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Child Development Centre in Tbilisi, Georgia aims to ensure every child’s right to health care

TBILISI, Georgia, 23 November 2009 – A fine mist swirled around four-year-old Mariam's face as she breathed through a clear rubber mask during her nebulizer treatment. An asthma sufferer, Mariam was being treated free of charge at the new Child Development Centre in Tbilisi.

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Lesotho cash-grants pilot programme aims to ensure vulnerable children’s rights

LEBAKENG, Lesotho, 18 November 2009 – Mapalesa Sebatanyane, 73, is the primary caregiver for her four grandchildren, but she struggles to feed them with the small income she earns raising chickens in this remote village.

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UNICEF and Xinhua News Agency join forces to promote children’s rights

BEIJING, China, 5 November 2009 – UNICEF and Xinhua News Agency, the official press agency of the People’s Republic of China, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding outlining joint plans to promote better understanding of the situation of children worldwide.

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Birth registration effort aims to protect child rights in Namibia
WINDHOEK, Namibia, 28 October 2009—A novel idea for children has become a reality, now that the Namibian Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration has set up an office in the maternity ward at Katutura State Hospital, the main public hospital in Windhoek. This UNICEF-supported effort is designed to ensure that every child born at the hospital receives a birth certificate.
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Mia Farrow highlights child malnutrition in Cameroon
BAZZAMA, Cameroon, 17 September 2009 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow has been witnessing a silent emergency in Cameroon during a weeklong trip here.
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Bringing health services to island communities in Assam, India

CHOKHIA ISLAND, India, 7 October 2009 – When the great Brahmaputra River floods each year, millions of residents living on its roughly 3,000 islands are cut off from the rest of India.

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Families in Kyrgyzstan hit hard by global recession

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, 6 August 2009 – Every day, Turganaly Kenjebaev stands on a bridge beside a busy main road, hoping that someone will stop by and offer him a job for the day. If he’s lucky, he’ll earn $4.

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Promoting basic health practices to save young lives in Niger's remote villages

OUMBA VILLAGE, Niger, 21 July 2009 – Bassira Rabey is a community facilitator who goes from door-to-door in her rural village to make sure that families, especially women, are maintaining a proper environment to improve their children’s health.

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Outreach vaccination in Zimbabwe during Child Health Days

HARARE, Zimbabwe, 18 June 2009 – UNICEF recently supported a successful round of outreach vaccinations during 'Child Health Days'. The intensive five-day campaign reached even the most remote communities in Zimbabwe.

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Influx of refugees creates silent emergency in eastern Cameroon

DHAHONG, Cameroon, 6 July 2009 – On the surface, the refugee situation in eastern Cameroon looks like a success, but it is also one of immense chaos. Since 2002, over 60,000 refugees from the neighbouring Central African Republic (CAR) have been integrated into host communities here.

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Tetanus vaccination campaign aims for eradication in Côte d'Ivoire

DJAN, Côte d'Ivoire, 17 June 2009 – Sabra Seydou arrived at the Abobo Kennedy Clinic in Abidjan with just minutes to spare before giving birth. It was only her second visit to the clinic since the beginning of her pregnancy, as she could not afford all of the standard prenatal tests or consultations.

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Manchester United and FC Barcelona: Football rivals unite against AIDS

ROME, Italy, 27 May 2009 – The eyes of the world will be on Rome as our two clubs, Manchester United and FC Barcelona meet in the UEFA Champions League Final for the first time in our histories.

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Ready-to-use therapeutic food helps save children’s lives in southern Ethiopia

BORICHA, Ethiopia, 28 May 2009 – Every week, mothers from the drought-affected villages of Ethiopia’s Boricha district bring their children to be weighed and measured at the Yirba Health Centre.

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