September 24, 2015: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its Goodwill Ambassador and international pop star Shakira urged global leaders to invest heavily in early childhood development in the wake of new science that is creating a revolutionary shift in understanding the lasting effects of deprivation and stress on the developing brains of young children. “More than 100 million children are out of school and 159 million boys and girls under five are physically and cognitively stunted due to a lack of care and proper nutrition,” said Shakira, who joined Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake and the Director of the Harvard University Center on the Developing Child, Dr Jack P Shonkoff at an event at UN Headquarters in New York.
August 31, 2015: Alia Bhatt takes the stage to announce the premiere of ‘Girl Rising: Woh Padhegi. Woh Udegi.’ also championed by Priyanka Chopra and Freida Pinto. Girl Rising brings together the Government of India’s ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ campaign, USAID, STAR TV, HP and Intel to inspire action that gets girls into classrooms nationwide Girl Rising, a global movement for educating and empowering girls, today announced the India premiere of its film ‘Girl Rising: Woh Padhegi. Woh Udegi.’ The film, directed by Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, tells the stories of eight extraordinary girls from around the world and features Bollywood stars Priyanka Chopra, Freida Pinto, Madhuri Dixit, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor, Nandita Das, Sushmita Sen, Parineeti Chopra with narration by Farhan Akhtar and legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan.
August 25, 2015: The ‘Uddeepan’ Kendra or the Nodal Anganwadi centre (N-AWC) located at Chapi Panchayat is an exemplary Anganwadi centre for other centres within the Panchayat. With better infrastructural facilities and equipment, the N-AWC is well prepared to provide ICDS services to young children, pregnant women and lactating mothers. The Government of Bihar with financial support from DFID and technical support of BTAST has introduced ‘Uddeepan’ strategy in 9 priority districts of Bihar under the SWASTH programme. Photo: Anannya Chakraborty/OneWorld South Asia
August 18, 2015: Although, in the past, female naval and coast guard officers have been known to spend their entire career doing on-shore duties alone, Assistant Cmdt. Chouksey, 25, has already started sailing. “I have been in service for three years now and it’s been good going so far. I had always been dreaming of being part of such an expedition and when the navy called for women volunteers, I jumped at the opportunity,” she says. Female officers always find a way to distinguish themselves – just like Commander Gutta Sowjanya Sree and Lieutenant Vartika Joshi from the Navy, and Assistant Commandant Vasundhara Chouksey from the Coast Guard have by navigating the rough seas between Chennai and Kochi recently as part of an expedition on board the INSV Mhadei, led by Commander Dilip Donde, who holds the record of being the first Indian to have circumnavigated the world by sailing. Photo: WFS/Hema Vijay
August 14, 2015: In its bid to move towards making the health services more affordable in Bihar, camps for dialysis sessions catering to kidney patients are being organised in the state. The special camps being organised from August 4-8, 2015, at Hemo Dialysis Centres (HDCs) will provide dialysis sessions at half the market rates with the facilities to be available in 13 district hospitals and four medical colleges located in seventeen districts. To provide quality hemo- dialysis services at affordable cost, government district hospital and medical colleges are providing round-the-clock HDCs at 17 locations across the state in partnership with B Braun-India, a subsidiary of German company. The State Health Society, Bihar and Bihar Technical Assistance Support Team (BTAST) are providing technical assistance to these centres in the form of identification of private partner for running the dialysis centres. BTAST is an initiative of Bihar Government supported by DFID-UK to implement the Sector Wide Approach to Strengthen Health (SWASTH) in Bihar. Ashok Kumar/OneWorld South Asia
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