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Vitamin A

Vaccination campaigns for children underway in the Horn of Africa
NAIROBI, 26 July 2011 – This week, UNICEF, the Kenya Ministry of Health and WHO have launched a vaccination campaign for children living in the...

UNICEF Liberia – Measles campaign underway in Nimba County
NIMBA COUNTY, Liberia, 1 February 2011 – A measles vaccination campaign targeting all children in Nimba County, which hosts over 30,000 refugees from the Ivory...

UNICEF and Ministry of Health launch national vitamin A supplementation and de-worming campaign in Tajikistan
DUSHANBE, TAJIKISTAN 12 June 2009 – The ten-day national campaign on vitamin A supplementation and de-worming among...

South Africa launches its first ever Vitamin “A” supplementation campaign
PRETORIA, 9 September 2008 - South Africa has launched its first ever national Vitamin “A” campaign, which aims to reach a total of 4 million children over an intensive 12 day period...

More than four million mothers and children to benefit during Madagascar’s third ‘Mother and Child Health Week’
Antananarivo, 30 October 2007 – Today marks the end of Madagascar’s third Mother and Child Health Week, which was officially launched by the Government...

Scaling up Child Survival in Sierra Leone
FREETOWN/SIERRA LEONE, 16 April 2007 - The Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation, WHO, UNICEF and other partners are launching a week long Integrated Child Survival Campaign on Maternal and...

Ghana’s bid to save 20,000 young lives
ACCRA, 1 November 2006 – In an unprecedented attempt to save the lives of 20,000 infants and children in the coming year, Ghana today began nationwide distribution of 2.1 million long-lasting bed nets as part of a massive integrated child health campaign.

Nepal a world leader in boosting child survival, despite conflict: UNICEF
KATHMANDU, 18 September 2006 - Nepal is one of only seven countries in the world on track to cut child mortality by two thirds between 1990 and 2015.

More than 500,000 Liberian children targeted in vitamin A and deworming campaign
MONROVIA/LIBERIA, 4 September 2006 – The Government of Liberia and UNICEF have launched a five-day campaign to administer Vitamin A supplementation and deworming tablets to more than 500,000 children under the age of five.

Eritrea to vaccinate all children under five years old against measles in national campaign
ASMARA, 28 June 2006 – The Eritrean Ministry of Health, supported by UNICEF and the World Health Organisation, is targeting the country’s almost half a million children between six months and five years old in a nationwide measles vaccination and Vitamin A supplementation campaign.  The campaign was launched today by Dr. Zemuie Alemu, Director of Family and Community Health.

Agree on one thing next week, urges UNICEF. Agree on children.
KATHMANDU, 12 April 2006:  UNICEF has urged all parties to the conflict to agree on one thing next week: children.  “Two things happen next week that are of vital importance to the children of Nepal,” UNICEF’s Representative, Dr. Suomi Sakai, said today.

New report calls to halt damage to billions due to vitamin and mineral deficiency
MEDIA ADVISORY, 16 March 2004 - Press conference on 24 March to launch the report, Vitamin and Mineral Deficiency: A Global Progress Report, and a call to action for the world’s political, industry and media leaders. Vitamin and Mineral Deficiency: A Global Progress Report and the associate 80 national studies outline the scope of economic and public health damage caused by vitamin and mineral deficiency and lays out the solutions needed to control one of the underlying causes of poverty.

UNICEF to protect health of Sudanese refugees in Chad
CHAD, 23 January 2004 - In response to the rapidly deteriorating situation of Sudanese refugees in Chad, UNICEF is moving ahead on a series of activities, including a measles campaign for nearly 86,000 children from six months to 14 years old (refugees and host population), as well as a Vitamin A distribution, in coordination with MSF Belgium and MSF Holland.

Reducing vitamin deficiency can improve world economy
DAVOS, 21 January 2004  –  A new report from UNICEF and the Micronutrient Initiative finds that lack of basic vitamins and minerals in the diet is damaging the health of one-third of the world’s people and holding back the economic development of virtually every country in the southern hemisphere.




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