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Strengthen Laws on Child Protection, Lawmakers Urged

The Philippine Star - Manila, Philippines, 11/24/2017

With the prevalence of issues troubling children like sexual abuse, exploitation and deprivation of basic services, children are calling on legislators to strengthen further the laws and policies ensuring their protection. Young Filipino ambassadors of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) laid down their proposals during an event in Manila before their supposed ‘take-over’ at the Senate. Children are calling on Congress to pass House Bill 4907 or the ‘Positive and Non-Violent Discipline Bill’ that could help eliminate the practice of corporal punishment on children especially in homes.

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17,000 School Children to be Peer Educators in Bihar Under National Adolescent Programme

Hindustan Times - Patna, Bihar, 11/23/2017

The Bihar Government will rope in 17,000 school children, in 10-19 years age group, as Peer Educators (PEs), to address issues of adolescents. The idea of drafting school children as PEs under the national Rashtriya Kishore Swasthya Karyakram is to allow adolescents feel comfortable in sharing with PEs the problems they encounter while growing up. The PEs will work under the overall guidance of Auxiliary Nursing Midwives (ANM), who will play the role of facilitators. They will be trained in six thematic areas - nutrition, sexual and reproductive health, mental health, non-communicable diseases, violence/gender-based violence and substance misuse.

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Ombudsman to Redress Grievances of People Living with HIV/AIDS

Hindustan Times - Jaipur, Rajasthan, 11/23/2017

The Rajasthan Government will formulate guidelines and rules to redress complaints of HIV positive people besides appointing an ombudsman, an official said on November 23, 2017. Rajasthan is the first State that has started work for formulating guidelines and rules as per the provisions laid down in the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Prevention and Control) Act, 2017. The act brings in legal accountability and establishes formal mechanisms for inquiring into complaints and redressing grievances of people living with HIV and mandates States to appoint ombudsman for redressing complaints.

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Youth urged to play role for HIV awareness

The Nation - Islamabad, Pakistan, 11/22/2017

World Health Organisation (WHO) organised a seminar in Islamabad where it was informed that HIV prevention programmes reduced the number of new HIV infections per year to 2.1 million in 2015, a 35 per cent decline in incidence since 2000. National Programme Manger of the AIDS Control Programme Dr. Baseer Khan Achakzai urged youth to come forward and become advocate to create awareness in society to address stigma and discrimination attached to HIV and AIDS. ‘With well informed youth various myths about HIV can be busted and correct information will enable and empower them to take correct decisions,’ he said.

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Transgender People in China Suffer Poor Mental Health; Vast Majority Experience Family Violence – Study

Hong Kong Free Press, China, 11/21/2017

A poll conducted among transgender people in China has found alarming rates of mental health problems and family violence in the community. The study, released on November 20, also revealed that transgender people lacked access to medical treatment, and faced bullying on campus and workplace discrimination. The study was conducted through an online questionnaire which received over 2,000 valid responses. Sixth Tone reported that it was the largest such survey to date. There is a lack of official statistics the size of the transgender population in China, but NGO Asia Catalyst has estimated that there are over four million trans people in mainland China.

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