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2008

UNICEF relief efforts reach tens of thousands of children in China's quake zone
UNICEF is on the ground in the neediest areas to help survivors rebuild their lives and communities. UNICEF has established 40 Child-Friendly Spaces throughout Sichuan to provide long-term psychosocial support to 10,000 children.

Philippines children to be separated from MILF ranks
The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will enter into an action plan with the United Nations to stop the recruitment and use of children and ensure that they are separated from their ranks and return to civilian life.

Children in restive Thai provinces suffer anxiety, yearn for peace
The report – Everyday Fears: Children’s perceptions of living in the southern border area of Thailand – provides the findings of research carried out with some 2,400 Muslim and Buddhist children in the southern provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala...

Launch of the first ever world report on child injury prevention
The first ever World Report on Child Injury Prevention was launched today in Hanoi by the United Nations Children’s Fund, the World Health Organization and the Government of Viet Nam. Developed by more than 180 experts from 56 countries around the world..

More than 2,000 children die every day as a result of unintentional injury and at least half could be saved
More than 2,000 children die every day as a result of an unintentional, or accidental injury, and every year tens of millions more worldwide are taken to hospitals with injuries that often leave them with lifelong disabilities, according to a new report..

Vanuatu’s Ministry of Health in partnership with UNICEF launch Integrated prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) services
In 2005, UNICEF addressed a Call to Action for all those working to protect children from the consequences of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). It urged the international community to Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS to ensure that the next...

'Children and AIDS: Third Stocktaking Report' advocates early HIV testing
A new report from four UN agencies entitled ‘Children and AIDS: Third Stocktaking Report, 2008’ is advocating for increased HIV testing for newborns as young as six-weeks-old. It was coordinated to be released on 1 December – World AIDS Day.

ARNEC Photo Contest 2008, closing date: 15 December 2008
The Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood is pleased to announce the first photo contest on the theme Possibilities: Early Childhood in Asia and the Pacific. This contest is an effort to promote positive and tangible changes in the regional...

HIV and AIDS online data hub launched
The data hub is guided by a Science and Technical Advisory Group which met this week in Manila to discuss ways to use evidence and analyses for policy makers, researchers, and frontline workers to improve the prevention, care, and treatment of HIV...

World gathers in Brazil to reinvigorate fight against sexual exploitation of children
“Sexual exploitation leaves children with psychological and at times physical scars, and diminishes their hopes of leading a life of dignity,” said UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman. “No country or region is immune, and there are no innocent...

Philippine’s GMA Network Inc. wins Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award 2008
The documentary centres on a 14-year-old girl, who acts as both mother and father to her five younger siblings, and is the family breadwinner. The camera follows her and other very young porters in the village lugging the weight of the huge logs...

On Universal Children’s Day, UNICEF welcomes new initiative to aid children affected by conflict
As the world commemorates Universal Children’s Day, UNICEF today welcomes the launch of a new group that aims to amplify the voice of those suffering as a result of conflict. The group has been established by young people with first-hand experience of...

Fiji’s Ministry of Health in Partnership with UNICEF Launch Integrated Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) Center
Most children living with HIV are infected by parents who are living with HIV. Well over 90% of new infections among infants and young children occur through mother-to-child transmission. Without any interventions, between 20% and 45% of infants may...

MoU signed to improve health and development of young Pacific Islanders
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Pacific Office and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) have just signed a four-year memorandum of understanding (MoU). The agreement is designed to strengthen their partnership and collaboration...

180 days after Cyclone Nargis: Relief efforts on track but support is still needed
Six months after Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady Delta, relief efforts are on track but support is still required to bring medium to long-term solutions to children and their families, UNICEF said today.

Launch of Handwashing Day in earthquake-affected areas of Sichuan
After a successful handwashing event in Beijing last week, UNICEF China headed to temporary shelter communities in Sichuan Province's Beichuan County on October 25 to continue Global Handwashing Day promotions.

Situation Report on International Migration in East and South-East Asia
Conventional perceptions see children left behind by migrating parents as benefiting from the economic pay-off but suffering a social and psychological trade-off.

Mongolian children celebrate Global Handwashing Day
In Mongolia, educational and information efforts, targeting school andkindergarten children and their parents, were embarked on in each district ofUlaanbaatar by Public and Private Partnership, formed by government and nongovernmentalorganizations...

In the fight to save children’s lives, washing hands takes centre stage
Today marks the first ever Global Handwashing Day, celebrated in over 70 countries across five continents in an effort to mobilize and motivate millions around the world to wash their hands with soap. Handwashing with soap is one of the most effective

The Wiggles donate a song to UNICEF for first Global Handwashing Day
The popular Australian children’s musical entertainers, The Wiggles, have produced and donated a song to UNICEF to mark the first-ever Global Handwashing Day, to be observed on 15 October.

UNICEF releases US $500,000 to assist children affected by conflict in Mindanao, Philippines
UNICEF is on the ground in the neediest areas to help survivors rebuild their lives and communities. UNICEF has established 40 Child-Friendly Spaces throughout Sichuan to provide long-term psychosocial support to 10,000 children.

UN joint presence brings more resources for people of Kiribati
This new joint venture by The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) marks the start of a renewed and invigorated partnership between the Government of Kiribati and..

Promoting and protecting children’s rights through legislative reform in Six Pacific Island countries
One of the most important steps for promoting and protecting children’s rights in a sustainable manner is to ensure that they are established in national legislation. At a recent sub-regional meeting, national teams from Six Pacific Island countries...

15 October: Global Handwashing Day
Washing hands with soap can reduce the risk of diarrhoeal diseases by up to 47 per cent and interventions to promote hand washing might save a million lives, according to a Lancet Infectious Diseases report in 2003.

The United Nations appeals for $ 10 million to assist flood-hit communities in Lao PDR
Disease, malnutrition and loss of livelihoods are among the threats facing hundreds of communities hit by recent floods in Lao PDR, according to the Government of Lao PDR and the United Nations, as it appealed for nearly $ 10 million in urgent...

UNICEF: Report highlights risk of maternal mortality in developing world
A new report on maternal mortality, released by UNICEF today, highlights the risks faced during pregnancy and childbirth by women in developing countries. Progress for Children: A Report Card on Maternal Mortality states that, according to the latest...

UNICEF, UNC, WSP project awarded for drinking water treatment solution in Cambodia
A study that offers ceramic water filters as a sustainable solution for rural drinking water treatment in Cambodia, funded by UNICEF and the Water and Sanitation Program and implemented by the University Of North Carolina School Of Public Health,

120 days after Nargis: Children’s needs are being met but threats remain
Children’s needs in Myanmar are continuously being fulfilled four months after the cyclone hit the Ayeryarwady delta and the Yangon division, UNICEF said today. Outbreaks of major illnesses have been avoided and routine immunization has been...

First ever Health Week Campaign aims to reach thousands of children and mothers in Papua New Guinea
The World Health Organization and UNICEF call for increased attention and care for children and mothers as the first National Health Week gets underway in Papua New Guinea. UNICEF and WHO commend the Governor General and Minister for Health for...

The United Nations support the Lao government in its response to the flood emergency
United Nations agencies have commended the Lao government for its successful measures to handle the floods that have inundated towns, villages and farmland along the river Mekong. In a letter offering the UN’s support to the government in dealing with

Region's governments urged to push through tough anti-child sex measures
Despite some progress in recent years in addressing theproblem of sexual abuse of children in East Asia and the Pacific, much moreneeds to be done to address the issue of child exploitation.

World Water Week 2008 focuses on sanitation, health and hygiene
Over 170 collaborating organizations will meet to discuss issues around water and its impact on health, the environment, and poverty alleviation, at the annual World Water Week to be held in Stockholm from August 17 to 23.

UNICEF rallies youths to spread awareness of gender equality and HIV/AIDS at the 2008 Olympic Youth Camp
Young people can help promote gender equality and create a better, more equal world for girls to help girls to achieve their full potential, UNICEF China appealed yesterday to the more than 480 youth representatives of National Olympic Committees...

Summer camp aims to help children in China affected by AIDS
On Saturday, the 5th Annual UNICEF Summer Camp for Children Affected by AIDS opened with a ceremony in the Great Hall of the People. The ceremony began with a song called 'Tomorrow Will Be Better', which was performed by eight children affected by AIDS.

UNICEF "Champions for Children" gala brings stars together to support children's causes
With the world's attention focusing on the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, UNICEF China hosted a "Champions for Children" reception on 9 August to advocate for the most vulnerable children in China,

Strengthening the cold chain system to preserve vaccines in Myanmar
UNICEF and WHO handed over a new cold chain facility to the Myanmar Ministry of Health today. The facility can hold a full national 8-month-supply for 6 different vaccines and will be a crucial center for distributing vaccines for routine and emergency...

India and China hold the key to world meeting MDGs, says The State of Asia Pacific's Children Report 2008
Global achievement of the health related Millennium Development Goals, the MDGs, depends largely on India’s success and on China accelerating progress even further, according to a new UNICEF report which examines the latest trends in child and maternal..

UNICEF to set up 30 "Child Friendly Spaces" to address children's psychological wounds in the Sichuan earthquake zone
UNICEF will work with the Government of China to set up 30 centers for the long-term psychological recovery of children and families affected by the May 12 earthquake. Intensive training and basic facilities are being provided to local partners and...

Nearly 700,000 children still in need of assistance in post cyclone Myanmar
Close to three months after Cyclone Nargis slammed into Myanmar, nearly 700,000 children under the age of 17 are still in need of longer term assistance, says UNICEF. An estimated 2.4 million people were affected by the cyclone which destroyed...

Supporting mothers to breastfeed will improve children’s chances of survival, says UNICEF
On the occasion of World Breastfeeding Week (1 to 7 August), UNICEF, along with the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) and the World Health Organization (WHO), is recommending the provision of increased professional and informal support...

The lack of ‘care’ in Care
A joint report released by DEPSOS, Save the Children and UNICEF is the first ever comprehensive research into the quality of care in childcare institutions in Indonesia. The report, “Someone that matters: The Quality of Care in Childcare Institutions....

Family undergoing major shifts in Viet Nam shows first-ever nationwide survey on the family
Rapid social and economic development is significantly affecting family roles and responsibilities in Viet Nam, bringing new challenges and opportunities, according to the results of the first-ever national representative survey on...

Humanitarian access to the Northeastern provinces of DPRK resumes
UNICEF trucks loaded with nutritional supplies and medicines, intended for children in the isolated North Eastern provinces of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, have started rolling out of Pyongyang, the capital city...

UNICEF celebrities rally their fans for children in Sichuan
Over the last ten days UNICEF China has welcomed several of Asia's popular entertainers to Sichuan to visit projects in support of children's recovery from the devastating 12 May earthquake. Currently UNICEF Ambassadors Louis Koo Tin-Lok, Charlie Young...

Humanitarian agencies seek $303.6 million for Myanmar cyclone survivors
Humanitarian agencies today appealed for a further $303.6 million to fund efforts tocontinue assisting an estimated 2.4 million people who were severely affected by Cyclone Nargis, which struckthe Yangon division....

Workshop held to raise awareness for community based child care
Yangon, 7-8 July 2008- A two-day workshop aiming at raising awareness on the importance of family and community based care for children was held in Yangon on 7th and 8th July, 2008.Over 80 participants from the government, faith based organisations....

J8 delegates’ action plan grabs the attention of G8 leaders
After days of intense sessions, during which they debated and then drafted their ‘Chitose Declaration’ on issues of concern to the world’s children, 9 of the 39 Junior 8 Summit delegates here boarded a bus yesterday to go to the site of the G8 Summit....

Young people meet with G8 Leaders
Young people from Group of 8 (G8) industrialized nations and from the developing world met yesterday with the G8 leaders in Toyako, Japan to present their recommendations as part of the Junior 8 (J8) Summit.

UNICEF to support water, sanitation and hygiene in China’s quake zone
BEIJING, 1 July 2008 – Now that more than 5 million people have been relocated to temporary shelters due to the 12 May Sichuan earthquake, provision of safe water and sanitation is a top priority.

Pre-school education to rocket in Mongolia with approval of new law
Mongolian children will have a better environment and condition to learn and study from the very early years. A new law on pre-school education was passed by the Government of Mongolia in May 2008. The main objective of the law is to create legal ....

New UNICEF report reveals progress made in reducing iodine deficiency
A new UNICEF report reveals that, over a period of almost two decades, enormous progress has been made in protecting children and mothers from the debilitating effects of iodine deficiency disorders (IDD).

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Jackie Chan, wraps up Timor-Leste visit; conveys galvanizing message to young people
Popular action star and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Jackie Chan urged young people in Timor-Leste on Thursday to use martial arts "only as a peaceful force and never to threaten or harm others." He encouraged them to become productive members of society ..

Remote villages in Gansu need emergency assistance
According to provincial government reports more than 6,500 schools in Gansu Province were severely damaged and thousands of school classrooms were destroyed in the 12 May Wenchuan earthquake. A total of 1.2 million people have lost their homes.

Cambodia launches national plan of action to address urgent needs of orphans, children affected by AIDS and other vulnerable children
The Royal Government of Cambodia has launched an ambitious three year multi-sector plan to provide protection, care and support to the country’s youngest yet most vulnerable citizens

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Jackie Chan to visit Timor-Leste to encourage youth to play a positive role in the country's future
Action film star and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Jackie Chan will visit to Timor-Leste on 24 - 26 June to meet and interact with young people, visit youth centers and a school, and promote the peaceful yet powerful role that young people engaged...

Children affected by Myanmar cyclone need protection in a family environment
UNICEF welcomes the Myanmar government’s commitment to assist vulnerable children in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, particularly separated, unaccompanied or orphaned children.

World experts on girls’ education meet in Kathmandu
Education experts representing United Nations agencies, donor countries, national governments and non-governmental organizations are meeting in the Nepalese capital today to discuss issues related to gender equality in education in the Asia-Pacific....

After the quake, safety and a sense of security for Sichuan schoolchildren
UNICEF has concluded its second assessment mission through China’s quake-damaged Sichuan province, organized to identify the most pressing needs for the millions of children whose schooling was disrupted by last month’s earthquake.

More than 10,000 schools in Sichuan badly damaged
According to data recently collected, more than 10,000 school buildings in Sichuan were badly damaged by the 12 May earthquake. Almost 7,000 schools were completely destroyed and many others suffered partial damage. UNICEF estimates that the number of...

100 tons of UNICEF medical supplies to land in Sichuan
A UNICEF emergency relief shipment containing 100 tons of health and nutritional supplies for children and pregnant women will arrive in Sichuan on Friday May 30. The shipment of “emergency health kits” consisting of basic medicines and equipment ....

UNICEF welcomes decision to allow international aid workers into worst-affected cyclone areas
With access granted to international aid workers, UNICEF plans to rapidly move forward with mapping the situation of children and women in areas severely affected by cyclone Nargis, says UNICEF Regional Director for East Asia and Pacific ....

UNICEF sends urgently needed supplies to Yangon from the new ASEAN-UN Joint Logistics Hub at Bangkok
Today, on the inaugural flight from the new ASEAN-UN Joint Logistics Don Muang staging area in Bangkok, UNICEF is sending urgently needed supplies to Yangon. These include three mobile water treatment units, water storage and distribution equipment.....

UNICEF concerned about emotional distress of children
UNICEF is setting up child-friendly spaces in camps giving shelter to people affected by Cyclone Nargis. These spaces offer care and protection for children and young people especially those who have lost or been separated from their families.

UNICEF seeks $8.2 million to meet the critical needs of children and women affected by the cyclone in Myanmar
Children and women require urgent assistance to survive in increasingly desperate conditions. Initial stocks prepositioned in the country are being distributed, but they will not be sufficient to meet critical needs that include clean drinking water....

UNICEF sends teams to assess immediate needs in aftermath of Cyclone Nargis
UNICEF has sent five missions to assess the immediate needs of children and families in Myanmar in the wake of the devastating cyclone that struck the country on Saturday.

UNICEF in Myanmar: Rapid response critical to saving lives
UNICEF is undertaking urgent preliminary assessments of the devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis, which struck southeast Myanmar on Saturday, killing thousands and injuring tens of thousands. UNICEF has dispatched five assessment teams to three of .....

UNICEF opens newest logistics centre in Shanghai, China
The new logistics centre will support the provision of supplies for UNICEF development and humanitarian efforts all over the world. This facility is the third regional supply hub outside of the UNICEF Supply Division Headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark.

More resources, more coordination from new UN presence in Vanuatu
The Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Honourable Ham Lini Vanuaroroa today (Wednesday) launched the new Vanuatu UN Joint Presence of the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the United Nations Population Fund...

Viet Nam seeks to tackle issue of equity in health care for women and children
Viet Nam is seeking to expand its progress in reducing child and maternal mortality to its poorest women and children by developing innovative ways to address these health inequities.

Survivors need social and economic support to avoid life of poverty says UN on International Mine Awareness Day
In Viet Nam, it is estimated that between 1975 and 2000 over 42,000 people were killed by landmines and UXO, while a further 62,000 were injured.

More HIV-positive children and pregnant women getting AIDS treatment, new report says
More HIV-positive children and pregnant women are receiving treatment but there is still a long way to go before the promise of an AIDS-free generation is fulfilled, according to a United Nations report released today.

More action needed to reduce impact of HIV and AIDS on children in East Asia and Pacific
The number of children living with HIV and AIDS who receive antiretroviral treatment (ART) in East Asia and Pacific increased by nearly forty per cent between 2005-2006, according to the latest data contained in a newly released UNICEF report.

Why do so few ethnic minority girls in Viet Nam make the transition to lower secondary school?
According to the study, the main obstacle keeping H’mong, Bahnar, J’rai and Khmer girls from quality education is household poverty. “Poverty affects girls’ ability to attend school in various ways,” said Mr. Jesper Morch, UNICEF Representative...

Lao PDR declares 2008 the National Year of Sanitation
The government of Lao PDR has declared a National Year of Sanitation, underlining its commitment to the global campaign launched in January highlighting the water and sanitation target set by the Millennium Development Goals.

Poor sanitation putting children at risk in rural Viet Nam
Lack of toilets and hand washing facilities in homes and schools is seriously affecting children’s health in rural Vietnam

Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award 2008: A call to broadcasters
The ABU, CASBAA and UNICEF are now inviting Asia-Pacific broadcasters and producers to submit entries for the Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award 2008

New dynamic resource to ensure greater attention to early childhood in Asia-Pacific region
Membership in ARNEC, launched in February, is free and open to any professional concerned with young children in the Asia-Pacific region. The network will work to strengthen advocacy, policy, research and innovative practices in early childhood....

Stoking the momentum – UNICEF and Save the Children team up to respond to the UN study on violence
In a poignant television ad, children send messages against violence soaring through the cities and hills of their native Philippines. The children’s messages, written on paper airplanes, are part of a public service announcement being aired in April.....

Call to action to stop the use of breastmilk substitutes in emergencies
The lives of babies and young children are being put at risk by the inappropriate use of breastmilk substitutes, particularly in emergency situations, says a coalition of more than 100 nutrition and emergency experts.

UNICEF promotes safe sanitation for World Water Day 2008
On World Water Day tomorrow, as on every other day, some 2.5 billion people will be ‘doing their business’ somewhere other than in a toilet or latrine. That is not a statistic many people want to examine too closely, but it is crucial data for efforts to

UNICEF Myanmar Newsletter, March 2008
Through this bulletin, UNICEF would like to keep the general public and our patrons informed of all our activities. This bulletin covers January to March 2008.

Injury a leading killer of children in Asia: Groundbreaking research highlights need to tackle injury prevention
Children in Asia are at great risk of dying from injuries such as drowning and road accidents. Surveys from Bangladesh, China, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam reveal that injury is the leading cause of death and disability among children older.....

UNICEF Executive Board members discuss children’s issues with senior government officials
A review of the situation of children and women in Lao PDR was at the centre of discussions today between senior Lao government officials and a visiting delegation from the Executive Board of the United Nations Children’s Fund

UNICEF cautions against the abolishment of mandatory wheat flour fortification in Indonesia
The health of Indonesian women and children could be put at risk by a recent move to abolish the mandatory fortification of wheat flour, says UNICEF Indonesia

Disparities threaten Viet Nam’s progress in child survival
Despite tremendous progress in under-five mortality, an average of three children still die every hour in Viet Nam, particularly in ethnic minority and mountainous areas of the country, according to figures released by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

 

 

 

 

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