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News Updates 2008

Early HIV testing and treatment can save newborn lives, new U.N. report released on World AIDS Day states
Early diagnosis and treatment can significantly improve the prospects for survival of newborn babies exposed to HIV, according to a report released today by four United Nations agencies.

A year of tragedies and triumphs for South Asia’s children
For many of South Asia’s children, 2008 will go down as a year of triumphs and tragedies – a year in which children continued to be recruited in conflicts, yet a year when conflicts were briefly halted for the sake of children’s health

Global Measles deaths drop by 74 percent
Measles deaths worldwide fell by 74 percent between 2000 and 2007, from an estimated 750,000 to 197,000.

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

Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction conference held at Kolkata
A three-day conference on Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction (CBDRR) organized by UNICEF in partnership with the Government of West Bengal, Sphere, India, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and RedR India was held in Kolkata from 26-28 Nov08

International Development Agencies 'Unite for Nutrition' call for continued commitment and leadership
On the eve of Universal Children's Day, International agencies and donors made a joint commitment to support the Government of India to improve maternal and child nutrition in India.

On Universal Children’s Day, UNICEF welcomes new initiative to aid children affected by conflict
As the world commemorates Universal Children’s Day, UNICEF today welcomes the launch of a new group that aims to amplify the voice of those suffering as a result of conflict.

DHL partners with UNICEF to empower communities to improve child survival in Maharashtra
DHL, the world’s leading express and logistics company, today announced its partnership with UNICEF and the Government of India in support of efforts to reduce malnutrition and infant mortality in the Nandurbar District of Maharashtra, India.

5.4 million Children participate in the Hand Washing Campaign in Andhra Pradesh
5.4 million school going children in 78,000 government run rural and urban schools, spread across the state of Andhra Pradesh in India participated in the National Campaign for Sanitation and Hygiene promotion on 15th October, the Global Handwashing Day.

The Chalta Firta School has a visitor
Mrs. Ban Soon-taek wife of UN Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon, while accompanying her husband on a trip to India on 30 October 2008, visited the UNICEF-supported Chalta Firta School (mobile school)

Global Hand Washing Day celebrated across India
There was energy and buzz across all the states as 100 million children in a hundred thousand schools and 250 thousand Gram Panchayats village associations in India prepared for the first-ever Global Handwashing Day.

UN partnership with Andhra Legislative Assembly triggers quick action
The support of political leadership to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is a must, but how to make it happen is a question high on everyone's agenda. Andhra Pradesh (AP) – a state in southern India - is showing the way.

Monsoonal Floods in India: A Situation Update
The major humanitarian crisis in Bihar continues with poor environmental conditions in flood affected areas now posing a serious risk of disease outbreaks.

Monsoonal Floods in India: A Situation Update
According to government estimates, nearly 20 million people nationwide have been affected by floods this year and more than 1 million houses have been damaged.

UNICEF India chief reaffirms commitment towards Bihar's children
"We were in Bihar yesterday, we are there today and will be there tomorrow" Ms. Karin Hulshof added, emphasizing UNICEF's continued and long term support to the children and women of Bihar.

Government of Japan pledges Rs 8.3 crores for polio eradication in India
The Government of Japan today pledged 8.3 crore rupees (209 million yen) for the eradication of poliomyelitis in India.

Supporting mothers to breastfeed will improve children’s chances of survival, says UNICEF
On the occasion of World Breastfeeding Week (1 to 7 August), UNICEF, along with the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) and WHO, is recommending the provision of increased professional and informal support for breastfeeding mothers.

Sermons and polio with Qazi Saheb in Bijnor
Early diagnosis and treatment can significantly improve the prospects for survival of newborn babies exposed to HIV, according to a report released today by four United Nations agencies.

Third International Learning Exchange in Water and Sanitation in INDIA – 14 – 24 October 2008
Applications are invited for the Third International Learning Exchange for Water and Sanitation in India to be held from 14th to 24th October 2008

Karnataka Child Rights Observatory Launched
Bangalore, Karnataka: June 30th 2008 saw the start of a new initiative to promote and protect child rights in Karnataka.

New version of DevInfo India released on National Statistics Day
A new version of DevInfo India, version 2.0, was released in New Delhi by the Indian Minister of External Affairs, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee in a function organized by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation on Sunday

UNICEF action in flood affected East and West Midnapore districts of West Bengal
Sumitra studies in Class Four in a government run school at Patashpur. For the last four days she has not gone to school because her school is under water.

Maternal death audit unravels the other side of a deafening silence
One of eight children, Rani’s parents had made her drop out of school to take care of her younger siblings when she was just 13. A year ago, they got her married to a 19-year-old boy who had also not completed school.

Engaging artists of Bhopal on children’s issues
A three-day art camp was organized by Surya Gram Vikas Samiti and Rangayan Art Gallery, with support from UNICEF to engage professional artists from Bhopal on issues of concern to children and women

Young MPs give fervent call to unite against malnutrition
Young parliamentarians, cutting across party lines, and eminent personalities gave an impassioned call for standing-up and uniting against the scourge of malnutrition after a day-long visit to the eastern Indian state of Bihar.

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

MPs stage a Candlelight Vigil to highlight Child Malnutrition in India
Getting more than 100 Members of Parliament to sign a pledge was never going to be an easy task. Staging a candlelight vigil at the high-security India Gate area was also fraught with problems– permissions, security, crowds…etc.

Comprehensive newborn care initiative launched in Bihar
Health Minister Chandra Mohan Rai was also present at the inauguration and lauded the initiative. Reaffirming the commitment of the government towards children, he declared that similar units will be opened in 23 districts of Bihar in the next one year.

Reaching the un-reached in Bihar
Polio Virus Type 1, which is the most deadly strain of the polio virus, is said to be holed up in the Kosi and Kamala riverine areas.

UP Rural Madarsas’ take to Modern Sanitation
The year 2008 has been declared as International Year of Sanitation by the United Nations. This madarsa is one of the 30 rural centers of Islamic religious learning which has been chosen for a pilot project by a local NGO, Human Welfare Association (HWA).

Safe Motherhood Day 2008
It is a little known fact that Mumtaz Mahal, Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan’s favorite queen died due to complications related to repeated childbirth.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown launches Sport for Development (S4D)
It is hard to imagine a more powerful medium than sport, to inspire and bring people together to share common cause.

Citizen’s Alliance Against Malnutrition visit to Orissa
The little child in the arms of Mumbai pediatrician Dr Samir Dalwai lay still. With a fixed glaze he neither laughed nor cried although he was held in a stranger’s arms. His hands and arms were swollen.

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.

Early Marriage: A childhood interrupted
Married at 13, Shanti got pregnant immediately afterwards and lost her underweight, prematurely delivered baby. She is pregnant again. “This time, we hope she pulls it off,” says her mother-in-law.



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