2008: 30 Years of UNICEF in the Maldives

UNICEF's Tsunami Recovery Results for Children To Date


UNICEF's Tsunami Recovery Results for Children To Date

  • Immunization campaign contributed to 97% primary vaccine coverage; 100 health staff trained in vaccination and cold chain management; 4 cold rooms provided, cold chain equipment and supplies; 123,642 children and adults immunized against measles and rubella

  • Safe drinking water provided to 168 islands across all atolls via 23 reverse osmosis desalination units, 4 of them mobile. More than 15,400 children, women and men benefit from 2,567 communal rainwater harvesting systems, providing water to camps, schools, mosques and public buildings in communities lacking safe water supplies due to tsunami damage or pre-existing shortages. A further 4,066 families benefited from rainwater harvesting kits in 2005 and 2006

  • Environmentally-friendly sanitation project initiated on four islands to safely dispose of human waste and provide treated water to island gardens and fruit trees

  • Child-friendly education: 25 schools rebuilt, 57 preschools and 86 primary schools made child-friendly, over 400 teachers and supervisors and 350 parents trained in child-friendly education. Initiative is so popular that 10 non-project schools have adopted the approach, with more requesting it in 2007

  • First-ever study of gender-based violence in Maldives supported by UNICEF and UNFPA has revealed high rates of child sexual abuse in Male’. The report has sparked national dialogue on prevention/recovery

  • Partnership with Journey – a local NGO composed of young people in recovery from drug abuse – provides possible participatory model for harm minimisation and recovery programs for young people facing challenges of substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, and STIs in South Asia

  • Two media training workshops conducted by Reuters in child and human rights reporting were attended by  37 local working journalists, nearly all under the age of 22, and many under 18

  • School supplies provided to 2,622 children in IDP camps and tsunami-affected schools

  • 51 field monitors in 10 atolls have been recruited and trained to verify and monitor UNICEF-supported results for children and women as part of I.M.P.A.C.T. Field Monitoring Network

  • MaldivInfo database established and launched to include over 25 years of MDG-related data on the Maldives

  • 11 internet-based Teacher Resource Centres have been completed to provide access to teacher training opportunities previously unavailable in islands and atolls





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