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    Six Headline Results for Children in South Asia
  • 1
    Save newborns
  • 2
    Stop Stunting
  • 3
    Educate all girls and boys
  • 4
    End Child Marriage
  • 5
    Stop Open Defecation
  • 6
    Eradicate Polio
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In just a few decades, we have seen rapid economic growth in South Asia and remarkable improvements in the socioeconomic situation of children. The region has made noteworthy strides in reducing newborn deaths; improving nutrition for children under five; scaling up school enrolment of primary-age children; working to end child marriage; promoting sanitation and hygiene practices; and, last but not least, achieving polio-free status for six countries in the region.

Despite this, massive disparities still prevent millions of children from living in dignity, reaching their full potential and making choices about their own futures.

There is clearly a crucial need for renewing focus and revitalizing targets to tackle pertinent development challenges. We need concerted action to close the huge equity gaps and realize the rights of millions of children across South Asia.

UNICEF South Asia in action

In response, we at UNICEF – in broad partnership with governments, civil society, the private sector, communities and others – have made a bold commitment. We plan to achieve the following headline results for improved children’s rights in South Asia by 2017:

The Progress Report tracks the progress of these six headline results. It presents the latest data and projected trends, and notes specific interventions contributing to more rapid change. It also looks at strategic approaches to the post-2015 era and highlights the latest research, knowledge and evaluations.
Through yearly progress reports, we seek to foster productive collaboration, demonstrate the collective contribution of UNICEF and its partners, and reassert our commitment to the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The guide aims to help Country Offices in South Asia support national and local governments’ preparedness in the case of disease outbreak. Designed as a practical resource package with templates and pictorial materials, it provides a step by step guide to risk communication planning and community engagement that can be adapted to country-specific contexts for disease prevention.
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