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At a glance: Panama


UNICEF partners with religious communities to end violence against children
NEW YORK, USA, 29, November 2011—Mohamed, a 15-year-old in Mauritania, used to be frightened to go to his Madrassa (Qur’anic school) because he was regularly hit by the teacher. “It upset me a lot… sometimes I was beaten up badly,” he said.

A community centre inspires an adolescent girl to become an agent of change in Panama
PANAMA CITY, Panama, 5 May 2011 – Dalys Perez, 17, was seeking a positive influence in her life after her mother went to prison. Living in El Chorillo, a crime-ridden neighbourhood of Panama City, it was difficult to escape from violence. Then Dalys found her way to Movimiento Nueva Generación, a community-based organization that has changed her life.

Parliamentarians from around the world focus on equity at conference in Panama
PANAMA CITY, Panama, 21 April 2011 – Nearly 1,000 parliamentarians from around the world gathered in Panama City this week for the 124th annual assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

In Panama, Casa Esperanza helps children become students and leaders
PANAMA CITY, Panama, 7 September 2010 – Look beyond Panama's famous canal, and you'll find a world where an estimated 55,000 children under 18 are working in the streets, on farms, in fisheries and in coffee plantations.

Indigenous leaders in Panama promise a better future for their children
YAVIZA, Panama, 29 July 2010 – In the small remote community of Yaviza, in Panama’s Darién province, the ‘caciques’ – leaders of the communities in the Emberá Wounáan Indigenous Territories – gathered together and promised that they would become a ‘child-friendly’ area. It is the first time that leaders of an indigenous territory have prioritized children in this way.

Panama launches national handwashing campaign to improve child health and hygiene
PANAMA CITY, Panama, 14 July 2010 – “Wash our hands, it´s time to wash our hands,” sang a group of second graders at Los Andes II school in Panama City’s San Miguelito district. While they chanted the popular tune, hundreds more children waved handmade banners for health officials who were present at their school to inaugurate a national handwashing campaign.

Thousands of children receive life-changing shoes in Panama
PANAMA CITY, Panama, 20 March 2009 – More than 30,000 school-age boys and girls in the indigenous areas of the Ngobe Buglé, Emberá-Wounáan and Kuna Yala, as well as in the Darien province and other emergency-declared areas, received a pair of Crocs footwear as a health promotion intervention, aimed at reducing skin infections, fungus growth and other infectious diseases linked to bare feet.

Latin American pop group Kudai visits Panama to highlight the needs of indigenous populations
PANAMA CITY, Panama, 24 November 2008 – Latin Grammy Award-Nominated Chilean pop group Kudai visited the autonomous territory of Kuna Yala recently in order to highlight the needs and concerns of indigenous and excluded populations.

Panama first in region to provide free HPV vaccine to young adolescent girls
PANAMA CITY, Panama, 28 October 2008 – Panama is the first country in Latin America and the Caribbean to provide the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine to young adolescent girls, free of charge.

UN violence study launched in Latin America and the Caribbean
PANAMA CITY, Panama, 20 November 2006 – A landmark study on violence against children has been presented to government leaders and experts in Panama.

UNICEF and WFP chart ‘a new way’ to achieve development goals in Latin America and the Caribbean
PANAMA CITY, Panama, 10 May 2006 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman and World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director James Morris paid their first-ever joint visit to Latin America yesterday for a historic meeting with the heads of both agencies’ regional and country offices. Their focus: to develop a joint plan for accelerating achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and improving the lives of the 118 million children who live in poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Youth group in Panama teaches peers about HIV/AIDS through drama and art
COLON, Panama, 19 April 2006 – Once a week Jose, 16, gets together with some of his friends to hang out, sing, dance and talk, just like teenagers everywhere. Unlike many typical teens, though, Jose and his group mainly discuss HIV/AIDS.

UNICEF brings education to indigenous children in Panama
CHIRIQI, Panama, 17 February 2005 - For many indigenous children in the Mironó district in rural Panama, education is a challenge that goes far beyond the demands of the classroom.




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