16 November 2011

Breastfeeding best to protect babies from illnesses during floods

© UNICEF Thailand/2011/Piyanun Kiatnaruyuth

Story by Nattha Keenapan

(The story was published in the Bangkok Post on November 15, 2011)

AYUTTHAYA, Thailand, – Sujira Imsamran gave birth just two days after being evacuated from her house in Ayutthaya Province, one of the areas hardest-hit by flooding.  Despite the stress of being displaced and worrying about her baby’s well-being, Sujira is trying her best to keep breastfeeding in order to keep him healthy throughout this difficult time.

15 November 2011

UNICEF provides mosquito nets to protect evacuees from dengue fever

Children inside a UNICEF-supplied mosquito net during a demonstration by public health workers. © UNICEF Thailand/2011/Piyanun Kiatnaruyuth

By Andy Brown

BANGKOK – After losing their homes and in some cases loved ones to the Thai floods, families staying at the evacuation centre set up in Bang Krai Nok Temple in northern Bangkok now have something else to worry about – dengue fever.

10 November 2011

Children find shelter from the Thai floods at a Bangkok temple


Twelve-year-old Tang with his sister Ice at Laksi Temple evacuation centre. © UNICEF Thailand/2011/Athit Perawongmetha
By Andy Brown

BANGKOK – Forced to flee his home due to rising floodwaters and now living in a Buddhist temple serving as makeshift evacuation centre, 12-year-old Tang can somehow still find a reason to smile.

03 November 2011

University assists flood-affected families in Bangkok


A doctor checks Peem’s stomach at a health clinic at Phranakhon Rajabhat University. © UNICEF Thailand/2011/Athit Perawongmetha

By Andy Brown

BANGKOK, 3 November 2011 – One of the thousands of people made homeless by Thailand’s devasating floods, a tired Gaew waits with with her chubby five-month-old baby, Peem, outside a makeshift health clinic at Bangkok’s Phranakhon Rajabhat University.

“Peem has a stomach ache so we’re waiting to see the doctor,” Gaew says anxiously, holding the boy on her lap. “We’ve been here three days. We left our house in Pathum Thani when the water got waist high.”