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Bellamy to call for new tactics in child survival at meeting of pediatricians in Cancun

Who:   Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of UNICEF 

What:  Keynote address to  the 24th International Congress of Pediatrics. 

Where:    Centro de Convenciones de Cancún, Cancún México

When:  Monday, 16 August, 2004  9:00 a.m.  The congress runs 15-20  August

Why:  UNICEF is renewing its efforts to ensure that every child is given the best start in life and calling on pediatricians to join the campaign.  Pediatricians form the front line of children’s health care and UNICEF needs their support to help empower government, communities and families to work for all children.

The early childhood years tend to receive the least attention and lowest investment from governments. Every year, some 132 million infants around the world attempt an extraordinary sprint – from defenceless newborns to pro-active three-year-olds. Out of 100 children born in 2000:

  • 30 will most likely suffer from malnutrition in their first five years of life
  • 26 will not be immunized against the basic childhood diseases 
  • 19 will lack access to safe drinking water 
  • 40 will not have adequate sanitation 
  • 17 will never go to school
  • Every fourth child lives in a family with an income of less than $1 a day
  • Nearly 11 million children each year – about 30,000 children a day – die before reaching their fifth birthday, mostly from preventable causes.

This year’s theme is:  "Children Are The Future".

For further information, please contact:

Alfred Ironside, UNICEF Media,  tel: ++ 212 326 7261 

Heidi Larson, UNICEF Media,  cell:  646 207 5179   

Catherine Langevin-Falcon,  UNICEF Media,  tel  ++ 52  55  5202.3233


 

 

 

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