US Actress Mia Farrow (L), a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, visits Syrian refugees in Baalbek, in the Lebanese Bekaa valley on January 15, 2013. Farrow is on a two day visit to Lebanon, meeting Syrian refugees. AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH EID
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In this handout image provided by United Nations High Commission for Refugees, UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie meets with young Syrian refugees at an informal tented settlement in Zahle, Bekaa Valley on February 23, 2014 in Zahle, Lebanon. The UNHCR Special Envoy was on a 3 day visit to Lebanon to meet with some of the thousands of refugees who have fled the civil war in Syria.
In this handout provided by UNICEF, UNICEF supporter Katy Perry walks with a small boy she has just met, during her visit to the Tamatave Youth Centre in the city of Tamatave on April 6, 2013 in Atsinanana Region, Madagascar. The centre supports recreational activities for adolescents. From 4 to 6 April 2013 in Madagascar, internationally acclaimed American singer/songwriter and UNICEF supporter Katy Perry visited UNICEF programmes in health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, education, child protection and youth development. The visit helped to focus attention on the situation of children in the country, one of the poorest in the world that is still recovering from a political crisis and an ensuing coup in 2009. Currently, some 82 per cent of Malagasies are unable to afford basic needs and services, including food and healthcare. Rates of under-five mortality have decreased but are still unacceptably high, with preventable conditions, such as malaria, diarrhoeal diseases and respiratory infections, causing the majority of deaths. Fully half of the country’s children are stunted from chronic malnutrition, a condition that causes often lifelong physical and mental impairment. Maternal mortality, also high, takes the lives of eight women each day. Severely limited access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation facilities, the increased frequency and intensity of natural disasters, and declining public funding for education are also impeding the ability of Malagasy children to survive and thrive. UNICEF has appealed for over US$14.9 million to support addressing these shortfalls throughout 2013.
British actor Orlando Bloom, wearing flower garlands and a red 'tikka' mark on his forehead (local symbols of welcome) kisses a sleeping baby in the village of Kalika on January 10, 2008 in Kaski District, Nepal. The baby is part of a UNICEF-supported community growth monitoring programme. In his role as an international ambassador for the charity UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund), Orlando Bloom toured UNICEF-supported programmes in the country's western region November 30 - December 9, 2007, meeting with UNICEF staff, health facilitators and educators, as well as women's and other community groups. Nepal is still recovering from a decade-long civil war that left 13,000 people dead, hampered the delivery of basic services and restricted development of the nation. Malnutrition is the underlying cause of more than 60 per cent of child deaths in Nepal; an estimated 51 per cent of children under the age of five stunted in growth and 48 per cent considerably underweight. However, maternal mortality has significantly reduced from an estimated 539 deaths per 100,000 births in 1996 to 281 maternal deaths per 100,000 births in 2006. Child deaths are also on the decline, putting Nepal on track to reach Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5 (the reduction of under-five child mortality and improved maternal health.
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In this handout from United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Shakira, an UNICEF ambassador, walks with a group of working children, who attend a UNICEF supported center for 'Basic Education for Hard-to-Reach Urban Working Children', through a crowded neighborhood December 19, 2007 Rajshahi city, in northern Bangladesh. Shakira toured coastal villages December 17 through the 19 that were affected by the November 15 cyclone . (Photo by Shehzad Noorani/UNICEF via Getty Images) The children
Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin (L) having fun with Thai orphan children at a Thai Red Cross Society in Bangkok, 12 January 2005. Martin, who has lent his celebrity to help the United Nations Children's Fund, said he would visit areas in Thailand devastated by the giant waves and make a donation to help Thai orphans through his foundation. AFPPHOTO/Saeed KHAN
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Liam Neeson took time away from filming the new Batman movie to celebrate raising 4 Million Euros for the UNICEF 'Change For Good' programme which he launched six years ago in association with Aer Lingus.