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Stories From the Field 2004

UNICEF installs sanitary toilets in relief camps
The Kanyakumari district administration and UNICEF on Wednesday decided to install sanitary toilets in 19 of the relief camps where around 16,000 thousand of the displaced people are currently living.

Doctors fear epidemics in overcrowded camps
The sea that provides livelihood, also gives death.

UNICEF’s response to tsunami emergency in India
This year’s Christmas break came to a crashing halt for Dr. Prakash Gurnani, UNICEF’s health officer in the state of Tamil Nadu in southern India.

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.

Orissa "Meena Girl" gets international award
Orissa "Meena" girl gets Youth Action Net award for 2004

Schooling sputtering to a start in flood-affected districts of Bihar
A couplet written on the primary school building in Sitamarhi district's Olipur village aptly sums up the plight of its people.

In Orissa children report on children's issues
Child participation story from Orissa

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.

A day with a vaccinator in Bihar
As the sun appears behind the palm fronds in Patna's Fatuah block, the extent of flooding is at once obvious.

Reaching the unreached in Orissa
It’s almost 7 a.m in the morning. Ms. Usharani Haldar, in the Anganwadi (childcare) centre, is busy preparing for the house-to-house visits on the 2nd day of the State polio mop-up campaign. She has to start early.

Child Labour Elimination - Karnataka
UNICEF and four community based NGOs collaborate with the Department of Labour in Karnataka to eliminate child labour in the local silk industry

Mapping Nutrition
What is a chart of cartoon figures doing at a feeding centre for malnourished children in a village in West Bengal?

PPTCT Project: Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu
Giving anti-retroviral drugs to HIV-positive pregnant mothers has helped bring down transmission rates.

Hope-giving treatment - PPTCT Programme in Andhra Pradesh
Jyoti knew little about AIDS when she came for her first check-up to a government-run maternity hospital in Hyderabad

Breaking free from child labour
Children get engaged in carpet making since families require as many hands as possible and the opportunity to go to school is all too often lost.

Community based interventions -- Bihar, Jharkhand
The Dular strategy promotes home-based changes in parents' day-to-day care practices.

Trafficking - Andhra Pradesh
UNICEF in collaboration with the district administration and a local NGO has set up a database of trafficking routes, traffickers, and trafficked minors and women in order to help make effective interventions

School AIDS Education Programme: Karnataka
Over 500,000 children in Karnataka have been targeted under a School AIDS Education Programme.

Adolescent anaemia - Gujarat
In 2000, a baseline survey conducted among more than 2,800 adolescent girls in Gujarat’s Vadodara district, showed that up to 75 per cent were anaemic.

Working with salt producers - Tamil Nadu
Although Tamil Nadu is one of the three major salt producing and exporting states in India, only about 20 per cent of its households were using adequately iodised salt in 1999.

Inspired champions
On the face of it, Noorjehan, a mother in her mid-fifties, is like any other woman of her community in India’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

State-wide planning for rural schools – Tamil Nadu
If the click of a mouse could open up an entire range of data on a school in a remote area of India, planning would become better and funds would reach the right place.

Combating Fluorosis – Andhra Pradesh
Excess fluoride in drinking water sources in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh has made the area’s marginalised, rural population vulnerable to fluorosis.

Nali-Kali initiative - Karnataka
Developed in 1995 by teachers in Karnataka’s Mysore district, the Nali Kali strategy adopted creative learning practices to help retain children in school and bring in those not attending school.

Girls' education initiative - Uttar Pradesh
In 1999, in partnership with the government and other voluntary organisations, UNICEF initiated a project for girls’ education in four blocks of Uttar Pradesh’s Barabanki district, where female literacy was about 15 per cent.

School sanitation and hygiene education - Rajasthan
The absence of safe drinking water and toilets in many schools in Rajasthan’s Alwar district used to make children fall frequently ill and seriously affect the enrolment and retention of students, especially girls.

Women in the forefront - Jharkhand
Chakulia in the East Singhbhum district of Jharkhand has high infant mortality and poor sanitation.

Too busy working to go to school
Until a year ago, eight-year-old Laxmina was too busy working to even think of going to school.

Catching them young
The bell has been sounded for lunch at a primary school in a remote part of Gujarat and within seconds, there is pandemonium all around.

Kicking to freedom
Imagine living in a hut that even a five year old would have to bend to enter

Real lives
The Kanyakumari district administration and UNICEF on Wednesday decided to install sanitary toilets in 19 of the relief camps where around 16,000 thousand of the displaced people are currently living.



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