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坲re a brighter, and healthier future for▓ all children, said Ma Yili, a well-know▓n Chinese actress and UNICEF (UN Children's Fund) am▓bassador during her recent trip in Kenya."The purpose of this visit is mainly to lea▓rn from and exchange with health workers in Kenya▓, and to share my experience there with people back home," said Ma."It has been a great honor for me to serve as a UNICEF ambassador, and to work with them to promote early childhood dev

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