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(Centre) Laboni, 10, lives in a Dhaka slum and attends a nearby school run by a UNICEF partner. Economic and gender disparities in Bangladesh hamper the fulfilment of child rights, including in education. Children from the poorest families are significantly less likely than their richest peers to be registered at birth, limiting their access to social services like school. For girls, the risk of early marriage presents additional threats to their educational achievement. ©UNICEF/Shehzad…

Bahati Traoré holds her sleeping newborn daughter, wrapped securely against her for warmth to reduce the risk of hypothermia, at the Kita Regional Reference Health Centre in the town of Kita in the western Kayes Region of Mali. The treatment is part of the ‘Kangaroo Mother Care’ method and was invented in Colombia in the 1980s to provide an alternative for premature or underweight newborns who have no access to incubators. © UNICEF/Olivier Asselin -