A day in the life of a UNICEF health worker


By Olivia Gao, Communications Intern at UNICEF Australia

In the hardest to reach regions of South Sudan, UNICEF has been taking health care to the children affected by the country’s food emergency.  Children living away from medical and health support are being reached by UNICEF’s rapid response mobile teams who traverse great distances to try and reach every child of South Sudan.

Dr Lyimo and team

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Our UN Security Council seat win is historic


By Sarah Morris, UNICEF NZ International Advocacy Manager

Shortly before 5am on the morning of 17 October 2014, New Zealand learned it won a seat on the United Nations Security Council. It was an impressive victory – NZ received 145 out of 193 votes on the first ballot.

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UNICEF New Zealand wishes to congratulate Minister Murray McCully and his team at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and all of those who contributed to the successful campaign over many years to win a seat at the table of the UN Security Council which is charged with maintaining international peace and security.

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Editorial: Ebola’s bitter legacy


New Zealanders need to ask themselves why they are not doing more about Ebola.


By UNICEF NZ Executive Director, Vivien Maidaborn

Rose sits in a shabby, barely furnished room in Sierra Leone. She is being treated for Ebola by an adult whose whole body is cloaked in a hazmat safety suit that terrifies the girl and makes the health worker appear faceless. Rose has witnessed both parents succumb to the cruel disease and now she suffers in isolation, without even the comforting embrace of a hug.

Rose shows off her certificate of good health that was issued to her by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation when she left the Ebola treatment centre.

Rose survived Ebola and received her discharge certificate but both her parents are dead.

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Meet the Global Parent: Owen Davies


Every year UNICEF NZ Global Parents make a difference all around the world. Last year alone the money our Global Parents contributed each month helped children from the Philippines, Syria, Cambodia and Wellington – to name just a few.

Becoming a Global Parent is so rewarding as instead of sponsoring a child, you sponsor many. Our Global Parents are normal Kiwis and we want you to meet them.

Owen Davies is 75 years old and has been supporting UNICEF since 2007. What follows is his story in his own words.

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Energetic and enthusaistic, Owen Davies is a proud Global Parent.

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Tackling Ebola: voices from Sierra Leone



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Marshel Dakowa holds a box of soap atop his head, in Freetown, the capital. © UNICEF/NYHQ2014-1609/Bindra

“I wanted to do this job and distribute soap. It is my duty because Sierra Leone is my country and community.”


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Mary Camara, 10, stands on an exterior staircase, in Freetown, the capital. © UNICEF/NYHQ2014-1610/Bindra

“One day this disease will leave, and I will go back to school to learn about banking. I have to. Otherwise, how will I make money?”

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