Breaking Barriers of Disability And Turning Challenges Into Opportunities
For those like Sulekha, who are the first batch of girls with disability to be a part of the KGBV and living a mainstream life, it is a whole new world.
Discovering Colours In Darkness
voice to adjoining rooms.In an effort to bring children with disabilities to the fold of education, the Bihar state government, in December last year, sent a notification saying that special residential camps for bridge course be organised for disabled.
State of World Children Report - Children With Disabilities
Children with disabilities have a much greater role to play in societies, according to UNICEF’s annual The State of the World’s Children report.
Nutrition Special - Stunting in children can be defeated
Stunting is low height for age in children. In tackling child undernutrition, there has been a shift from efforts to reduce the prevalence of underweight – inadequate weight for age – to prevention of stunting.
Time to Take Stock, Time to Discuss RTE
The passing of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act 2009 marked a historic moment for the children of India. For the first time in India’s history, children were guaranteed their right to quality elementary education by state.
A Mentor, Friend and Confidant - Zahura’s Story
Meet Zahura Khatoon, a cleaner at the Kharupetia Nutrition Rehabilitation Centre (NRC). Don’t go by her designation in the workplace because as you watch her share a laugh with young mothers in the centre, or see her persuade an elderly gentleman.
Angwadi Workers Go Back to ‘School’
MORIGAON, India, 5 February, India - The students listen with rapt attention to an instructor teaching her students the correct way to monitor a child’s growth using the recently-introduced WHO Child Growth Standards chart.
Water in India – Situation and Prospects: Positive changes brought about by small communities in terms of water conservation and management.
The positive changes brought about by small communities in terms of water conservation and management are highlighted in the report. These changes were brought about by the active participation and involvement of communities in finding solutions.
Raising awareness about HIV to the rhythm of the Red Ribbon Express
In the coaches of RRE, HIV tests are conducted; workshops are carried out and various visual representations—advertisements, short films and photo exhibitions—are hosted. The train is embellished with a series of punch lines like ‘Zindagi Zindabad!’ (Lon
World AIDS Day 2012
New HIV infections in children are down, but reaching the goal of an AIDS-free generation requires that more HIV positive pregnant women receive antiretroviral treatment to decrease the risk of infection for their babies.
Sanitation Initiative Changes Mind Set, Reaps Results
Though sanitation continues to be one of the prime concerns for the State as well as district administration for many years, it gained momentum in Medak district only through the “Intinta Parishudyam” (meaning, sanitation in every house) initiative.
Building skills and confidence to save mothers and new-borns
Over the last few years, the State Government, with support from UNICEF, has focussed extensively on improving facility-based healthcare for new-borns and mothers with new-born care corners (NNBCs), special new born care units (SNCUs) and labour rooms.
The Infant and Child Mortality India Report
India has realized impressive gains in child survival over the last two decades. However, at the current pace, the country is unlikely to achieve the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4 -which aims to reduce Under-Five Mortality (U5MR) by two thirds
Unveiling Life: Saraswati Fights Against Child Marriage
Seventeen-year–old Saraswati Kumari from Ruki village in Gumla district is a model for all girls. Shy but confident, Saraswati was determined to confront the norms that marry girls at an early age.
Nutrition Special - Comprehensive Nutrition Survey in Maharashtra
The Government of Maharashtra is committed to addressing undernutrition amongst children. The establishment of an independent State Nutrition Mission - the Rajmata Jijau Mother - Child Health & Nutrition (RJMCHN) Mission - in collaboration with the Depart
On a Hand Washing Mission: Young Girls Herald Change in the Community
Thanks to the support provided by the SSA and UNICEF, students of schools such as Sajjanpara primary school, are learning to adopt handwashing and other good hygiene habits
Children Lead the Way to A Healthier Tomorrow in Assam
Thanks to the Child Friendly Schools and Systems (CFSS) initiative by UNICEF in collaboration with the Sarba Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) in Assam, a national flagship programme for Education, a wave of change has been initiated in Sajjanpara primary school.
The Messengers of Change
Hulsi Kadiyari was among the first set of community workers to reach these diarrhea-afflicted villages. In 2010, the atmosphere of mutual suspicion and distrust in the severely strife-affected areas of Basaguda, Lingagiri and Rajpettah.
Education Gets a New Lease of Life
UNICEF offers support through programmes like school libraries to promote reading and age appropriate sports and physical education activities in an attempt to make schooling attractive for children.
Beyond Chalk and Talk –Imparting Vocation to the Young
The IBT Programme (also known as the Parivartan Shiksha Abhiyan, to signal the changes that education needs) was started in 2011 to promote work-centred education.
Sports for Development and Peace Building
UNICEF’s engagement in Sukma district is part of humanitarian response to address issues that emerged due to the civil strife. Among other initiatives, sports and physical eucation were seen as activities that could help children deal with the trauma.
Initiating a mass movement and bringing about change
It is more than a year since Bina took a firm approach against child marriage. Now 13, she studies in a hostel at the Bagmundi Higher Secondary School for Girls and looks wise beyond her years.
The International Day of the Girl Child
The inaugural International Day of the Girl Child will take place on 11 October 2012. For its first observance, this year’s Day focuses on child marriage, which is a fundamental human rights violation and has an impact on all aspects of a girl’s life.
Sabiya, one of many unsung heroes, that helped India get rid of polio
ALIGARH, India, 12 September 2012 - Meet 25-year-old Sabiya, one of the most committed workers of the Polio Social Mobilization Network (SMNet) in Uttar Pradesh.
Photo Essay - Art Based Therapy - Nurturing Expression, Healing Minds
UNICEF and Metamorhphosis are working alongside the District Administration to ensure that these ashramshalas are child friendly spaces which offer a protective environment for the children to grow up.
Pinky Karmakar– The Girl Made Us Proud at London Olympics
Meet Pinky Karmakar. This young girl from the tea community of Assam made her community and country proud when she travelled to England to participate in the Olympic Torch Relay in June 2012.
Photo Essay - IKEA-UNICEF Partnership: Celebrating 10 years in India
For over 10 years, the IKEA Foundation has been supporting UNICEF’s work in India to end child labour and create a better future for India’s children. By the end of 2012, we will have donated more than €100 million to UNICEF in India, reaching 74 million
NRCs - The Centers of Life
The Nutritional Rehabilitation Centres are facility based care units where severely acute malnourished (SAM) children below five years are admitted with their mothers for treatment, stabilization and rehabilitation.
Helping Save Lives
Jyotsna Ben Pate, advocated endlessly with the mother to go ahead with her pregnancy. Jyotsna promised that Padma would have healthy babies, if she agrees to follow Jyotsna’s advices on safe pregnancy practices.
Saving New Borns in MP
Funded from NRHM and support from UNICEF, the SNCU in Shivpuri provides 24x7 institutional care for infants. Thirty-eight such SNCUs exists in Madhya Pradesh and are helping save lives of thousands of children in the state
Thank Your Real Life Heroes
Thank your real life heroes campaign features stories of individuals and institutions who are doing commendable job for their community. Join UNICEF India on our social media networks in congratulatoring these heroes.
Women Led Self Help Groups Harbingers of Change in Tribal Valsad
VALSAD, Gujarat, 26 June 2012 – Twenty-two-year old, Sharuben Kurkutiya was worried that her family was not able to save money needed for the delivery of her first child at local hospital in her remote village of Ozharaifaliya in Kaprada block in Gujarat
Children Break Guinness Record, Make Longest Red Ribbon
In less than half an hour, more than 7000 children from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India painted the world’s longest red ribbon with their hand prints. The awareness ribbon measuring 1005.7 meters beating previous Guinness Book of World record of 408.5 mts.
Deepshikha Gives A New Beginning To Their Lives
I had the chance to meet and talk to girls my age. These girls have lived a life much harder than the one I am used to. It was interesting and to hear the stories and experiences of these girls.
Marking its First Year Without any Polio Cases, India Takes a Giant Leap Toward Wiping Out the Disease
NEW YORK, USA, 12 January 2012 – Once recognized as the epicenter of the polio epidemic, India is now on the verge of creating history by stopping the transmission of polio.
Preventing Child Marriage through Economic Independence
MALDA, India, 7 Febrauary 2012 – Aksha Bibi, a village health worker and a member of women’s self help group, knows how a child marriage can disrupt a girl’s life and have harmful consequences to her health and education.
Menstrual Hygiene Key to Keeping Girls in School
Culturally here in southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu as in many other parts of India, menstruation is considered dirty and impure and during periods girls are discouraged to attend school and stay at homes.
Editors’ Panel Highlights Importance of Immunization in Media
NEW DELHI India, 26 April, 2012: A high level group of editors from Delhi and Madhya Pradesh came together for a brainstorming session, to mark the first-ever World Immunization Week (21-28 April 2012).
The State of the World's Children 2012 - Children in an Urban World
Cities offer many children the advantages of urban schools, clinics and playgrounds. Yet the same cities the world over are also the settings for some of the greatest disparities in children’s health, education and opportunities.
Second round in measles vaccination campaign allows children to ‘catch-up’ in India
DABHIPUR, India, 1 November 2011- In November of 2010, the Government of India, supported by UNICEF and WHO, launched the measles ‘catch-up’ campaign with the aim of reaching 134 million children in 14 high risk Indian states.
Women’s Group Bands Together to Clean-Up Slum Neighbourhoods
Munni Begum belongs to 16-member strong, volunteer woman’s empowerment group, which is helping to clean up her neighbourhood in Moradabad and spread the importance of hygiene to promote good health.
A Child Bride Campaigns Against Child Marriage
Poverty was the precipitating factor in Nargis’s case. She was married shortly after her father died, the loss plunging the struggling family even deeper into poverty. Nargis’s mother in desperation accepted the marriage proposal.
Students Show Clean Hands Prevent Disease
The handwashing campaign, part of a UNICEF programme called ‘School Saving Lives’, stresses the importance of using soap, not just water, to clean hands before eating or preparing food, after using toilet, changing a baby’s soiled pants and other tasks.
Youth Volunteers Alert Communities to Government Programmes
The alert programme, supported by UNICEF, recruits volunteers like Khumeshwar from villages around Chattisgarh. In a series of workshops, it trains them to help fellow villagers identify problems in their community.
Girls Learn Life Skills in Deepshikha
Pratibha says her dramatic transformation is thanks to lessons learned in Deepshikha, or the ‘Light a Lamp’ programme, which aims to break down age-old negative attitudes toward women
Finding Innovative Ways of Putting Child Labourers Back in School
Anas is an ex-child laborer who has gone back to school with the help of a UNICEF project. The project aims to help an estimated 8,000 children working in metal ware industry.
Joint Humanitarian Response to Orissa Floods
KENDRAPADA, 22 September, 2011 – Were it not for his strong swimming skills, Akuli Nayak would not have been alive today. He also would not have been able to save his family.
Residential Schools Allow Tribal Children an Education
DALEIGUDA, India, 8 September 2011 – Krupasindhuv Pangi knows the challenges that indigenous communities face. At the age of five, his family lost their land when it was taken from them to build a factory.
Iron supplementation helping to end inter-generational cycle of anaemia in India
RANCHI, India, 26 August 2011 - Deepa Kumari, 14, began to feel dizzy and weak in class at the start of her menstrual cycle. Her father, who teaches math at a local private school, and mother decided to take her to a doctor when her symptoms.
Nutrition Centre Gives Mothers and Children Hope for a Healthy Future
With UNICEF’s efforts and IKEA Foundation support, the Positive Deviance programme was extended to address the problem of severe malnutrition in the state.
Supporting mothers to re-establish lactation
Shivpuri’s NRC provides support to Severe Acute Malnourished (SAM) children and helps mothers who experience difficulty in breastfeeding.
Community Mobilizes to Stop Child Labour
People’s Education and Development Organisation (PEDO), a local NGO working with UNICEF on a child protection programme to get children out of the fields and into schools, convinced Raju that going back to school would be best for his future.
Twenty-four -year-old Mamta with her twins at a local hospital in Orissa. Mamta is one of the hundreds of pregnant women in Keonjhar tribal district, who are fighting the often lonely battle of survival against the combined risks of pregnancy and malaria.
On Stage Against Child Marriage
Anita joined the theatre group a year and a half ago after her parents planned for Anita’s marriage, which she refused.
Young Reporters Give Voice to Hopes and Dreams
For those like Sulekha, who are the first batch of girls with disability to be a part of the KGBV and living a mainstream life, it is a whole new world.
Religious Leaders Pitch in to Defeat Polio
Thanks to the efforts of religious leaders along with local administration and UNICEF, the entire state of Uttar Pradesh, including Pakbara has not reported a single polio case since 2010
Sports programme teaches children life skills in hard-to-reach areas
Started in the district of Chandrapur, the programme recruits a girl and boy from more than 500 villages, training them how sport can educate, inform and be used for development, and then sending them back to local schools and communities.
Pahariya Mothers Fight Malaria
To combat the malaria menace in Sunderpahari, an area majorly inhabited by tribal group Pahariyas, UNICEF started its intervention in 2008, targeting children and mothers in 16,000 households across 208 villages.
Village Self-Help Groups Keeping Children Out of Labour
The women of Dungarpur like to quote an old Indian proverb that says many small ants can vanquish the large snake. Together they are making that proverb a reality by keeping their children out of labour and sending them to school.Dungarpur, India, 10 Apri
Kolkata Children Map Their Community With Google Earth
Thirteen-year-old Salim Sheikh and his friends are putting their sprawling Kolkata slum on the map – literally. For a year now, they’ve been gathering data about the people, small brick huts, crowded alleys, scattered temples, water pumps and other facts
Nurse Midwives Bring New Life to Villages
Sanju, now 24,delivered about 200 babies last year,and is just one of dozens of young midwivesstriving to make a difference in Madhya Pradesh, where the infant and maternal mortality rates are among the highest in India.
Saving Lives of Children with Severe Acute Malnutrition
SHIVPURI, India, 7 January 2011 – Eleven-year-old Lakshmi used to wake up early each morning to prepare breakfast of for her family in village Rajapur in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Her parents worked as agricultural labourers and Lakshmi
Emerging From Behind Closed Doors
The Deepshikha programme works to bring education and empowerment to these adolescent girls and, in the long-term, to ensure increased participation in decision-making that affects them.
Meet the youth reporters of Korba, Chattisgarh
From 2 to 3 June, 2011 we are travelling to Korba, Chattisgarh, to meet a group of inspiring young people; the local youth reporters to learn about the issues that they are most passionate about