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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.

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.

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

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.

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

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).

Brick Kiln Chimneys Spread Polio Messages in Bihar
PATNA, India, 15 Dcember 2011- Twenty-five-year-old Geeta, a mother of three, has her priority clear - making 300 bricks a day. “I don’t have time to even think of taking my children to the aganwadi center for routine immunization,” she admits.

Polio advocacy with over two million parents in Urs
BAREILLY, India- 15 October 2011- The annual Urs in Ajmer, Rajasthan, in the memory of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, a highly respected Sufi saint, fondly revered as the benefactor of the poor and popularly known as Gareeb Nawaz, attracts millions of people.

Radio Jockeys Lend Their Voice To Polio Eradication
NEW DELHI, 15 October 2011 – As India inches closer to its goal to eradicate polio, on-going initiatives are being scaled-up to reach the goal as soon as possible, such as effectively engaging media – both print and electronic.

Reaching Every Child: Continuous Vaccination Sites, Transit Points In East Champaran Bihar
MUZZARPUR, India – 15 October 2011 - In line with the recommendations of the India Expert Advisory Group (IEAG) the polio endemic states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar are working to identify, map and include migrants and mobile communities

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.

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

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.

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.

Fighting Malaria
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.

UNICEF Executive Director Urges Focus on Most Vulnerable Children to Save Lives
RAMPUR RATNAKER, India, 7 December 2010 – Janki Devi cradles her five-month-old granddaughter in her arms as she is receives a life-saving DPT vaccination and polio drops to protect her against diphtheria, tetanus and polio.

Newborn Survival Rates Improve Dramatically with Specialized Care Units
UDAIPUR, India, 9 November 2010 – The first FBNCU in the state was established with UNICEF support in the district of Tonk in January 2008. Now there are 34 FBNCUs in the Rajasthan.

Community Volunteers Help Prevent Polio and Promote Immunisation
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.

Missing mothers, saving mothers
KHARIAR, India, 11 June 2010 – Her face contorted in pain, Triveni Patel, 27, hobbled into the health centre in an advanced stage of labour with her mother-in-law at her side.

Using Insecticide Treated Nets to Fight Malaria
RAIPUR, CHATTISGARH, 11 May 2010 – Padma is from Bhairamgarh block of Bijapur district in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh. She is six months pregnant. The state is one of the top malaria endemic states in India with 100,000 malaria cases reported

A Journey of ASHA – from despair to hope
ALIGARH, India, 3 May 2010 - From hope to despair to lasting hope. This is the true roller-coaster ride of an ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist) who despite all adversities related to gender, caste and poverty has created history.

A change called ASHA in Bihar
Seventy one thousand ASHA workers are helping in providing safe delivery to about 1.1 million women

Angel of Life
The hamlet of Karra, girdled by the rocky Kultulu range, wears a festive look. It is celebration time in this tiny tribal village in the Khunti district of Jharkhand.

Right to Survival- Health and Nutrition
The 20th anniversary of CRC calls for ensuring every child has access to the basic right of survival. Society must save the large number of lives snuffed out within the first few days of life.

Bringing Health Services to Island Communities
The ship, named ‘Hope’ in Assamese, serves 12 Chapori or Islands in the Dibrugarh District of Assam in northeast India.

Combating Malaria In Bihar
Although Bihar is considered a low transmission state for malaria and not considered to be at risk of massive outbreaks, Munger district came under attack this summer.

Giving hope to mothers and newborns - the Sick Newborn Care Unit in Guna
Soni Brijmohan (25), wife of a school teacher delivered twins on March 16 at Mayana Community Health Centre, 35 kms from the district headquarters. Both the babies, a girl and a boy, were born premature

Academy Award recognition for India's fight to eradicate polio
“The Final Inch”, a film documenting the historic effort to eradicate Polio in India, has been nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Documentary (Short Film) due to be announced (in Los Angeles) this Sunday.

UNICEF catalyzes production of iodized salt
Whereas production of common salt marked the beginning of the first revolution in Gujarat, production of “iodized common salt” by Vasudhara Dairy is being described as the second revolution in the state.

Towards a healthier India for mothers and children
It is paradoxical that India is at once a nation with one of the highest populations of young people and also a country facing very high rates of infant and maternal mortality.

Safe deliveries and safety from mosquitoes: Assam pilots bundling of services to promote maternal health and malaria prevention
When Farida Begum went to deliver, her first baby, at Lahorighat Primary Health Centre (PHC); she came back holding more than her little son, Suhail Alam.

Saving lives of children and women in Guna district of Madhya Pradesh: Just a call away
Around 5 pm on December 26, expectant mother Halki Bai of Berkhari village felt the first contractions of labour. Her husband, Raja Kewat, a farmer, rushed to inform the village health worker, Shamim Bano, that Halki was ready for delivery.

Just born and surviving against all odds
Hemalata is a proud mother of a young baby boy. The only difference is that unlike most new babies born healthy, her son had to fight to survive.

Panchayat Raj Institutions take up battle against Polio in Bihar
“We know that our children can be saved from a number of diseases if properly vaccinated. It is not wise to let our children fall ill due to diseases which can be prevented with proper vaccination,” says Dr. Ranju Gita

Cricketers Go Handwashing
Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and his team mates are joining millions of school children around the country to lather up for better health and hygiene as part of today's first ever Global Handwashing Day.

India’s Silent Tragedy: Maternal Mortality Finds a Voice
The stories of women who die in India during pregnancy, delivery or from post-partum complications have largely remained untold – until now.

Eminent actor meets village volunteers
When it comes to taking on the challenges of life, rural youth seem to be more prepared than their urban counterparts despite their limited access to information and resources. This has been the experience of Swapneel Joshi, a well known young actor

Comprehensive newborn care initiative launched in Bihar
Health Minister Chandra Mohan Rai was also present at the inauguration and lauded the initiative. Reaffirming the commitment of the government towards children, he declared that similar units will be opened in 23 districts of Bihar in the next one year.

Village Health Planning creates demand for health services
The women had been deprived of health services and benefits meant for them for so long, that they had accepted the occasional complications and hygiene related problems arising out of home deliveries as part and package of their destiny

Gujarat State launches Nirogi Bal Varsh Abhiyan-Year of the Healthy Child Campaign
Today, Gujarat ranks on the top in terms of economic development. I would, also like to see Gujarat on the top in the social development as well.

Adani Foundation joins hands with UNICEF to promote Child Survival and Development in Kutch district
It was a historic day, when the Adani Foundation, one of the top ranking corporate houses of Gujarat, and UNICEF signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), to work together on improving the well-being of children in the district of Kutch

Safe Motherhood Day 2008
It is a little known fact that Mumtaz Mahal, Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan’s favorite queen died due to complications related to repeated childbirth.

Guidance Booklet on Menstrual Hygiene Management
Issues associated with menstruation are never discussed openly and the silence surrounding menstruation burdens young girls by keeping them ignorant of this biological function.

Jharkhand welcomes Red Ribbon Express
On it’s journey across northern India, the Red Ribbon Express, carrying information, education and communication materials and messages on HIV/AIDS, arrived in Ranchi on Saturday 16th February 2007.

5,000 run for polio eradication in Uttar Pradesh
Over 5,000 citizens ran for polio eradication in a mini-marathon in Lucknow, capital of Uttar Pradesh.

Teaming up to wipe out polio
This is a different “bulawa toli” unlike many others as not only does it have young volunteers but also their teacher

UNICEF partners with Neonatology Forum for Newborn Survival Revolution in Karnataka
At the recent Annual Conference of the Neonatology Forum (NNF) on 17th and 18th November 2007 in Bangalore, leading members of the 300 participants decided to take on a mission to save newborns in the state of Karnataka

A Vending Machine Radicalises Girls’ Personal Hygiene Choices
The adolescent girls of Nemmeli School, Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu, are well informed when it comes to menstrual hygiene.

Avian Flu in India - Government seeks UNICEF assistance for medicines
Amidst continuing culling operations, the Maharashtra government asked UNICEF to supply additional stock of 50,000 tablets of Tamiflu in its preparedness efforts to combat possible human infection.

Dealing with adolescent anaemia – a success story from Valsad district, Gujarat
A survey among adolescent girls in Gujarat's Vadodara district showed that about 75 per cent of the girls were anaemic. UNICEF then initiated a project to reduce anaemia among girls in Vadodara.

Vaccination on wheels
The search for “missing children” has taken UNICEF and other partners in the polio programme to bus stations, railway platforms, road intersections, and now into the passenger carriages of trains speeding across the plains of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar

The red tablet is the secret of my energy
A success story of Adolescent Girls’ Anemia Control Programme in Vadodara (Gujarat)

More than 1 million child deaths in India can easily be prevented every year
Scientific evidence available today tells us that in India alone more than 1 million child lives could be saved from scaling up known and proven cost effective interventions.

Integrated Management of Neonatal and Childhood Illnesses (IMNCI)
Close to 50 per cent of newborn deaths in India occur during the first seven days of birth.

 

 
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