Date Published: 24 March 2009

Four million Rwandan children targeted for life-saving interventions (UNICEF)

UNICEF Supports Government to Launch Second-ever Mother and Child Health Week

During a week long campaign launched today by the Minister of Health, children and women across Rwanda will be reached with a package of key life-saving interventions to protect them from preventable illnesses.

Despite recent data that indicates a decline in the number of children dying in Rwanda from diseases such as acute respiratory illness, diarrhea and malaria, over 30,000 children a year do not make it to their first birthday.

?50% of these deaths could be prevented,”said HE Richard Sezibera, Rwanda's Minister of Health, while inaugurating the week, ?but since all health facilities around the country are not yet equipped to offer key life saving services, we have decided that the best way to save lives is to organize these bi-annual Mother and Child Health Weeks?.

During this week, nearly one and half million children under the age of five will be targeted for key immunizations, deworming and vitamin A supplementation to boost their immunity, while an additional three million school children under the age of sixteen will get tablets to prevent intestinal infection. Over 300,000 pregnant women will receive anti-tetanus immunization and iron/folic acid as required, while some 48,000 recent mothers will receive vitamin A supplementation.

In addition to these critical interventions, families will also have the opportunity to access information on family planning, antenatal care, malaria, breastfeeding, hygiene, nutrition and the importance of health insurance.

UNICEF has provided over USD 350,000 to help make this week a success including assisting with logistics, training and social mobilization.

?We are pleased that through our procurement services, we have been able to support the government in bringing in all the vaccines and vitamin A capsules,”said UNICEF's Representative to Rwanda, Dr. Joseph Foumbi.


Source: UNICEF Main Website.
See also UNICEF Online Gift Shop

Also in the News:

Anti-microbial catheter to cut infection risk for dialysis patients - 24 Mar '09

HFEA statement on the risk of birth defects associated with assisted reproductive technology - 24 Mar '09

Substantial compensation for patient after health specialists repeatedly failed to diagnose (UK) - 24 Mar '09

HIV-related TB deaths higher than past estimates - 24 Mar '09

Common gene variants influence risk factor for sudden cardiac death - 23 Mar '09

Canadian Initiative for more French-speaking health workers - 23 Mar '09

Ayurvedic Herbal Garden at American Botanical Council Headquarters in Austin, Texas (USA) - 23 Mar '09

Murray Valley encephalitis risk intensifies in northern WA - 23 Mar '09

Angels are always there to guide and protect, through long days or short.

Although care has been taken when compiling this page, the information contained might not be completely up to date. Accuracy cannot be guaranteed. This material is copyright. See terms of use.

IvyRose Holistic 2003-2024.