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Stories From the Field 2007

Legislators commit to form a forum for children in Karnataka
December 14th was a unique day for Karnataka legislators. Free from the worry of active politics due to dissolution of assembly, the elected people’s representatives listened to the demands of children and then responded with an open mind...

‘Apolitical’ pact for children in 2008 advocated for Karnataka
While legislators asked more child-related questions in the Assembly and the Council during 2007 than in the previous years, the responses from the Government to these questions left much to be desired. There was a lack of focus, care and commitment...

…and he kept his promise
UNICEF has launched Urban Sanitation interventions under USHA (Urban Sanitation & Hygiene Action) Project with the aim to bring hygiene and sanitation in urban poor areas.

A Special experience for children of Dornapal transit camp
The Born Free team, comprising teenagers who have themselves faced a tough childhood, introduced these children to sculpture, photography, music and dance.

Inspired Leadership Transforms a Village Environment
The story of Sriprakash Singh and Jalilpur village in India’s Uttar Pradesh state is an example of how committed and inspired leadership combined with a pro-active local government can work wonders...

BMC Kusum on motorcycle gets results, and fast
There were 126 families who refused and resisted (sometimes tacitly) to immunize their children in the past. Now there are only three “resistant” families. “Soon we will convert them too,” said Dr Pahal Singh, the MOIC.

Polio programme visibility soars with Farooque Shaikh’s visit
Compared with 548 cases in 2006, Uttar Pradesh has 297 polio cases so far this year. Out of these, 277 are caused by the type 3 virus and the remaining by the type 1 virus. The success in controlling the P1 virus has been hailed as a major programme break

Give life to the yet to be born child: Prevent mother to child transmission of HIV
“What? Can an unborn child contract HIV?” exclaims the 20 year old village girl with disbelief and fear.. She is shaken to the core when she comes to know that her child is HIV positive.

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

Bravery Awards and Young Congress
13 year old Congress Kanwar, the poster girl of UNICEF in Rajasthan is one of the 22 children selected (four of them posthumously) for the Indian National Bravery Awards to be presented on 26th January 2008.

UNICEF Awards on HIV/AIDS Journalism
On 1st December, Worlds AIDS Day 2007, the Karnataka State AIDS Prevention Society in Bangalore, organised a special programme where perhaps for the first time in India, two local language (Kannada) writers were presented special awards.

Training local language Journalists
One of the factors that led to this change is the conscious effort by CDL in a UNICEF supported project titled ‘HIV/AIDS Journalism’.

Red Ribbon Express flagged off
1 December 2007, New Delhi: World AIDS Day acquired a special significance for India as the Red Ribbon Express (RRE) rolled out the railway tracks on a year-long journey across the country on Saturday.

Inspiring initiatives by Meena Manch
The Manch is a forum of school girls, inspired by the animation series “Meena”, produced by UNICEF to promote the value and rights of the girl child.

Red Ribbon Express: HIV/AIDS awareness on wheels
India is all set to launch its biggest campaign involving children and youth in spreading awareness about HIV/AIDS when Red Ribbon Express chugs out of New Delhi on December 1.

AIDS Related Stigma: An Account
I recently accompanied my mother to the hills where she was working on a project on HIV- AIDS.

Statement by Dr. Murzi, Representative, a.i, UNICEF at the release of the Red Ribbon Express
Madam Sonia Gandhi has executed an act of enormous significance as she has just flagged off a train to freedom – freedom from AIDS and the stigma associated with it.

Red Ribbon Express: HIV/AIDS awareness on wheels
India is all set to launch its biggest campaign involving children and youth in spreading awareness about HIV/AIDS when Red Ribbon Express chugs out of New Delhi on December 1.

Maharashtra adopts child-centered learning
Take a peep into Class I in Kavha village school in Latur district and you see children, sitting in groups, engrossed in looking at picture cards in their hands and sharing with each other what they see in those cards.

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.

2nd Anniversary of the Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS Campaign - Thematic Coverage
2nd Anniversary of the Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS Campaign - Thematic Coverage

Mobile school for migrant children
The children of Bidokhar village, 13 kms south of Bharua Sumerpur block of Hamipur district in Uttar Pradesh, call it Apna Skool.

Quality Education Package for primary schools
Education quality has received a great deal of attention in recent years. There is agreement that quality needs to be improved.

Linking with Positive Network Groups
Raja, aged 35, belong to old kariyapatti village, Budalur block. He planned to go abroad for work & got the visa as well. While he was under going regular medical check-up, he was found to be HIV positive.

Safe Sex Behavior
I am living with my parents in a small village. I became close to a man who worked near our garden, we fell in love and became intimate physically.

Promise
My usual character is to tease others and fight with other people without any reason. This brought me happiness. After some months, I realized because of the way I tease people, no one respected me.

Importance of a Girl Peer Educator
When she attended the community training on HIV/AIDS, sex and sexuality, we found her to be a very bright student. So, we selected her as a Peer Educator. Our choice proved to be good.

“Transformation” - The Story of Tamil Elakkiya

A Special Policy on Universal Access for Children affected by HIV and AIDS
“I want to become a doctor despite all discrimination and problems I face today”..”I want to be a soldier and serve the country”..”I want to invent medicine which can kill HIV and make this world free of this disease” These are the dreams of some of the H

2nd anniversary of the Unite for Children Unite against AIDS Campaign
UNICEF is celebrating the second anniversary of the Unite for Children Unite against AIDS campaign on 25 October 2007.

Innocence squandered in garbage
Ahead of the festival season, India’s most planned city is preparing to celebrate.But in its largest slum,Muskan,12, and her gang of reed-thin children are bracing for the worst period of the year when the city will litter more mindlessly than it normally

BASIC: Child Labour Tracking System
The above is an example of child-centred information that can be generated through the NCLP child labour tracking system developed by UNICEF.

UNICEF- IKEA partnership: restoring lost childhoods in Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh
December 14th was a unique day for Karnataka legislators. Free from the worry of active politics due to dissolution of assembly, the elected people’s representatives listened to the demands of children and then responded with an open mind...

Malnutrition Treatment Centers – a boon for undernourished children
Bharat’s mother cuddling his frail body in her arms traveled from far flung Luni block in Jodhpur district to the District Hospital, referred by an Anganwadi worker.One look at the child and the doctor said “Take him straight to the Malnutrition Treatment

Amma at 73 is on Mission Eradication
At her age most people would be content to spend their time on the charpai (cot), not on their feet. But not 73-year-old Naseeran. What happened years ago still haunts her, and she has made it her mission that no mother should repeat her mistake.

The women salt traders of Koraput
Padampur, Koraput, Orissa: Dana Ambapadia was a salt trader. She and her fellow Self Help Group members traded iodized salt deep in the villages of the remote tribal district of Koraput.

Overcoming Under Nutrition
Everybody from Salgara Primary Health Center in Osmanabad district knows the story of Karan, a beaming two year old in the village. They have not only witnessed his growth from being severely underweight at birth to a healthy child by now.

Endeavor for Enhancing Survival of the Little Ones
It’s heartening to see Kamlabai walking along the dusty tracks of her home to the Anganwadi Centre (AWC) where Suresh is to be given his 4th dose of Vitamin A.

Nutritious feeding programme gives hope to tribal mothers in Orissa
Koraput, Orissa: "Amar pila amar dhan, aame amar pilake nekhaiki mari ne deun, aame raan neichu amar pilake aame banchabu. " (Our children are our wealth, we won't let our children die of malnutrition, we have taken an oath to save our children).

Developing a tracking system to follow up children in the National Child Labour Projects Scheme (NCLP)
According to the 2001 National Census, in India more than 12 million children in the age group 5-14 are still engaged in exploitative occupations that are detrimental to their rights and to the full development of their potentials.

Crossing communication hurdles, story of UP village
“I will kill my son if you give him polio drops”, a man threatened, holding a sharp knife close his three-year old’s throat, terrifying the polio vaccinator who stood at his doorstep.

Grassroot reporting by grassroot children
Eighteen-year-old Kamod Singh Ahirwar of Chechli village in Sohapur tehsil of Hoshangabad district candidly narrates all the problems of his village. From lackadaisical teaching staff to poor electricity supply to sanitation.

 

 

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