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Real Lives tells the stories of children in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States whose lives have been touched by UNICEF.

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All articles from 2010:

Two schools in one building
Kyrgyzstan, December 2010 - On 19 November Sharipova School opened its doors for all the children of Tolstoy School – one of two schools which were burnt down during the June violence.

The birth of a new school in Kyrgyzstan
The children see their mothers cleaning the building, and their fathers painting and rearranging the inside. Walls have been knocked down to make classrooms for 250 children.

Day care centers give hope to children living with HIV in Uzbekistan
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, 10 December 2010 - Azim, 12, has been living with HIV for two years. He currently attends the Boychechak Day Care Center, which provides services for people affected by HIV/AIDS.

Immunization campaign aims to keep Abkhazia region polio-free
ABKHAZIA, Georgia, 3 December 2010- UNICEF, the Abkhaz authorities and the European Union have left no stone unturned in their efforts to keep the region polio-free.

European Union and UNICEF support maternal and child health in Uzbekistan
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, 24 November 2010 – Improving maternal and child health services is a key priority for the Government of Uzbekistan, and UNICEF and European Union support is helping.

UNICEF trains social workers to help Uzbek families provide for vulnerable children
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, 18 November 2010 – In a suburb of the Uzbek capital, Tashkent, social worker Elena Vorobyova enters an apartment block in a quiet neighbourhood to visit a family that has endured a tragedy from which they are now recovering.

Young filmmakers honoured at UNICEF-supported 'OneMinutesJr.' Awards
The online awards were announced today at Each category had five finalists, selected from a pool of 307 eligible videos produced during UNICEF-supported OneMinutesJr. workshops or submitted as individual entries.

Programme of improvements assures quality in mother and child health across Uzbekistan
NAMANGAN, Uzbekistan, 26 October 2010 – In the delivery room at the regional hospital here in Namangan one day this past summer, Tukhtabaeva Margubu’s labour with her first child was already well along.

A package of simple changes boosts child survival across Uzbekistan
NAMANGAN, Uzbekistan, 18 October 2010 – At the Namangan Children’s Multi-Profile Medical Centre in eastern Uzbekistan, early morning is the busiest time in the admissions department.

Doctors in Kyrgyzstan learn new treatements to fight top child killer
OSH, Kyrgyzstan, 12 October 2010 – The lives of children in southern Kyrgyzstan, an area which suffered from recent civil strife, are now under another threat: diarrhoea.

Theatre comes to town, with a deeper message for the young audience
OSH, Kyrgyzstan - September 30, 2010 – With the elections pre-occupying politicians and adults all over Kyrgyzstan, children become even more invisible.

Street children in Ukraine among the most vulnerable groups to get HIV/AIDS
Three stories about homeless children that live in the streets and risk to get HIV/AIDS everyday

Justice for children: Children in conflict with the law
When a child is believed to have committed a crime, the way the justice system responds can have a lifelong impact – positive or negative.

Another chance
UNICEF Azerbaijan is helping the Government of Azerbaijan to create effective community-based alternatives to custody for children in conflict with the law

Optimism before school starts after the summer
The memories are still there, but the overall enthusiasm gives support, helps to overcome fear and concerns. Almost 85 per cent of the teachers are back and she is convinced the large majority of the 1811 students at Lomonosov School will show up.

Kyrgyzstan’s top doctors work around the clock in hospitals in the affected areas to save children from diarrhea
OSH, Kyrgyzstan - August 25, 2010. The lives of children in the south of Kyrgyzstan which suffered from recent civil strife are under another threat – diarrhea.

Child development in Chernobyl-affected Ukraine
The health of children living in the Chernobyl-affected regions of Ukraine is currently determined not by the level of radiation around them, but rather by their living conditions, and the knowledge and practices of their parents.

Breastfeeding: Health workers help get things right
GULISTAN, Uzbekistan, 5 August 2010 - Two-month old Abdulaziz is sleeping quietly in the arms of his mother.

A multi-cultural school in Bosnia and Herzegovina brings out the best in children
SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 4 August 2010 – Eldina Ismailij, 11, loves to dance. The wild rhythms of Roma dancing set her free. Last year, she won a dance competition and her picture was in the newspaper.

Kindergarten brings education to Roma children in Fier, Albania
FIER, Albania - 30 June 2010 – Thirty three children from Driza in Fier are benefiting from pre-school education thanks to the UN Joint Programme “Empowering the Vulnerable Communities of Albania”.

In the wake of violence, home visits ensure social assistance for families in Kyrgyzstan
Since the terrible events that tore apart this community in the middle of June, UNICEF and its local partners have discovered that families such as the Kozybaevas are sometimes too afraid to venture out to government offices.

“Friendship wins”
Summer Camp for Azerbaijan Youth Promote Tolerance, Participation and Healthy Lifestyle

“We’re equal and everyone is the same”
These children all have mental or physical disabilities, but they have been lucky enough to find their way to ‘Mushvig’, a daycare centre for children and young people with disabilities in Garadagh, a town about one hour’s drive from Azerbaijan’s capital.

Reaching out to children in the South - Polio immunization in rural Kyrgyzstan
KYRGYZSTAN, July 2010 - The National Days of Immunization against polio are the first opportunity to restore access for all children to a critical and lifesaving health protection initiative in conflict-affected area of Osh and Djalal-Abad Provinces.

Anna Kournikova joins the Vienna Express
The Vienna Express has been running for over a month now. AIDS Foundation East-West (AFEW) launched this initiative in mid-June with the aim of linking together public events across Europe and Central Asia promoting solidarity with people living with HIV.

Dreaming of a better and safer future
MITROVICA, Kosovo / July 2010 - Cerkin and Aferdita are two of the 100 children engaged in the extra-curricular activities provided by the Roma Educational and Cultural Centre in Roma Camp Osterode.

UNICEF helps displaced families start afresh after violence in Osh, Kyrgyzstan
OSH, Kyrgyzstan, 6 July 2010 – Viewed from the hill that dominates the centre of Osh, it’s hard to imagine the violence that swept through this city in mid-June.

Child-friendly spaces for reading, drawing, playing together without fear
This week, Osh town witnesses tiny signs of a return to normal life: the streets are filling up with people and cars. Some rush to the market to buy food, others go to visit their relatives and share blankets and clothes with those who lost everything.

As Uzbek refugees return to Kyrgyzstan, UNICEF airlifts aid to affected region
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, 28 June, 2010 – Mashura Mamakhanova’s thumb and index finger seem impossibly large as they caress her daughter’s tiny hand in the incubator where the newborn sleeps. Born 10 weeks premature, the baby weighs just 900 grammes.

For displaced families in Kyrgyzstan, a difficult road back from the brink
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, 25 June 2010 – The civil unrest in southern Kyrgyzstan has not spared any household in Djalal-Abad province.

As temperatures rise in Uzbekistan, UNICEF and partners step up health measures for refugees
PAKHTAABAD, Uzbekistan, 23 June 2010 – Temur, 1, is crying. Medications have not helped to bring down his high fever.

Aid reaches displaced and refugee families in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, and KURGANPATA, Uzbekistan, 21 June 2010 – Despite continuing concerns about security, UNICEF has started a large airlift and overland distribution of supplies to people displaced by violence in Kyrgyzstan.

Saved Lives, Broken Hearts and Deep Scars
ANDIJAN, Uzbekistan, 15 June 2010 – Fourteen-year-old Navruza seems calm but her eyes are full of sorrow. She along with her mother and two brothers managed to escape deadly clashes in the southern town of Osh in Kyrgyzstan.

Malika and Emil from Osh
Malika could not flee to the Uzbek border as her neighbours - ethnic Uzbek - had done. She is Kyrgyz but it does not protect her.

Polio vaccination continues despite fatal flooding in Tajikistan
May 15, 2010 - The problems caused in Tajikistan by the recent polio outbreak have been aggravated by a natural disaster.

A brighter future - Children with special needs in Kosovo* receive more education opportunities
Children with special needs in Kosovo* had a grey past. They were often stigmatised by their peers and the community, they were kept hidden at home considered as the shame of the family. Education opportunities were almost non existent.

Polio immunization in Tajikistan: Reaching out to those who are hardest to reach
We are in settlements that are home to one of the most important target groups for the polio vaccination campaign – Roma.

“We thought that our child was just cutting teeth and we almost lost her because of meningitis”
Sofiyka Polishchuk is seven months old. Her mother Anastasia says that the little girl was born twice. The second time was when she survived after Hib meningitis, which she had contracted at six months of age.

Gulyazyk makes our children healthy and clever
The programme of “Gulyazyk” began in summer 2009 in Talas Province following nation-wide research which had showed that the province had the worst child nutrition in the country.

Catch-up immunization of Roma children – Reducing the number of risks by one
Modricki Lug is a small settlement in Republika Srpska, with large number of Roma inhabitants. On April 15th, the Immunisation Day has been organized in the local primary school.

Leaders for Education Series - Ana Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic is UNICEF National Ambassador for Serbia and an advocate for child rights, particularly in the areas of education and child protection. She speaks to us about the role of education in her life.

Towards a better future: Reform of the juvenile justice system focuses on rehabilitation and reintegration
An insight look at the Educational Establishment for Juveniles of the Penitentiary Department in the outskirts of Georgia’s capital Tbilisi.

Prix Jeunesse 2010 Regional Youth Jury held in Tbilisi, Georgia
April 8, 2010 - Ten Georgian teenagers became the latest members of the Prix Jeunesse International 2010 Youth Jury this week in Tbilisi.

UNICEF involves Kazakh youth in improving health of women and children
Some 40 children and adolescents from all the regions of Kazakhstan, including Astana (the capital) and Almaty (former capital) gathered for UNICEF’s two-day seminar on improving the health of mothers and children.

Child Friendly Schools Are Making a Difference in Uzbekistan
Children from 850 schools in Uzbekistan will enjoy reading some of the classics of world and Uzbek literature as part of a ‘Child Friendly School’ Programme.

Saving newborns: Revolutionary changes in the conservative field of medicine
“Don’t touch me with dirty hands”, reads a poster in the intensive care department for newborns in the City Perinatal Centre of Bishkek city. If infants who needed intensive medical care from the first minutes of life could talk they would say the same.

Armenian youth-produced film featured at Human Rights Watch International Film Festival in London
Yerevan / London - March 18, 2010Sako is the name of the short film produced by the Manana Youth Centre in Armenia. Amongst other films, Sako is part of the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival screening on March 19, 2010.

Playing for the future - Using sports for community and personal development in Azerbaijan
The children at this school are just some of the beneficiaries of the Development of Children and Young People Through Sport programme, supported by the UK National Committee for UNICEF and implemented by UNICEF Azerbaijan.

Radio Salam - Still going strong after all these years
BATKEN, Kyrgyzstan - February 2010 - In one of the remotest regions of Central Asia, people are all ears for a radio station run by teenagers.

Mediation as implementation of the right of the child to legal protection
Kharkiv, Ukraine - February 2010 - It often happens that children who live in tough circumstances are inclined to conflict, aggressive and illegal behaviour, which leads to juvenile delinquency.

A glimmer of hope and support for a better life in a war-scarred city
Ochamchire, in Georgia’s breakaway region of Abkhazia, is a town which still bore the brunt of the war of 1992-1993. The scars of war are visible in this town, but there is something else visible too – a sign of hope and planning for the future.

Helping children live happy, hopeful lives - UNICEF funding transforms lives of children with disabilities in Gori, Georgia
January 2010, The story of Shota’s transformation is mirrored by many more such stories in this centre. Set up in 2001 by people with disabilities themselves, the centre now caters for about 450 adults and 150 children with mental and physical special nee

Regional Consultation: UNICEF Kazakhstan reaches out to young people and adolescents
January 2010: The Regional Consultation held by UNICEF Kazakhstan in 2009 - An overview



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