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Tetsuko Kuroyanagi Activity Highlights

2016 • March • For the second time as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Kuroyanagi visited Nepal which was severely affected by the earthquakes in 2015. She visited UNICEF-supported programmes in the areas of child-protection, education, health and nutrition.  Her visit was filmed by one of the Japanese major TV station. The one-hour special TV programme was broadcasted to raise funds to support UNICEF activities in the country. She also appeared in a 30-second UN public commercial on the Sustainable Development Goals, which was broadcasted throughout 2016.

2014 • November • Ms. Tetsuko Kuroyanagi celebrated 30 years as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

2014 • June • UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Tetsuko Kuroyanagi travelled to Tacloban and Cotabato in the Philippines to listen to voices of children and their families affected by Typhoon Haiyan and the prolonged insurgency in Mindanao.

2013 • March • During her visit to South Sudan, Ms. Tetsuko Kuroyanagi visited the Totto-chan Centre, a shelter of hope and survival she helped build 17 years ago in Juba. Since then, it has saved the lives of children in South Sudan and neighbouring countries. (Newsline)

2011 • April • Ms. Tetsuko Kuroyanagi was in Haiti in a show of support for children impacted by the devastating earthquake in 2009. (Newsline)                            

2009 • May • In Nepal, Ms. Kuroyanagi visited UNICEF-supported programmes in the areas of child-protection, education, life-building skills, and HIV/AIDS.  She was accompanied by a film crew and the subsequent documentary and footage show on her television talk show helped raise funds to support UNICEF programmes benefiting the children of Nepal.  (Newsline)

2009 • May • In Japan, Ms. Kuroyanagi, celebrated 25 years as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.  She was honoured for her dedicated service to UNICEF and the world’s children.  A few days after the ceremony she travelled to Nepal on her 29th mission.  (Newsline

2008 • June • In Cambodia, Ms. Kuroyanagi visited UNICEF-supported preschools and child-friendly schools. She toured villages along the Mekong and Sekong Rivers where she saw pregnant women who travel to health centers by boat. The author also saw monthly outreach health teams who travel on bikes and boats to perform immunizations and other routine health care. She also observed de-mining activities.

2007 • November • In Angola, Ms. Kuroyanagi toured a health center and a maternity hospital to observe UNICEF activities for accelerated child survival and development. She visited child-friendly schools and a vocational training center for girls. She met with orphans and vulnerable children in foster care support programmes as well as in villages.

2006 • June • In Cote D’Ivoire, Ms. Kuroyanagi visited UNICEF-supported programmes in the areas of education, water and sanitation, health and HIV/AIDS, and child protection.  (Newsline)

2005 • February • In Banda Aceh, Indonesia, Ms. Kuroyanagi saw the effects of the tsunami on children and families and the work of UNICEF and its partners to keep children in affected areas alive and healthy. She participated in a measles immunization campaign and visited Lamkawe where water purifiers were distributed to lactating mothers and families with small children.  (Newsline)

2004 • August • In the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ms. Kuroyanagi went to Kinshasa, Goma and Bunia. She surveyed the conditions in internal displacement camps; met with displaced children, victims of sexual violence and those who had been associated with armed forces; observed the complete lack of infrastructure in a local school and health center.  (Newsline)

2003 • July • In Sierra Leone, Ms. Kuroyanagi urged for increased global response to the plight of children who are still affected by war long after it ended. She saw a damaged health and education infrastructure and met with community leaders and officials. She visited a centre for victims of sexual violence, primary health care centres, educational centres and a refugee camp.  (News note) (Press release)

2002 • July • In Somalia, Ms. Kuroyanagi highlighted the humanitarian crisis facing women and children in that country. A 90-minute television programme for Japan was produced.  (News note)

2001 • July • In Heart, Afghanistan, Ms. Kuroyanagi visited the Maslakh camp for internally displaced persons; in Faizabad, she toured health facilities and schools. She also visited Afghan refugees in camps near Peshawar, Pakistan.  A 90-minute television programme for Japan was produced.  (Press release)

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