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UNICEF Launches Northeast Chapter Of Radio4Child To Raise Awareness About Mother And Child Health

There has been a steady rise in the immunisation coverage in the northeastern states over the year but due to the pandemic, there are cases of ”zero-dose” children along with challenges in nutrition

UNICEF Launches Northeast Chapter Of Radio4Child
The Northeast chapter of a radio platform was launched on Sunday at the culmination of a capacity-building workshop on nutrition and routine immunisation for over 70 radio professionals

Guwahati: UNICEF has launched the Northeast chapter of a radio platform to encourage professionals in the region to spread awareness on issues related to children and women. The Radio4Child chapter was launched by Assam’s Additional Chief Secretary Maninder Singh here on Sunday. Radio has the power of reach-it reaches the remotest of regions of Northeast. If key messages are integrated with the popular shows that people tune into, then the information will stay with them. I want to take this opportunity to thank UNICEF India for launching this unique platform for radio professionals from the region that will help build their knowledge and capacities on various issues concerning women and children in this region, Singh said.

There has been a steady rise in the immunisation coverage in the NE states over the year but due to the pandemic, there are cases of ”zero-dose” children along with challenges in nutrition, he pointed out.
“Zero- dose” children refer to those who missed out on receiving even a single vaccine shot.

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Chief of UNICEF NE states Madhulika Jonathan said this is a much-needed chapter in the journey of the Radio4Child platform.

It will provide all stakeholders working on children’s rights in the Northeast, especially the state governments, with a very useful platform to spread mass awareness and address social behavioural challenges, a UNICEF press release quoted her as saying.

Jonathan hoped that radio professionals would also use the platform to work together with UNICEF on issues like ending violence against children, education, sanitation, climate change, and beyond routine immunisation and nutrition.

The chapter was launched on Sunday at the culmination of a capacity-building workshop on nutrition and routine immunisation for over 70 radio professionals. Radio4Child is a public-private partnership platform that brings together radio announcers, RJs, producers, and programming officers from All India Radio, and community radio across the country, the release said.

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NDTV – Dettol have been working towards a clean and healthy India since 2014 via the Banega Swachh India initiative, which is helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. The campaign aims to highlight the inter-dependency of humans and the environment, and of humans on one another with the focus on One Health, One Planet, One Future – Leaving No One Behind. It stresses on the need to take care of, and consider, everyone’s health in India – especially vulnerable communities – the LGBTQ population, indigenous people, India’s different tribes, ethnic and linguistic minorities, people with disabilities, migrants, geographically remote populations, gender and sexual minorities. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign will continue to raise awareness on the same along with focussing on the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children, fight malnutrition, mental wellbeing, self care, science and health, adolescent health & gender awareness. Along with the health of people, the campaign has realised the need to also take care of the health of the eco-system. Our environment is fragile due to human activity, which is not only over-exploiting available resources, but also generating immense pollution as a result of using and extracting those resources. The imbalance has also led to immense biodiversity loss that has caused one of the biggest threats to human survival – climate change. It has now been described as a “code red for humanity.” The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollution, waste management, plastic ban, manual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene. Banega Swasth India will also be taking forward the dream of Swasth Bharat, the campaign feels that only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and the country can become a Swasth or healthy India.

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