Polio Switch

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The Islamic Republic of The Gambia “Switches” Polio Vaccines

 

The Islamic Republic of The Gambia is among 155 countries to  switch from the trivalent live oral polio vaccine (tOPV) to the bivalent live oral polio vaccine (bOPV). 

Breastfeeding

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Laws to protect breastfeeding inadequate in most countries

GENEVA/NEW YORK, 9 May 2016 – A new report by the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, and the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) reveals the status of national laws to protect and promote breastfeeding.

Of the 194 countries analysed in the report, 135 have in place some form of legal measure related to the International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes and subsequent, relevant resolutions adopted by the World Health Assembly (the Code). 

Malnutrition

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Nutrition education is the key to ending malnutrition 

Thirty-four year-old Binta Jallow, mother to seven months-old twin girls, Ruggi and Mamakawly, agonized over the poor health of her daughters. Neither of the babies was eating properly and both were losing a lot of weight, despite all of Binta’s home-based attempts to bring them back to good health.

“One had sores all over her mouth and the other had diarrhoea, so eating was difficult for both of them. Finally, I knew that I had to take them to the hospital,” said Binta, a mother of 10 children from Nyamanar village in the Upper River Region (URR). “Of all my children, these two are the first to lose this much weight.”

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