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New 5-year plan to help Iranian women, children launched by UNICEF

Qeshm, Hormuzgan Prov, March 1, IRNA-The United Nations Children's International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has announced a joint five-year plan with the Iranian government to empower women and children in Iran, it was reported here Tuesday.

The UNICEF representative in Iran, Christian Salazar, said the plan would be undertaken with Tehran's full agreement.

Salazar is in the Persian Gulf island of Qeshm to visit areas hit by the 5.9-magnitude earthquake on November 27, 2005.

The tremor leveled 18 villages in Qeshm, killed 10 people and injured many more.

The UNICEF official said that under the five-year plan, the Fund would undertake activities in the fields of medical care, nutrition, birth registration and control as well as girls' training to promote the status of Iranian women and children.

Salazar added that the plan would be implemented in the three deprived provinces of Hormuzgan, Sistan-Baluchestan and West Azarbaijan as well as in 12 other cities, including the quake-hit city of Bam in Kerman province, southeastern Iran.

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