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In 12 of 29 CEECIS countries are at risk of not developing to their potential due to poverty, stunting or both.
Helping adolescents to live a positive life
A group of 30
Through a variety of interactive sessions, games and discussions, the participants learn about the importance of getting the right medical treatment and proper nutrition. The role of healthy life style and hygiene, as well as dangers of smoking and drug addiction are also explained. The teenagers also share their main challenges and successes, forming close bonds that help them accept from their diagnosis.
Sascha Graumann, UNICEF Representative in Uzbekistan, says it is extremely important that these adolescents go on to become role models who inspire their peers. «When other children see how you behave, they will stop fearing and they will stop hiding. This is important that you give this opportunity to other
UNICEF works with the Government of Uzbekistan to ensure
«As of now, we have helped to establish a network of peer supporters in some regions," said Sascha Graumann. «With this experience, we are trying to establish this network and expand it in other regions as well. Because we believe that these kinds of networks can provide social and psychological support to other children," says Sascha Graumann.
«The training gives people the unique opportunity to talk openly and without fear about what being
The training for adolescents also includes parallel sessions with their parents. It helps them to provide support to other care givers so they will be able to accept the status of a child living with HIV and provide all necessary support and care.
The course will be followed by training sessions for paediatricians who provide treatment, care and support to people living with HIV. In total, the
«Do not let these sessions stop, «says Nargiza, who came here from Andijon with her