UNICEF’s flagship report, ‘The State of the World’s Children 2008: Child Survival’, highlights the vital importance of community-based health care in saving the lives of children under five.
Measures such as early and exclusive breastfeeding, immunization, vitamin A supplementation, salt iodization and distribution of anti-malaria bednets are cost-effective, proven ways of preventing child deaths, the report says.
Taken together, these programmes have helped to bring the annual number of child deaths worldwide under the 10-million mark for the first time. But more such efforts are needed – especially in sub-Saharan Africa, where movement towards the Millennium Development Goals has been slowest.
“The world has seen progress in child survival, and with the right partnerships, policies and programmes, even more can be achieved,” UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said at the launch of ‘The State of the World’s Children 2008’ in Geneva. “The challenge is to reach the millions of children and families who continue to go without adequate, preventative and curative care.”
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David Beckham in Sierra Leone
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Just days after launching its report on continuing threats to child survival worldwide, UNICEF appealed for $6.6 million to protect children who are in immediate danger as post-election violence escalates in Kenya. The emergency funding appeal is needed to provide essential services for children and families who are among the 300,000 people displaced by the violence, which first broke out in late December. More…
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