25 September 2017

Swimming Saves Lives



Story by Heamakarn Sricharatchanya
Photos and video by Metee Thuentap

This story was published in Bangkok Post newspaper on 23 September 2017

SAKON NAKHON, 25 September 2017 – When Nontakarn Tetngarmtuan was 5 years old, his hometown in Nonthaburi was flooded. He and his grandmother were out repairing a wooden bridge in his village when the boy fell into the water and nearly drowned.

24 July 2017

UNICEF helps flood-affected children and families recover from one emergency and prepare for others

Early childhood development centres in Nakhon Si Thammarat receives learning materials and toys from UNICEF

Story by Heamakarn Sricharatchanya

NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, 3 July 2017 – In January 2017, Southern Thailand experienced one of the worst floods to hit the country in 30 years, with more than 1 million people in 5,000 villages in 12 provinces affected.

As the water level peaked, UNICEF staff rushed to the hardest-hit areas to gather information on the situation of children and women. Based on that assessment, UNICEF provided 1.2 million baht to the local Holt Sahathai Foundation to provide around 430 impoverished families a cash grant of 1,200 baht for basic necessities. They also received school bags and school uniforms, including shoes and socks, so children can continue their studies.

30 April 2017

The first 1,000 days of life can change a child’s future!


By: Tanaporn Perapate

The first 1,000 days of a child’s life is the most critical period for building a strong foundation for age-appropriate development and ultimately helping that child reach their potential. Children who receive nurturing attention and quality care from parents or caregivers tend to have strong early learning readiness, eagerly embrace new learning experiences and establish important connections between their physical growth and their brain development. The first 1,000 days begins at conception and rolls through a child’s second year of life, during which it encompasses three stages: (1) pregnancy (the first 270 days), (2) infancy, from birth to 6 months of age (the first 180 days) and (3) toddlerhood, from 6 months to 2 years of age (the first 550 days).

04 April 2017

Infant and Young Child Food Act Promotes Good Health and Good Economics


Written by: Dr. Siraporn Sawasdivorn, Secretary General, Thai Breastfeeding Center Foundation; Thomas Davin, Representative, UNICEF Thailand; Roger Mathisen, Program Director, Alive & Thrive

Today, 4 April 2017, the National Legislative Assembly will deliberate on Thailand’s first ever “Control of Marketing of Infant and Young Child Food Act.” Recognizing that breastmilk is the single best source of nutrition for infants and young children, the Act helps regulate extensive and often misleading industry marketing of breastmilk substitutes.

21 January 2017

Families have a key role to play in promoting good brain development in early childhood

Story by: Tanaporn Perapate

In my previous blog post, I wrote about the important timing for parents and caretakers in helping their children develop and the key factors that help shape a child’s brain.  Children who receive appropriate care and stimulation in the early months and years of their lives, are more likely to develop positive cognitive and social skills and to experience good health, and will have increased potential for future earnings.  Investment in these early days has the highest return than at any other time during a child’s life. In this post, we want to build on this momentum and focus on practical ways in which parents and care-givers can give their children a good head-start.

11 January 2017

Let’s Build a Better Brain for young children! Let’s do it today!


Story by: Tanaporn Perapate

I wanted to find some information on the factors that influence human brain development.  I wanted to know whether human intelligence is pre-determined in a person’s genes or are there things that can change how the brain develops. I did a quick search online and I came cross UNICEF blog post on brain development and on some of the answers that the leading neuroscience, biology, epigenetics, psychiatry, nutrition, chemistry and child development, provided on the subject.