Published: August 2012
The report is the first-ever comprehensive analysis of existing studies undertaken by experts and academics about child maltreatment in the region. It examines studies produced between January 2000 and November 2010.
Estimates of the frequency of physical abuse of children vary from country to country and from study to study, but the report found that even the best case scenario suggests 1 in 10 children experience physical abuse, while the worst case finds that some 30.3 per cent of children suffering abuse. The prevalence of severe physical abuse ranges from nine per cent to nearly one in four children in the region, according to the studies. Severe physical abuse includes beatings, including those inflicted by fists or implements, which result in physical injury.
Publication year: August 2012
This book is the first in a series of six Asia-Pacific End of Decade Notes on Education for All (EDN). This first book of the series covers EFA goal 1: Expanding and improving comprehensive early childhood care and education, especially for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children.
Launched: June 2012
More than a third of children under 5 years of age in East and South Asia are stunted: they are too short for their age because of long-term insufficient nutrient intake and frequent infections. The physical and mental damage caused by stunting is largely irreversible after two years of age. Poor foetal and young child growth negatively impacts a child throughout his life, resulting in poorer academic achievement, reduced earnings, and increased risk of disease. The European Union (EU) and UNICEF have joined forces to improve nutrition security in the region.
Launched: June 2012
Countdown to 2015 is a global movement to track, stimulate and support country progress towards achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals, particularly goals 4 (reduce child mortality) and 5 (improve maternal health; box 2). Since 2005 Countdown has produced periodic reports and country profiles on key aspects of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health, achieving global impact with its focus on accountability and use of available data to hold stakeholders to account for global and national action.
Pneumonia and diarrhoea are leading killers of the world’s youngest children, accounting for 29 per cent of deaths among children under age 5 worldwide – or more than 2 million lives lost each year. This toll is highly concentrated in the poorest regions and countries and among the most disadvantaged children within these societies. Nearly 90 per cent of deaths due to pneumonia and diarrhoea occur in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. This report makes a remarkable and compelling argument for tackling two of the leading killers of children under age 5.
Drowning is a leading cause of death among children in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) in Asia. Cost-effective, affordable and sustainable interventions appropriate for LMICs are available to address this newly recognized and significant killer of children. Large numbers of these deaths could be prevented annually if these drowning interventions were included in current country programmes. The prevention of these drowning deaths, which mostly occur in early childhood, would result in a rapid decrease in early childhood mortality and contribute to meeting Millennium Development Goal 4 (MDG4).
Launched: February 2012
The number of institutions and children living in residential care in Cambodia continues to rise. Since 2005, Cambodia has seen a 75% increase in number of residential care facilities for children. Yet in the past five years, 44% of children placed in residential care were brought by their parents. This study looks at why families are choosing to place children in residential care, why the number of facilities continues to grow and what can be done to strengthen families and communities to care for children instead.
The publication is primarily intended to strengthen those partnerships and make them even more effective as we work together to improve children’s lives. It provides valuable information about religious traditions, identifying the diversity of perspectives that often exist even within the same tradition. The guide also includes useful examples of partnering and best practices across a range of programme areas, including child protection, education, health, nutrition, and HIV/AIDS, among others.
Published: January 2012
The report describes the daily situation of some of the world’s most vulnerable children and women in more than 25 countries and territories beset by emergencies and crisis. The chapters include summaries of the key humanitarian challenges and the results of the organization’s interventions in 2011, as well as plans and associated funding requests for the coming year.
Published: December 2011
The Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey was conducted to assess implementation of the abovementioned Law on Statistics, to collect data for assessing the health, education, development, protection and situation of children and women to monitor the progress on achieving the goals of the implementation of the child protection related international agreements, the National Program and Millennium Development goals, and to revise the data from the previous survey (done in 2005).
Published: November 2011
Published: November 2011
The Indonesia study explored children’s vulnerabilities to climate change and disaster impacts, with a focus on children’s health and nutrition and migration patterns affecting children.
Pacific Islanders have historically managed living with extreme weather. But changing climatic conditions due to human-induced influences appear certain to change their worlds. In fact, changes are already evident. In a world that is largely struggling with rapid urbanization, lack of sanitation infrastructure, scarce water resources and extensive poverty, the changes to come will continue making tough conditions tougher.
Published: November 2011
The predicted effects of climate change on Mongolia include an increased frequency of extreme weather and environmental hazards, such as flash floods, droughts, dust and snowstorms, torrential rains, heat waves and wild fires as well as unfavourable changes in precipitation patterns, the shifting in ecological zones and desertification.
Published: October 2011
This publication is in the form of an innovative electronic Flip Book covering the development of youth policy (including case studies) from countries around the Asia-Pacific region. Click to read.
Adolescence is a challenging and vulnerable phase of life - a transition from childhood to adulthood. Adolescents also face numerous global and local challenges both today and future, among them the current economic turmoil, climate change and environmental degradation, explosive urbanisation and migration. Learn how to help them face the challenges, click to read the report.
on 12 May 2008, the most devastating natural disaster in China in decades struck the country’s southwestern Sichuan Province. The 8.0-magnitude earthquake affected the lives of millions of people, killing 88,000, injuring 400,000 and leaving 5 million homeless. On this third anniversary, UNICEF remembers what was lost three years ago, celebrates what has been achieved since, and reaffirms our commitment to children and women in the Sichuan earthquake zone. Click to read the report.
The High Level Meeting on Cooperation for Child Rights in the Asia-Pacific Region was held in Beijing, China in November 2010. The Meeting aimed to advance key issues surrounding the realization of child rights in the region through greater South-South cooperation. The 28 participating countries agreed to increase cooperation to ensure practical measures for child-friendly disaster risk reduction were integrated into community-based efforts. They also agreed that building and strengthening national child protection systems was an area where there was considerable scope to learn from each other. Click to read the full report.
Existing studies suggest that exposing a child to violent discipline has harmful consequences for the victim as well as the society in which he or she lives. They show that even mild forms of physical discipline are harmful to children, hindering their cognitive capacity and increasing the proclivity for future violent acts. Violent psychological discipline – including ridicule, threats and intimidation – has also been shown to have a range of negative behavioural impacts in childhood and beyond. Click to read.
The Regional Analysis Report (RAR) 2010 examines UNICEF's programme and vision for children in the region.. The Report reviews trends and progress on issues that affect children and women and assesses the results achieved by the Regional Office during the year in support of country level activities and regional initiatives. Together with Country Office Annual Reports, the RAR serves as a key component of UNICEF's results based management and provides a perspective on priorities for children in the region." Click to read.
Country Office Annual Report 2010 UNICEF Lao PDR
In 2010, UNICEF contributed to the emergence of a more positive environment for children's rights in Lao PDR, and particularly those of the poorest and most socially-excluded children and their families. Click to read.
The State of the World's Children 2011 invited adult and adolescent contributors from a variety of stakeholder groups to give their perspectives on the distinct challenges adolescents face today in protection, education, health and participation. This report catalogues, in heart-wrenching detail, the array of dangers adolescents face: the injuries that kill 400,000 of them each year; early pregnancy and childbirth, a primary cause of death for teenage girls; the pressures that keep 70 million adolescents out of school; exploitation, violent conflict and the worst kind of abuse at the hands of adults. Click to read the report and its executive summary.
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