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Cover of The State of the World’s Children 2008

The State of the World’s Children 2008: Child Survival.
© 2008 UNICEF Turkey

UNICEF’s flagship report, The State of the World’s Children 2008, was launched at a press conference in Ankara on January 23, coinciding with similar events taking place in all parts of the globe.

Child Survival, the theme of this year’s report, is a very sensitive indicator for monitoring a nation’s development, UNICEF Turkey Representative Reza Hossaini told journalists. In his first press conference in Turkey since taking office in January, Hossaini highlighted the past achievement in reduction of child mortality and the wide existing disparities between different regions of the world.

Read all press releases from 2008.


Edmond McLoughney, İhsan Doğramacı, Talat Halman

Opening of UNICEF House, Bilkent, Ankara, 5 October 2004: UNICEF Turkey Representative, Mr Edmond McLoughney, Honorary President of the Turkish National Committee for UNICEF, Professor İhsan Doğramacı and President of the Turkish National Committee for UNICEF, Professor Talat Halman.
Photograph © Professor İhsan Doğramacı 2007

Professor İhsan Doğramacı, Honorary President of the Turkish National Committee for UNICEF, greeted 2007 with a short essay on his involvement with the organisation over its sixty-year history.

UNICEF Turkey and our partners remain on guard against the threat of Bird Flu, the first fatal cases of which ocurred in Turkey at the beginning of 2006.

Having signed the new Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP) for 2006-2010, UNICEF looks forward to another five years of working for and with children in Turkey under an exciting range of new projects.

Read all press releases from 2007.


Keep children away from poultry and other birds

A frame from the public information poster showing the six steps to avoid catching bird flu.

Four people die from avian influenza or bird flu in the first week of January -- all of them children. UNICEF coordinates the UN communications task force working with the Government to raise awareness amongst children and their families on how to avoid infection.

In the same month, the Government launches a new child protection project with financial support from the EU and technical support from UNICEF. The project is called Towards Good Governance, Justice and Protection for Children in Turkey or Children First.

Read all press releases from 2006.


A man holds the hand of his dead child

A man mourns the loss of his eight-year-old son, killed by a tsunami in Cuddalore, southern India, December 27, 2004. Photograph by Arko Datta/Reuters © 2004

Efforts to support and protect child survivors of the Indian Ocean tsunami disaster -- the tsunami generation as they have come to be known -- and to restore a degree of normalcy to their lives will be a priority focus of UNICEF’s international relief work throughout 2005.

In Turkey, UNICEF will continue to support the campaigns to eradicate measles, to make exclusive breastfeeding during the first six months the norm for every newborn child and to get as many girls as boys into primary education by the end of the year -- and keep them there.

Read all press releases from this year.


Haydi Kızlar Okula! -- the Ministry of National Education (MONE) and UNICEF’s campaign to glose the gender gap in primary education and get more girls into school continues into its second phase. The Ministry of Health (MOH) pursues its drive to eradicate measles in Turkey with UNICEF’s support.

This animation shows the progress of the tsunami caused by the Indian Ocean Earthquake

Animation provided by Vasily V. Titov, Associate Director, Tsunami Inundation Mapping Efforts (TIME), a division of NOAA. See the note below.

On the 26th of December 2004, the fourth largest earthquake since 1900 causes perhaps the deadliest natural disaster in recorded history. The wave, reaching as high as 15m in places, devastated the coastlines of Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand amongst other countries, inundated many small islands such as the Maldives, Andaman and Nicobar and reached as far as the eastern coastline of Africa -- 4,500km from the epicentre near Sumatra, Indonesia. Initial UNICEF estimates indicate that as many as 50,000 children died in the catastrophe and the lives of more than one million others are placed in jeopardy by the collapse of clean water and sanitation facilities in the aftermath.

Read all press releases from 2004.


Children in Diyarbakır, southeastern Turkey

The MOH reaches 7 million school children in the first phase of its drive to eradicate measles in Turkey. Photograph Mahmut Oral © UNICEF Turkey 2003

UNICEF is concerned for the safety of women and children during the impending crisis in Iraq. Preparations to supply anticipated aid to them dominates much of the agency’s activities both here in neighbouring Turkey and at the global level.

As MONE and UNICEF prepare to launch Haydi Kızlar Okula! -- the campaign to get more girls into school -- Turkey is shocked and grieved by the loss of 85 students and a teacher following an earthquake in the province of Bingöl which razed the Çeltiksuyu boarding school.

Read all press releases from 2003.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Note: The animated image of the Indian Ocean tsunami is the work of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration employee, taken or made during the course of the person’s official duties. As works of the US federal government, all NOAA images are in the public domain.

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