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VISIT OF UNICEF’s EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO NIGERIA

VISIT OF UNICEF’s EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO NIGERIA

Who:  UNICEF’s Executive Director, Ms Ann Veneman, Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin, Hon. Minister of Health, His eminence Sultan Saad Abubakar 111, His Excellency, Alhaji Aliyu Maitakarda Wammakko, Governor of Sokoto State, His Excellency, Alhaji Saidu Dakin- Gari, Governor of Kebbi State.


What:  Since her appointment in 2005 as the fifth Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund, Ms Ann Veneman will be making her first official visit to Nigeria. At the invitation of the Ministry of Health, Ms Veneman will join the Minister to launch the first-ever National Child Health Week. She will also pay an advocacy visit to the Sultan, visit a nutrition centre in Kebbi and participate in the Immunization Plus Days.


When:  Friday 31, July – Monday 3, August 2009 (See attached Schedule)

Where:  Abuja, Sokoto and Kebbi States (See attached Schedule)

Why:  Nigeria’s health indicators are still very poor. Worldwide, 9.2 million children under five years old die every year; 1.1 million of those die in Nigeria. Fully one quarter of all the children who die in Sub-Saharan Africa die in Nigeria. Seventy-one percent of those deaths are caused by diseases that are easily prevented or treated: malaria (24 percent), pneumonia (20 percent), diarrhoea (16 percent), measles (6 percent) and HIV/AIDS (5 percent).

During her visit Ms Ann Veneman will dialogue with governments and other stakeholders on ways to reduce deaths and illnesses among children and women including by increasing coverage and use of key interventions and polio. She will offer UNICEF’s support to Government’s efforts to ameliorate the high levels of severe acute malnutrition.


For further information, contact Media & External Relations, UNICEF Nigeria Country Office:
• Paula Fedeski: office: +234 (0) 9-461-6402; mobile: +234 (0) 803-402-0879; pfedeski@unicef.org
• Geoffrey Njoku: office: + 234 (0) 9-461-6403; mobile: + 234 (0) 803-525-0288; gnjoku@unicef.org

 

 

 
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