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Reducing under-nutrition through community partnerships
In 1999, the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) survey found that 47 percent of all children under age three were underweight – a higher average prevalence than in sub-Saharan Africa.

In the comfort and dignity of Nirmal Gram
Along stony lanes dodging bushes and thorny branches going up and down and up and down somewhere out in the wild far from home in the early darkness of every morning of each day to answer the Nature’s call is obviously a tedious job.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stresses rapid, inclusive growth at National Development Council meeting
With the correct set of policies and dedicated effort by both the Central and State governments, India will not only be able to maintain the momentum of high growth into the near future but may be able to raise it to 10% per annum.

A consortium of media and civil society protects child rights
India's most populous state Uttar Pradesh (UP) is home to 183 million people. Nearly 82.5 million of these are children below the age of 14...

A Ray of hope
Fifty-Two year old Prem Singh, born into a family of manual scavengers, was condemned to a life of drudgery and indignity for nearly half a century. This manual scavenger had been carrying human excreta from the young age and till few months back.

India-Pakistan Cricketers Immunise Children Against Polio
Little children’s mouths literally fell open when the cricket players from India and Pakistan immunised them on the eve of the next polio immunisation campaign that started in India on November 25.

UN launches International Year of Sanitation
NEW YORK, 21 November 2007 – The United Nations today officially launched the International Year of Sanitation to accelerate progress for 2.6 billion people world wide who are without proper sanitation facilities.

Including the excluded
Migrant brick kiln workers become a part of the rural sanitation movement in West Bengal

Indian cricket team present "Bowl Out Polio" bat to UP Chief Minister
Post-match and victory, Indian cricket team player R.P. Singh was called out to receive a special award from Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Ms. Mayawati in Kanpur.

Thembi Ngubane: a spirited solo crusader against HIV/AIDS
“AIDS is not going to bring me down… There are a lot of things I want to do. I am just going to get on with my life…,” said Thembi Ngubane, a 23 year old HIV/AIDS activist from South Africa.

This couple represents HIV’s positive face in UP
As they smile into the camera they appear like any other normal, middle class couple. But Naresh and Ajita Yadav are special – they are a ‘positive’ couple bound together by HIV virus.

HIV/AIDS peer educators enlist the new President's support for the Unite for Children Unite against AIDS campaign
New Delhi 25 October 2007: It was unusually quiet for a room full of children and young people. Sitting around the conference table, the group of 12 youngsters between the ages of 7 and 22 were clearly nervous.

Commission for Protection of Child Rights
This statutory body at the National and State level has been proposed to be set up under the Commission for Protection of Child Rights Act 2005.

‘Talk AIDS to stop AIDS’ is the new slogan for Uttar Pradesh
While it is true that youth is power and power is youth, one cannot shut one’s eye to the stark reality that this potent section of our society is today also highly vulnerable to HIV\AIDS infection, chiefly through unprotected sex.

The Hesitant Maiden: A Case Study
Bhuvana is a lively girl aged about 18 in the village of Alankuppam. When we conducted the classes for the girls, she watched in rapt attention.

MPs' group tours malnutrition areas in Maharashtra
The citizens' alliance visited Maharashtra in September to assess the malnutrition

Delhi school children speak out against child labour
“This Diwali, I want to help 4 children in child labour instead of burning crackers.” – said Nirdhi, an 11 year old student from The Sri Ram School in Delhi.

Government of India Ban on Domestic Child Labour and Child Labour in the Hospitality Sector: One Year On
On 10 October 2006, the employment of children under 14 as domestic servants and in dhabas, restaurants, hotels, and other hospitality sectors was banned with the coming into force of two notifications to the Child Labour Prohibition (and Regulation) Act

Channeling youth energy to combat malnutrition
UNICEF’s partnership with NYKS is one of the pioneer initiatives to involve educated and unemployed rural youth in social projects. One such programme is the Universal Salt Iodization programme.

Community mobilisers renew their resolve at Bareilly
BAREIILY (Uttar Pradesh): The tedious journey to Bareilly in western Uttar Pradesh is forgotten as warm greetings are exchanged. Formal work protocol is set aside and a riot of colours gives the Invertis campus, the venue, a festive look.

Polio community mobilisers in Ghaziabad feted for top performance
Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh: Friday 27th July was a special day for the 600 Community Mobilization Coordinators (CMCs) of the Ghaziabad sub-region working with the Social Mobilization Network (SMNet) in Uttar Pradesh.

Bihar: Polio eradication in the time of floods
PATNA: After they simmer in the 40-plus heat for two months, when the north Indian plains do get the monsoon showers, it is a time for celebration. The rainy season, however, brings with it an increased risk of poliovirus transmission.

Bihar innovates to immunize children at Shrawani Mela
Every monsoon as the rivers swell with floodwaters, millions of devotees congregate on the banks of the Ganges at Sultanganj, Bihar to celebrate Shrawan, the season of rain.

Positive children in Gujarat fly high
Gandhinagar, Gujarat, 5 August: The sky was literally the limit for some HIV positive children from Gujarat, who indulged in dare-devil acts even normal children would think twice about, like para sailing.

Batting and Battling HIV/AIDS
The bat was small and ball was too big, but there was no holding back little Madhu (name changed) as she batted Malcolm Speed’s slow ball straight for a sixer!. 9-year-old Madhu was part of a small group of HIV positive children who met Malcolm Speed.

Far from cyber cafes and shopping malls, UNICEF summer interns get a taste of the other India
6 August, 2007, New Delhi: Fifty-eight student interns were just back from a busy summer, which they spent documenting, filming and analysing UNICEF’s interventions in the field.

Innovations in the school enrollment drive gain momentum across Maharashtra
At the onset of new academic year, Mr. Vasant Purke, Maharashtra State Minister for Education, has evolved a novel idea in Yavatmal district to urge parents to send their children to school.

India’s football stars call for end of stigma against children affected by HIV/AIDS
Kolkata, June 27, 2007 – India’s top football clubs, Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting -- played exhibition matches across the eastern state of West Bengal to mark the Global AIDS Action Week.

Breast-feeding can save 70,000 Children annually in Uttar Pradesh
Lucknow, August 2: Ignorance is not always bliss. Certainly not when it can act as a deterrent in saving thousand of young, innocent lives and also pose as speed-breaker in the carving out of a better and more peaceful society.

World Breastfeeding Week celebrated across Tamil Nadu
Chennai, August 1 – 3, 2007: Breastfeeding week is celebrated around the globe between August 1st and 7th and this year, hospitals in Tamil Nadu strove to promote early initiation of breastfeeding...

Statewide campaign in Gujarat to promote breastfeeding
Gandhinagar, 7 August 2007: Although Gujarat is considered to be one of the most developed states in India, ironically, almost every second child under three years of age in the state is undernourished.

Religious leaders to educate about breastfeeding in villages
Lucknow, August 6: Studies have revealed that mother's first milk is one of the biggest life savers for the newborn. But in Uttar Pradesh, only 7.2 per cent of newborns are given this life saving drink in the first hour.

Nature’s way, we should obey
A group of caregivers and community volunteers from Nandurbar watched with sheer astonishment a newborn suckle its mother’s breast on its own.

Elected representatives of Valsad pledge their support for child survival and development
Gujarat, 27 July 2007: "For the first time, I learnt in detail about various issues concerning child survival and development. I shall now take up the challenge to make my village a child-friendly village", said Yatinbhai Bhandari.

Prime Minister to discuss malnutrition at the Chief Ministers' meet
1 August 2007, New Delhi: Malnutrition will be on the top of the agenda when the Chief Ministers of the country meet here for the National Development Council (NDC), said the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

World Breastfeeding Week 2007 (1-7 August )
In India, the World Breastfeeding Week from 1-7 August 2007 is finding new ways to accelerate reductions in neonatal and infant mortality, by popularizing the concept of promoting early initiation of breastfeeding- using the global theme ...

Launch of policy framework for a comprehensive response to children
Dreams of children caught on tape from across the globe set the stage for the launch of the first ever Comprehensive Policy Framework for Children and AIDS in New Delhi on 31st July 2007.

Signing of Memorandum of Understanding between UNICEF & NCC
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the National Cadet Corps and the UNICEF on 21 July 2007. The function was presided over by the Defence Minister, Mr A. K. Anthony .

Protecting innocent children against deadly Japanese encephalitis disease in Assam
Majuli, the cultural nerve center of Assam, is a Sub division in the Jorhat district of the State. This is also the largest riverine island in the famous Brahmaputra River in Jorhat where the whole administration of the sub division is located.

India gears up to achieve sanitation for all
In a bid to accelerate the process of providing “Sanitation for All”, one year ahead of the International Year of Sanitation in 2008, the Indian Government has made an ambitious pledge to cover all anganwadis and schools on a priority basis.

Advocacy through safe motherhood adalats in Orissa
Snehalata got to her feet but she was fumbling for words. Never before, she had found herself in an auditorium, amidst a thousand vociferous women and men. She probably never had held a mike either.

"Shubhram Awards" for total sanitation launched in Andhra Pradesh
Hyderabad – July 10th, 2007: Supplementing the Nirmal Gram Puruskar (NGP) from the President of India, the Andhra Pradesh government has decided to add to the momentum towards total sanitation in the state.

World’s biggest vaccination drive against JE yields 97 per cent results in UP
LUCKNOW: The world’s biggest vaccination drive against Japanese Encephalitis, initiated in Uttar Pradesh on 27 May 2007, was successfully wrapped up in 18 days.

Tackling the challenges to India’s demographic dividend
The dichotomy is tantalizing. While on the one hand, India’s population growth confronts development professionals with grim challenges, it also opens some windows of opportunity because children and youth account for a large share of this growth.

Detecting the high-risk mother
Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh: In Madhya Pradesh, the number of mothers who had at least 3 antenatal care visits prior to their delivery has increased from 27.1 percent in 1998-99 to 40.2 percent in 2005-06

Maternal death reviews spur communities to action in Purulia
Purulia, West Bengal: A visit to Badakhula village in Purulia district can be an eye-opener. Badakhula has no electricity, no land or cellphones - one among the several ‘no connectivity villages’ in a country emerging as a global hub of information tech.

MAPEDIR - Maternal and Perinatal Death Inquiry & Response Generating local evidence for local action
In rural India, even the poorest spend months planning every detail of a family wedding. The birth of a child, in stark contrast, is considered a routine affair, requiring minimal preparation and expenditure.

From Bollywood to rural Chandrapur
Bhatali village in Chandrapur district was agog with excitement on Wednesday 13th June 2007. Over 300 villagers had gathered to welcome a special guest; a “Bollywood” celebrity whom they see on their television screens every day.

Addressing child abuse in Mumbai
Fourteen year old Sneha (name changed) suffered from recurrent dizziness and vomiting. Her mother thought that it could be due to weakness and took her to the nearby Nair Hospital, a public health facility run by Mumbai Municipal Corporation.

In strife-torn Dantewada, displaced children enjoy school
Dornapal, about 115 kms from the district headquaters of Dantewada, lies in the heart of the area affected by the maoist civil strife in Chhattisgarh.

Girl Stars create a stir in rural Rajasthan
Tonk, Rajasthan: The 200-strong crowd gathered under the shade of a large tree in the dusty village of Nayagaon Shrirampuri looks on curiously as the TV screen blinks and comes alive. The story of Anuradha Rathore unfolds before their enthralled eyes.

From School to Community
Charity, they say, begins at home. In the village of Tareipatpur, Orissa, every social change howsoever small, every development plan howsoever daunting, began in the school first.

Youth power backs Lalitpur’s Baby Friendly Health Initiative
Medical practitioners never tire of listing the virtues of exclusive breastfeeding. But fact remains that a considerable percentage of mothers are bound by tradition and do not practice exclusive breastfeeding.

Youth groups facilitate child survival
The frequent home visits by Jamshya, a youth volunteer from Devmogra village in Akkalkuwa block in Nandurbar district, are purposeful. Quite often he makes time from his routine farming work to go see families expecting a child.

Promoting use of iodised salt in Guna
It was in December 2005, that a local NGO organized a workshop for school students to promote the use of iodised salt, with support from UNICEF. Salt monitors had asked the students to get salt samples from their homes for testing.

A whiff of change in Kotpad
Twelve-year old Janani Muduli is a happy girl today. Hailing from Totiaguda village of Kotpad block in Koraput, she was pulled out of school two years ago by her parents because they didn’t think it necessary for girls to get an education.

Eleven Panchayat imperatives for achieving change for children
District Guna, Madhya Pradesh is experiencing positive changes in the lives of children of the district. When one travels to these villages one can easily notice that change.

Empowered animators help bring positive change in Guna
Two years ago, Basanti Pant was just another housewife in Piproda village of the Guna development block, Guna district, Madhya Pradesh. Today she is an ASHA worker (Accredited Social Health Activist) under the National Rural Health Mission.

Fourteen Thousand Peer Educators spread the message of HIV/AIDS prevention in Gujarat
“I had not heard of “HIV/AIDS”, till the time I attended a training programme organized by UNICEF to train Peer Educators”, said Ashok Bhai, one of the 14,000 Peer Educators trained by UNICEF to create awareness among the most vulnerable young people.

Girl Stars Roadshow Diary
In 1999, the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) survey found that 47 percent of all children under age three were underweight – a higher average prevalence than in sub-Saharan Africa.

Pilgrims visit Ghazi Baba’s dargah as their children get polio drops
Ghazi Baba has as many ways of granting wishes as people have of asking. Those who have asked for children have got them; those looking for healing have been healed.

The Girl Stars Road Show
On 9th May 2007, UNICEF India will launch a one of a kind road show to highlight the importance of educating the girl child.

Sanitation drive in full swing in Maharashtra
Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) is a comprehensive programme launched by the Government of India to ensure sanitation facilities in rural areas, with a broader goal to eradicate the practice of open defecation

A tale of two Nirmal Gram panchayats
Fifty-year-old Jagdish Patel, Sarpanch, Bahoripar Panchayat of Jabalpur district Madhya Pradesh is bracing himself for the day when he will shake hands with the President of India.

Primary Education Enhancement Project makes education everyone’s concern
The colourful, well maintained primary school in Masal village is a matter of pride for its students, teachers and the villagers. Indeed, it is their relentless efforts and unwavering interest that has transformed this once neglected school.

Women lead drive for total sanitation in Uttar Pradesh
When Neetu, eldest of six daughters, came to Mirzapur Kalan as a new bride she was greatly impressed by the flush toilet at her husband’s home. At her parents’ house in a nearby village there was no such facility.

A sanitation revolution sweeps across Madhya Pradesh
Jabarha village in Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh is gripped with lliteracy poverty. Yet amidst all the grim socio-economic scenario, aray of hope shines

100 per cent sanitation in Madhya Pradesh village
Tarawata village in Madhya Pradesh's Guna district stands apart from other villages - it's spick and span. This has been made possible through the Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) launched by the administration almost six months back.

Kids cut across caste barriers, set-up their own school
The dusty, steep narrow path leads to a rectangular raised enclosure covered by a thatched roof. The floor is plastered with clay and the walls are built on columns of tree trunks.

Nirmal Gram – The path to Total Sanitation
This is the 60th year of independence for India. It is a time for celebration in 4,429 gram panchayats and eight block panchayats across the country.

Cleanliness drive sweeps Chhattisgarh
For the largely tribal population of Chhattisgarh, where large tracts of land are hilly and forested, facilitating open defecation, a big challenge has been the transition to indoor toilet use.

Raipur villages look forward to a cleaner future
In the frugal dwellings of the Bhilai village, a village attached to Patharmohda Gram Panchayat, Raipur district, some of the people who created history live. They don’t have pucca houses and have no permanent source of income in the off-season.

Where Children Lead the Sanitation Drive
The schools in Markamtola village in Rajnandgaon district of Chattisgarh have a unique feature. In addition to the attendance roster kept by the teachers, they also maintain a sanitation register.

Walk of Shame Triggers Toilet Consciousness
Under the Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC), a comprehensive government programme to ensure sanitation in rural areas launched in November 2005 in five districts of Chhattisgarh.

Living the utopia: Bastar sports a new look
In October last year, the residents of Shankarpur, in Pharasgaon Block, took a strange oath. They solemnly swore by the name of Maa Danteswari, a revered deity in this part of the world, that they would never practice open defecation again.

Ray of hope from Bhind, Madhya Pradesh
An Indian village with all children who have attended primary school, in educationally backward Madhya Pradesh seems unbelievable. Nonetheless, this is really the case in Baghora village in Bhind district.

Tracking newborns for polio immunization
With the strategy now focusing on reaching polio vaccine to the youngest and at the earliest, this critical western Uttar Pradesh district has hit upon a novel idea, to effectively engage trained birth assistants for tracking newborns for immunization.

Moradabad businessman helps polio drive
Moradabad, a town in western Uttar Pradesh known for the polio virus, is witnessing a number of individuals making invaluable contribution to the eradication initiative.

Turning the spotlight on children's issues in Bihar
Little Abhilasha Kumari refused to be overwhelmed by the situation., A class IV student in Patna, she was sharing the podium with eminent personalities like the Speaker of the Bihar Legislative Assembly and the Deputy Chief Minister of the state.

Pledge to eradicate polio
On Sunday April 15, all partners of polio eradication in Bihar took a pledge. In the final push for eradication, they vowed to do their best to ensure a polio free state for the children.

Teenage brides reclaim their childhood, enroll in residential school
Situated in a remote village of Barabanki district of Uttar Pradesh, Balika Vidyalaya, an all-girls school, is a true example of how a rich harvest of enlightenment can be reaped through vision and determination.

Muslim girls strive for education
The sunrays struggle to penetrate the tiny holes of a corrugated tin roof that covers the narrow passages of Kolkata's poorest of slums. In Narkeldanga, thousands of people, mostly Muslims, live under this single roof.

Children take on the role of Torch Bearer of change in Valsad district
“Children fall sick frequently and many do not go to the school. We have formed a group of Child Reporters, who are working with the community as well as the Village Panchayat to ensure that all babies of our village are fully immunized

Mamta Divas – a renewed hope for well-being of children in Gujarat
“It’s a special day today. It’s “Mamta Ujwani Divas”, said Jignishaben Patel one of the several mothers waiting for their turn to have their children weighed and immunized at Chichwada anganwadi (child care centre) of Valsad district in Gujarat.

Investing in health, investing in future
On the one hand, private health care industry in India is booming with prospects of India becoming a destination for medical tourism. And on the other, access to health care remains a distant dream for the poor in rural areas .

Children’s clubs create health awareness in tribal areas
All the girls in Puki village under the Badakarenga Panchayat in Koraput district now attend school. Three primary schools and four education centres under the Education Guarantee Scheme have been opened in last couple of years.

Dealing with malnourishment: MPs willing to learn
On 28th March, the Gwalior district administration officials broke into a sweat that had nothing to do with the scorching heat.

Harbingers of a new Medak - village volunteers meet at Medak
The head quarter of Medak district in Andhra Pradesh - Sangareddy- witnessed a gathering of over 2000 youth on 15 Febrauary 2007. These youth are volunteers of a village level micro planning programme initiated by UNICEF.

Youth unite against HIV/AIDS
Although young people form one of the key age groups prone to higher risk in the spread of HIV/AIDS, they need not be merely at the receiving end always, - this is the view of the youth in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra.

Positively Positive
Raju is a 14 year old HIV +ve child. He is a young priest at a temple at Ujjain who teaches tabla and harmonium to children in his free time.

Nirmal Gram – a way of life in Bhutsar village of Gujarat
“I am very happy that I don’t have to go out into the open for defecation anymore. Even if it is raining, it is not a problem because I have a toilet now in my own house. It’s such a relief!” said Chanchalben.

World water day : challenges ahead
This year's theme of World Water Day - 'Coping with water scarcity' - comes as yet another reminder of the challenges India faces as it aspires to achieve fast track economic growth over the next five years.

Overcoming Water Scarcity
Sixteen year old Kanchan has been spared from the everyday hardship of fetching water – something that her mother and grandmother had faced for years.

Tribal girls as ambassadors of wise water management in Madhya Pradesh
Pinky Bhanwar, Hema Daval and Shobha are members of a water safety and hygiene club formed in the girls’ hostel of Tirla, District Dhar, in the tribal southern part of Madhya Pradesh. Their hostel suffered severe water scarcity.

Overcoming taboos, fostering enterprise
UNICEF conducted the second Workshop on Menstrual Hygiene and Sanitary Napkin Production, in Chennai from February 26 to 28, 2007 in association with the Cheema Foundation.

Meena Scores a Hattrick
To be at the top and then to stay there requires phenomenal doing. And all 12 Meena storybooks and activity-cum-coloring sheets have achieved just that.

Women launch search for UP’s ‘missing girls’ on Women’s Day
It was a little hard to believe that the singing, dancing group of 300 odd women supported by a sprinkling of men volunteers were actually hard-core activists all geared up to bring about gender equality in their state.

Enforcement of Compulsory Registration of Marriages on International Women’s Day in AP
International Women’s day events in the state of Andhra Pradesh had a meaningful culmination this year with the Minister of Panchayati Raj, Mr. J.C. Diwakar Reddy promising to enforce implementation of the Compulsory Registration of Marriages Act.

Celebrating women who succeeded against all odds
Declaring a war for independence from violence and prejudice on behalf of all Indian women, the Minister of State for Women and Child Development Renuka Chowdhury pledged on Friday to make India an Ananya (The Incomparable).

Praying for polio eradication
On a sunny afternoon, the mausoleum of a Sufi saint in this western UP district was packed with devotees.

Uttar Pradesh to create apex social safety net for children
The most populous state of India, Uttar Pradesh, is poised to take the lead in the creation of an apex body for children that will exclusively handle policy interventions and monitor implementation of children related government programmes.

Healing oneself and others
Usha was hardly nine years old when the massive earthquake that claimed over 10,000 lives and shattered many more families, struck her home town in Latur district in Maharashtra in 1993.

Child budgeting in India
Children under the age of 18 constitute 40% of India's population. They represent not just India's future, but are integral to securing India's present. Yet, development indicators continue to show slow progress towards securing their welfare.

The Self Help Groups movement - Women in Local Governance
The Sarpanch (head of village council) of Aarli village stands up to read out a list of nine names who would be allotted free houses under the government scheme.

Economic empowerment of women through SHGs
Life began to change for this 50-plus woman from Nandura Budruk village in Babhulgaon block in Yavatmal district when she, together with nine other women in her village, formed a Self-help-group (SHG).

Public Hearings in Rajasthan
The Public Hearings were conceptualized by UNICEF and are held by the Rajasthan State Commission for Women, an autonomous body set up by the Government of Rajasthan, which has the status of a civil court.

Brick making empowers rural women
With the support of UNICEF some Self-Help Groups (SHGs) have turned the world around for the tribal women of Lataput. All that was required was a bit of guidance and now they are independent with a secure future ahead of them.

It was children's turn on radio in Bhopal
It was second Sunday of December and reins of all the programs broadcast by the All India Radio Bhopal were in hands of children. The occasion was to mark International Children's Broadcasting day.

Pataudi campaigns for polio in Aligarh
“A team cannot win until all players collectively push for victory. The time has come for all of us to redouble efforts to beat polio,” former Indian cricket captain Manur Ali Khan Pataudi told polio workers in Aligarh.

An outstanding soldier in the war against polio
Gangacholi, U.P. For community mobiliser Saroj Verma, her mission in life is to ensure that her village is rid of polio.

Child Sanitation Minister a Role Model in Assam
Sanjeev Deori, a Scheduled Tribe 10 year old boy attending Markang Kuchi Lower Primary School two hours drive from Guwahati, in Assam, was one of only a few students who didn’t raise his hand when asked whether their homes had toilets.

Soha Ali Khan spends a day with polio workers
For polio vaccinators and UNICEF’s community mobilization coordinators (CMC) in Ghaziabad, February 6 was an unforgettable day, when none other than film actor Soha Ali Khan spent a day with them.

Immunisation successes in the North
Immunization strengthened in North East states of India

UNICEF in Assam
Assam, the largest amongst the north-eastern states of India, with a population of 27 million (Census 2001) provides both challenges and opportunities to development planners.

Children Lead the Way Forward for Health and Hygiene in Assam
Kamput district was the first one to receive the benefits of a district-wide School Sanitation and Health (SSHE) initiative that started in 1999 and was co-sponsored by the Government of Assam and UNICEF.

Strengthening immunisation habits in Chakma tribals in Mizoram, on the Indo-Bangladesh border
200 children and infants living in Puankhai village and surrounding hamlets of Tlabung subdivision were vaccinated on 13th and 14th November 2006, for the first time in their life.

Village Planning has lifesaving impact for the Tea Tribes in Assam.
The Chabua Tea Estate is a sprawling bed of green colored only by the bright saris of the tea tribe women who work in the fields of this North Assam district of Dibrugahr.

Teamwork reaches vaccination to the unreached children in Meghalaya
All the children of Dawa Ningzata village of East Garo hills district of Meghalaya were either never vaccinated or in various stages of partial vaccination when Monika Marak, ANM reached there after a hiatus of four years.

High turnout In socio- politically disturbed Manipur in second round of Immunization Week
The strike in Chaurachandpur district did not deter Ibemma of Sekti village from bringing her one-year-old brother Ningchu for vaccination.

The Power of the Immunization Card
Damong was returning with his family from Nepal to East Sikkim district after visiting his parents in that country. Though he had crossed the borders innumerable times in the past 10 years, this time – it was completely different.

UNICEF activities on immunization in North East States
More than 70% children and pregnant women in northeastern states of India have either never been vaccinated with a single vaccine or are in various stages of partial vaccination (Household Survey RCH II 2004).

Miles to walk - smiles to talk: 500 children Immunized for the first time ever in Arunachal Pradesh.
Netea Tsering returned from a three day trek through the mountains. With his ever -ready smile he announced that all the 27 children below five years were reached and vaccinated for the first time ever in a remote hilltop village called Rho.

 

 

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