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Children with special needs

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Early detection of autism
With the Ministry of Health’s Family Health Development Division, UNICEF is working to improve the early identification of autism amongst toddlers so that early interventions to benefit the child can be instituted.

In 2006, the program included a pilot study which will contribute to national policy and a standardised screening tool for autism amongst toddlers.

Sexual and reproductive health for children with special needs
In 2006, UNICEF continued its collaboration with the Ministry of Health’s Family Health Development Division to provide comprehensive health care services for children with special needs.

UNICEF and its partners are specifically responding to the sexual and reproductive issues for children with special needs in recognition of the high risk of sexual exploitation for these children. Activities include multi-agency cooperation to develop manuals and guidelines as well as training of care providers.



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