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6 ways UNICEF helped change lives in 2017

Looking back on the humanitarian landscape of 2017, it can be easy to focus on the negative: conflicts that show no sign of relenting and with children under attack left with no safe place to go, natural hazards that destroyed millions of homes and lives. But amid the devastation, there are glimpses of hope.

How mothers and community leaders tackled malnutrition in Mali

KOURY, Mali, 19 December 2017 – In 2014, the district of Yorosso in southern Mali was approaching a crisis of malnutrition. Nearly 1 out of 3 children were chronically malnourished, and just under 1 per cent suffered from severe acute malnutrition – a condition which can be life-threatening to children.

How girls built a library in the Gaza Strip

DEIR AL BALAH CITY, State of Palestine, 18 December 2017 – There are one million children in Gaza, yet hardly any sports fields or playgrounds. And this lack of safe outside play areas especially affects girls. The beach is basically off limits, with terrible sewage pollution. Youth unemployment is over 60 per cent.

How visiting nurses help prevent child deaths in Kazakhstan

KYZYLORDA, Kazakhstan, 14 December 2017 – Early spring seeps through grimy windows, lighting a small unkempt apartment. The place is so dirty that Bibinur begins to feel nauseated. She finds a clear spot to sit down with Almagul, who recently gave birth to a baby boy.

Surviving HIV: Preventing mother-to-child transmission in Burundi

MURAMVYA, Burundi, 7 December 2017 – “I started to feel quite sick,” says 40-year-old Darlene*, describing a period in her life a few years ago. “After going to a health centre, I was referred to a hospital where I was hospitalized for several weeks. I did not know why I was weak, until they asked me to do HIV test. I was diagnosed as living with HIV,” she says.

The search for Lesotho’s most vulnerable families

HA TŠEPO, Lesotho, 28 November 2017 – A cloud of yellow dust blows into the group sitting on the ground at the village centre. Toddlers run, legs wobbly, to bury their faces in the open arms of their mothers, as the women pull down kerchiefs to protect their eyes. But community mobilizer Tlaleng Maimane keeps talking.