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Mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS prevention program to launch in large hospitals
Flower News, 25 May 2005 – UNICEF, UNFPA and the National AIDS Program will launch a new hospital-based program to prevent the mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS, according to a UNICEF press release.  Ms. Carroll Long, UNICEF Myanmar Representative, said this activity would help make prevention, treatment and care services more readily available to mothers and newborn children.
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Government, NGOs fight to eliminate major diseases
Myanmar Times, 23 May 2005 – The Ministry of Health, in frequent collaboration with NGOs, has implemented a variety of programs to fight malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, three of the most problematic diseases in Myanmar.  The [malaria] program has distributed treated bed-nets and mosquito nets to remote areas of the country in collaboration with WHO and the United Nations Children’s Fund.
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Strategic meeting on Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV/AIDS
Health Digest, 18 May 2005 – Dr Tin Win Maung, Director General, Department of Health Planning and Dr. Anne Vincent of UNICEF Myanmar delivered opening speeches at the strategic meeting on the prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS (PMCT) on May 4th.  Approximately 60 officials from government organizations and NGOs .. . discussed next steps in implementing PMCT projects in Myanmar
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Press sees MOH/UNICEF health care projects in Kawhmu
Health Digest, 11 May 2005 – UNICEF Myanmar recently invited local journalists to visit health care centres in Kawhmu,  one of the two “Area Focused Townships” in Yangon Division  where MOH and UNICEF support public health projects for women and children.
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MOH/UNICEF health projects observed by the media
Health Digest, 11 May 2005 – Jason Rush, Communication Officer of UNICEF Myanmar, highlighted the vital role of the media in effectively disseminating health education to the public. UNICEF supported a media visit to Kawhmu so journalists can see firsthand what UNICEF has been doing for the public in rural areas. 
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Health and child development
Good Health, 04 May 2005 – Good Health journal interviewed Barbara Kolucki and three workshop participants.
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Nationwide survey to help reduce maternal mortality
Myanmar Times, 02 May 2005 – The first nationwide survey on maternal mortality will begin this month. [T]he survey, which was funded by the United Nations Children’s Fund, [will] be conducted among 250,000 households in 120 townships. [T]he National Nutrition Centre of the Ministry of Health [is] also preparing to conduct the first national survey of micronutrients [which is] funded by UNICEF.
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Workshop on Holistic Early Childhood Development and Media
Health Digest, 27 April 2005 – UNICEF, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, recently held a workshop on Holistic Early Childhood Development and Media in Yangon. People from different organizations, including media personnel, participated in this week-long workshop, producing radio spots, TV spots, posters and illustrated books for children and families in difficult circumstances.
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21% of children from developing countries lack water
The Voice Weekly, 18 April 2005 – 21% of children in developing nations face severe water problems. 90 days after the tsunami, 400 million children in the world need clean water for their survival, said UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy. UNICEF Myanmar will use US$ 1 million to support clean water access in schools and village health centers in 2005.
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Human rights lessons in the curriculum help Myanmar children learn basic human rights concepts
Flower News, 12 April 2005 – The Minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement said at ministerial meeting held in Cambodia that children are future of the nation, and it is (everyone’s) duty to create a brighter future for them. Nearly 3,000 children have been cared for at training centers established by the ministry.
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MinCon to find solution for discrimination among children
Flower News, 06 April 2005 – [At the Ministerial Conference on Youth in Cambodia], the Director of UNICEF’s East Asia and Pacific Region said that discussions held in the conference’s Youth Forum would contribute to a better understanding of why and where gender discrimination and rural/urban disparities occur in the region, and confirmed that these issues will be addressed.
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Youth Forum unanimously agrees that education is most crucial issue for youth
Flower News, 30 March 2005 – Youth delegates from 19 countries unanimously agreed that a good education is the key issue that should be discussed at the Regional Youth Forum.  Other important topics identified by youth delegates include HIV/AIDS, youth participation and job opportunities for young people.
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UNICEF Chief meets East Asia and Pacific youths
Flower News, 30 March 2005 – During UNICEF’s Children and Youth Forum held in Cambodia from 21 to 23 March 2005, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy pointed out that 90% of people who are facing dangers in the world are not military men, but rather mothers and young children.
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Myanmar youth reporter Kyaw Hsu Mon at UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Forum
Flower News, 30 March 2005 –It would be very beneficial if more youth delegates from Myanmar could participate in this kind of event, said Kyaw Hsu Mon, 21, a young reporter from Flower News Journal who has been attending the UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Youth Forum in Siem Reap, Cambodia. This is the first time Myanmar has sent youth reporters to the Forum, which is held every two years.
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Minister outlines progress in health, education at meeting on children
The Myanmar Times, 28 March 2005 - Myanmar's achievement in improving health care and educational opportunities for children were outlined by the Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, at a ministerial meeting in Cambodia last week. Addressing at the opening ceremony, Executive Director of UNICEF called on governments in the region to increase spending on health and education.
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UNICEF will have books for youth
Kumudra, 25 March 2005 – UNICEF’s library will be providing an extensive collection of Myanmar language books that can help stimulate the development of youth and children.  UNICEF librarian Khin Moe Moe Aung said that the library is open every weekday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Anybody can borrow up to four books at a time for two weeks, and spend the whole day in the library reading.
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Water and sanitation progress show a nation's development
Flower News, 16 March 2005 – Dr. Kyaw Myint, speaking at a joint Ministry of Health / UNICEF conference, said that although the Ministry has established plans to implement environmental sanitation activities to prevent infectious diseases, about 20% of the total population is being left behind. Clean water access will help protect people from diarrhea, worm-related diseases, and liver diseases.
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Health and environmental sanitation
Good Health, 15 March 2005 – Mr. Jason Rush of UNICEF said that environmental sanitation can save many lives, and is the easiest, simplest and cheapest method to prevent diseases. UNICEF is working to provide clean water in Myanmar. U Win Zin Oo of UNICEF said that with proper knowledge and good hygiene habits, many people can enjoy good health.
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National Sanitation Week
Myanmar Times, 13 March 2005 – “There is no place better than schools to start promoting sanitary habits and improved hygiene practices, and it is encouraging to note the emphasis that is being given . . . to hygiene education, together with water and sanitation facilities in primary schools in Myanmar,” [Ms. Elke Wisch of UNICEF] said.
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Bill Gates donates US$ 750 million worth of medicines for children
Kumudra, 18 February 2005 – The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has donated US$ 750 million to GAVI to procure medicines for children. GAVI, which was founded in 2000, has been supporting UNICEF.
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Donation for UNICEF Education project
Myanmar Times, 14 February 2005 - The German government donated US$ 1 million for UNICEF’s Child Friendly School project in Myanmar. According to the press release, Ms. Carroll Long, Representative of UNICEF,  said that because of the German government’s contribution, more children in Myanmar will have the opportunity to enhance their development and realize their dreams.
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US$ 1 million donated by Germany for Myanmar children
Flower News, 16 February 2005 – Germany has donated US$ 1 million to UNICEF in support of its Child Friendly Schools project, which will improve underprivileged children’s access to school, and enhance the quality of education they are receiving.
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Interview with the first Buddhist NGO 'Yadana Metta Clinic'
The Voice Weekly, 14 February 2005 – Following the model of a Thai Buddhist organization which has been helping HIV/AIDS patients in Thailand, the Yadana Metta Clinic NGO was established in August 2004. 36 members have been trained with the assistance of UNICEF.  The clinic has been providing free medical checks and treatment to monks and nuns, while laymen are charged very reasonable rates.
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Early Childhood Care and Development project
Kumudra, 28 January 2005 –The Education Training and Planning Department and UNICEF Myanmar have been jointly implementing an Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) network project in five townships in Yangon Division, according to U Win Aung of UNICEF Myanmar. [The] five-year project has supported kindergartens and mothers’ circles for orphaned and impoverished children in the project areas.
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UNICEF's assistance to tsunami-affected people
Health Digest, 26 January 2005 – UNICEF has donated emergency assistance to tsunami-affected households which includes blankets, clothes, cooking utensils, soap, mosquito nets and other necessary items. The agency, which has a one-year stock of essential medical supplies and mosquito nets, is currently working to help hundreds of affected households get clean drinking water.
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UNICEF has sufficient medical supplies for tsunami victims
The Voice Weekly, 24 January 2005 – Mr. Jason Rush said UNICEF Myanmar has sufficient medical supplies for tsunami-affected  regions in the country. The US Fund for UNICEF donated US$ 500,000 to UNICEF Myanmar, which has been distributing family kits that include clothing, mosquito nets and blankets for homeless victims.
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Change of UNICEF Executive Director
The Voice Weekly, 19 January 2005 – American citizen Ann M. Veneman will succeed Carol Bellamy as UNICEF’s new Executive Director in May 2005, said Mr. Jason Rush of UNICEF Myanmar. UNICEF has branch offices in 158 countries, and 8000 staff members.
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Yadana Metta charitable clinic
Kumudra, 14 January 2005 – Yadana Metta charitable clinic was opened on January 4th near the Shwedagon Pagoda. Six medics – including a doctor from PSI who will care for AIDS patients – will give monks, nuns and other patients free consultations, and charge only nominal fees for medicines. UNICEF Myanmar will provide the clinic with necessary medicines.
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Yadana Metta HIV programs commence

Kumudra, 14 January 2005 – Courses on caring for AIDS patients in a manner consistent with Buddhism will commence in 2005. These courses, which will be conducted by retired medical doctors and Buddhist scholars, will be open to anyone between 25 to 50 years of age.


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UNICEF Myanmar to provide assistance in tsunami-affected areas
Flower News, 12 January 2005 – A report dated 01 January quoted Jason Rush as saying that supplies and other relief efforts for local people in tsunami-hit areas are being arranged by UNICEF Myanmar. Mr. Rush told Flower News that medicines and medical supplies are being distributed to prevent the outbreak of diarrhea, malaria and other infectious diseases among victims.
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Born for needly people
Kumudra, 07 January 2005 – Maung Maung Hla was recently featured as one of 24 outstanding UNICEF staff members around the world. This story describes the early years of Maung Maung Hla’s life, and his selfless social work for the poor and the sick.
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UNICEF Myanmar to help tsunami victims
Kumudra, 07 January 2005 – The UNICEF Myanmar Communication Section said that medicines and chlorine for clean water are being distributed in affected areas, while field officers are being sent to Ayeyarwady and Taninthiryi Divisions, and Rakhine State. UNICEF has been trying to work with other UN agencies, NGOs and other local organizations to gather accurate information and necessary assistance.
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UNICEF launches child protection programs
Kumudra, 07 January 2005 – UNICEF has launched four child protection projects since 2004 . The first project involves caring for neglected children; the second project helps provide children with legal protection; the third project is to protect children from trafficking and child labor; and the fourth project is to help people throughout the country understand children’s rights.
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