UNICEF MESSAGE

Just like any cricket fan I am concerned about figures. But in my case it is not about batting averages. It is all about what is happening to children in South Asia, the home to cricket legends and a quarter of the world’s young people.

The scorecard is dismal. One in three child deaths in the world occur in South Asia and the region has half of the global total of malnourished children.

Poverty, ignorance, gender inequality and social disparities make childhood for millions a battle for survival.

That is why I am so happy that the Asian Cricket Council is a partner with UNICEF in South Asia.

Education is key. Inroads must be made into the number of girls not receiving an education. They are future mothers and caregivers. Ignorance is lethal.

Similarly we need to halt the threat of HIV and AIDS. In 2005 an estimated 36,000 children aged 14 or under were infected in South Asia.

The ACC is supporting UNICEF’s Global ‘Unite for Children’ Campaign to combat the effects on children and limit further spread as well as regional efforts to raise awareness about the need to get girls into schools.

Cricket in Asia is lending its considerable weight to efforts for children. Your awareness can help too. Join the team and find out more!

www.unicef.org

Good luck and best wishes

Cecilia Lotse
UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia.



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