Innovative approaches improve maternal and child health care in Madhya Pradesh, India
MADHYA PRADESH, India, 29 October 2013 – Roopwati is on her way home. Twenty-four hours ago, she was in the same ambulance, on her way to give birth in a clinic, under medical supervision.
It is time to sound the red siren against violence against girls and women in India
NEW DELHI, India, 26 August 2013 – The gang rape of a 22-year-old photojournalist has sparked outrage against sexual violence in India once again. Five men attacked the woman at 6 pm in central Mumbai on 22 August, while she was on assignment.
Revolutionary optimists bring their message to UNICEF
NEW YORK, United States of America, 3 April 2013 – Armed with loudspeakers and mapping devices, young activists who call themselves ‘the Daredevils’ have amplified the concerns of their communities in Kolkata’s slums loudly enough for the world to hear.
New health centres help India battle high infant mortality rates
MADHYA PRADESH, India, 4 February 2013 – A baby takes sharp, rapid breaths at the Special Newborn Care Unit in the Shivpuri District Hospital. Born weak and premature, at 705 grams she weighs less than half of what she should.
In India, pilot programme builds skills to save mothers and newborns
PATNA, India, 20 November 2012 - “Insert it slowly, from the nose, down to the stomach. Be careful, or you may enter the lungs. Gudda is just a day old,” the doctor calls out.
In India, Formula 1 star and UNICEF Ambassador Fernando Alonso says hand-washing is a simple solution to saving millions of children's lives
NEW DELHI, India, 5 November 2012 – Formula 1 driver and UNICEF Ambassador Fernando Alonso visited the village of Tugarpur, Uttar Pradesh, to promote hand-washing with soap.
In the State of Madhya Pradesh, India, an around-the-clock village health centre proves to be a lifeline for thousands
MADHYA PRADESH, India, 1 November 2012 – Parched earth, cloudless skies and crops wilting on a barren landscape are all the eye can see when we travel to the Chharch village in Madhya Pradesh, bordering the desert State of Rajasthan. The dirt roads and sweltering heat make the two-hour drive from Shivpuri, the closest town, extremely uncomfortable – a journey that’s unimaginable to cover by foot.
In India, village committees take on child marriage, convincing families to reject the age-old practice
MIRZAPUR, Uttar Pradesh, India, 8 October 2012 - Pratigya hears that Chandra Devi is planning to marry off her daughter Basanti. She picks up her shoulder bag and calls on Chandra Devi.
In India, a community works to change sanitation and hygiene practices
MIRZAPUR, Uttar Pradesh, India, 4 September 2012 - Eleven-year-old Sharda and half a dozen friends beat drums and chant slogans as they walk through the narrow lanes of Lalapur. Their message is: make the remote village in Uttar Pradesh free from open defecation.
In India, women-led self-help groups empower women and improve health
VALSAD, Gujarat, 16 July 2012 – Twenty-two-year-old Sharuben Kurkutiya feared her family would not be able to save the money needed to have her first child delivered at the local hospital in her remote village of Ozharaifaliya in the western Indian state of Gujarat.
Child Survival Call to Action summit closes with commitment to eliminate preventable child deaths
WASHINGTON, D.C., USA, 16 June 2012 – Ethiopia’s Minister of Health opened the second day of the Child Survival Call to Action conference in Washington, D.C, by encouraging countries to take ownership of new international momentum to reduce child mortality.
Child Survival Call to Action challenges the world to reduce child mortality
WASHINGTON, D.C., USA, 14 June 2012 – United Sates Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged international leaders gathered at Georgetown University to commit more resources and effort to reduce the numbers of deaths of children.
Countries learn from Nepal's 'Schools as Zones of Peace' programme
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 16 May 2012 – Participants from five countries and various ministries and international NGOs gathered in Nepal last week to learn about the ‘Schools as Zones of Peace’ (SZOP) programme.
Fighting child marriage in the slums of Moradabad, India
MORADABAD, India, 7 March 2012 – “I wasn’t ready for marriage. No girl should be married at such an early age,” said Nargis.
India no longer a polio-endemic country
NEW DELHI, India, 1 March 2012 – On Saturday, 25 February, 2012, India was officially struck off the list of polio-endemic countries by the World Health Organization (WHO), having gone more than one year without reporting any cases of wild poliovirus. India’s success leaves only three countries in the world considered polio-endemic – meaning they have never stopped indigenous wild poliovirus transmission – Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.
Getting at-risk children out of work and into school in the slums of Moradabad, India
MORADABAD, India , 29 February 2012 – From ages 8 to 10, Anas spent 10 hours a day, six days a week, working in a smoke-filled metalware workshop in the slums of Moradabad.
MUMBAI, India, 24 February 2012 – One of the more promising developments in the effort to reduce urban poverty is the emergence of networks of grassroots groups in which women play a prominent role as agents of positive change in their communities and around the world.
UNICEF launches Schools for Asia to improve education for millions
NEW YORK, USA, 10 January 2012 – UNICEF is launching Schools for Asia today, an international fundraising initiative to improve the access and quality of education for disadvantaged children living across Asia and the Pacific.
Marking its first year without any polio cases, India takes a giant leap toward wiping out the disease
NEW YORK, USA, 12 January 2012 – Once recognized as the epicenter of the polio epidemic, India is now on the verge of creating history by stopping the transmission of polio.
In India, campaign appeals to caregivers to vaccinate children against polio
MUMBAI, India, 19 December 2011 – Launching a new polio eradication campaign, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan appealed to parents and caregivers throughout the country to take advantage of the opportunity to “make polio history in India.”
Young women in India learn to express their views through film
LUCKNOW, India, 14 December 2011 – Nineteen-year-old Laxmi Nishad had wanted for years to talk about the burden of care for her five family members, including her alcoholic father. Her chance finally came at the OneMinutesJr. workshop organized by UNICEF in Lucknow, India.
In India, a youth club raises awareness about HIV/AIDS and its prevention
CHANDRAPUR, India, 12 December 2011 – Rushali Gajabhaye hasn’t travelled past the fields, coal mines and cement factories that surround her small village. But the 18-year-old is more sophisticated than most teenagers her age.
Programme returns child metalworkers to school
MORADABAD, India, 7 December 2011 – At 6 a.m. each morning, 9-year-old Anas Mohammed began his shift at a tiny metalware workshop in the slums of Moradabad. There, he worked inches from a white-hot pit of molten metal.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira promotes girls' education in India
UDAIPUR, Rajasthan – 21 November 2011 - Their worlds could hardly be more different – Shakira, the pop superstar and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, 34, independent, sassy, a household name – used to the glitz and glamour of the world stage. And a group of poor, young Rajasthani girls – four of them already married off before they turned 11; all of them the first females in their families ever to be educated.
UNICEF Ambassador Fernando Alonso promotes polio eradication in India
NEW DELHI, India, 1 November 2011 - “Polio is a terrible, crippling disease of children, which we can and should eradicate from the planet,” said Fernando Alonso during a visit to the Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalaya Paediatric Hospital in late October.
In India, Nutrition Rehabilitation Centres provide essential services in the fight against malnutrition
PURULIA, India, 18 October 2011 - Rasumani Mahato knew something was wrong when her one-year-old daughter, Bhanumati, was too frail to sit up by herself. Listless and uninterested in eating, Bhanumati was referred to the nearby Nutritional Rehabilitation Centre (NRC), where she was diagnosed with severe malnutrition.
Second round in measles vaccination campaign allows children to ‘catch-up’ in India
DABHIPUR, India, 11 October 2011- In November of 2010, the Government of India, supported by UNICEF and WHO together with other Measles Initiative partners, launched the measles ‘catch-up’ campaign with the aim of reaching 134 million children in 14 high risk Indian states, to prevent an estimated 60,000 to 100,000 child deaths annually. Recently, the second dose of the measles vaccine was administered to children at outreach sites all across the country, and for those who missed out on their first scheduled dose at nine months, they were given a chance to ‘catch up’ with those children who have already received it.
UNICEF-supported initiative aims to raise awareness about child marriage in India
MALDA, India, 19 August 2011 – In Hosnabad Diyara village in Malda District, in the eastern Indian state of West Benga, Anita Puddar, 15, holds back tears as her father plans to marry her off. Anita’s mother shouts, trying to convince the father to change his mind. After a while the police come and set the father straight.
UNICEF child-led WASH programme reaps rewards in India as hygiene-related illnesses fall
GUNA, India, 28 June 2011 – As they dash from class to the school’s canteen for their midday meal, Mahesh Kushawaha, 13, and fellow students stop and fumble in small plastic containers. But it’s not food they seek. It’s soap.
Communities mobilize to stop child labour in India
DUNGAPUR, India, 10 June 2011 – When Mukesh Somaji Damore, 12, left his village two years ago to work in the cotton fields, he missed home. Every morning, on an empty stomach, he would wake up at 4 a.m. to start pruning and pollinating cotton plants.
UNICEF supports final push to eradicate polio in India
MORADABAD, India, 8 June 2011 – For 14-year-old Paro, it’s a momentous day. She’s the proud leader of the ‘Bulawa Toli’, a group of children who run from house to house, lane to lane, blowing whistles and shouting slogans to herald the arrival of polio vaccinators in their community.
Indigenous Indian children thrive in child-friendly residential schools
DALEIGUDA, India, 24 May 2011 – Krupasindhuv Pangi knows the challenges that indigenous communities face. At the age of five, his family lost their land when it was taken from them to build a factory.
In India, a sports programme teaches children life skills in hard-to-reach areas
CHANDRAPUR, India, 16 May 2011 – Laxmi Durge pretends to rinse lentils before a crowd of mesmerized school children. “Now this is how we cook the dahl,” the 18-year-old shouts, as she staggers under the weight of holding an imaginary pot.
Young reporters trained by UNICEF tackle social issues in rural India
CHHATTISGARH, India, 6 May 2011 – When Pausha Madharia, 16, speaks, she gives voice to the hopes, dreams and fears of every child in the Indian State of Chhattisgarh.
Children map their community using innovative technology in India
KOLKATA, India, 27 April 2011 - Salim Sheikh, 13, and his friends are putting their sprawling Kolkata slum on the map – literally. For a year now, they’ve been gathering data about the people, small brick huts, crowded alleys, scattered temples, trees, water pumps and other facts that identify Rishi Aurobindo Colony in eastern Kolkata.
Adolescent clubs empower young girls to resist early marriage in India
DIBRUGARH, India, 13 April 2011 – Rumi Hemrom, 13, and her friend, Seema, 14, attend the same adolescent girls’ club in their local village. The result is a bond that’s changed the course of Seema’s life.
Young midwives bring new life to remote villages in India
MADHYA PRADESH, India, 31 March 2011 – Sanju Kaim got an unexpected bonus on her first day as an auxiliary nurse midwife in Jhagar in the central state of Madhya Pradesh. Alone in the village’s small health centre, she delivered not one baby girl, but twins.
Women help clean up slum areas in Uttar Pradesh, India
MORADABAD, India, 22 March 2011 – Raw sewage bubbles up along the open sewers that line the narrow walkways of the slums of Moradabad in northern India’s Uttar Pradesh state. Hills of stinking garbage pile high in vacant lots, surrounded by wafting clouds of eager flies in the hot, humid air. Florescent green algae sprout over ponds of pooling fetid water.
An education programme empowers adolescent girls to thrive in rural India
CHANDRAPUR, India, 17 March 2011 – In some of India’s most remote tribal areas, adolescent girls are finally being given the opportunity to thrive.
Vocational training lifts adolescents out of poverty in Uttar Pradesh, India
MORADABAD, India, 10 March 2011 – There were times when Noorjahan Khan’s family didn’t eat for three days at a time.
Iron supplementation helping to end inter-generational cycle of anaemia in India
RANCHI, India, 23 February 2011 - Deepa Kumari, 14, began to feel dizzy and weak in class at the start of her menstrual cycle. Her father, who teaches math at a local private school, and mother decided to take her to a doctor when her symptoms failed to improve.
Gender disparities: Empowering adolescent girls for social change
AHMEDABAD, India, 23 February 2011 On the streets of Ahmedabad, India, hearing the cheerful shouts of adolescent boys playing gully cricket is as common as seeing girls of the same age waiting in long queues to fill water containers or walking miles to collect fodder or fuel, fearful of any delay that may entail reprimands.
In India, UNICEF Executive Director urges focus on most vulnerable children to save lives
RAMPUR RATNAKER, India, 7 December 2010 – UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake visited the Indian state of Bihar today and administered oral polio vaccine to babies brought by their families to be immunized during Village Health and Nutrition Day, which offers integrated health services to villagers once a month.
UNICEF and partners battle newborn deaths in India's Rajasthan State
UDAIPUR, India, 12 November 2010 – Kiran Sharma stands watch over her six-day-old nephew huddled in an incubator under a pink blanket with teddy bears covering his frail body. The baby boy and his twin sister each weighed just over a kilo at birth; their mother was seven and a half months pregnant when they were born.
New programme brings child labourers back to school in Bihar
NALANDA DISTRICT, Bihar, India, 25 October 2010 – Wearing a clean, navy-blue school uniform with a sky-blue shawl draped over her shoulders, Khaushaliya Kumari, 14, is sociable and relaxed as she goes through her daily routines. Khaushaliya and 46 other girls staying at the Residential Bridge Centre, or RBC, wash their own clothes and dishes, and are in charge of cleaning up the classroom where they all both sleep and study.
Community volunteers promote polio immunization in India
MORADABAD, India, 22 October 2010 – Some 30 years ago, baby boy Zulfikar Ahmed became seriously ill during the communal riots in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
In India's Uttar Pradesh state, child-friendly schools make gains in improving sanitation and hygiene
SUKRIT, India, 14 October 2010 – Ram Ratan Singh Yadav is a man on a mission. But this politician’s passion might surprise you – he is investing his local government’s money to make sure that schools under his jurisdiction are clean and child-friendly.
Hundreds of religious leaders meet in India to stop HIV stigma and discrimination
BANGALORE, India, 11 October 2010 – More than 400 religious leaders from around India recently travelled to the Art of Living International Centre near the southern city of Bangalore to see how people of faith could help those living with HIV.
UNICEF and IKEA partner for healthier babies in Jharkand state, India
KHUNTI, India, 2 September 2010 – Bilkani Sangha shakes her head in amazement when she recalls how she first fed her newborn baby. She remembers dipping a cloth into warm goat’s milk mixed with honey and jungle herbs, then slowly dripping the concoction into her tiny child’s mouth.
In a programme expanding across India, UNICEF and IKEA provide life-saving supplements
PAKAULI, India, 24 August 2010 – With promises of “sweet, sweet,” health worker Rita Kumari eases a teaspoon of liquid into two-year-old Kajal’s mouth. “There now, little one, you will be safe and feel better,” said Ms. Kumari. The toddler swallows the last drops of the diluted zinc tablet, a supplement that will help her fight a potentially deadly case of diarrhoea.
In rural India, improved sanitation and iron supplements help girls stay in school
LALGANJ, India, 13 August 2010 – Rina, 16, has copper-painted toenails and a matching floral ‘kurta,’ or blouse. A pendant of the local tribal goddess Sarna hangs from her neck.
In rural India's 'cotton corridor,' UNICEF and IKEA partner to tackle child labour
RAICHUR, India, 5 August 2010 – Mani, 14, was beaten when she tried to chat with other children working in the cotton fields. If the children attempted to sing, play a brief game or slowed their work – due to dizziness from pesticide fumes or the intense heat – the landowner would hit them with a tree branch.
In tea country, Indian mothers learn the importance of breastfeeding
DIBRUGARH, India, 24 June 2010 – Durowpadi Bedia, an ‘Angawadi’ community health worker at the Nahortoli Tea Estate in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam, takes her job very seriously.
South Asian cricketers bowl UNICEF's 'healthy hat trick' for children
DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka, 24 June, 2010 – Besides batting overs, taking runs and losing innings, South Asia’s top cricketers were bowling a hat trick of another kind during the Asia Cup – which wrapped up here today as India prevailed over Sri Lanka in the final match.
In India, pregnancy comes with a high price
KHARIAR, India, 11 June 2010 – Her face contorted in pain, Triveni Patel, 27, hobbled into the health centre in an advanced stage of labour with her mother-in-law at her side. Ms. Patel was suffering from acute complications and dangerously high blood pressure. She was frighteningly close to death.
In rural India, IKEA solar-powered lamps light a path for girl students
UTTAR PRADESH, India, 20 May 2010 – When Mantasha was 13, her mother brought her to the home of a rich family to work. She told her daughter that if she worked hard the family would put her through school and eventually help her to marry.
At St. Lucia match, India and Afghanistan team up to end polio
RODNEY BAY, St. Lucia, 10 May 2010 – For the first time ever, the cricket teams of India and Afghanistan recently came together, playing a match here in St. Lucia in solidarity against the scourge of polio.
UNICEF-EC programme gives a second chance to a would-be child bride in India
NEW YORK, USA, 22 April 2010 – Bablu, 15, lives with her family in a small village in rural Rajasthan. She was 13 when her community decided she should be married. “I did not want to get married,” she said. “I thought my life would be completely ruined.”
Reaching mobile populations with polio vaccine in India
LUCKNOW, India, 14 April 2010 – A recent polio immunization campaign in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh succeeded in treating some of the most difficult to reach families in this area – mobile labourers.
Female mountaineer inspires girls to greater heights at 'Meena Radio' event
LUCKNOW, India, 1 April 2010 – Santosh Yadav twice accomplished her dream of climbing Mount Everest, so it is fitting that she was chosen to address the crowd at a launch event for Meena Radio, a radio programme that aims to inspire young girls to stay in school and achieve their own dreams.
Children spearhead safe-water practices in India
JHARKHAND, India, 19 March 2010 – Soon after their classes are over, a dozen students from Pathargora Upper Primary School in Jharkhand are busy packing up their portable water testing kit.
Defying the pressure to marry young in India
RAJASTHAN, India, 22 January 2010 – When Asu Kawar was 13-years-old, her community and family decided that she should be married to a man more than twice her age.
Examples of 'positive deviance' in habits leading to malnutrition in West Bengal
DUMURDI, India, 11 January 2010 – Bharati Mandi walks to her local 'Angawadi' – a government sponsored centre for mothers and children in India – each day with her four-month-old son Biswajit and her three-year-old daughter Shampa. Together with other mothers, she prepares herself a healthy mid-day meal of lentils, rice and vegetables.
One girl’s stand against early marriage in India
PURULIA DISTRICT, India, 04 January 2010 – Jakir Ansari used to work in the circus as a clown, and his face and arms are studded with scars from where the knives that were thrown at him missed their mark. Today he works as a day labourer, earning about 1,200 rupees ($26) per month to support his family.
Tea garden clubs fill gaps for girls in India
DIBRUGARH, India, 15 December 2009 – In the hills of Assam, a state in north eastern India, women scattered across the landscape pick more than 80 per cent of the country’s famous tea – largely by hand.
Child-rights video contest winner focuses on the right to education
NEW YORK, USA, 20 November 2009 – A young girl in India longs to be in school. She watches through the window and the gracious teacher calls her in. But when she sits down, the boys shift over to one side to be away from her.
A Braille version of the CRC spells out rights for the visually impaired in India
NARENDRAPUR, India, 17 November 2009 – Thirteen-year-old Mahesh Yadav’s fingers glide gracefully across the page in front of him. He reads aloud from the text – a Braille version of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
Community radio connects, educates and entertains in rural India
SHIVPURI, India, 13 November 2009 – Ramvati Adivasi didn’t let the fact that she can’t read or write stand in the way of her burgeoning radio career. Today she’s conducting interviews, editing programmes on the computer and performing scripts as a member of a newly inaugurated local radio station, Dharkan 107.8 FM.
UNICEF supports education on remote Indian islands
MESAKI ISLAND, India, 29 October 2009 – Juri Gogoi makes her way along a path that twists from the shores of this island on the Brahmaputra River to the school, a 20-minute walk away.
Containing a malaria outbreak in Bihar through rapid deployment
BIHAR, India, 28 October 2009 – This summer, an outbreak of approximately 3,600 cases of cerebral malaria took 22 lives along two blocks of Munger District in Bihar province.
Flash floods affect 2 million people in India
NEW YORK, USA, 8 October 2009 – One of the worst flash floods in decades in the southern Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka has left almost 250 people dead and affected an estimated total of 2 million.
Bringing health services to island communities in Assam, India
CHOKHIA ISLAND, India, 7 October 2009 – When the great Brahmaputra River floods each year, millions of residents living on its roughly 3,000 islands are cut off from the rest of India.
Teaching mothers healthy habits in India
GUJARAT, India, 4 September 2009 – “I wish the ‘Mamta Divas’ were there when I had my first child. She is 13 years old and looks eight or nine. My son is a different story,” says Mennaben Gavit, proudly holding her healthy one-year-old boy on her lap.
India’s Child Reporters Initiative: a twinkling star in the dark night
ORISSA, India, 18 August 2009 – Four years ago, UNICEF spearheaded an initiative called ‘Child Reporters Reporting on Children’s Issues’ in order to give a voice to the marginalized children of the remote Koraput District.
An innovative partnership between UNICEF and a dairy collective in India
GUJARAT, India, 11 August 2009 – In the underdeveloped Valsad district of Gujurat, a unique and innovative partnership has been established between UNICEF and the Vasadhara Dairy.
Battling water-borne diseases in cyclone-affected West Bengal
SUNDERBANS, India, 7 August 2009 – When Cyclone Alia hit the Bay of Bengal at midnight on 26 May, more than 80 per cent of the fragile homes in the area were totally destroyed. The storm broke through the century-old embankments flooding rice paddies, devastating crops and forcing families to seek shelter at higher ground.
UNICEF provides supplies for cyclone-affected West Bengal
KOLKATA, India, 1 June 2009 – Madhumita, age 10, loves school and hopes to one day become a teacher. But for now, her dreams have been put on hold by Cyclone Aila, which hit her delta village in West Bengal earlier this week, destroying her textbooks and shutting down her school.
In India’s Bihar State, economic crisis hits the poorest of the poor
BIHAR, India, 29 May 2009 – As the sun sinks into the horizon over the Kosi River in India's Bihar State, the scene is almost idyllic. Wooden ferries putter across the river as young boys wash buffalo and splash around in the shallows.
UN Public Service Award honours water supply initiative in Gujarat, India
GUJARAT, India, 13 May 2009 – The air was charged with excitement in the office of the Water and Sanitation Management Organization (WASMO) after the recent announcement that it had won the prestigious UN Public Service Award for ‘fostering participation in policy-making decisions through innovative mechanisms.’
IKEA-supported training helps ‘hero’ at early-childhood centre in Assam, India
ASSAM, India, 2 March 2009 – Just off the main road of Athabari village, Tarulata Saikia sits in a small room decorated with brightly coloured posters of the Assamese alphabet. Ms. Saikia, 48, is a petite, soft-spoken worker at an ‘Anganwadi’ community child development centre. She has a remarkable story to tell.
UNICEF and IKEA support long-lasting insecticidal nets to prevent malaria in India
ASSAM, India, 25 February 2009 — Narrow, dusty roads coil past a slew of mud houses with bamboo fences at Bagrodia Tea Estate in Assam. Known as ‘labour lines’, these dwellings present a stark contrast to the lush and verdant tea gardens all around.
UNICEF and IKEA join hands to support child survival in India
ASSAM, India, 24 February 2009 – A woman’s eyes open wide in shock. A second later her face crumples and a shriek of misery cuts the air. Her husband hugs her nervously to soothe her. In the village of Dikomnahoroni, expectant mother Poornima Gosain has felt the first contractions of labour.
'The Final Inch': Oscar-nominated film looks at efforts to eradicate polio
NEW YORK, USA, 19 February 2009 – Fifty years after the development of an effective vaccine marked the beginning of the end of polio in the developed world, the paralyzing and sometimes fatal disease continues to stalk children in the poorest countries.
A new model for newborn child survival in rural India
GUNA, India, 19 January 2009 – Bhooribai Sing was seven-months pregnant when her labour pains began. She had already lost her first two pregnancies and the nearest health centre was an hour away from her home.
Villagers still struggling to rebuild lives after devastating Bihar floods
MADHUBANI, India, 24 November 2008 – Dinesh Mandal knew he had to get his family to higher ground when the Kosi River rose over it’s banks and surged towards his village. He tried desperately to lift his 10-year-old daughter, Rekha, up onto an elevated railroad track, but he lost his grip and she was swept away in the raging flood waters.
Star cricketer Sachin Tendulkar promotes handwashing in India
CHAANDIGARH, India, 16 October 2008 – Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and his teammates joined an estimated 100 million school children around the country yesterday in lathering up for better health and hygiene as part of the first Global Handwashing Day.
Indian cricket star Sachin Tendulkar goes to bat for better hygiene through handwashing
NEW DELHI, India, 8 October 2008 – International cricket sensation Sachin Tendulkar has joined forces with UNICEF to get Indian children to improve their health and hygiene as part of the first Global Handwashing Day, to be observed on 15 October.
UNICEF rushes emergency supplies to flooded regions in India's Orissa State
CUTTACK, India, 25 September 2008 – It is 7:30 on Sunday morning at the office of the District Emergency Officer in Cuttack in the state of Orissa, where floodwaters have affected 17 districts. The office is swamped with people, ringing phones and the crackle of walkie-talkies.
Frontline diary: UNICEF doctor’s harrowing tale of survival amidst Bihar floods
BIHAR, India, 9 September 2008 – My mind was spinning with questions as I left Delhi and set off for Bihar: How can a river that is the source of life become the source of such misery and destruction, savagely disrupting the lives of hundreds of thousands of people? The people of this state are far too familiar with misery; even without a disaster, 40 per cent of children under five were already malnourished. How were they going to cope now?
Women and children are the worst-affected by flooding in Bihar
ARARIA, India, 3 September 2008 – Zafeda Khatum has just lost her newborn baby son to the icy waters of the Kosi River. The 18-year-old maintains a stoic silence even as her family members clamour around to explain how she lost her infant.
1.4 million people affected by flooding in Bihar
BIHAR, India, 27 August 2008 – A two-kilometre breach in the eastern embankment of the Kosi River in Bihar last week has resulted in the inundation of hundreds of villages, including areas that have not previously experienced major flooding.
Food crisis ravages India’s poorest children
GURAVAL VILLAGE, Madhya Pradesh, India, 9 June 2008 – In the pre-monsoon heat, the Akushwah family gathered under a Neem tree on their most important mission since a boy was born to the family a year ago.
UNICEF and partners present gripping tele-series focused on social issues in India
DELHI, India, 7 April 2008 – Actresses Geetanjali Gill and Geeta Bisht are in Delhi, filming ‘Kyunki...Jeena Issi Ka Naam Hai’ (‘Because...That's What Life Is’), a tele-series created in partnership with UNICEF and the Prasar Bharti Broadcasting Corporation.
Nutrition Rehabilitation Centre brings hope for newborn health in India
LALITPUR, India, 19 February 2008 – Her name, ‘Abhilasha’, means ‘wish’ in Hindi. Not so long ago, she showed all the characteristic symptoms of severe undernutrition. Weighing just 4.5 kilograms, two-year-old Abhilasha had sunken eyes, a swollen belly and shriveled skin.
Documentary film explores the topic, ‘Love (and Babies) in the Time of AIDS’
MUMBAI, India, 31 January 2008 – ‘Love (and Babies) in the Time of AIDS: A Journey to India’ is a remarkable documentary that follows HIV/AIDS activist Thembi Ngubane, 23, as she travels from her humble home in Khayelitsha, South Africa to the bustling centre of Bollywood in Mumbai, India.
Long-term plans to improve education in post-tsunami Tamil Nadu
TAMIL NADU, India, December 2007 – Education is the central focus of UNICEF’s work to rebuild the lives of children in Tamil Nadu.
Cricketers help immunize children against polio in New Delhi
NEW DELHI, India, 10 December 2007 – Children in India are being immunized as part of an ongoing regional polio eradication campaign called Bowl Out Polio. Recently in New Dehli, children received a welcome surprise as top players from India and Pakistan’s cricket teams joined with health workers to bring attention to the campaign.
‘Red Ribbon Express’ rides the rails to raise youth AIDS awareness in India
NEW DELHI, India, 3 December 2007 – The Railway Age dawned in India in 1853, with the first train to run from Bombay to Thana, a distance of 21 miles. Over 150 years later, the extensive Indian railway network covering almost 70,000 miles is transporting more than passengers and cargo across the continent. Now it is also a vital conduit for raising AIDS awareness.
Indian cricketers help spread the message to ‘Bowl Out Polio’
UTTAR PRADESH, India, 14 November 2007 – After a recent one-day cricket match between India and Pakistan, victorious Indian cricketeer R.P. Singh received a special award from the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Sushri Mayawati. Before accepting the highly anticipated award, however, Mr. Singh presented Ms. Mayawati with a cricket bat signed by all the players of his team, as part of the ‘Bowl Out Polio’ campaign.
Changing attitudes about malnutrition and gender equality in India
KOLARAS, India, 30 October 2007 – When nine-month-old twins Devki and Rahul were brought by their mother to the Nutrition Rehabilitation Centre in Kolaras, Rahul was a normal weight and size for his age, yet his sister Devki weighed just over half of what she should have. Devki’s condition was the result of severe malnutrition.
Offering mothers a safe environment for giving birth in flood-affected Bihar State
BIHAR, India, 24 October 2007 – Sita Devi was the first woman to give birth at the newly established facility known as the ‘maternity hut’ at the Bargamaghachi camp in Samastipur. For over a month, Bargamaghachi has been home to more than 600 families from six villages as they wait for the floodwaters to recede so they can return to their homes.
Rebuilding lives in marginalized communities of flood-affected Bihar
BIHAR, India, 19 September 2007 – In the remote village of Sarainyan, near the border of Nepal, the floods that came with this year’s monsoons destroyed homes and displaced many familes.
Combating acute malnutrition in flood survivors
BIHAR, India, 17 September 2007 – It is more than a month after the flooding began in Bihar, but millions of people continue to be affected. Food being distributed by the Government is often delayed because roads are still submerged or completely washed away.
Cricket chief Malcolm Speed meets Indian children living with HIV
NEW DELHI, India, 29 August 2007 – Malcolm Speed, the head of the International Cricket Council (ICC), met today with a group of Indian children living with HIV as part of an ongoing partnership to promote the global campaign, Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS.
Women and children bear the brunt of flood effects in Bihar
BIHAR, India, 23 August 2007 – Three days after giving birth to her son, Subhagi Devi, 30, had to make a midnight escape from the floods that have submerged her village in East Champaran, Bihar state.
Mobile medical camps treat children and families displaced by floods in Bihar
BIHAR, India, 16 August 2007 – At a UNICEF medical camp, Kusum, 4, has been vaccinated against measles as a part of the effort to save lives after the recent monsoon floods here.
UNICEF galvanizes partners for flood relief to children and families in Uttar Pradesh
SILAUTA VILLAGE, Uttar Pradesh, India, 15 August 2007 – It is a wet August morning and Kishori, 4, is playing with her friends on a narrow, kilometre-long embankment.
‘Breast crawl’ phenomenon benefits mothers and newborns
NANDURBAR, India – 8 August, 2007 – Early breastfeeding is a simple, natural way to ensure that a baby gets proper nutrition. But many women are not aware of the special value of breastfeeding. For them, it is often a struggle to breastfeed.
More aid needed for tens of millions affected by severe monsoon floods in India
NEW YORK, USA, 6 August 2007 – For the past two weeks, South Asia has seen some of the worst monsoon flooding in living memory. Across northern India, Bangladesh and Nepal, villages have been completely marooned, leaving tens of millions displaced and stranded.
18,000 villages across Gujarat celebrate a massive school enrolment drive
GUJARAT, India, 25 July 2007 - Drums were beating, village women donned their finest saris and the streets were decorated with flowers. It was a big day in the life of Kirti Utana - the five-year old daughter of illiterate parents in the tribal village of Siddumbar was going to school.
Preparation and quick action save flood victims in Orissa
ORISSA, India, 18 July 2007 – Seeta and six-week-old daughter Badhia are among the many families who recently lost their homes after incessant rains resulted in heavy flooding in Orissa and neighbouring states. For a week, Seeta and Badhia lived outside and drank floodwater before finally taking shelter in a local primary school.
Making every child count in the streets of Kolkata, India
KOLKATA, India, 22 June 2007 – In a unique initiative to protect street children from exploitation and ensure their rights, birth certificates were awarded to 50,000 youths from underprivileged neighbourhoods at a glittering ceremony in Kolkata this week.
Young peer educators raise awareness of HIV/AIDS prevention in Gujarat youth
GUJARAT, India, 12 June 2007 – The western state of Gujarat, a border area with a fairly high number of migrant labourers, is well known for its rapid economic development and ranks among India’s ‘medium prevalence’ states with regard to HIV.
Volunteers and helpline join forces to reduce maternal mortality in rural India
NEW YORK, USA, 29 May 2007 – A rigid social structure and gender inequality – which stretches from educational opportunities to health-care access and more – can be a deadly combination for women living in the villages of rural India.
Children set-up their own school in an Indian village, defying caste barriers
JAMALPUR, India, 16 May 2007 – The steep, narrow path leads you to an enclosure covered by a thatched roof. The floor has been plastered with clay and the walls are built on columns of tree trunks.
‘Girl Stars’ reach out to rural India through films on the power of education
NEW YORK, USA, 9 May 2007 – Starting this week, three colourful trucks will take 15 short films on a road show to 180 villages across three states in India, encouraging a positive dialog with communities on the benefits of girls’ education.
In India, a young woman follows her heart and breaks barriers
NEW YORK, USA, 30 April 2007 – In a field of buzzing bees a young woman tends to the boxes where they swarm, protecting the honey. She is Anita Khushwaha, the first female beekeeper in the rural Indian village of Bochaha.
In India, ‘Girl Stars’ show that determination and education are keys to success
NEW YORK, USA, 26 January 2007 – Laxmirani Majhi, 17, also known as Laxmi, is an international-level archer and a student at the Tata Sports Academy in Jamshedpur, India. Laxmi is also one on India’s ‘Girl Stars’, young women who are breaking away from socio-economic discrimination to achieve success.
Global Task Force aims to provide all children with safe water and sanitation
NEW YORK, USA, 22 January 2007 – Cherie Blair met youth delegates from India and Nigeria at UNICEF headquarters today to help start a global initiative to ensure that children everywhere have access to safe water and sanitation.
In southern India, children’s centres play vital role in tsunami recovery
SINGARATHOPPU, India, December 2006 - As parents arrive and deliver their sons and daughters, the babble of young voices builds and the simple concrete building is filled with a lively gathering of pre-school children.
Goodwill Ambassador Roger Federer sees tsunami recovery progress in Tamil Nadu
CUDDALORE, India, 22 December 2006 – Just days before the second anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami, tennis great and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Roger Federer visited Tamil Nadu, India, witnessing firsthand the progress made to help tsunami-affected communities ‘build back better’.
Sanitation and hygiene improve in post-tsunami rural Indian communities
THAEZANGUADA, India, December 2006 – Stepping carefully between puddles left by the latest monsoon, Jeeva moves from one house to the next on an important mission: ensuring that her neighbours know how to use their new toilets.
UNICEF-supported film voted BBC World ‘Best Documentary’
NEW YORK, USA, 12 December 2006 – A film about Biru Malik, a nine-year-old boy who spends his days preparing funeral pyres on the banks of the Ganges in India, is the winner of the BBC World viewers’ poll for the Best Documentary of 2006.
Sonia Gandhi and Bill Clinton launch AIDS programme for children
NEW DELHI, India, 30 November 2006 – On the eve of World AIDS Day, former US President Bill Clinton and Sonia Gandhi, one of India’s leading politicians, launched India’s first National Paediatric Programme on HIV and AIDS.
New resources and peer education benefit communities recovering from the tsunami
TAMIL NADU, India, December 2006 – During a break in class, six-year-old Raja talks about the different lessons and activities that make up a day at his elementary school in Kannarapatti. “Tamil is my favourite lesson,” he says.
For a young married girl in India, education is a dream come true
BIHAR, India, 13 November, 2006 – When Buna Devi, 18, walks to the learning centre in her village in the Patna District of India’s Bihar State, she says she hears her neighbours whispering, “Look at that old woman with two children – she is going to study now, at her age!”
South African cricketers instil hope in the lives of Indian children affected by HIV
AHMEDABAD, India, 27 October 2006 – South African cricket players Shaun Pollock, AB De Villiers, Andrew Hall and Jonty Rohdes recently visited India – not to play cricket games, but to spend time with children affected by HIV.
Torrential rains in the desert continue to cause havoc in flood-affected Rajasthan
RAJASTHAN, India, 1 September 2006 – The Thar desert of Rajasthan has been hit with devastating flash floods following 100 hours of torrential rains. The rains, which are typical at this time of year, have been wreaking havoc across India’s northern and western states.
Monsoon floods cause widespread damage, affecting millions in India
BHUBANESWAR, India, 15 August 2006 – Lying on the floor of a congested relief camp, women and children wait anxiously for the return of their loved ones. Among them is Pratima Biswal, 32, whose husband Saroj went missing while trying to escape from the raging floodwaters.
Enrolment drive sends almost 600,000 girls and boys to school in Gujarat, India
GUJARAT, India, 30 June 2006 – Every one of Gujarat State’s 18,000 villages was celebrating on 17 June, the start of a three-day, statewide enrolment drive that ultimately placed 593,863 children in school. Nearly half of these new students are girls.
In India, UNICEF Executive Board members take pulse of progress toward MDGs
NEW DELHI, India, 25 May 2006 – Richa Devi, 11, is used to teaching the younger children in her school how to wash their hands properly. This week she had a new student, UNICEF Executive Board President Andrei Dapkiunas.
Photography workshop gives new perspectives to children in New Delhi
NEW DELHI, India, 18 May 2006 – A UNICEF-sponsored photography workshop has given its young participants from Amar Jyoti School in New Delhi a new perspective on people close to them.
Former child labourers from India share their stories with UNICEF
NEW YORK, USA, 2 May 2006 – Two former child labourers from India met and shared their life stories with UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman and Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah during a tour to help raise awareness about the plight of children in servitude worldwide. The boys – Puran Banjara, 14, and his friend Samsur Mohamad, 13 – came to the United States last week as part of a visit coordinated by the Global March Against Child Labour.
‘Going local’: To improve child nutrition in India, UNICEF begins with mothers
BAGDOLEY VILLAGE, India, April 2006 – Little Tasmina Khatuni is the centre of attention in her village in West Bengal, India. With chubby hands, large kohl-rimmed eyes and plump cheeks, the 18-month-old child is the darling and envy of her neighbours. Children want to kiss her and play with her, and other mothers wonder what makes her more lively and healthy than their own, because the girl’s family is as poor as they are.
UNICEF unveils new tool to combat maternal mortality in India
NEW DELHI, INDIA, 6 April 2006 – In this country where a woman dies in childbirth every five minutes, UNICEF is unveiling a new method to save mothers’ lives: the Maternal and Perinatal Death Inquiries method, or MAPEDI.
New Delhi alternative learning centre gets a visit from Queen Rania of Jordan
NEW DELHI, India, 13 March, 2006 – Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan visited children at the Ritinjali Learning Centre in South Delhi on Friday, the first day of her two-day trip to India. Ritinjali is one of over 3,000 alternative schools in India dedicated to teaching out-of-school children while reintegrating them into the formal education system.
UN Independent Expert calls for ‘zero tolerance for violence against children’
NEW DELHI, India, 20 February 2006 – Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, the UN Secretary General’s Independent Expert on violence against children, says India can play a leading role in supporting the recommendations of the forthcoming global Study on the issue.
Reaching out to India’s poorest: Sister Sudha awarded government distinction
JAMSAUT, Bihar, India, 6 February 2006 – Girls from the Musahar community in the village of Jamsaut are studying at their local school. What looks like a perfectly normal classroom scene makes for an unusual sight here, as these girls belong to one of the most destitute and marginalised groups in Bihar – India’s poorest state.
Micro-planning improves children’s lives in rural India
BANGALORE, India, 5 January 2006 – Twelve-year-old Suguna sits with the rest of her classmates under a tree in the village of Irudalam. The soft rhythmic chant of their voices mingles with that of their teacher, drifting across the simple stone and mud houses of this traditional community. Suguna’s class is a ‘bridge course’, designed to keep up the studies of children who have dropped out of school – with the hope of getting them back into formal education later.
India: Water, malaria and nutrition are key issues in Andaman and Nicobar Islands’ recovery
CAR NICOBAR ISLAND, India, December 2005 – “UNICEF came to Andaman and Nicobar right after the tsunami, extremely anxious that no disease epidemic should strike the islands. So we started a prevention measles programme along with vitamin A supplementation." says UNICEF Programme Coordinator Subash Misra.
India: Water and sanitation are keys to recovery on Andaman and Nicobar Islands
CAR NICOBAR, India, December 2005 – Car Nicobar, in India’s remote Andaman and Nicobar Islands, was devastated by the tsunami; 12 months later half of the island is still submerged. Water and sanitation has been a key part of the recovery effort.
Keeping children healthy in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, 1 year after the tsunami
CAR NICOBAR, India, December 2005 – One year after the tsunami struck the Andaman and Nicobar Islands off the coast of India, killing about 3,500 people – one third of them children – 46,000 people here are still living in temporary shelters. Nutritional supplementation and disease prevention measures have helped keep children healthy; work is proceeding to restore essential services.
India: Education offers a second chance
GAYA, India, December 2005 – Instructing from the front of the karate class, Guriya Khatun’s performance is commanding. She strikes a posture, then with a shout goes through a series of punches and kicks which her students follow. Her authority, combined with her deadly serious demeanour, make it easy to forget that Guriya is only 14 years old.
Rajasthan welcomes UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman
JAIPUR/NEW DELHI, India, 12 December 2005 – In terms of social development, it is one of the most backward corners of rural India, but there was certainly nothing held back in the warmth of the welcome. Hundreds of villagers in the remote district of Tonk in Rajasthan turned out to greet UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman at the end of her week-long trip to India.
Film star Sharmila Tagore inducted as Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF India
NEW DELHI, India, 8 December 2005 – Sharmila Tagore, one of India’s best-known and well-loved film stars, has signed on as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF India in a move to help the fight against HIV/AIDS in the country.
Vaccines key to saving children's lives
NEW DELHI, India, 7-8 December 2005 – The world’s foremost experts in public health, vaccine manufacturers and policy makers have gathered in New Delhi 7-8 December for the 3rd Partners' Meeting of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, or GAVI.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Sir Roger Moore promotes salt iodization in India
JAIPUR, India, 18 November 2005 - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Sir Roger Moore, accompanied by his wife, Lady Moore, arrived in Jaipur on Thursday, 17 November for a visit focused on promoting the use of iodized salt.
India: Young volunteer fights stigma to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS
Raguwaran is 17 and lives in a village in India’s Tamil Nadu state. Ten years ago his father died of AIDS. His mother is HIV-positive. Having faced stigma and discrimination as a result, Raguwaran became motivated to help others.
India launches UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS
NEW DELHI, India, 25 October 2005 – Indian President Abdul Kalam launched UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS in New Delhi today. President Kalam read a poem and talked with children about issues related to HIV/AIDS, including discrimination.
Vaccine is key to preventing outbreaks of Japanese encephalitis
NEW YORK, 5 October 2005 – In the crowded children’s ward of a hospital in India’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh, Ram Kumar desperately tries to revive his son Sagar, who is very sick. Doctors watch, knowing they have already done what they can to help the young boy, whose father brought him here after a three-day journey by oxcart.
UNICEF-IPU child protection guide now available in Hindi
NEW DELHI, 3 October 2005 – A Hindi translation of the joint UNICEF/Inter-Parliamentary Union publication ‘Child Protection: A Handbook for Parliamentarians’ is now available in India.
Polio immunization campaign to protect 20 million children in India
DEOGARH, India, 20 September 2005 – Beginning on Sunday, nearly 100,000 vaccinators will immunize more than 20 million children against polio in Bihar state – one of two states in India where polio remains endemic.
Emergency plan saves lives during floods
TARDI, Bihar State, India, 14 Sept 2005 – Chhanjay, Ravi Ram and Lahki Chand are children with much to be thankful for, even though they recently had to flee their village homes in boats to escape a flood. Thanks to a new emergency plan, their communities were ready to provide them and others affected by the flood with shelter, proper sanitation and clean water to keep them healthy.
India: Puppets help heal children
TAMIL NADU, India, 7 September 2005 - In the drabness of a temporary camp for tsunami survivors, the brightly coloured puppet show is an instant hit with the children – and a welcome relief from the misery of the monsoon season.
Students in India learn life skills for preventing HIV/AIDS
MUMBAI, India, 26 August 2005 – In the classroom at Bombay Scottish School in Mumbai, the children sing with a passion and maturity, far beyond their teenage years. For they know they are enrolled on a course that might one day save their lives.
Tsunami healing through song and dance
TAMIL NADU, India, 19 August 2005 – In tsunami-affected Tamil Nadu province, a UNICEF-supported programme for psychosocial recovery is giving children a chance to have fun and spread joy, by performing on stage with professional theatre companies.
Young volunteers help fight disease in flood-affected Mumbai
MUMBAI, 15 August 2005 – Following the heavy flooding that recently hit Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra state in India, UNICEF is working with teams of student volunteers from local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in order to help prevent the spread of communicable diseases.
India: UNICEF provides mobile medical teams to flood-hit Mumbai
MUMBAI, India, 5 August 2005 – Nine-year-old Pratimesh Shirke was lucky to escape when his home was flooded by up to three metres of water. While fleeing from the floods he cut his temple, a relatively minor wound but one that could easily become infected if not treated properly.
India: Severe floods continue in Maharashtra
NEW YORK, 1 August 2005 – Ongoing flooding has disrupted the lives of more than 20 million people in India’s Maharashtra State, as heavy rains once again pounded Mumbai, the country’s financial hub.
India: Severe floods hit Maharashtra State
29 July 2005 – Prolonged heavy rains in India’s Maharashtra State have caused severe flooding. Earlier this week, floodwaters paralyzed the city of Mumbai, leaving thousands injured or stranded. Across the state 513 deaths have been reported so far; the actual number may be higher.
‘Enrolment festivals’ in 18,000 villages bring children into school
NILOSHI VILLAGE, Gujarat State, India, 17 June 2005 - Under a scorching summer sun in this remote village, children and parents are celebrating today. Their excitement comes from a school enrolment drive that seeks to reach all of the village’s children aged 5-14.
Heavy flooding forces thousands to flee in Madhya Pradesh
MADHYA PRADESH, India, 12 July 2005 – Heavy flooding caused by torrential rainfall has struck the eastern region of India’s Madhya Pradesh state, forcing thousands to flee their homes. Children and families are taking refuge in relief centres and temporary camps. Emergency supplies have already arrived on the scene.
India: Ban on production and sale of non-iodized salt will protect children
NEW DELHI, 24 June 2005 – In a move to protect the 25 million children born in India each year from brain damage and irreparable physical harm, the Government of India has reinstated a ban on the production and sale of non-iodized salt for human consumption.
India: Tide turns for immunization in Uttar Pradesh
UTTAR PRADESH, India, 28 June 2005 - Until a few months ago, vaccinations in villages in the Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh meant painful jabs and unpleasant memories, as syringes often had to be sterilized and reused, dulling their tips. As these blunt-pointed syringes pierced delicate children’s skin, many mothers did not have the heart to subject them to vaccination again.
Boost for HIV/AIDS education in India
NEW DELHI, 24 June 2005 – India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development and the country’s National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) are collaborating with UNICEF to scale up programmes for educating adolescents about HIV/AIDS.
India: Volunteers put smiles back on young faces
CHENNAI, Tamil Nadu, India, 23 June 2005 - O.K. Swami, 20, is studying for a BA in Literature. This summer break, he is back in his home village, Melamanakudy, volunteering to help young tsunami victims cope with lingering trauma caused by the loss of homes, family members or friends.
India: Food and fun help tsunami children thrive again
TAMIL NADU, India, 21 June 2005 - Many young tsunami survivors in Tamil Nadu are beginning to smile again as they prevail in the battle against malnourishment and physical and psychological trauma.
India: ‘First Captain’ helps tsunami recovery effort
CAR NICOBAR, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India, 21 June 2005 – When the tsunami struck Ireena Mark’s village of Small Lapathy, on this tiny, idyllic island, she knew what to do.
India: ‘Link volunteers’ connect communities to hygiene
TAMIL NADU, India, June 2005 – Tsunami survivors clad in blue UNICEF t-shirts are helping other survivors maintain sanitation and a clean environment in their temporary homes.
Immunization: Reaching children by rail
INDIA, June 6, 2005 – The search for unvaccinated children in India has taken UNICEF to bus stations, railway platforms and busy street corners. Now children are receiving polio vaccinations on passenger trains as they speed across the plains of the northern states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. In mid-May, on just one route, nearly 8,000 children under five years received vaccinations during a five-day immunization drive – over 1,500 on the first day alone.
India: Young people key to HIV prevention
NEW YORK, 6 June 2005 – India intends to tackle HIV/AIDS head on - with children and young people as partners - the country’s Minister for Health and Family Welfare said in an interview in New York on Thursday.
India: Project helps child labourers return to school
DHARMAPURI DISTRICT, Tamil Nadu, India, 26 May 2005 – Their young hands should have held pencils and crayons. Instead, they touched deadly chemicals in matchbox factories, handled worms in silk farms, or were scalded by hot tea while serving customers in tea stalls. Instead of going to school, these child labourers lost precious months or years of their childhood earning paltry wages to support their families.
India: Young tsunami survivors volunteer at day care centres
CHINNURPUDUPETTAI, India, 9 May 2005 – A casual observer watching 17-year-old Sonia Chinnaiyan smiling and working with toddlers at the Aanganwadi Day Care Centre in this village in Tamil Nadu, India, would never guess that her mother lost her life in the tsunami of 26 December 2004.
UNICEF signs on India superstar Amitabh Bachchan to help children
NEW YORK, 15 April 2005 – Last night UNICEF welcomed acclaimed Indian film star Amitabh Bachchan to its ranks of international Goodwill Ambassadors in a formal signing event with Executive Director Carol Bellamy.
Indian girls demand equal access to education
NEW DELHI, India, 11 April 2005 – Girls in India are demanding greater, sustained support for equal access to a good education. At a workshop organised by UNICEF in the Indian capital New Delhi on 7 April a group of around fifty girls from seven Indian states came together to discuss and share their experiences of schooling.
Bellamy bats for health in India on World Health Day
NEW DELHI, 8 April 2005 – On her trip to India during the first week of April, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy helped launch a campaign to raise HIV/AIDS awareness through sport; spoke at the launch of the World Health report on World Health Day; and met with children from rural areas and from the tsunami-affected Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
India forms coalition to address the needs of children with HIV/AIDS
NEW DELHI, 5 April 2005 - India’s National Department of Women and Child Development, along with the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO), have announced the formation of a high-level national coalition to push for greater prioritisation of HIV/AIDS.
Empowering girls through education in India
New York, 4 April 2005 – The state of Bihar, India's poorest, is home to nearly 90 million people. Half of them live in conditions of extreme poverty. Key development indicators, such as those related to public health or literacy, are among the lowest in the nation.
Caring for children hit hard by the tsunami
SIRUTHUR VILLAGE, India, 30 March 2005 - Three-year-old Nandini is barely able to speak, but the sadness in her eyes tells a tragic tale.
Schools on the front line of the fight against iodine deficiency
TIRUNELVELI, India, 28 March 2005 - Vennila, a 5th grader in Tamil Nadu’s Tirunelveli district, watches a plate of salt she has brought from home with intent concentration. The headmaster of her school also watches with concern, hoping for her sake that the sample will change colour, to purple. However, sadly for Vennila, the salt remains obstinately white.
Traumatized children at risk for infection
TAMIL NADU, India, 21 March 2005 - Sahai Radhika has her eyes wide open, but she is not talking. The 12-year old girl lies in the lap of her father Krishtarajan and looks away when you try to talk to her.
Quick tsunami response prevented water-borne epidemics
NEW DELHI, India, 17 March 2005 - Shortly after the tsunami struck countries on the Indian Ocean and killed hundreds of thousands, the World Health Organization issued a grim warning that water-borne diseases could double the death toll. But three months after the tragedy, no epidemics of diarrhoea, cholera or measles have been reported in Tamil Nadu, Andaman, or the Nicobar Islands - the most severely affected regions of India.
Vaccination campaign focuses on tackling social resistance to vaccine
UTTAR PRADESH, India, 6 January 2005 - With its density of population, areas of severe poverty and varied cultures, western Uttar Pradesh is where the campaign to eradicate polio is at greatest risk of failure.
INDIA: UNICEF toys help tsunami survivors play again
NAGAPATTINAM, India, 24 February 2005 – Children in the Nagapattinam area of India who survived the tsunami are receiving support in coping with lingering trauma and stress, through play. As a part of the ongoing recovery process, the Indian government, supported by UNICEF, has equipped each of the 73 relief centres in this area with its own dedicated play area.
Keeping India’s tsunami survivors healthy
NAGAPATTINAM, India, 31 January 2005 - For tsunami survivors along the coast of India, the path to recovery is slow and fraught with obstacles. In Nagapattinam, tens of thousands of people are still living in temporary relief centres.
Girls celebrated for determination to stay in school
MAHARASHTRA, India, 8 February 2005 - Communities in Maharashtra, in the western and central parts of India, are coming together to give special recognition to girls who manage to stay in school against all odds.
Children eager to return to schools in Andaman and Nicobar Islands
PORT BLAIR, India, 7 February 2005 - It is lunch time and the fragrance of cooked food is infusing the air with a sense of expectancy. People seem to have settled into camp life as uncomfortable as it is. In the immediate aftermath of the tsunami, food, water and sanitation were the primary concerns for survival; education did not figure as a priority. Now it is back at the forefront of parents’ and teachers’ minds.
Amitabh Bachchan appeals for relief to tsunami survivors
NEW YORK, 13 January 2005 – Amitabh Bachchan, popular star of Indian cinema and recently appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, appealed last week for relief to tsunami survivors. Mr. Bachchan spoke passionately of the world’s collective duty to the children who are the youngest and most vulnerable of the survivors.
UNICEF provides clean drinking water for 200 relief camps
NAGAPATTINAM, India, 9 January 2005 – Clean drinking water is the key to survival for hundreds of children and their families seeking refuge in crowded relief camps in Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu. To prevent waterborne disease such as cholera, typhoid, and dysentery - all caused by drinking contaminated water - UNICEF has set up water tanks, providing safe drinking water for the survivors.
Oral rehydration salts save lives in Tamil Nadu
TAMIL NADU, India, 7 January 2005 - After the tsunamis ripped apart families and homes in the Nagapattinam and other districts of Tamil Nadu, UNICEF has been working to prevent outbreaks of diarrhoea among the thousands of now homeless children and their families.
Immunizing children against measles
NAGAPATTINAM, India, 5 January 2005 – Children in the worst affected areas in India are undergoing urgent immunization to prevent the spread of deadly diseases. UNICEF says that protecting children against measles in eight affected districts of Tamil Nadu is a top priority.
UNICEF doctors reach pregnant women in relief camps
TAMIL NADU, India, 5 January 2005 - Like many people in her village in Pattinacheery, Radhika, 20 began running when she heard a threatening rumble from the sea.
UNICEF supplies water to parched relief camps
NAGAPATTINAM, Tamil Nadu, India, 1 January 2005 - Two truckloads of water tanks provided by UNICEF were driven into the tsunami wrecked district of Nagapattinam, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Supplying clean drinking water to hundreds of women and children who are crowded in relief camps is a crucial task, as water sources have already been polluted by piles of garbage nearby.
UNICEF begins building toilets in relief camps in India
NAGARCOIL, India, 30 December 2004 - The Kanyakumari district administration and UNICEF are installing toilets in 19 of the relief camps where around 16,000 people displaced by this week’s tsunami are currently living.
Tsunami survivors flood camps in India
NEW DELHI, India, 29 December 2004 –UNICEF is sending emergency items and staff to various relief camps and hospitals in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
Eye-witness accounts of the disaster in India
CHENNAI, India, 28 December 2004 - The south of India has been gravely impacted by this weekend’s 9.0-magnitude earthquake and resulting deadly tsunamis, which have left nine south Asian countries in chaos and ruin.
Young people join the fight against HIV/AIDS
NEW DELHI, 26 November 2004 - A two-day Special Session of National Students and Youth Parliament on HIV and AIDS was held in New Delhi on 6-7 November 2004. This first-of-its-kind event helped empower young people to play a role in combating the HIV and AIDS. As a result of the meeting, over 3,000 young people will be chosen as ‘ambassadors’ to disseminate information about HIV and AIDS throughout India.
Schooling sputtering to a start in flood-affected districts of Bihar
Bihar State, India, 27, September – In the primary school of the village of Olipur, there is a couplet written on a wall. The words describe the terrible floods that wreaked havoc on countries in South Asia earlier this summer. It reads: “Baadh chali aati har saal/Jeevan kar deti badhaal” (Floods visit us every year and leave life in disarray).
Football spurs girls’ education in West Bengal
NEW DELHI, India, 1 September 2004 – FIFA, the international football governing body, is donating 65 sports-in-a-box kits to the UNICEF West Bengal office to help support girls’ education and their right to play. Girls in most villages have hardly ever participated in outdoor sports; they will now have the opportunity to form teams and play football regularly.
UNICEF office in India launches new website
26 August 2004 – The brand new UNICEF India website, created and produced in India by UNICEF staff, is now online.
Aftermath of the floods in Assam
ASSAM, 13 August 2004 – Life is not easy for people in the flood-devastated state of Assam. Hundreds of families continue to live in cramped quarters on embankments, even as the water levels have receded.
New UNICEF video highlights flood crisis in India
ASSAM/BIHAR, India, 27 July 2004 – Nearly 30 million people have been affected by the severe floods in the Indian states of Assam and Bihar. Some 550 people have lost their lives.
Rising floodwaters force millions to flee in the dead of night
MORIGAON, Assam, India, 22 July 2004 – With floodwaters rising around her feet, Padumi Medhi shook her children out of bed and rushed them out into the night in search of safety.
Severe flooding in South Asia leaves children and families stranded
DARBHANGA, Bihar State, India, 20 July 2004 – Munni Devi, mother of five children, has been doing something she had never done before: She has been holding an umbrella for the past three days almost without a break.
Using peer education to combat HIV/AIDS in India
MUMBAI, India, 12 July 2004 – On an overcast monsoon morning, students, performers, municipal officers and humanitarian aid workers are focusing their attention on the subject of HIV/AIDS.
Campaign launched to promote girls’ education in Gujarat, India
NEW DELHI, India, 22 June 2004 – Around 26 per cent of India’s girls between the ages of 6 to 14 are not in school. The western state of Gujarat, which has a population comparable to that of Ukraine, accounts for a large proportion of this percentage with more than 40 per cent of its women being illiterate.
Building health and hope for soon-to-be mothers in rural India
When 26-year-old Shanta went to the health centre for a regular prenatal check up, no one took notice of the puffiness on her face and arms. Later on she developed serious complications. By the time she got to the nearest hospital, it was too late; she died giving birth to twins, and her children died fifteen days later. The puffiness on her face and arms was a sign of high blood pressure, which can be life-threatening during pregnancy.
Cricket star pitches in on India's "Polio Sunday"
KARNATAKA, 9 May 2004—India’s fourth “Polio Sunday,” which aims to immunize all children under age five in three of India’s states, has received warm support from a star of India’s cricket team.Anil Kumble, India’s famous spin bowler, visited a polio vaccination outreach booth in his home city of Bangalore. There he immunized many children, including a one-day-old child, with the polio vaccine popularly known as the "two drops of life".