UNICEF e-newsletter


Breastfeeding a priority for child survival in emergencies

12 August 2009


UNICEF and the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action commemorated World Breastfeeding Week earlier this month by underscoring the vital importance of breastfeeding during emergencies. Globally, only 38 percent of infants are exclusively breastfed, though research shows that optimal breastfeeding is the single most effective intervention for reducing infant mortality.

Breast milk offers an excellent source of nutrition for infants. In situations – such as emergencies – where clean water is lacking, it helps keep young children safe from dangerous water-borne illnesses.
Learn more about World Breastfeeding Week...

Executive Director visits northern Nigeria
Concluding a visit to the northern states of Kebbi and Sokoto in Nigeria, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman announced $1.85 million in additional support for UNICEF Nigeria nutrition programmes. Veneman also participated in the launch of the country’s first-ever National Child Health Week, an initiative to provide life-saving immunizations and basic health interventions to mothers and children.

Polio immunization drive reaches children on the move in Pakistan
In another effort to reach vulnerable children, UNICEF and the World Health Organization supported Pakistan’s recent National Immunization Day for polio. The government vaccination campaign immunized children across the country – including children from families in the Swat Valley region who have been displaced by fighting in recent months.

Partners at work: UNICEF & ECHO 
UNICEF and the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO) have been helping children and women in emergencies since ECHO’s founding in 1992. A new multimedia presentation profiles this vital partnership.

Connect with UNICEF
The last UNICEF e-newsletter offered details about our growing presence in the world of social media, including Facebook, YouTube, MySpace and Twitter. E-news subscribers responded extremely positively. Now, we’d now like to ask that you invite your friends to connect with UNICEF online.


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A nurse shows a new mother the correct way to breastfeed her baby in the maternity ward of Pottuvil Government Hospital in Sri Lanka’s eastern Ampara District.

VIDEO: UNICEF correspondent Elizabeth Kiem reports on the importance of breastfeeding in emergency situations..

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