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VIDEO REPORT: In Pakistan, religious leaders help change misconceptions about the polio vaccine The first-ever World Immunization Week takes place from 21-28 April 2012. UNICEF offices around the world are engaging in immunization campaigns and raising awareness about the importance of vaccines to child survival. UNICEF is the world’s largest buyer of vaccines for the world’s poorest countries, and has been supplying vaccines to children for over 50 years. Learn more: http://uni.cf/I93Kby

VIDEO REPORT: Ghana launches vaccines against two major child killers - UNICEF partner GAVI reports on Ghana’s simultaneous launch of vaccinations against pneumonia and diarrhoea, two of the country’s biggest killers of children. You can learn more by visiting: http://uni.cf/Ij36F9

Jeannette Twishima smiles, holding her 22-month-old daughter, Charlène Bisengimana, as she displays the child’s health card inside their home, in Nkoyoyo Colline in the north-eastern Muyinga Province of Burundi. They have just returned from the immunization outreach post at the market. The health card contains the record of the child’s vaccination against measles during the UNICEF-supported immunization campaign. © UNICEF/NYHQ2012-0482/Christine Nesbitt http://www.unicef.org

In addition to being one of the most talented and beloved entertainers of her time, Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993) was a devoted humanitarian who traveled the developing world to help children in need and aid the struggle for human rights. As a UNICEF International Goodwill Ambassador, she reported on the conditions she witnessed in order to raise awareness and encourage involvement from world leaders. Her legacy continues through the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund.

VIDEO REPORT: Under-5 child mortality on significant decline --- A new report released today by UNICEF estimates that the number of children under the age of five dying globally fell from nearly 12 million in 1990 to an estimated 6.9 million in 2011. Read more: http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/usa_65829.html

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Jackie Chan (centre) speaks with students during a visit to a class in Aidah Bihare School in Camea Village on the outskirts of Dili,Timor-Leste. UNICEF supports water and sanitation facilities at the school, which serves 243 children. - © UNICEF/NYHQ2008-0655/Josh Estey - http://www.unicef.org

Yuna Kim, figure skating star and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. Thanks Yuna for helping us raise awareness about the situation for children in the Sahel region of West Africa and in post-earthquake Haiti. © UNICEF/Susan Markisz

Children play during recess at Mulemba School in Maganja da Costa, one of the poorest districts of Mozambique. UNICEF works with the government to create child-friendly schools, which call on all sectors – education, health, water and sanitation, social welfare and communication – to help improve student retention and performance, even in the poorest areas. For example, safe water points and separate latrines boost girls’ attendance. © UNICEF/Giacomo Pirozzi - http://www.unicef.org

Mia Farrow blog from Chad – Monday, 13 February - It’s been two years since my last visit to Mao, a sand-smothered town in the belt of the Sahel. People here used to farm and raise animals but all that has changed. The rains haven’t fallen in years. Four seasons of crops have failed. The animals are dying and the children too. The world hears little about the emergency in the Sahel, but as I ...type these words, 1.1 million children are facing starvation. Without immediate help there is no…

Meet this month’s Champion for Children from Cheshegu ,Ghana. Memunatu Abukari is a seamstress, a mother-of-two, and the wife of a local schoolteacher. She is also the first person called when a child in her community gets sick. Two years ago, the people of her village chose her as their CBA (community-based agent). CBAs treat malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia in children aged between six months and five years old. - ©UNICEF Ghana/2011/Quarmyne - http://www.unicef.org/

VIDEO REPORT: In the Philippines, UNICEF and partners are working to protect storm-affected children from disease, malnutrition and abuse, while providing their communities with critical services. For more information, please visit: http://www.unicef.org/

VIDEO REPORT: On World Malaria Day 2012, a massive campaign to distribute millions of mosquito nets was launched in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. You can read more about this effort by visiting: http://uni.cf/JFlJIg

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'Female Schindler' who saved 2,500 Jewish children, has died aged 98

Irena Sendler 1910-2008 A 98 year-old German woman named Irena Sendler recently died. During WWII, Irena worked in the Warsaw Ghetto as a plumbing/sewer specialist. Irena smuggled Jewish children out; infants in the bottom of the tool box she carried and older children in a burlap sack she carried in the back of her truck. She also had a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers wanted nothing to do with the dog, and the…

The Rights of Children: Protection from exploitation - Sarah, 11, washes dishes at her home in the rural district of Al Munira in Hodeidah Governorate of Yemen. She does not go to school, and spends her days performing domestic chores. Sarah’s parents claim that they cannot afford to educate her. “I want to go to school to learn to be a doctor,” she said. - 2007 © UNICEF/Giacomo Pirozzi - http://www.unicef.org

"A Pakistani girl gets her hands painted with henna in preparation for the upcoming Eid al-Fitr festival, in Karachi, Pakistan, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)"

CAN YOU SEE ME? Charlen sells tomatoes in the Marché Forum, one of the biggest markets in Abidjan. Charlen comes to the market with her older sister, Natasha. Their family relies on their income and cannot afford to send Charlen to school. Hundreds of children work in the market. Child rights workers report that many of them are victims of trafficking, brought from neighbouring Mali or other parts of Côte d’Ivoire for labour. - 2011 ©UNICEF/Michael Kamber

Muktinath, Nepal - Along the Annapurna circuit, Nepal. 1991. Update: I won first place with this photo in a National Geographic Traveller Photo Contest: "The World in Focus" ... {Devon Cummings}. I love how this portrait shows a mother's love.

CAN YOU SEE ME? - Susan (age 7) holds a dog outside the community home where she lives, in Omaheke Region. She stands with her friend, an indigenous San who also lives at the home. Their caregiver, Nora, fosters 13 children. Nora began this work six years ago. “I would go through the community and found many children living without parents - many orphaned by AIDS". The HIV/AIDS pandemic has reversed many social gains in Namibia. - September 2008 © UNICEF/John Isaac - http://www.unicef.org