27 June 2024

Boosting immunity of children living in hard-to-reach communities

Bhola, located in the southern region of Bangladesh, is a district characterized by its riverine landscape and intricate network of waterways. Situated near the eastern coast of the Bay of Bengal, Bhola experiences a tropical monsoon climate and faces accessibility challenges. In 2019, Bangladesh Cabinet Division declared 42 upazilas under 14…, Keeping children healthy, Jhumur, a mother of two, lives in the Daserhat village of Manpura. While her youngest daughter, Mariam, aged 4, received the required Vitamin A doses, her 9-year-old son, Alif, did not. Reflecting on her experience, Jhumur shared, "My son did not receive Vitamin A because we were not aware of its importance. Watching him suffer from night…, An integrated approach to nourishment, Before 2022, the lack of information about eligible children for Vitamin A Supplementation made it exceedingly difficult to track them, as registers or lists of recipients were not maintained in the healthcare centers. Parents often failed to bring their children for subsequent doses and tracking them was nearly impossible. After UNICEF introduced…, Healthcare worker Moloy documenting Vitamin A supplementation progress of a child on the GMP card, UNICEF Bangladesh/2024/Mukut Healthcare worker Moloy documenting Vitamin A supplementation progress of a child on the GMP card UNI_Manpura_03, Healthcare worker Moloy documenting Vitamin A supplementation progress of a child on the GMP card, UNICEF Bangladesh/2024/Mukut Healthcare worker Moloy documenting Vitamin A supplementation progress of a child on the GMP card Healthcare worker Moloy documenting Vitamin A supplementation progress of a child on the GMP card In collaboration with the NNS/IPHN, UNICEF also organized a comprehensive training session for more than 1200 healthcare…, A healthier future for children, With an expanded understanding of the subject, healthcare workers like Moloy adeptly addressed concerns and superstitions regarding the supplementation, gradually earning the trust of even the most skeptical individuals within the community. Through community engagement sessions and courtyard meetings, participants like Jhumur and other parents…
21 May 2024

Devastating fire ravaged Korail Slum, leaving thousands homeless

In the narrow alleyways of the Korail slums, remnants of a fire outbreak still haunt the landscape, with charred discards of houses and their belongings scattered amidst the debris. On the late afternoon of March 24, around 3,000 people living in this area lost everything they had built with years of hard work and dedication to a ravaging fire.…, Echoes of loss, "I was cooking for my family when the fire broke out. I managed to save only a chest of drawers while telling my eldest son to take his sisters and leave the place before it got too crowded. We lost everything twice to fire in the last ten years. We were planning to relocate to our ancestral home, but now we are again left with nothing. My…, Like hundreds of other families, Soheda and her family have been living in makeshift tent houses after the fire completely destroyed their homes, reducing all their belongings to rubble., UNICEF Bangladesh/2024/Mukut Like hundreds of other families, Soheda and her family have been living in makeshift tent houses UNI_Slum_Fire__04, Like hundreds of other families, Soheda and her family have been living in makeshift tent houses after the fire completely destroyed their homes, reducing all their belongings to rubble., UNICEF Bangladesh/2024/Mukut Like hundreds of other families, Soheda and her family have been living in makeshift tent houses after the fire completely destroyed their homes, reducing all their belongings to rubble. Like hundreds of other families, Soheda and her family have been living in makeshift tent houses The devastating fire not only…, Rebuilding dreams, "My elder daughter Kashfia had been going to the hub for the last three years. Kaniz too had just started accompanying her sister," shared Soheda. "However, they could not go after the fire incident because they both fell ill. Since our house got burned, we have been living in this tent, which gets very hot during the day and when it rains at…, Children from the Korail slum participating in different activities at the makeshift Child Protection Community Hub, established after the original one was engulfed by the fire, UNICEF Bangladesh/2024/Mukut Children from the Korail slum participating in different activities at the makeshift Child Protection Community Hub, established after the original one was engulfed by the fire UNI_Slum_Fire__10, Children from the Korail slum participating in different activities at the makeshift Child Protection Community Hub, established after the original one was engulfed by the fire, UNICEF Bangladesh/2024/Mukut Children from the Korail slum participating in different activities at the makeshift Child Protection Community Hub, established after the original one was engulfed by the fire UNI_Slum_Fire__32.JPG, Children from the Korail slum participating in different activities at the makeshift Child Protection Community Hub, established after the original one was engulfed by the fire, UNICEF Bangladesh/2024/Mukut Children from the Korail slum participating in different activities at the makeshift Child Protection Community Hub, established after the original one was engulfed by the fire Children from the Korail slum participating in different activities at the makeshift Child Protection Community Hub, established after the…, Hope amidst desolation, The dedication of community facilitators to serving children in need despite their own challenges provided a testament to their unwavering commitment and selflessness. These individuals, many of whom have lost their own households and suffered personal losses, demonstrated incredible strength as they remained focused on delivering support to…, Taslima with her daughter, Mim, standing in front of what used to be her house, now nothing more than a pile of ashes and ruins, UNICEF Bangladesh/2024/Mukut Taslima with her daughter, Mim, standing in front of what used to be her house, now nothing more than a pile of ashes and ruins UNI_Slum_Fire__26, Taslima with her daughter, Mim, standing in front of what used to be her house, now nothing more than a pile of ashes and ruins, UNICEF Bangladesh/2024/Mukut Taslima with her daughter, Mim, standing in front of what used to be her house, now nothing more than a pile of ashes and ruins Taslima with her daughter, Mim, standing in front of what used to be her house, now nothing more than a pile of ashes and ruins Reflecting on the support received, Taslima, another victim of…, Future beyond ashes, Standing amidst the ashes of her home and recounting the challenges they have been enduring since the outbreak, Taslima added, “We are left with only a wooden cot and have to live under the scorching sun with no roof above. Even the toilets are completely destroyed. Sometimes Mim abruptly wakes up from sleep, shouting ‘fire’. The family kit and…, People affected by the Korail fire receiving family kits from Honourable Minister, Dr. Deepu Moni, Ministry of Social Welfare, and Mr. Sheldon Yett, Representative, UNICEF Bangladesh, UNICEF Bangladesh/2024/Mukut People affected by the Korail fire receiving family kits from Honourable Minister, Dr. Deepu Moni, Ministry of Social Welfare, and Mr. Sheldon Yett, Representative, UNICEF Bangladesh UNI_korail_kit_46.JPG, People affected by the Korail fire receiving family kits from Honourable Minister, Dr. Deepu Moni, Ministry of Social Welfare, and Mr. Sheldon Yett, Representative, UNICEF Bangladesh, UNICEF Bangladesh/2024/Mukut People affected by the Korail fire receiving family kits from Honourable Minister, Dr. Deepu Moni, Ministry of Social Welfare, and Mr. Sheldon Yett, Representative, UNICEF Bangladesh People affected by the Korail fire receiving family kits from Honourable Minister, Dr. Deepu Moni, Ministry of Social Welfare, and Mr.…
15 May 2024

“Now I am more confident. I know how to protect myself.”

Dhalpur, DHAKA -- “One. Two. Three,” Anannya commands. With each count, the thirteen-year-old punches her tight fists into the summer air. Her black eyes are sharp and focused, her instruction voice soft, yet clear and charismatic.  “One. Two. Three,” repeat other boys and girls who mirror Anannya’s self-defense moves in harmony.  Anannya seems to…, Anannya feels empowered after participating in the self-defense training, organized by the partnership between the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS) and UNICEF. She is part of the nationwide ‘Sports for Development,’ a program that aims to empower the most vulnerable children and community through sports., UNICEF/2024/Himu Anannya feels empowered after participating in the self-defense training 03Self-defense HIS - Dhalpur Dhaka, Anannya feels empowered after participating in the self-defense training, organized by the partnership between the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS) and UNICEF. She is part of the nationwide ‘Sports for Development,’ a program that aims to empower the most vulnerable children and community through sports., UNICEF/2024/Himu Anannya feels empowered after participating in the self-defense training 04Self-defense HIS - Dhalpur Dhaka.JPG, Anannya feels empowered after participating in the self-defense training, organized by the partnership between the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS) and UNICEF. She is part of the nationwide ‘Sports for Development,’ a program that aims to empower the most vulnerable children and community through sports, UNICEF/2024/Himu Anannya feels empowered after participating in the self-defense training Anannya feels empowered after participating in the self-defense training Anannya feels empowered after participating in the self-defense training, A secret love for sports, Anannya loves sports. She enjoys being outdoors, running, jumping, and simply moving her body. After school, she would play kabbadi 1 with friends and forget about any worries or sadness. “This is so nice,” Anannya would declare when stepping into a green field to play sports.  Anannya helps her trainer, Mahmuna Dipa, demonstrates to other…, Anannya helps her trainer, Mahmuna Dipa, demonstrate to other children self-dense techniques. Dipa is training 2,800 girls in Dhaka city., UNICEF/2024/Himu Anannya helps her trainer, Mahmuna Dipa, demonstrates to other children self-dense techniques 06Self-defense HIS - Dhalpur Dhaka, Anannya helps her trainer, Mahmuna Dipa, demonstrate to other children self-dense techniques. Dipa is training 2,800 girls in Dhaka city., UNICEF/2024/Himu Anannya helps her trainer, Mahmuna Dipa, demonstrates to other children self-dense techniques Anannya helps her trainer, Mahmuna Dipa, demonstrates to other children self-dense techniques Yet when Anannya first heard about the UNICEF-supported training from her mother, Ranoty Rani, she was skeptical. “I was nervous about what…, Trust in community mobilizers, When Nasima knocked on the door of Anannya’s home, a small room enclosed by walls of rough bricks, Rani had just started shouldering responsibilities for her three children as a single mother after her husband had suddenly died. Working as a cleaner most days, Rani often thought about her children. She felt a pang of guilt: to feed her children…, I love my mom a lot, “Across Bangladesh, the Sports for Development program, jointly developed by UNICEF and the Ministry of Youth and Sports, which leverages sports to empower children, has reached up to 9 million children in the most vulnerable circumstances,” says Elisa Calpona, Child Protection Manager of UNICEF in Bangladesh. One among those millions, Anannya has…
08 May 2024

Eco-friendly handicrafts to build resilience

Children and adolescents rush out of the Begum Rokeya Child Protection Community Hub beside Mirpur Pallabi Degree College in Dhaka with colourful toys in hand. Inside, the walls are adorned with vibrant posters with messages on preventing child marriage, corporal punishment, and violence. The scene outside the hub is equally lively, with children…, A tool for empowerment, Handicrafts, they discover, offer more than just artistic expression. Handicrafts through eco-friendly materials represent an instrumental mean for children, including adolescents in Bangladesh to respect their environment. They serve as powerful tools for fostering empowerment and preventing harmful practices. The activities stimulate creativity…, Children happily display the handicrafts they created using recycled materials, UNICEF Bangladesh/2024/Mukut Children happily display the handicrafts they created using recycled materials Eco-friendly handicrafts to build resilience03, Children happily display the handicrafts they created using recycled materials, UNICEF Bangladesh/2024/Mukut Children happily display the handicrafts they created using recycled materials Eco-friendly handicrafts to build resilience04, Children happily display the handicrafts they created using recycled materials, UNICEF Bangladesh/2024/Mukut Children happily display the handicrafts they created using recycled materials Children happily display the handicrafts they created using recycled materials Children happily display the handicrafts they created using recycled materials The community hub serves as a safe space for these children, offering not only…, Safeguarding children across the country, UNICEF has been working with the Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs (MoWCA) in establishing Child Protection Community Hubs (CPCHs) across the country. These hubs offer comprehensive protection services, including recreational activities, mental health support, and rights-based training. With over 2,100 hubs operating in the most vulnerable…, Children deeply engrossed in creating a variety of handicrafts, UNICEF Bangladesh/2024/Mukut Children deeply engrossed in creating a variety of handicrafts Eco-friendly handicrafts to build resilience 06, Children deeply engrossed in creating a variety of handicrafts, UNICEF Bangladesh/2024/Mukut Children deeply engrossed in creating a variety of handicrafts Children deeply engrossed in creating a variety of handicrafts The impact extends beyond the individual level, reaching families, communities, and society at large. By participating in the community engagement sessions, parents gain a deeper understanding…, Transforming communities through craft, As Monika and her peers engage in handicrafts activities, they not only hone their artistic skills but also develop critical social and emotional competencies. They learn to communicate, collaborate, and express themselves in a safe and supportive environment. These skills help enrich their lives and equip them to navigate the challenges they may…
30 April 2024

Securing a healthier future for girls: The Bede community’s journey to embrace the HPV vaccine

“The fact that our children are growing up in the environment we live in was more than enough for us. We never thought of having adequate access to healthcare services as a necessity,” says Bibi Amena, a mother of seven and a resident of the Bede (nomadic) community in Dhaka’s Aftabnagar. The Bede community, a marginalized nomadic group in…, Addressing healthcare challenges, The Bede community in Aftabnagar is in one such high-risk area. The children from this community were not covered under the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) and were marked a year ago for intervention. UNICEF, together with the Dhaka North City Corporation and the EPI programme of the Ministry of Health, has been conducting the programme…, Empowering marginalized communities, Initially unaware of the importance of vaccinations, people from the Bede community harbored doubts and fears about the risks associated with the HPV vaccine. However, as healthcare workers like Kamrun Nahar explained the benefits of the HPV vaccine and dispelled misconceptions, attitudes began to shift. Another challenge arose in getting girls…, Healthcare worker and vaccinator, Kamrun Nahar, speaking to the mother and young girls of the Bede community about the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine and how it works., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Satu Healthcare worker speaking to the mother and young girls of the Bede community about vaccine, Healthcare worker and vaccinator, Kamrun Nahar, speaking to the mother and young girls of the Bede community about the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine and how it works., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Satu Healthcare worker speaking to the mother and young girls of the Bede community about vaccine Healthcare worker speaking to the mother and young girls of the Bede community about vaccine Like many mothers in the Bede community, Bibi Amena too hesitated to get her daughter vaccinated. It was the persistent efforts by…, Ensuring health equity, Out of the 24 girls in the community, all 24 have been successfully vaccinated against HPV in the one-day session. "My mother brought me to get the HPV vaccine. She told me that it would protect me from diseases and ensure a healthier future for me. I want to encourage all my friends in my community to take the HPV vaccine so that we can all stay…
19 March 2024

A dedicated social service worker’s journey in creating a safer tomorrow for children

In Bangladesh, where 45 million children under the age of 14 are subjected to physical and psychological violence, the urgency for robust child protection measures is paramount. Recognizing this pressing need, the Government of Bangladesh embarked on a vital initiative to address the scarcity of trained social service workers. With the intent to…, A journey towards safeguarding vulnerable children, Amidst the backdrop of transformative initiatives, the story of S M Habibur Rahman, an Upazila Social Services Officer (USSO) from Kurigram, unfolds as a testament to the profound impact of dedicated social service workers in the realm of child protection. Nestled within the picturesque landscapes of northern Bangladesh, Kurigram emerges as a…, Fostering community mobilization, Habib's proactive approach extends to prevention and awareness-raising initiatives as well. In the same year,  he organized an awareness raising campaign that reached over 1,000 parents of selected girls and teachers, shedding light on the dire consequences of child marriage and how to prevent them, and training sessions for local marriage…, Social service workers play an important role in connecting children with vital resources and care, fostering growth and stability., UNICEF Bangladesh/2024/Raihan Social service workers play an important role in connecting children with vital resources and care, fostering growth and stability. SSW-03.JPG, Social service workers play an important role in connecting children with vital resources and care, fostering growth and stability., UNICEF Bangladesh/2024/Raihan Social service workers play an important role in connecting children with vital resources and care, fostering growth and stability. Social service workers play an important role in connecting children with vital resources and care, fostering growth and stability. “Over the years, the situation of the deprived children…, Strengthening child protection services across the nation, Habib's dedication in ensuring the well-being of his community goes beyond his professional duties. He actively engages with local communities to raise awareness about child rights and the importance of reporting incidents of abuse and exploitation. Through community meetings, workshops, and awareness campaigns, he empowers parents, teachers, and…