Some time ago the UN Committee for Children's Rights published its annual report on the Czech Republic. The report was generally positive although the committee's inspection team found some areas that require attention: improving the state of the environment which has an adverse affect on children's health, especially in terms of rising asthma and allergies, bringing back the institution of school doctors and dentists - or at least ensuring compulsory medical check ups for children, and taking measures to curb the high incidence of accidents involving
Every year, the Czech branch of UNICEF has a campaign asking people to contribute to a collection for a specific country in the third world. This year, it is focusing on Rwanda where thousands of children have been left alone to take care of themselves and their siblings. Pavla Gomba was part of a UNICEF mission to Rwanda last month, where she travelled to very remote villages to talk to people about their daily lives and experiences. The most striking meeting was with Bonne Annee. His name translates as Happy New Year because he was born on New
There are currently some 11 million children dying around the world every year because they fail to get vaccinations that are necessary for them to grow into healthy adults and survive the harsh conditions they have been born into. The United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF, vaccinates 500 million children against the most threatening diseases annually. Its branch in Prague has launched a new project that allows children and adults help combat mortal diseases. More from Dita Asiedu:
Over the past ten years the United Nations Children's Fund has been involved in a number of projects aimed at securing full implementation of child rights in the Czech Republic. This week Mrs. Marty Rajandran UNICEF project officer for Central and Eastern Europe, visited the Czech Republic to assess the outcome of these projects and outline areas that still require attention. Although work in the sphere of child rights is far from over, Mrs. Rajandran told Czech government officials that the country had made significant progress in the past few
Jean Metenier has spent more than a decade working for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), helping children in impoverished, war-torn countries such as Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. After 12 years in the field, Jean has recently returned to Europe. He's been appointed as UNICEF's new Planning Officer responsible for several European countries, including the Czech Republic. Radio Prague's Rob Cameron caught up with Jean during his recent visit to Prague, and he began by asking him to explain a little more about UNICEF's
It comes as a shock to many Czechs that some of the prostitutes who hang around the Central Railway Station in the city centre are eight, ten and twelve year olds. Child prostitution is something that the police authorities claim to be only a marginal problem, but according to street-workers who try to help these kids return to a normal life there are many more underage prostitutes than one would guess by just taking a walk through the city centre. Find out more in this week's Magazine with .