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Bellamy arrives in Tibet; proceeds to Shannan Prefecture

Reviews UNICEF cooperation with local government health and education officials

AN HUI, TIBET, 30 August 2004 - Carol Bellamy arrived in Tibet yesterday to get a first hand look at the situation of children in Western China, a region that is struggling to catch up with the country’s strong economic growth.

Following a brief airport stop over in Cheng Du, to discuss cooperation for children with local government partners of UNICEF in Sichuan, Ms Bellamy traveled to the Shannan prefecture of Tibet and met with a delegation of 10 prefecture level health and education officials headed by Madame Chang Zhen, Vice Governor of the Prefecture. Also present in the meeting was Dr. Chistian Voumard, UNICEF China Representative.

The meeting focused on UNICEF cooperation in Shannan in the areas of safe motherhood, basic education and capacity building of teachers and educators. Although the rate of hospital childbirth in Tibet has doubled in the last five years, it is still only 28% of all births. Bellamy emphasized the need to ensure that girls education was attended to and stressed the need to converge UNICEF support in health and education in the same communities.

Today Carol Bellamy will visit village households, schools and health facilities in various counties of Shannan Prefecture.


For more information, please contact:

Dale Rutstein, UNICEF Beijing
Tel: +86 10 6532 3131 x1301

Liu Li (Chinese & English), UNICEF Beijing
Tel: (86-10) 65323131 ext 1303




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