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At a glance: Papua New Guinea


UNICEF launches Schools for Asia to improve education for millions
NEW YORK, USA, 10 January 2012 – UNICEF is launching Schools for Asia today, an international fundraising initiative to improve the access and quality of education for disadvantaged children living across Asia and the Pacific.

‘Unite for Mothers’ campaign brings cheer to HIV-affected families in Papua New Guinea
PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea, 10 November 2009 – On a recent afternoon, the head nurses of Port Moresby General Hospital’s paediatric wards, Sister Betty Pandum and Sister Veronica Dramoi, welcomed the arrival of 80 colourful, hand-made blankets.

Students take the stage on Global Handwashing Day in Papua New Guinea
WESTERN HIGHLANDS PROVINCE, Papua New Guinea, 20 October 2009 – In celebration of Global Handwashing Day, students in four provinces across Papua New Guinea took to the stage to raise their voices and educate their peers.

UNICEF strives to help Papua New Guinea break cycle of violence
NEW YORK, USA, 14 August 2008 – UNICEF is at the forefront of a nationwide effort to end domestic and gender-based violence in Papua New Guinea.

Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea reeling from recent tsunami
NEW YORK, USA, 5 April 2007 – A strong undersea earthquake that struck the South Pacific this week left the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea directly in the path of a deadly tsunami, which swept through coastal villages killing at least 34 and leaving many more homeless.

Papua New Guinea’s juvenile justice reform is showing results
KUNDIAWA, Papua New Guinea, 10 March 2006 – Michael and his friend Samson were both 16 years old when their pursuit of adolescent mischief went too far. They got caught stealing plastic pipes in the town of Kundiawa in Papua New Guinea’s remote highlands. First they were beaten up by the police, then locked up in a prison cell, where they were bullied constantly by other inmates – all of them adults.

Papua New Guinea: Uniting communities against domestic violence
PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea, 20 January 2006 – UNICEF estimates that around 1 million children in Papua New Guinea live with violence, either at home or in their community. Many of the country’s women are victims of domestic abuse. But their cry for justice often falls on deaf ears: Among Papua New Guinea’s more than 800 tribes and languages, the concepts of domestic and sexual violence do not exist.

Friends Foundation: Prevention and support for mothers and children affected by HIV/AIDS
PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea, 16 January 2006 – The HIV/AIDS epidemic in this country is taking a growing toll on children: Around 11,000 Papuan children are currently living with HIV (source: UNICEF Papua New Guinea office). One dedicated social worker is mobilizing support to help mothers and children affected by the disease.

Papua New Guinea: Using the performing arts to deliver a lifesaving message to children
KAINANTU, Papua New Guinea, 19 December 2005 - For many of the children at Kainantu Primary School in Papua New Guinea’s isolated Eastern Highlands, the arrival of a team of youth outreach volunteers is a welcome distraction from school work.

The long road toward juvenile justice in Papua New Guinea
WEWAK, Papua New Guinea – Fifteen-year-old Michael*, an orphan who has never had the chance to go to school, is serving a two-year custodial sentence in Wewak Boys Town, a juvenile detention centre in Papua New Guinea run by the Sacred Hearts Brothers.

Papua New Guinea aims to ‘Accelerate Girls Education’
NEBILIYER, Papua New Guinea, 4 February 2005 – Susannah Thomas had to drop out of school at the age of 10, after her parents told her that they could no longer afford to keep her there. Instead of going to class, she began picking coffee beans on the family plot in the Nebiliyer district of western Highlands Province.




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