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1 October 2010 - UNICEF Thailand 60-second video: Some Children's Voices You Never Hear

Do you know that in Thailand…
• Each year, more than 40,000 children are not registered at birth.  As a result, they can be denied their right to health care and an education, and are much more vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.

• Only about 5 per cent of the 800,000 children born each year are exclusively breastfed for the first six months. This is the lowest exclusive breastfeeding rate in Asia and one of the lowest in the world, even though breast milk is the best nourishment for infants and gives them the best start in life.

• About 900,000 primary school-aged children are not in school or are falling behind in their education.

• According to a study by Ramadhibodi Hospital in 2002, the IQ level of Thai children was at 88 which is below WHO-recommended average IQ range of 90-110. The decline in IQ level is related to iodine deficiency. A UNICEF-supported survey found that only 58 per cent of Thai household consumed iodized salts while about 70 per cent of pregnant women did not have enough iodine in their diets.

• Every year, thousands of children are trafficked into Thailand to work in hazardous jobs, including manual labour, domestic servitude, begging and the sex trade. Many children are also trafficked through Thailand to harmful occupations in third countries, such as Malaysia.

• In 2008, nearly 27,000 women and children were treated at provincial hospitals emergency rooms for injuries related to abuse, and most were treated for sexual abuse.

• Each year, some 6,500 children are at risk of being born with HIV and joining some 23,000 children already living with the virus, many of whom suffer from ill health, stigmatization and discrimination;

UNICEF Thailand has launched a 60-second public service announcement in October 2010 entitled “Some Children's Voices You Never Hear”, which covers several challenges facing children, including poverty, malnutrition, lack of educational opportunities, statelessness, neglect and abuse. The television spot is aimed at increasing public awareness of issues children face in their daily lives.  It is hoped the spot will focus the public’s attention on the important role the individual plays in promoting and protecting children’s rights, ranging from caring for children within the immediate family to helping other children in need. 

The spot features a number of children in difficult situations. Although the children speak in the spot, their voices are not heard. This implies that while there are many problems facing children in Thailand today, the public does not pay enough attention to these problems.

Open your heart to children. Listen to them. 

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For more information, please contact Nattha Keenapan, Senior Communication Assistant,

Watch more on UNICEF Thailand Channel on Youtube



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