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Stories From the Field 2008

Julie’s commitment inspires others
It was an extremely hot day in May 2008 and not a soul stirred in the villages of Khagaria district of Bihar but the polio immunization team was busy on their rounds.

UNICEF helps to reunite families
On October 1 2008, 15-year old Bijli Kumari and her 10-year old brother Vikas Kumar were found alone and unaccompanied by workers attached with Sambal programme at Banmankhi Junction of Banmankhi block in Purnia district of Bihar.

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

Giving voice to children
The BR Ambedkar Auditorium in Sanga Reddy, Medak district, is resounding with children’s voices – there are slogans, songs, laughter and discussions.

Informed adolescents prevent exploitation
Seventeen year old Bhargavi will never forget the day she went visiting Rajini’s house and learnt that the girls’ sister, Anamika, had been lured to Pune in search of a job as a domestic.

“May Allah bless us … and may polio be eradicated from the world…”
“May Allah bless us and our children with good health…...and may polio and other dreadful diseases be eradicated from the world. We will pray at Makkah Mukarramah for this”, said Hazrat Syed Shah Shamim Munawi, Sazada-Nashin-Khan-Ka-Munamiya of Patna city

“The floods did not take away my spirit to learn…”
The Life Skills Training programme was initiated by the Bihar Education Project Council (BEPC), Government of Bihar (GoB), in collaboration with UNICEF for adolescent and young girls to be trained on essential life skills.

Clean hands save lives
School children in Orissa joined millions of children in more than 70 countries across the world on October 15 to observe the first-ever Global Handwashing Day using school children as activist advocates to promote handwashing with soap.

Child Cabinets take responsibility for handwashing
From tea gardens to islands to slums to shelter homes, 200,000 children across Assam joined to celebrate the Global Handwashing Day.

Headmasters train to become better Managers
“I’m Anbu, Headmaster of the Mekala Chinampalli School in Krishnagiri District. My hobbies are reading books, listening to music and keeping myself updated with current affairs.”

Rajasthan gearing up for the Global Handwashing Day
At 11 in the morning on 14th October, 2008 the Government Girl’s Senior Secondary School campus in Malviya Nagar Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, is calm and peaceful.

West Bengal, 10 October 2008 : An idea shared - an intervention doubled
Leading from the office of Social Welfare Institute (SWI) an NGO in Raiganj, Uttar Dinajpur in the state of West Bengal, we reach a junction where two paths meet, one marked by banners of UNICEF and the other with CARITAS (International NGO)..

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

A new health brigade, renewed hope
Hemlata Mahato, in her distinctive purple saree of the Accredited Social Health Action (ASHA) worker, is a familiar figure in the far-flung villages of Jhalda II block, Purulia district in West Bengal.

Cultural teams of Red Ribbon Express fan out in Gujarat villages to spread awareness about HIV/AIDS
Similar sentiments were echoed by Sarpanches and other prominent people in different villages as they believed that the time had come to educate people, particularly the youth, about adopting safe sex behaviour.

Red Ribbon Express arrives in Gujarat
Red Ribbon Express (RRE), an exhibition on wheels, arrived in Gujarat and opened its doors to a treasure of information on HIV and AIDS for the people of Gujarat.

Youth volunteers become elected representatives
Gram Panchayat (local governance) functioning in Birvali village, Latur district in Maharashtra state has undergone tremendous change. Today people’s views are taken into consideration and participatory decision making is followed as a principle.

“Ame Bi Paribu” : Positively Deviant
Kuni Murmu’s fourth child weighed a whimpering 1.4 kilograms at birth, more than a kilogram below the lower limit of the norm. None in the family dared to hope the infant girl would survive.

International Year of Sanitation: Ushering in the winds of change in Orissa
The significance of improving people’s access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation cannot be underestimated in a state where unacceptable levels of both infant and maternal mortality have remained a cause of deep concern for policy makers.

Bihar launches massive breastfeeding promotion campaign
A state-wide campaign to promote early initiation and exclusive breastfeeding was launched amidst much fanfare in Patna, the capital of the Bihar state, during the World Breastfeeding Week.

Save a child's life: Promote breastfeeding
It is here that I met Rehana Bibi, mother of three and village brand ambassador for breastfeeding. Rizwan, six months old, is her third son and weighs above normal as compared to other infants his age.

Breastfeeding gives children the best start in life
'Breastfeeding helps save lives of children' stressed UNICEF State Representative for West Bengal Lori Calvo while addressing a group of participants at ‘training of trainers’ on Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices.

A day in the life of a Purulia health worker
Dipali Mahato’s working day begins at sun-up. Rushing through her domestic chores, she leaves for her daily rounds as an ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist) worker, proudly carrying her IMNCI kit in her shoulder bag.

Empowering field functionaries to save lives
Integrated Management of Neonatal and Childhood Illness (IMNCI) is a comprehensive strategy which is empowering field functionaries to save lives of young infants and under five children.

UNICEF dedicates new born care equipment to Warangal district to help in neonatal survival
The Government Maternity Hospital in Hanumakonda, Warangal handles up to 15 deliveries every day — that’s about 450 per month or over 5000 per year.

Bihar launches new diarrhoea medicine to curb child deaths
Bihar has become one of India’s pioneering states to launch the use of Zinc along with Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) for the management of diarrhoea, which is the leading cause of death among infants.

Sustainable Sanitation
Pardi Village, Yavatmal, Maharashtra: A neatly framed citation hanging on Gram Panchayat walls in Pardi village announces village receiving ‘Nirmal Gram Puraskar’ on attaining full sanitation coverage in households, schools and Aanganwadi centers

Girls Show the Way
If you look for apparent signs of development in Tipeshwar village you are likely to be disappointed

Clean India Photo Contest 2008 winners announced
Chronicling the sanitation saga through the camera, photojournalists from across the country have put the spotlight of attention on various aspects of cleanliness, water waste management and environment

Rural water quality laboratories making a difference in West Bengal
More than access to water, water quality is a challenge in the state of West Bengal. Eight out of nineteen districts of the state have excess arsenic in ground water putting the health of 3.3 million people at risk.

Social support alleviates HIV stigma
“I have appeared for Class X examination and am eagerly waiting for the results. I want to study further and fulfill my promise to my mother. She wanted to see me educated and standing on my own feet,” asserts Aamrapali in an unwavering tone.

Meena Manches to be scaled up across Gujarat
“I am happy to be a member of the Meena Manch as I am able to help children to come back to the school”, says Sajida, a little girl studying in Class V in a remotely located Gundlav Primary School of Valsad district.

Deepashikha programme attempts to break the cycle of oppression
Mukta has survived a double blow of child marriage and desertion at such a tender age. Living at present with her parents, Mukta is perhaps the living testimony of a disturbing reality that prevails in many rural areas of India. Two out of every ten girls

Red Ribbon Express educates on HIV and AIDS in Assam
When Champa, a village volunteer from Dibrugarh, reached the Tinsukia railway station, she boarded a train but did not expect to travel. This was no ordinary train but the Red Ribbon Express

Moradabad celebrates win against Polio with Hockey
It was not only time for celebration but also time for re-dedication to the cause of polio eradication as former hockey Olympians Zafar Iqbal and Dhanraj Pillai, among others, signed a pledge for polio eradication

Kyunki…Jeena Issi ka Naam Hai launched in New Delhi amid applause and music
UNICEF, India, television, Doordarshan, Kyunki....Jeena Isi ka Naam Hai.

SRUJAN- Integrating folklore into education
Kamlu Chalan, Babuli Bhatra, Soudamini Dhanful and Sudharani Dhanful are just some of the children who wanted to go back to school at Bandaguda village in Kotpad block, after participating in the fair organised to showcase different aspects of education.

 

 

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