it closed owing to apartheid.

Growing up in poverty has pernicious, enduring, but preventable effects on children.

To accompany Save the Children's First survey into poverty in the UK, award winning photographer Spencer Murphy records the view from one East London borough.

There's always something rather Dickensian and Mr Micawber about the issue of child poverty

Tax credit data was used to find the proportion of children in low income families in regions across the United Kingdom.

As my three daughters sharpen pencils, don their backpacks, and head back to school, it pains me to remember that far too many primary school aged children -- an estimated 67 million worldwide -- will never enroll in school.

INCOME LEVELS: THE INCOME OF households with children fell almost five times more than childless households between 2009 and 2010, new CSO figures have shown

The cost of raising children is rising faster than the rate of inflation, leaving those earning the minimum wage unable to afford the basic needs of their children, a new report has warned.

The charity Save the Children, best known for helping some of the world's poorest families, has launched an appeal to help UK children.

There’s more to consider than just a family's income when it comes to measuring poverty and its impact on a child’s well-being, a new study finds. The report by Child Trends Center, a non-profit research organization, is the first to examine the impact of geographic variations and cost of living on child outcomes.

Child poverty costs New Zealand as much as $10 billion a year and three-quarters of that cost is avoidable, a public health conference in Wellington has been told.

Over 22 million boys, girls and adolescents in Latin America and the Caribbean are not in school or are at serious risk of dropping out, according to a new United Nations report, which calls for a joint effort across sectors to ensure that all children can complete their education.

Jobless rates among young people will get even worse globally as the spillover of the euro crisis spreads from advanced to emerging economies, according to an ILO paper titled “Global Employment Outlook: Bleak Labour Market Prospects for Youth”.

The government’s poverty reduction program- Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) is further expanding to reach out to children in need of special protection around the country.

“Is your child able to choose her own clothes to wear each day if you tell her to?” the researcher asks the HIV-positive mother of an HIV-positive three-year-old girl. The mother looks at Potterton as though she has come from another planet: “When I am sick, she must dress herself and make herself food.”

In front of the blackboard in a classroom in Nabari village, northern Ghana, tightly packed rows of dishevelled wooden benches give a sense of the number of primary school children crammed into this room, obediently copying the dictation by rote. They are surrounded by filthy walls and a weather-beaten corrugated ceiling

Some 7.4 percent of children under 17 live below the poverty line in the Czech Republic, Pavla Gomba, director of the Czech UNICEF office, told CTK Wednesday.

Jobs and the economy are taking center stage these next two weeks as each party attempts to position itself as the leader with the way out. But the focus is on stop-gap, short-term solutions. To truly put this country back on track, and in a position to lead in the 21st century global economy, we must commit to starting where we'll have the greatest impact: early childhood literacy.

Geography is the most important factor in determining whether a child will survive to his or her fifth birthday in Vanuatu, a new analysis of child poverty has shown

This year, we're about to begin again one of the most sacred acts of a democratic country -- the election of our next president. Ads are sprouting up, the familiar posturing is once again on our screens, billboards, newspapers and websites... Even more, this year UNICEF released a report stating that the U.S. had the second-highest level of child poverty in the developed world. Only Romania ranks higher.

Mustafa* wipes his tears with the green camouflage headscarf he has worn for the past year and a half spent associated with an armed group in the Central African Republic known as Convention of Patriots for Justice and Peace (CPJP).

Cutting child mortality around the world is a key millennium development goal. Mortality rates are falling but not fast enough to meet the aim of reducing the rate by two-thirds by 2015, the MDG deadline. Explore the data on where in the world mortality rates are highest, why the cost of saving children varies by region and what the leading causes of death are.

An intense focus on countries with the highest levels of child mortality combined with the availability of cheaper vaccines and medicines can lead to a development breakthrough, according to a senior UN health expert.

The political and economic health of countries are key measures of the welfare of nations. A country that fails its citizens politically and economically can make little claim to legitimacy.

Bringing up a child in most societies is considered the exclusive duty of the mother. But the role of a father is as important as a mother's in a child's development. Numerous studies have revealed that children with involved fathers are at an advantage, socially and academically, over children who have little or no relationship with their fathers.

Months after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called malnourishment among children a national shame, the Union Ministry of Women & Child Development (WCD) has now written to the Chief Secretaries of all States and Union Territories asking them to get “serious about fighting malnourishment especially among the children and women”.

With a view to merging inspiration with technical expertise, UNICEF announced today the launch of its Innovate for Children website. The site draws attention to health and education challenges faced by children in developing countries – and the potential for innovative product design and inventive use of technology to find solutions

With a quarter of women's deaths in childbirth caused by bleeding, a pill to prevent or stop haemorrhage is a godsend, say many. But the evidence for the safety and efficacy of misoprostol, which can also be used to bring about abortion, continues to be furiously contested

Last week, we released a report analyzing the impact of the proposed Miller/Harkin increase in the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.80 in three incremental steps of $0.85. Across the country, working families have rallied around the proposed legislation.

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has dismissed the government’s Children Results Action Plan to support vulnerable children as a public relations exercise. While improving specific aspects of children’s health and access to early childhood education are good in themselves, the report fails to grapple in any meaningful way with the drivers of poor outcomes.

Unicef say lessons can be learnt from the Netherlands study commissioned by Every Child Counts.

Children’s organisation Plan International will receive US $1.5 million from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to improve food security and nutrition among indigenous children and women in Guatemala.

Children exposed to ethnic and political violence in the Middle East are more aggressive than other children, a new study shows. And the younger children are, the more strongly they are affected, in a "chain of violence" that goes from political and ethnic strife, to violence in communities, schools, and families, and ends with their own aggressive behavior.

Children in a refugee camp in South Sudan are dying at more than twice the rate internationally recognised as an emergency, according to new figures released by Médecins sans Frontières (MSF).

Recent debate in Parliament’s question time about whether or not the measurement of child poverty is important will cause concern for the many New Zealanders who want government action on poverty, says Every Child Counts.

Yesterday, the same day that the London Olympic Games came to a close, British Prime Minister David Cameron co-hosted a hunger summit with Brazilian Vice-President Michel Temer. The event brought together world leaders, representatives from the private sector and NGOs to focus political attention, mobilise support and agree concrete action to tackle childhood malnutrition and stunting between now and the next Olympic Games in 2016 -- and, we hope, provided a springboard for wider action to tackle the root-causes of hunger.

More than two out of every three pupils who have finished two years of primary school in east Africa fail to pass basic tests in English, Swahili or numeracy, according to a new report, Are our children learning?.

I am glad that, amid all the wonderful celebration of sporting achievement, world leaders have been able to use the London games as an opportunity to think about helping children who are without the most basic means of building a productive life: adequate, nutritious food.

‘Violence Free Society for Children’ seeks to break the culture of silence and prevent child abuse. Several activities will be conducted across the most vulnerable and high risk districts to build awareness on violence against children and child abuse in communities, schools, homes and among politicians; and to develop the capacity of the child protection system to better identify and effectively respond to victims of violence and abuse.

Women and Child Development minister Krishna Tirath has sought stronger partnership with the United Kingdom in the field of child development and nutrition, saying tackling malnutrition was the top priority for her government. Krishna sought stronger cooperation in these fields in a meeting with UK's Secretary of State Andrew Mitchell in London.

TANZANIA has made impressive progress in child development in the continent moving up 30 places Child Development Index (CDI). The report published in late July 2012 by Save the Children titled "The Child Development Index 2012, progress, challenges and inequality," cited more than halving of the country's child mortality and proportion of underweight children as the key to this success.

Western Australia's performance when it comes to the wellbeing and development of children up to eight years of age is lagging behind other states and territories.

The word “diet” usually brings to mind a chat among friends who are looking to lose a few extra pounds (or kilos). It’s hard to imagine that a conversation about diet would become a high priority policy discussion in Latin America. But believe it or not, it has—and it is an urgent one!

ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, JORDAN—Hani Hamid’s older cousin and a friend waited for him outside his home in Daraa, Syria, one morning not long ago, and being a typical 11-year-old, Hani rushed to join them. They were headed out to play and perhaps scrounge up some firewood when Hani heard the whistling of an approaching Syrian army shell and ducked back into his house.

The UK prime minister, David Cameron, has committed himself to reducing child malnutrition rates in poor countries as Britain takes over the presidency of the G8 group of leading industrialised countries next year.

Having been here for only three months it feels like I am still getting my head around the customs and daily life in Fiji. It is a beautiful place, and it is easy enough to imagine days spent lying on perfect white sand beaches, with cocktails and intermittent dips in crystal clear water.

Apps on multi-touch devices like the iPad or Android smartphones have the potential to revolutionize early childhood education, and help build a stronger foundation for lifelong learning in the 21st century. But, this potential needs to be realized. It is not a given that technology in the hands of young children will benefit their development.

Syrian troops have tortured children and used them as human shields on tanks to prevent attacks by opposition forces, a UN report says.

Summit aims help prevent 25 million children under five suffering stunted growth by the time of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

David Cameron's opportunism was predictable – but the professional inadequacy of his comments and proposals to introduce competitive team sports in primary schools beggars belief.

AS we have spent the past two weeks watching the fittest, strongest and most talented human beings compete at the London Olympics, we have witnessed more than the summit of individual achievement

The Catherine Ferguson Academy is on its summer schedule, and the custodians’ floor-polishing has pushed much of what is unique about the Detroit charter high school into the halls. A line of high chairs blocks a row of lockers. A table with built-in chairs for four infants stands near a pushcart designed to hold nine of them. And everywhere are posters of rainbow-colored condoms.

Over 600 million children worldwide live in absolute poverty -- an estimated 1 in 4. In many countries, rates are much higher with over 60 percent of children living in households with incomes below international poverty lines. We need to find that "internal olive branch" and decide to change.

According to an Australian study published online in the Journal of Happiness Studies, the key to adults' well-being is positive social relationships during childhood.

For the first time, the U.S. Department of Education has reported that the number of homeless students in America has topped one million while another new report estimates that 23 percent of children in the U.S. live in “relative poverty.”

For Nepal, a country where a quarter of the population is extremely poor and suffers severe deprivation, understanding how poverty affects children can help to formulate policies and programs that effectively break intergenerational poverty.

Here's a more human window than we usually get into the realities of the present economy. The Annie E. Casey Foundation says that one in three children in this country are in families where neither parent has full-time, year-round employment. And that that situation does things to those kids and their prospects.

The images of Gaza you see on the news are only half of the story. Images of destruction, reconstruction, poverty and conflict do not do justice to the lives that people lead in the densely populated and besieged Gaza Strip.

The little girl who miraculously survived the bullet that narrowly missed her eye and exited through the top of her head. The mother whose arm was blown off as she rushed to help the child whose head was blown away. Most of the newly injured in Congo's latest eastern rebellion are, for the first time, civilians, and the majority are the most vulnerable – women and children.

Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once said, “We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.”

JUST a few weeks ago, I attended the Global Network of Religions on Children (GNRC) in Dar es Salaam in the company of His Eminence Yona Lwanga the Metropolitan of Uganda and His Grace Dr John Kakembo the Archbishop of the SDA in Uganda. While there, we teamed up with Hon. Loyce Biira Bwambale, Chairperson National Council of Children.

More than 80% of children in Puerto Rico live in high-poverty areas, according to a recent report. That's a sharp difference from national figures measured by the same study, which indicates that 11% of minors across the United States live in high-poverty areas.

Mary Haddow is a specialist nurse working on a new scheme that forges links between healthcare professionals and community services to tackle obesity

Yemen has announced plans to vaccinate the 1 million children born in the country each year against the most severe form of diarrhoea, rotavirus. Rotavirus is often fatal for under fives. The vaccination campaign is supported by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisations (Gavi).

A small, dusty, sparsely furnished building of mud bricks serves as a classroom for pupils at a primary school in Buterere, a town on the outskirts of Burundi's capital.

PARENTS who keep their children out of valuable early childhood education programs often do so because they see parental care as better.

Inequalities in South Africa are threatening economic growth, with children born into poor families unlikely ever to escape poverty or reap the rewards of living in Africa's largest economy

International Aids specialists gather in Washington, DC, to develop a road-map for continued research and to find a cure for HIV. Over 25 000 scientists, activists, people living with HIV and other important policymakers refocus on a strategic plan of action to end the un-needed suffering.

CHILDCARE use in the first year of life has no discernible bad effects, according to a series of Australian studies that track children through to age eight or nine.

Concerned regarding the rights of children under the age of 6 years, civil society groups have asked the government to focus on a comprehensive approach towards providing a sound foundation for survival, growth, protection, development and early learning under the proposed Early Childhood Care and Education Policy

Women are still bearing the burden of the HIV/AIDS three decades into the epidemic and need to be a priority in research, care, treatment at all levels, experts told delegates today at the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) taking place in Washington, D.C. this week... Women’s childbearing role means that they have to contend with issues such as mother-to-child transmission of HIV. The responsibility of caring for AIDS patients and orphans is also an issue that has a greater effect on women.

More than 330,000 children are still being born with HIV around the world every year, even though there are proven ways to prevent them becoming infected that would also save the lives of their mothers, an international conference has heard

The "Kids Count" report, one of the most widely cited surveys of how children are faring in the United States, hasn't offered much good news in recent years, and this year's edition, released on Wednesday, offered few surprises.

ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an accredited, online training institution dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, is proud to announce the addition of SOC103: Gender Bias and Stereotypes to the child care training online course catalog.

Children who grow up in institutions instead of with families have major deficits in brain development, a study of Romanian orphans has shown.

Speaking at a satellite session today at the XIX International AIDS Conference, Ambassador Eric Goosby, the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, and Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), commended countries and their international partners for recent progress in preventing new HIV infections among children and saving mothers’ lives.

This startling Foreign Correspondent special exposes the shocking explosion of global obesity in places where just a few decades ago hunger was a headline health concern.

The United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF, the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realised, is supporting the Libyan Government to enhance the availability and quality of Early Childhood Development services to children across the country.

On the eve of the first International AIDS Conference in the United States in two decades, Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), joined US Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and others to launch Youth Score—a series of events to mobilize young people to lead the way to an AIDS-free generation.

The latest UNAIDS report shows falls in the rate of transmission of HIV from mother to child across the worst affected countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The report also highlights unexpected falls in the cost of treating HIV and AIDS, meaning that such improvements will hopefully become the norm over the coming years. Our interactive graphic shows mother-to-child transmission rates in 2009 and 2011 for twenty Sub-Saharan African countries identified by UNAIDS as priorities for the elimination of new infections to children.

One year ago, on 20 July 2011, the United Nations declared famine in two regions of southern Somalia, the flashpoint in a humanitarian crisis gripping the Horn of Africa. After an outpouring of international support, the famine ended in February 2012, and countless lives across the region were saved. But 8 million people in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya remain in need of humanitarian assistance, and UNICEF’s relief efforts must continue

The best anti-poverty program is a job. That was the mantra of the 1996 welfare reform, which changed the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program into the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, for the first time requiring able-bodied welfare recipients to work or prepare for work in order to receive government assistance.

Funding worth nearly £42 million a year to support Wales’ most vulnerable and disadvantaged families has been announced by the Welsh Government

India fares poorly among middle-income countries when it comes to overall well-being of children even as the world witnessed significant progress in child health, education and nutrition during the last decade

For the first time in a decade, the number of children suffering from hunger and malnutrition has risen, threatening the substantial progress made in child health and education in the developing world.

Twelve comprehensive reproductive health care centers and 26 primary health care centers will be built near slums and other densely populated areas of Bangladesh as part of an $81 million project to improve urban primary health care financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Here at Early Ed Watch, you usually find us writing about education policy. But as we have often written, education is most powerful when it is combined with high-quality health care, parenting, child care, and nutrition. Last week, the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, a 22-agency team that collects and reports data on child and family welfare, released a new report, “America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being.”

Around 50% of children in Pakistan are out of school due to poverty, lack of infrastructure and social mindset.

Museums can play a pivotal role in alleviating child poverty in Wales, the children’s commissioner for Wales said yesterday.

Growing numbers of pupils in England are now entitled to free school meals – with the extra demand pushing up the cost of dinners.

The class action lawsuit the ACLU announced last week against both Michigan and a tiny Detroit area school district for failing to educate its own children raises this question: Can schools ever compensate for the ills of poverty?

In an informal settlement of 10,000 people on the outskirts of Papua New Guinea’s capital, Port Moresby, Tembari Children’s Care – a new grassroots initiative – is providing protection, food and education to orphans and abandoned children who would otherwise join the high numbers of child labourers in this Melanesian country

Africa is in the midst of a remarkable demographic shift with profound consequences for the continent's future. Our population is growing faster than in any other region (pdf). The median age is now 18, which is seven years younger than in south Asia and 16 years below China.

While the infant mortality rate, premature births, and teen births are declining, more children are living in poverty.

To build a strong house, we must begin with a foundation that can stand up to nature's challenges and the wear and tear of everyday life. Without that, no matter how well we build the rest, or how much we invest in it, the structure is compromised, and the house cannot provide reliable shelter.

AllAfrica examines the impact of investing in the health of Africa's women and children, and the consequences of failing to do so. A summit on family planning has shown that African women stand to benefit the most from greater access to contraception.

The United Nations today reaffirmed its commitment to protect and promote the rights of 16 million Iraqi children, on the occasion of the Day of the Iraqi Child, which commemorates the deaths of dozens of children who were killed by a car bomb on 13 July, 2005.

Annual statistics compilation notes increases in poverty, drop in secure parental employment

HUNDRED and one Fiji children under the age of 15 were sexually abused in the first six months of the year.

Barnardo’s have joined up with Save the Children and The Children’s Society to host an event where experts will talk about child poverty ahead of a Government consultation looking to redefine the way it is measured in the UK

The UK Government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with the support of UNFPA and other partners, hosted the international Family Planning Summit in London on 11 July. See how the media are covering this issue.

Three leading charities have called for income to remain a central component of the way child poverty is measured, ahead of a Government consultation on the issue.

I’m often asked, what is the single most important intervention to improve the lives of women and girls in developing countries? I usually answer by urging investment in girls’ education. But a close second—and in some cases I would put first—is birth control.

'I want to stop giving birth' Governments and donor groups have pledged to provide access to family planning services to an additional 120 million women in many of the poorest countries by 2020.

Finance Minister Amara M. Konneh yesterday alarmed that Liberian children are being exploited, which paints a blur picture for the country's future and its dream of achieving a middle income status by 2030.

The camera pans in. The grins of smiling school children fill the frame. An enthusiastic teacher, played by a famous Bollywood actress, sits in the centre. The scene is a "remote picturesque setting". And all are munching happily on Domino's Pizza.

Why should we put more money into early childhood development interventions? Does this help children in secondary education? Should we invest in preschool programmes or more in home stimulation or parenting classes? What is most cost-effective? These are key questions that policymakers are grappling with at a time when early childhood development is emerging as a priority issue for many developing countries.

A group of kids in a shelter for homeless children in New Delhi have a few lessons for the world's international bankers. They have invented a financial system of their own to save for a brighter future. In a shelter for homeless runaway teens in New Delhi, a tiny, self-starting democracy has sprung up. The residents have created an unlikely society where everything from healthcare to banking has been initiated, implemented and executed by the kids themselves.

The number of children living in vulnerable families could rise to more than one million by 2015, three leading UK charities have warned. Research for the NSPCC, Action for Children and The Children's Society suggests struggling families will be badly hit by cuts to tax and benefits.

A new study estimates fewer than half of developing countries are likely to reach the Millennium Development Goal to reduce child hunger. It says about 110 million children worldwide are moderately or severely underweight, while nearly 150 million others are mildly underweig

ABUJA — Nigeria's Center for Disease Control says poverty and pollution have reduced the national life expectancy to 47 years old, one of the lowest in West Africa. And while health officials dispute the number, none dispute the urgency of improving health care in the remote rural areas

This new series from the Guardian focuses on how and why family planning in the developing world has become a global priority, what is driving this renaissance of interest, how to tackle the practical – and political – challenges of expanding access and what is at stake in these debates.

A lack of rain, drought, and poor harvests as well as rising food prices are some of the factors leading to increasing food insecurity in Chad, which is leading to an increase in malnutrition, especially in children.

More than 1m Kyrgyz children (45%) live below the poverty line, Mira Itikeyeva, executive director of the Centre for Protection of Children said July 2, according to KyrTAG.

In Texas, 1 in 5 children live in poverty. That's 1,764,516 children total, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Research shows that growing up in poverty gives children a poor start in life: they are less likely to have access to health care, are six times more likely to live in homes with low food security, and have fewer safe outdoor spaces to play in. An estimated half a trillion dollars are lost each year across the nation due to the lower productivity, higher crime, and poorer health that result from growing up in poverty.

Another report on family planning – in what I suspect will become a deluge as the London summit nears – is published today. This one is by Save the Children and I find it particularly interesting because it broadens the debate.

Four years ago, UNICEF began promoting key family practices (KFP) for child health, hygiene and nutrition – behavioural interventions, with women taking the lead, that have the greatest impact on reducing under-five mortality and morbidity; helping to insulate families against future shocks.

A tool designed to help teachers gauge children’s ability as they started school lacked “clarity of purpose” and asked too much of the profession, according to a damning report.

The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has said, the alternative education policy of “No Child Left Behind” which promises to make education Free, Continuous and Compulsory from Kindergarten to Senior High level, will go a long way to prevent poverty, when majority of the Ghanaian population attain at least high school education and become employable in the next decade.

The Chinese government has recently made early childhood development a national priority, recognizing the social and economic dividends that quality early learning opportunities reap for its human capital in the long term.

For more than five years, evidence has been mounting that children in Britain are worse off than those in other developed countries.

OVER THREE million Filipino children worked in risky conditions last year, latest government data show, a situation traced by experts to poverty and lack of job opportunities among parents.

A group of 100 parents in China who have lost an only child want to sue the government for better financial compensation as they grow older.

Last week the government announced plans to change the way child poverty figures are calculated. In a speech, work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith said child poverty was “not about income alone”.

There is growing evidence that what happens – or doesn’t happen – to children in the earliest years of their lives has immediate effects on their well-being and their future. Early childhood development is emerging as a priority issue on the policy agenda in developing countries. The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) in partnership with University College London and the Centre for the Evaluation of Development Policies at the Institute of Fiscal Studies are holding an international conference entitled Promises for Preschoolers: Early Childhood Development and Human Capital Accumulation in Developing Countries, taking place in London, UK on June 25-26, 2012.

As the London family planning summit looms closer, the debate begins over how much money is needed, what it should pay for and whether the fundamentally important issues of women's reproductive rights will be addressed

An epidemic has swept across America, threatening the well-being of its most vulnerable residents, according to Save the Children, who launched today its Freedom from Poverty campaign to give a voice to the 16 million children bearing the brunt of the U.S. poverty crisis.

Aid agencies working in northern South Sudan are worried about refugees from Sudan's war-torn Blue Nile State who are reaching under-resourced camps in increasingly poor health. MSF said malnutrition was above emergency levels and particularly prevalent in children under five, for whom diarrhoea can prove fatal. "Four out of eight children in the family have diarrhoea" from drinking dirty water, said Junjal.

The latest Global Monitoring Report analyzes the impact of recent food price spikes on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), paying particular attention to the negative consequences that temporary food price shocks may have on nutrition.

Let me start with a Kenyan proverb. It was shared with me and my fellow Elders by a young activist from the Middle East: "The world was not given to you by your parents; it was lent to you by your children."

The World Bank approved new financial help to improve maternal and child health services and prevent the further spread of HIV in Madagascar. The Bank will finance a cost-effective program of health, nutrition, and sexually transmitted STI/HIV/AIDS services. These will address urgent needs of vulnerable groups including pregnant women and children under five, as well as those most at risk of STI/HIV/AIDS, such as youth, military, and sex workers m

It's known that obese children are prone to health hazards such as asthma and diabetes. Now, a new study has found they are more likely to struggle in the classroom as well. Researchers in the US found that youngsters who were overweight from the ages of three to nine performed worse on a maths test than their slim peers.

A bulletin entitled “Poverty in Northern Ireland 2010-11” containing statistics for the period April 2010 to the end of March 2011, has been published by Analytical Services Unit in the Department for Social Development.

Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete emphasised the link between poverty and child suffering at the Fourth Forum of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) in Dar es Salaam on Saturday (June 16th), Tanzania's Daily News reported.

The rapid growth of child poverty in Colorado has increased hunger and food insecurity for thousands of children in the state, many of them Hispanic, according to figures revealed by the Hunger Free Colorado organization.

How bad is child poverty across Britain? While Iain Duncan Smith looks at different ways to measure poverty, HM Revenue of Customs already have a way of examining child poverty: children who live in families where, either the parents have an income of less than 60% of the average, or are claiming poverty-related benefits such as income support, job seekers allowance or tax credits.

The UNESCO Institute for Statistics and the Global Monitoring Report recently released new numbers for out of school children. According to the data, 61 million children of primary school age were not in school in 2010. At first glance, this seems like an improvement over the 67 million kids reported out of school in 2009. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.

The annual report of the Secretary-General that provides an overview of the grave violations committed against children in conflict zones this year presented a “mixed picture”, correspondents were told at Headquarters today.

In the United States and Europe, child deaths are incredibly rare. They occur at a rate of less than 1 in every 100 children born and are almost never due to preventable causes like tetanus or pneumonia.

In March 1999 Tony Blair promised to abolish child poverty by 2020, and halve it by 2010. Statistics out tomorrow are likely to show that this halfway target was missed.

Iain Duncan Smith, the work and pensions secretary, will today take the first steps to downgrade the Labour government's commitment to eradicate child poverty in 2020 by announcing that he is to publish a green paper looking at a range of new non-income indicators of poverty.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called for the establishment of a protective environment where all children in Ghana would grow up free from violence, abuse and exploitation

Seven-year-olds who have lived in poverty since infancy perform substantially worse in a range of ability tests than those who have never been poor, even when family circumstances and parenting skills are taken into account, researchers have found.

Newborns now account for 40% of preventable child deaths worldwide, but only a tiny fraction of international aid targets newborns, according to a report to be published in the medical journal Health Policy and Planning Tuesday

Some people within the government, as well as some outside it, have criticised the previous Labour administration's approach both to measuring child poverty and to reducing it. They say it was hugely expensive and looks set to have failed. Are these criticisms warranted?

ISLAMABAD: The International Labour Organisation (ILO), UNICEF and UNESCO, in a joint statement on the occasion of ‘World Day Against Child Labour’, have called for renewed efforts to end the worst forms of child labour in Pakistan.

Childhood pneumonia and diarrhoea, two conditions that should ordinarily be treated and cured, are killing two million children under the age of five each year.

AUSTRALIAN toddlers will be screened for mental illness under a new, federal government funded program that some critics fear may medicalise normal childhood behaviour

The economy of Africa is growing. According to the African Economic Outlook for 2011, the continent rebounded in 2010 and is set for 3.7% growth in 2012. West Africa in particular has a higher projected growth figure of 5.9%.

Today is World Day Against Child Labour. Launched in 2002 by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), World Day Against Child Labour is intended to highlight the plight of child workers and serve as a catalyst for change. It is an opportunity for companies to examine their processes and explore what they can do to ensure that children are not being used in their supply chains.

Decrying the persistent practice of employing children in various sectors, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) today batted for amendment of the Child Labour Act and for inclusion of adolescent labourers under its purview.

THE number of destitute children who struggle to make a living through the worst forms of labour in Tanzania is shocking. A Child Labour Survey made in 2001 indicated that 1.5 million children were engaged in illegal labour in urban centres. Those who toiled for a living in rural areas were not counted.

In a speech in 1999 honouring William Beveridge, the architect of the welfare state, Tony Blair promised to end child poverty by 2020. "Our historic aim… will take a generation," he said. "It is a 20-year mission, but I believe it can be done."

The 20-year-old video predated YouTube, yet it has since gone viral, with 20 million views. Its picture is grainy but the words are crystal clear. “We’ve come 5,000 miles to tell you adults you must change your ways.”

Rachel Hall was part of a Unicef UK group that prepared a list of priorities that young people want to be taken up at the summit. She explains what they expect from world leaders

UNICEF is calling for global commitments to ending the loss of life from pneumonia and diarrhoea among poor children. The international community will tackle child survival at an upcoming meeting on June 14-15, 2012.

A quarter of a million malnourished children in Yemen will die “within months” unless proper food is delivered to them by aid officials, the Gulf News reported on Thursday, in shocking claims which spotlight the prospect of a major humanitarian crisis in the Middle East’s most impoverished country.

The Social Protection and Advocacy Consultant of the United Nations Children Education Funds (UNCIEF), Emily Garin, says of the 1.8 million children in Liberia, 48% between the ages of 0 to 5 were living in an extreme poverty , while 43% between the ages of 5 to 9 were school dropout.

Consider these facts: One half of New York City parents say they would feel forced to quit their job if their child no longer had access to child care. More than a third of New York City parents say they would feel forced to quit their job if their child no longer had access to after-school programs.

Stress may affect brain development in children, altering growth of a specific part of the brain and abilities associated with it, a new study has suggested.

Hungary’s child poverty rate is among the highest across 29 countries in Europe, a report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has found. About 30 per cent lack items such as three meals a day, a quiet place to do homework and educational books at home. UNICEF says ten per cent of Hungarian children live below the poverty line, that is, in families living on below 50 per cent of median income.

Charity report claims children's care homes are magnets for groomers and traffickers

Researchers have long recognised the risk smoking poses to babies, such as suffering from heart and brain defects. Now a new study from Spain provides evidence that babies born to mothers who smoke do in fact weigh and measure less. Presented in the journal Early Human Development, the findings show the babies' corporal dimensions are much lower compared to children of whose mothers did not smoke.

Sustainable development took centre stage as the UNICEF Executive Board opened its 2012 Annual Session at UN headquarters in New York today.

In Jordan, Save the Children and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are assisting refugee children to enroll in nearby schools and are providing ongoing support to the families of these children.

When my parents decided to pack up their life as they knew it and move half way across the world to Australia with mini-me in tow ten years ago, they did so for one reason, and one reason only: to give me the chance to have a better childhood and live a better life.

Emphasising the medically proven links between malnutrition and sanitation, Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking his support in sustaining a hike in the 12th Five Year Plan's allocation for drinking water and sanitation.

When water is all around you, how do you keep your children safe? That is the question haunting the village of Mubarakpur in Netrakona district, northern Bangladesh.

Bulgaria marks this Friday the International Children's Day, established in 1925 during the World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland.

Overcrowded classrooms, too few trained teachers, insufficient schoolbooks and few toilets, often without separation between boys and girls: these are some of the problems facing primary school students in Sub-Saharan Africa. A statistical survey of school and teaching resources in the region by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) highlights these challenges which undermine children’s chances to succeed in their studies*

Admirable as the sentiment may be, the target to all but eliminate child poverty by 2020 was never likely to be conclusively met. Now, after the worst financial crisis since the 1930s and with the lingering threat of worse to come, even a statistical triumph is looking firmly out of reach.

Around 40 social development ministers and government representatives from more than 15 Latin American and 13 African countries today started in Brasilia, Brazil, a three-day forum to exchange experiences—and increase cooperation—to reduce poverty.

Cuts by the government could make UK child poverty worse, says the children's charity Unicef.

Canadians should be doing much more for children growing up in poverty, according to a new UNICEF report that finds Canada lags many other advanced countries.

The UK did better than many other rich countries in reducing child poverty and deprivation during the early years of the financial crisis. But the current government's policies to reduce spending will reverse this, and more children will grow up in poverty.

Only when the last case is gone will children be free from this scourge. The plan is there, now all depends on money. IN OCTOBER last year, against the backdrop of the largest-ever gathering of Commonwealth leaders, Australia called the world's attention to the urgent need to end polio forever. Standing shoulder to shoulder with Pakistan, Nigeria, Britain and Canada, Australia announced a landmark commitment of $50 million to purchase and deliver polio vaccines that will protect children around the world from this debilitating disease.

The impacts of that day in New York became an unexpected thread in my Unicef work and the current research I lead at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where we monitor trends in vac


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