Addressing the biggest killers of children
Hang Up Your Nets Campaign
Malaria is the biggest killer of children under five in Ghana. In collaboration with DFID, UNICEF in 2012 supported the Ghana Health Service to hang up 4.3 million insecticide-treated nets in 2.3 million households. An innovative ‘keep-up’ campaign convinced people to sleep under the free nets. The campaign increased the use of nets by children under five from 40% to 75%.
In Ghana around a million babies are born every year, out of which around 30,000 die in their first 30 days of life. More than half of these newborns die at home, often unseen. The three major causes of neonatal deaths are prematurity, infections and birth asphyxia. UNICEF is working with Ghana Health Services to reduce newborn deaths with a package of training, equipment and strengthening referral systems. The newborn care program started in Northern Ghana in 2011.
"In this community, when a baby dies before they are 28 days old, the people say they were not born to live. They were not ready to stay. But it's sickness that kills babies. We can save their lives." Community Health Nurse in Yarigu, Paul Baani