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International Children’s Center-ICC, Annual Report of 2013-2014

The International Children’s Center has continued to work in 2013-2014 on protection of child health and rights, health and rights of young people and women as well as reproductive health and rights.

One of the important activities of International Children’s Center is the continuous pediatric training for family health physicians and health workers especially in immunization and nutrition. The programme in its third year reached 3.212 health workers in 17 cities in Turkey.

Another important activity is launching and spreading advocacy and training in “One in Five Campaign” initiated by the Council of Europe to end sexual abuse and exploitation of children. Cooperation with the Union of Municipalities of Turkey enabled the campaign to reach-out wide audiences.

Our Center continued to be a center of excellence of training in sexual and reproductive health with national and international partners.

We will strive even harder in the coming years to achieve the target of our Founder Prof. Dr. Ýhsan Doðramacý “always towards the better, towards the very best”.

2012 Annual Report

“This Annual Report gives a synopsis of our Center’s contribution to improving the lives of children, young people and women everywhere. 2012 has been a rich year for the International Children’s Center full of interesting activities in the area of health and human rights. Our work is based on research, evidence-based advocacy, capacity building, networking and strengthening grassroots organizations.

We continue to work as a strong advocate for issues related to newborn health, early childhood development, nutrition, child health and rights, violence against women and children, justice for children, sexual abuse, health and rights of women and young people, and reproductive health and rights.

We have three priorities for the coming years:

1.      “Child brides” has become a core priority activity of our Center as it unites all our work areas. Our Center mainly focuses on health consequences of early and forced marriage as well as striving for changes in the legal system. We are part of the national and international networks to end early and forced marriage.

2.      Our second priority is to follow and contribute to the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD-2014) discussions at the national and regional level as a civil society organization. We believe in the importance of the Cairo agenda and its implementation as a powerful tool for women’s health and reproductive health and rights.

3.      Our third priority is to participate fully in the new development agenda - the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) post-2015. MDGs initially were created with very little impact from the civil society; therefore we are actively involved in contributing to the process for “new development goals” 2015 onwards.

Our Center will continue to work towards a society where each individual enjoys fully his/her rights and freedoms and benefits from development, good health and well-being.”


In democratic societies, the voice of the people is heard through civil society. The civil society, in the areas of its interest, conveys its views, demands to the Government. It draws the government’s attention to the shortcomings, proposes alternative solutions, monitors its practices and serves as a pressure group.

In societies where civil society is not functioning freely, the relationship between the people and the State is based on interest, whereas civil society organizations are non-interest, non-profit.

ICC as a civil society organization bases its work on research and evidence and works as a strong advocate in the areas of health and human rights with a special emphasis on child rights.

Our priority work areas are newborn health, early childhood development, nutrition, child health and rights, violence against women and children, justice for children, sexual abuse, health and rights of adolescents and young people, women’s health, sexual and reproductive health and rights.

In addition to research and advocacy, ICC believes in capacity building, networking and strengthening grass-roots organizations working in the same field. The work of the ICC in 2010/2011 is outlined in our progress report.
ICC will continue to work towards a society where each individual will enjoy fully his rights and freedoms and benefit from good health and well being.


Prof. Dr. Tomris Türmen

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