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A girl does geometry at a UNICEF-assisted school in Rwanda | Photo © UNICEF/HQ07-1345/Giacomo Pirozzi

October 3, 2012

In Nepal, Improving Maternal and Child Health

Nepal took a historic step last week as government ministries partnered with UNCEF and others to launch the country’s new Multi-Sector Nutrition Plan. About 49% of Nepalese children under five suffer from stunting, a measure of chronic undernutrition. Acute malnutrition heightens children’s risk of death and damages the brain, affecting physical and mental development. The Nutrition Plan aims to reduce chronic malnutrition by one third over the next five years, and in ten years bring it down to a level at which it no longer hampers development.

October 2, 2012

In Mali, Land-Mine Risk Education Targets Children Displaced by Conflict

Children don’t know that mines are dangerous, and UNICEF is holding mine risk education workshops to train partners on how to conduct awareness sessions.

October 1, 2012

In Cambodia, Health Volunteers Provide Critical Help for Pregnant Women and Newborns

While Cambodia has made impressive gains in reducing child and infant mortality, neonatal as well as maternal mortality has remained high. UNICEF has been supporting the Ministry of Health to improve the availability and quality of skilled care for mothers and their newborns. Trained village health volunteers visit the homes of pregnant women and counsel the mothers on care to be taken during pregnancy, and they promote delivery in a health facility with trained healthcare workers. They also provide care after delivery during follow-up visits.

September 28, 2012

Children and Youth Affected by Juvenile Justice Share Their Experiences through Videos

The international conference on Violence Against Children in Juvenile Justice Systems in Kyrgyzstan is part of a project supported by the European Union and UNICEF to research ill treatment of children in conflict with the law. Children’s voices are a strong part of the initiative, and a series of video workshops were held to capture these voices. UNICEF and partners brought together children who had been behind bars to produce 60-second videos. These videos demonstrate their personal views on the juvenile justice systems in their countries.

September 27, 2012

Improving Food Security in Burkina Faso Through Education

UNICEF estimates that 100,000 children under five are suffering from severe acute malnutrition in Burkina Faso, while close to 1.7 million people are at risk of going hungry. A UNICEF and EU joint project aims to improve nutrition security among women and young children, and the program’s approach begins with education. Local NGOs hold nutrition classes to teach mothers how to fortify their families’ meals with vitamin-rich ingredients, and farmers are encouraged to plant fruit and vegetables instead of relying on less nutritious staple grains.

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