Facts for life saves lives
SUVA, 8 April 2009 – The 4th edition of Facts for Life which provides practical advice on pregnancy, childbirth, childhood illnesses, child development and the care of children, was launched and made available on the internet today.
“It has simple messages which aims to bring life-saving knowledge to every corner of the world,” said UN Children’s Fund Pacific Office Representative, Dr. Isiye Ndombi.
The Facts for Life resource reflects the latest available evidence and knowledge on topics such as Breastfeeding, Safe Motherhood and Newborn Health, Nutrition and Growth, Immunisation, Child Protection, etc.
According to Dr. Ndombi, “some key facts in relation to breastfeeding are that breastmilk alone is the best and only source of nutrition and fluids required for an infant for the first six months of life. Not even water is required. Only after six months do infants need complementary feeding with nutritious foods and fluids. After six months when babies begin to eat and drink other foods and fluids, breastfeeding should continue up to the age of two years and even beyond, to meet their health and development needs.”
“The challenge now is to ensure that everyone knows and understands these facts and is motivated to put them into practice. Other facts that can be found in the resource include the need for both mothers and their children to eat foods that are rich in micronutrients, especially vitamin A, iron and iodine.”
The Facts for Life can be downloaded from www.factsforlifeglobal.org and is intended for parents, families, health workers, teachers, youth groups, women’s groups, community organizations, government officials, employers, trade unions, media, and non-governmental and faith-based organizations.
Facts for Life is a trusted resource that is written in easy-to-understand language. It has been translated into 215 languages, with over 15 million copies of the previous editions in circulation worldwide. Users are encouraged to be innovative in finding ways to extend the reach of the Facts for Life messages to help families and communities realize the rights of children and women everywhere.
Facts for Life is a collaborative effort between UNICEF and the World Health Organisation (WHO), UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), UN Population Fund (UNFPA), UN Development Programme (UNDP), Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Bank.