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Despite all the progress made every day to improve the world, only the bad news seems to make the headlines. Impact Stories of International Geneva showcases the solutions, positive results and heart-warming stories, offering a window into the positive impact International Geneva has on everybody's lives.

Rashed, a refugee boy’s quest for education

In 2017, 13-year-old Rashed and his family fled from Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh with 800,000 other Rohingya people. While Rashed was upset to leave his old home and school, he knew there was no other way. He faced many challenges, including not being able to receive formal education in the refugee camp. With the support of UNICEF, Rashed was able to attend the UNICEF Learning Centre and get private tutoring in pursuit of fulfilling his dream of becoming a doctor. 
Watch Rashed's story in a special UNICEF docuseries
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A TV series to raise HIV awareness and encourage testing
In May, Unitaid, WHO and the MTV Staying Alive Foundation co-hosted the Geneva premiere of the hit TV series “MTV Shuga: Down South II” at the Palais des Nations. This popular youth-oriented African drama weaves information about HIV into its storylines to raise awareness about self-testing, preventive therapy (PrEP) and sexual health. Studies from past seasons of MTV Shuga have found that viewers are more informed about HIV and more likely to get tested.
Learn more about this successful TV series
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Sensitizing the public to the effects of one of the most dangerous minerals: asbestos
Did you know that as far back as 1932, the U.S. Bureau of Mines sent a letter to an asbestos manufacturer stating "It is now known that asbestos dust is one of the most dangerous dusts to which man is exposed”? One study from the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health estimates that roughly 250,000 people die annually as a result of asbestos exposure. Despite knowing about the  health threats from this toxin for centuries, it continues to be used in a variety of ways. In June, World Environment Day focused on the action that needs to be taken to #BeatAirPollution.
Asbestos: how safe are we?
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Syrian refugee baker rises to the challenge in Germany
Bakery owner, Björn, decided to train up and employ newcomers in his chain of three bakeries with the aim  of bringing different cultures together through food. Björn employs 10 refugees and asylum-seekers and works with several trainees including Mohamad. Björn is now helping Mohamad to work towards a vocational qualification. Dominik Bartsch, the UNHCR representative  in Germany says that business owners like Björn are “the driving force. They do not concern themselves with the politics of integration, but roll up their sleeves, speak to refugees as equals and offer tangible prospects.”
Read about Björn's story
A bakery owner transforms lives by offering training and employment opportunities to refugees and asylum-seekers.
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A decrease in childhood anaemia in indigenous communities in Peru 
When the former Mayor of Iguaín in Peru, Mr Eusebio Quispe Rodríguez, first saw the statistics about the chronic infant malnutrition and anaemia in his district, he immediately took action. In just three years, the number of children under three who had anaemia has been reduced from 65% to 12%. Such a result is thanks to  strong teamwork across many different sectors and to the people in the local community. This success was rewarded with the 2019 Sasakawa Health Prize at the 72nd World Health Assembly in Geneva.
Find out how Peru reduced childhood anaemia
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Food safety is ‘everybody’s business’ - World Food Safety Day 
According to the World Health Organization, one in 10 people worldwide fall ill after eating contaminated meals. It is therefore imperative for food suppliers to adhere to food safety standards in order to avoid this. To recognise the increasing concern of unsafe food, the United Nations General Assembly has declared 7 June 2019 as the first-ever World Food Safety Day. 
Why does "food safety" deserve a special day?
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Turning minefields into safe playing fields
On 4 April 2019,  the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres made an announcement in New York and in Geneva to launch the five-year “Safe Ground” campaign  with the aim  of turning minefields into playing fields. The campaign aims to bring communities together and raise awareness and funds for the victims and survivors of armed conflict through the promotion of sport and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Discover some of the success stories
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