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UNICEF Myanmar Newsletter: Volume 1 No 2 December 2007
Through this bulletin, UNICEF would like to keep the general public and our patrons informed of all our activities that we have done in Myanmar during July to December 2007.

East Asian leaders vow to ramp up investment in sanitation and hygiene
Ministers and policy makers from East Asia, capping a landmark meeting, pledged to raise investment in sanitation and hygiene and provide strong leadership for action, saying sanitation had a pivotal role...

Poor sanitation and hygiene a dirty and costly reality in East Asia
Ministers and leaders from 14 East Asian countries will gather for two days of talks here today aimed at tackling the huge problem of poor sanitation that is harming health and hurting social and economic development, even as the region booms.

Protecting the Pacific against avian influenza
Despite the panic it triggers periodically throughout East Asia since the first known outbreaks in 2003, avian influenza ruffles few feathers in the Pacific. But that may be because no one knows about it.

Joining hands in the fight against polio in Myanmar
In continuation of responses to the outbreak of polio in Myanmar, National Immunisation Days will be carried out nationwide in November and December this year.

TVB Jade wins Asia Pacific Child Rights Award 2007
“Children Left Behind”, a 30-minute documentary, chronicles the lonely lives of “home-alone” children in rural villages in China, a problem acutely felt in Hunan, Szechuan and Chongqing provinces.

After an earthquake, finding magic in a commitment to children on Solomon Islands
We should not have seen the coral. But an earthquake seven months earlier had raised the sea floor three metres. Mounds of coral now popped out of the water around Ranongga Island, one of nine Solomon islands severely affected by the 8.1 magnitude...

Disaster risk reduction at school: Children offer experiences and suggestions
“I don’t forget easily how emergency drills conducted at school were not taken seriously by teachers or students,” says Nazanin, who survived an earthquake that devastated her Iranian city of Bam.

UNICEF, Special Olympics Champion Cause of Children with Intellectual Disabilities
A partnership to advance the rights of children with intellectual disabilities was announced today by UNICEF and Special Olympics International, on the occasion of the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Shanghai, China.

UNICEF supplies ready for earthquake stricken districts
United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, today is sending emergency supplies to help victims of the earthquake in Bengkulu.

FIFA and UNICEF launch Goals for Girls! campaign on eve of Women’s 2007 World Cup
The fifth Women’s World Cup – which begins in China on Monday – forms the backdrop for a joint campaign between UNICEF and the global football organization, FIFA, championing the rights of girls in sport and education.

Thailand’s National Broadcaster and Youth News Center nominated for the 2007 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting Award
Thailand’s national broadcaster, Channel 11 and producing partner, Thai Youth News Center, have been selected as the East Asia and the Pacific’s nominee for the 2007 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) Award.

Food fortification could help reduce poverty & undernutrition in East Asia: Governments urged to make flour fortication mandatory
Through this bulletin, UNICEF would like to keep the general public and our patrons informed of all our activities that we have done in Myanmar during July to December 2007.

UNICEF calls for protection of schools and learning spaces
In response to the ongoing unrest in certain parts of Timor-Leste, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is voicing strong condemnation to the destruction and vandalistion of schools, learning spaces, and play areas in the recent days.

It’s time to talk about sex and HIV: Timor-Leste’s first nationwide HIV/AIDS campaign urges young people to find out more and to take action
In Timor-Leste, ‘eggplants’ and ‘flowers’ have become handy code names for HIV educators when referring to the genitals. This, they say, makes it less awkward to talk about sexual reproduction and HIV with young people.

Breastfeeding within one hour of birth could reduce infant mortality
Breastfeeding babies immediately after birth can prevent a significant number of neonatal deaths in developing countries, said UNICEF today at the start of World Breastfeeding Week.

Baby Bubbly is born! Animated TV PSA aims to promote the importance of breastfeeding within the first hour of life
The 45-second 3D animated public service announcement highlights the importance of initiating breastfeeding in the first hour of a child’s life, the theme for this year’s celebrations.

Third UNICEF air shipment of essential drugs to help Rakhine flood victims
Ten more essential drug kits and an additional 2,000 packets of oral rehydration salts arrived at Thandwe Airport today to help flood affected communities in Rakhine State in Myanmar.

Timore-Leste’s Ministry of Health launches nationwide health volunteer programme to encourage communities to play active role in their own health
Timor-Leste’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health will be launching the Family Health Promoters Programme in Aileu. The FHPP is the first national network of community volunteers to serve as local health resources and to enhance the health system

UNICEF supplies arrive in Thandwe to help Myanmar flood victims
Emergency UNICEF supplies have arrived in Thandwe township in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, to help families affected by the recent floods.

In Asia, a huge drop in poverty comes with rising inequality: UN report points to widening economic disparities
Buoyed by rapid economic growth, Asia has made dramatic progress in the eradication of extreme poverty

Gender inequality saps gains in basic education: East Asia/Pacific
As part of the East Asia and Pacific United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI), a panel of experts will debate the pressing gender issues at the one-day Roundtable.

Timor-Leste crisis: A year on
It has been more than a year since 13 year old Zaquel Pinto and his cousins have called a parking lot in Dili their home. They fled to the Obrigado Barracks parking lot in May 2006 when widespread violence broke out in the country’s capital.

Survey on HIV/AIDS in Timor-Leste reveals widespread misconceptions among young people
Can the bites of mosquitoes and other insects spread HIV/AIDS? Will eating together or sharing others’ clothes cause HIV/AIDS transmission? The answer is ‘No’, yet many young Timorese think otherwise.

WHO and UNICEF call for renewed commitment to breastfeeding
Exclusive breastfeeding rates in East Asia and the Pacific are just 61% at four months of babies' lives and even lower, at 35%, at six months.

UN agencies call for concerted effort to rapidly scale up access to HIV testing and counselling services in Asia and the Pacific
In 2006 alone, a million additional people were infected and more than 500 000 people died. With so few people aware of their status, efforts to prevent new infections and treat those who are positive are becoming more difficult.

Crime and punishment: Improving juvenile justice in Mongolia
It’s late afternoon in the bustling capital of Mongolia, when five disheveled children dart across the dusty pavement in the street, pry open a heavy iron manhole cover and slip adeptly into the narrow hole, deep into the city’s underbelly.

Recreation and School-in-a-Box Kits a hit with children of Kuzi Village, Kolambangara
Seven year old, Ruth Garry grasps a little ball from the recreational kit and is smitten with her new toy. There are tears from Ruth’s eyes as she cradles her toy. Her mother explains that if it was hers to keep, she would sleep with it.

Solomon Islands Gives Children’s Welfare Top Priority
UNICEF, World Vision and Save the Children help creating a network of community welfare volunteers in Solomon Islands to build on communities' existing strengths to ensure the protection of the most vulnerable children after the disaster.

Addressing the global sanitation crisis
Experts attended the First Preparatory Meeting on the International Year of Sanitation 2008 hosted by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and UNICEF, aiming for developing an action plan for the the International Year of Sanitation.

AusAID-UNICEF sign USD 1.2 million Avian Influenza communication project in Cambodia
Australia has made a timely donation of AUD 1.6m or USD 1.2m to UNICEF to continue and increase communication initiatives for the prevention of infection with Avian Influenza and the enhancement of pandemic influenza preparedness.

On Labour Day, Lao Trade Union leaders call on working dads to protect their families from HIV
VIENTIANE, 1 May 2007 - “Caring Dads” campaign aimed at inspiring working fathers to care for children and protect their families from HIV

Days of Peace campaign begins to reach remote conflict affected areas
MANILA, 27 April 2007 - UNICEF Philippines Representative led a field mission to remote communities in Mindanao to deliver essential child health services under the Days of Peace Campaign.

More than 16 million children and adults rapidly vaccinated against measles following major outbreak in DPRK
PYONGYANG, 20 April 2007 - In responses to outbreak of measles, 16 million children and adults in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea have now been immunized against the disease, less than two months after the government asked for assistance.

“Days of Peace” for children in Mindanao, Philippines
PHILIPPINES, 14 April 2007 - The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and UNICEF signed a communiqué to jointly deliver basic services to armed conflict-affected communities of Southern Philippines during designated “Days of Peace".

UNICEF supports Days of Peace Campaign in Philippines
MANILA, 16 April 2007 - Children in Mindanao communities who have experienced the worst ravages of conflict will soon be reached with vital health and nutrition services as part of a new initiative called “Days of Peace.”

Community Mobilisers Take Key Messages to Affected Areas
GIZO, SOLOMON ISLANDS, 16 April 2007 - UNICEF facilitated a four-day training for community mobilisers to assist in the formulation and dissemination of key health, nutrition and sanitation messages to the affected communities.

UNICEF Staff Member Tells of Tsunami Experience
BUALA, SOLOMON ISLANDS, 16 April 2007 - Experience of UNICEF staff when an earthquake measuring 8.1 followed by a tsunami struck 345km northwest of Honiara.

Hospital and health staff severely affected by earthquake and Tsunami
GIZO/SOLOMON ISLANDS, 16 April 2007 - Up to 100 staff at Gizo Hospital and more health workers from the surrounding clinics are now severely affected by earthquake and Tsunami.

Director of Provincial Health Services and Head of Gizo Hospital Recounts Tsunami
GIZO/SOLOMON ISLANDS, 16 April 2007 - Story when Tsunami hit Gizo Hospital in the morning of 2 April 2007.

UNICEF: Urgent appeal for funds for hard hit Solomon Islands
SUVA/GENEVA, 4 April 2007 -UNICEF appealed for urgent funding to respond to the people affected by the devastating tsunami that swept through coastal villages on the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.

UNICEF and WHO respond to measles outbreak in North Korea
PYONGYANG, 14 March 2007 - UNICEF and WHO are launching a nationwide immunization campaign to reach six million children aged 6 months to 15 years in North Korea.

Largest-ever survey on situation of children and women in Thailand shows progress and challenges
BANGKOK, 9 March 2007 - Survey of 43,000 households provides in-depth data on nutrition, health, education and other critical development issues.

UNICEF calls for entries for children's Broadcasting Award
NEW YORK, 7 March 2007 - UNICEF and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences today called for entries from broadcasters for the 2007 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting Award.

Moving towards universal primary education in Papua New Guinea - A roundtable discussion on school fees
PORT MORESBY, 14 February 2007 - A landmark roundtable discussion on school fees, hosted by the Minister of Education, is expected to map out a common strategy to achieve Universal Primary Education in Papua New Guinea.

UNICEF appeals for $635 million in humanitarian assistance
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 29 January 2007 - East Asia and the Pacific faced an increase of emergencies during 2006. Armed conflict continued to cause disruption, displacement and death throughout the region, affecting women and children the worst.



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