World Breastfeeding Week 2016


PRESS RELEASE: 77 million newborns globally not breastfed within first hour of life - UNICEF


Delayed breastfeeding increases risk of newborn deaths by up to 80 per cent

Child Marriage

A big win for girls on the banning of child marriage in The Gambia

Banjul, 27 July 2016 - The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) welcome the pronouncement made by His Excellency President Yahya A. J. J Jammeh on Wednesday 6 July 2016 banning child marriage in the Islamic Republic of The Gambia, and the 21 July 2016 enactment of the Children's Amendment Bill (amendment of the Children’s Act 2005) by The National Assembly, criminalizing the act. This significant turning point in development for the country came less than a year after the unprecedented presidential pronouncement in December 2015 banning Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in The Gambia.  

VAS and deworming

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Improving child health through deworming and vitamin A supplementation  

Twenty year-old Sarjo Touray, watched in horror and disbelief as her 3 year-old daughter, Yassin Drammeh, threw up a 3-inch worm less than 24 hours after ingesting mebendazole tablet for intestinal deworming. Before the incident, she never considered her daughter having worms even though, prior to that, Yassin suffered from recurrent diarrhoea and stomach pains.
“I’ve never seen anything like it before,” admitted Sarjo Touray, a mother of two children from Kerr Ardo village, Lower Badibou District, in the North Bank Region of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia (IRTG).
Yassin was given the tablet during the vitamin A supplementation (VAS) and deworming campaign, which was integrated into the measles/rubella vaccination campaign, conducted from April 25 to May 1, 2016.

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