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HIV/AIDS in India
The first case of HIV/AIDS was reported in Tamil Nadu, India in 1986. Since then the virus has spread from the high risk groups to the general population very fast. Today, there are 5.7 million people living with HIV/AIDS in India.

Programming Inclusion: Taking Vitamin A to the Excluded Children of Bihar
The catch-up round was organised by State Health Society with support from UNICEF to take Vitamin A to more than 10 million children of Bihar between 9 months and three years old.

Mass Rally marks World AIDS Day in Kolkata
To commemorate the World AIDS Day, December 1, 2006, the Department of Sports and Youth Services, Government of West Bengal, and UNICEF today organised a Mass Rally in Kolkata and series of exhibition football matches across the state.

School Teachers awarded for imparting knowledge on HIV/AIDS amongst students
25 school teachers from 10 states of India awarded for their efforts for implementing Adolescence Education Programme (AEP) and imparting knowledge on HIV/AIDS amongst young school students.

Exhibition on Child Rights inaugurated
To commemorate Universal Children’s Day, an exhibition titled – ‘Deep Focus’ -- based on child rights was inaugurated at the Victoria Memorial Hall, in Kolkata.

Positive Speaking
Bharati is on her regular mission. Associated with NTP+ (Network in Thane by People Living with HIV and AIDS) she strives to give voice and courage to HIV infected people.

Democratisation of Water in Tamil Nadu
"The engineer from Tami Nadu Water and Drainage department (TWAD) is the most popular man in village today after P Kakkan!"

Rural upliftment through total sanitation
Vishnu Gyanu Kshirsagar is a latter-day Sant Gadge Baba who goes around sweeping his village and cleaning drains. His mission after retiring as a police constable is to emulate the late Maharashtrian.

International Learning Exchange of water and sanitation experiences
India has a wealth of experience in water and sanitation (WAS) given over two decades of intervention by the Union Government, UNICEF and other agencies. It also has a legacy of traditional water and sanitation systems.

School Kids Educate Experts In Water Management In Madhya Pradesh
"We save 250,000 litres of rain water and another 105,000 litres by reusing grey water from bathrooms and kitchens every year," says Ansuya, a class IX student at the girls' residential school (Ashram) in Jhabua. "

Low-cost toilets help Bengal target total sanitation
It is something most Indians do without thinking. But in rural West Bengal, open defecation is fast becoming a rare sight. The common early morning sight of bare bottoms has disappeared completely in East Medinipur.

ILEX 1 – cross-border lessons on water and sanitation
The first International Learning Exchange in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (ILEX) organized by UNICEF concluded in New Delhi on 23 November, 2006.

“Be Bold! Get yourself tested for HIV.” UNICEF Hyderabad Staff responds to AP govt. call and sets an example.
"Practice before you preach”, so goes an old saying. When it comes to HIV & AIDS, it’s easy to tell others what to do, but not as easy to put in action the same for oneself.

Making Difference for Communities in Madhya Pradesh
Rajkumari is seventeen years old and belongs to Khuladi village of district Shivpuri of Madhya Pradesh, the central Indian state. She had completed her studies till class eight and wanted to study more but could not.

Gram Shakti projects lends new identity to Thatha village
The Gram Shakti project has imparted a new identity to village Thatha of Panchayat Samiti Bassi, Tonk, Rajasthan. The project coordinated by UNICEF, Jaipur has enthused a renewed will and fortitude in the local villagers.

Village Planning Process dilutes village boundaries
Come rains and Mhasawad village in Nandurbar district gets cut-off from the rest of the world. Life comes to a standstill and people barely manage to survive with limited means, even as health hazards loom large.

Statewide Media Campaign on HIV/AIDS launched by Gujarat Health Minister, Ashok Bhatt
Young people are the assets of our nation and we must protect them from HIV/AIDS, said Mr. Ashok Bhatt, Health Minister of Gujarat, while launching a UNICEF-supported Statewide Media Campaign to create awareness about prevention of HIV/AIDS.

Learning at one’s own pace
They are all kids of different ages. They attend school but the teacher doesn’t impose restrictions. There’s a blackboard but it’s all over the lower wall. They learn alphabets, social studies and math but the teacher hardly teaches them.

Making children the change agents
Singing of children resound the air as we approach to the Uddaramanahalli village government school in Sira Taluq of Tumkur district in Karnataka. A three-day children’s camp on personal and community hygiene has just begun under the guidance of UNICEF.

Bihar children take to streets against child labour
The children of Bihar took the centre stage of an awareness campaign against child labour.

A billion people in South Asia still lack basic sanitation
The 2nd South Asian Conference on Sanitation was held on 20-21 September, 2006, in Pakistan.

Salt traders team up to fight IDD in Uttar Pradesh
A mapping of salt wholesalers was done in the state of Uttar Pradesh in 2002, probably the first such study done in the world.

Progress towards the Millennium Development Goals in India
Progress towards the Millennium Development Goals in India

Supplementary feeding - a lifeline for undernourished children in Madhya Pradesh
It was a busy Monday morning for mothers of toddlers at Mahugarha village, in Guna district, M.P. Women with young children aged up to 5 years gathered at the village anganwadi centre where the little ones were getting weighed.

Integrated Child Protection Scheme to anchor Child Protection Programmes In The 11th Five Year Plan
The time is opportune for putting forth new ideas as the Government of India formulates the 11th Five Year Plan.

First ever workshop in India to set performance standards for teachers
What comes first – student retention and learning achievement OR good quality education and teacher accountability? Many experts feel that this “chicken and egg syndrome” needs to be tackled from both the ends.

Promoting Activity-based Learning in Tamil Nadu: Teachers as Catalysts of Change
When the Corporation of Chennai adopted Activity Based Learning (ABL) on a trial basis in 13 government schools in the city in 2003, it was in effect transforming the way children till then had been taught.

International Learning Exchange in Water and Sanitation sector in India during 12-24th November, 2006
India offers vast learning opportunities in water & sanitation sector sector covering a range of issues. India is implementing one of the largest national water supply and sanitation programmes in the developing countries.

Managing For Results In The 11th Five Year Plan
As the Government of India prepares the 11th Five Year Plan, it is crucial that UNICEF works with its partners at the national and state levels to ensure that children’s rights are adequately reflected – and resourced – in the Plan.

11th Plan Consultation – Andhra Pradesh
As India develops its first five-year development plan of the 21st century, its position as one of the ten fastest growing economies in the world undoubtedly puts it in an advantageous situation vis-à-vis previous plans.

Know AIDS for No AIDS
Mahilashram High School is one of the 20223 schools in Maharashtra where School Adolescent Life Skills Education Programme (SALSEP) is being introduced for 9th and 11th class boys and girls since 2005.

Assessing Child Domestic Labour in India
Child domestic labour (CDL) is culturally accepted and widely prevalent in India. The classification of CDL applies to children who are engaged to perform domestic tasks in the home of a third party or employer and not their family.

Harnessing the Primary Education challenge in Uttar Pradesh
Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh (UP), the most populous state of India, has made impressive gains in primary education in the last half decade. The Annual Status of Education Report reveals 57 per cent literacy rate and 34 million school-going children...

100,000 youth targeted in HIV- AIDS outreach programme in Karnataka
Fifty percent of all new HIV infections in India are among young people between 15-24 years - making the fight to protect India’s future – the youth – all the more urgent.

Unite for children, Unite against AIDS – Harnessing the power of youth!
Unite for Children, Unite Against AIDS’ strives to raise consciousness about AIDS among youth. With focus on Tamil Nadu, this campaign paves way for a better and safer tomorrow.

Quality education inputs help improve school attendance in tribal Madhya Pradesh
Parsing Dawar muses philosophically, “I used to be worried about the schooling of my children - two boys and two girls. I thought, if I stopped drinking, I could save Rs.500 a month … my son is now in 12th Class” he says with a smile.

Empowering teachers and children through life skills training
Inquisitive gestures, eyes wide open unblinking. Curiosity is writ large on the face of children of Class III in a far flung primary school located in Patanka village of Gujarat bordering Pakistan.

State-wide school enrollment drive launched in Gujarat
On 17th June, all the roads led to Dabkhal, a remote village located 400 kms away from the state capital, in the tribal hinterland of Kaprada taluka of Gujarat.

Village panchayat brings a forsaken school back to life
Therku Poigainallur, Nagapattinam: A chance encounter with a carpenter led to the discovery of a remarkable community in the village of Therku Poigainallur, about 10 kilometres from Nagapattinam town.

Farooque Shaikh enrolls out-of-school children in Jharkhand
A school enrolment drive of massive proportions: “School Chalein Hum – Abhiyan 2006” (Let’s go to School Campaign 2006) was launched by the Government of Jharkhand to get all out-of-school children into school.

Interns prepare to fan out in Madhya Pradesh
Fourteen interns arrived in Madhya Pradesh Tuesday 20th to conduct case studies in four areas.

Bangalore observes World Day Against Child Labour
Bangalore, June 12 – To commemorate the World Day Against Child Labour, rallies, exhibitions and public meetings were held in this capital city of the southern Indian state of Karnataka.

IKEA UNICEF launch initiative against child labour in Andhra Pradesh
Children employed in the cotton plantation industry in Andhra Pradesh have a reason to smile with corporate giant IKEA joining hands with UNICEF to prevent child labour in the south-eastern Indian state.

Five days of "Joy N Joy"
The first day belonged to apples, grapes and bananas. The 53 participants divided themselves in to three groups named after the three fruits.

The CAHA Charter
The 53 children attending the national consultation of children affected by HIV/AIDS made 14 specific suggestions to be incorporated in the national AIDS control Programme ( NACP III).

First Ever National Statement by Affected Children in India
“We are not an add-on to adults. Our problems deserve as much attention as those of the adults”, children whose lives have been impacted by HIV/AIDS one way or another said here in their first ever national statement.

UNDP - UNICEF join hands to promote water prudent society
“I make a plea to everyone present here to come together and speak in one voice to ensure a secure water future for our children…..”

For UNICEF staffer polio round turns into mission to stop child marriages
21st May 2006, National Immunization Day: The hot sultry Sunday afternoon in Bijapur, Karnataka, saw UNICEF Assistant Programme Communication Officer Sunil Verma getting ready to review health department arrangements for a major immunization effort.

State Coalition for Sustained Adequate Iodine Intake launched in Andhra Pradesh
Hyderabad 29 May 2006: At a ceremony organized by the Department of Civil Supplies and Health & Family Welfare in collaboration with UNICEF, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Dr. Y S Raja Sekhara Reddy launched the State Coalition for iodine intake.

National registration conference marks progress
The Chief Registrars of Births and Deaths from the States and Union Territories of India met in New Delhi for a two day Annual National Conference to discuss and review the status of registration in the country.

Why is birth registration important?
Birth registration is a permanent and official record of a child’s existence. The child who is not registered at birth is in danger of being denied the right to an official identity, a recognised name and a nationality.

Making every child count in the City of Joy
For 13 year old Malati Das life was an unending struggle. Picked up by child traffickers from her native village in South 24 Parganas, young Malati was sold to a brothel in the red light district of Sonagachi in Kolkata.

Gujarat leads the way in birth registration
Mohan Bhai and Parvatiben of Nali Madani village in Valsad proudly show the birth certificate of their child, Kushali, which was issued by the Government of Gujarat within 15 days of birth.

Birth Registration - the picture in India
The history of civil registration in India is more than hundred years old.

National Consultation of Affected Children
New Delhi May 18, 2006: A four day national consultation of children affected by HIV/AIDS will begin on 24th May at the Heritage Village, in Manesar on the outskirts of Delhi.

Global AIDS Week of Action 20-26 May 2006
The Global AIDS Action Week will be observed from 20 - 26 May, 2006 all around the globe.

Teachers' Awards for HIV education in Maharashtra
Till 29th April 2006, Mangal Lakhapati was only one amongst 2,324 teachers in the state nominated for an award for effectively conducting the School Adolescent Life Skills Education Programme.

NCC-UNICEF jointly ride AIDS awareness trail
Lucknow: “Mission accomplished!” they shouted in gleeful unison. Of course it was no war cry but shouts of triumph at having succeeded in their endeavour of doing their bit in the fight against AIDS.

Sharmila Tagore campaigns for PPTCT
India’s well known actress Sharmila Tagore and UNICEF goodwill ambassador for children affected by HIV/AIDS – has been featured in a new mass media campaign developed by UNICEF together with NACO for prevention of parent to child transmission.

Women’s role in water and sanitation
Women’s Political Empowerment Day was celebrated in a function jointly organised by UNICEF and the Institute of Social Sciences (ISS) in Delhi on 24th April 2006.

Link volunteers: ensuring success in community sanitation
Nagapattinam was the hardest hit district in Tamil Nadu during the December 2004 tsunami. The days following the disaster increased the community’s risk to infectious diseases. Inadequate sanitation facilities in their tin tenements added to the problem.

Bio-intensive gardening makes school fun in Karnataka
Siddappa, a pump operator with the water works department in Gundahalli village, Gulbarga, Karnataka has a vegetable garden right under the water tank he operates.

Positive Deviance - reaching out to undernourished children
It seemed as though the Community Child Development Centre (anganwadi centre) at Bharu Ramkrishnapur, a sleepy village in South 24 Parganas District of West Bengal was hosting a ‘picnic’

Under-nutrition - a challenge for India
Preventing under-nutrition has emerged as one of the most critical challenges to India’s development planners in recent times.

Global Campaign for Education – more teachers needed
To build on previous successes, the Global EFA Week 2006 is being celebrated from 24 to 30 April 2006 – the focus this year is 'Every Child Needs a Teacher’.

Creative workshop for HIV +s
The creative retreat supported by UNICEF was held at Sanskriti Centre of Artists and Writers in the outskirts of Delhi. HIV positive people from Uttaranchal, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamilnadu, Bihar and Delhi participated in the retreat.

Jharkhand ready to roll out Enrolment Drive
The state of Jharkhand has reduced the number of out-of-school children from 1.3 million in 2000 to .38 million in 2006.

Activity based learning- A radical change in Primary Education
The UNICEF-supported ABL venture, first undertaken by the Chennai Corporation in 13 schools on a trial basis in 2003, has been adopted by all the 270 primary schools in the district, transforming the way thousands of children are taught everyday.

Village Action Plan demands teacher in primary school
During the Village Planning Exercise in November 2005 in Sunaura Village in the Lalitpur district of the state of Uttar Pradesh, one of the major issues that surfaced was the poor quality of education being imparted in the primary school.

Sishu Mitra Project helps build awareness against child marriages in Murshidabad
Life was going smoothly for thirteen year old Sundari till the day her parents suddenly decided to get her married. Thanks to the efforts of the field mobilisers from the ‘Shishu Mitra’ Project Sundari can still go to school, and play with her friends.

“Are the HIV/AIDS affected children missing us?” asks Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid and Suresh Raina of the Indian Cricket team took time off the field to meet with and appeal to the young people of India to join the campaign on children with HIV/AIDS.



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