Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Unicef Launches Immunisation Campaign

MEDIA RELEASE


Unicef Launches Immunisation Campaign


A major New Zealand campaign to raise funds to immunise the world's children was launched at Parliament today by the President of the National Council of Timorese Resistance, Mr Xanana Gusmão.

Speaking by video link Mr Gusmão endorsed the UNICEF Children's Challenge campaign.

UNICEF, which has worked with the Timorese people since the early 1980s, is carrying out mass immunisation campaigns in East Timor against childhood diseases and is also helping rebuild that country’s health systems.

Mr Gusmão thanked UNICEF for its work in his country, which was struggling to look after its people in “post war” conditions.

The UNICEF Children's Challenge follows a challenge from former South African President Nelson Mandela, Graca Machel and UNICEF International's Carol Bellamy to all leaders around the globe to mobilise for children. New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark picked up the challenge and is also supporting this latest UNICEF initiative in New Zealand.

Health Minister, Hon Annette King, who hosted today’s launch, spoke of the need to tackle immunisation against childhood diseases on a global scale.

"We recognise that while there is more work to do to improve immunisation rates in New Zealand, the issue of immunisation against these six vaccine preventable diseases is a global problem. We applaud UNICEF New Zealand for its work to improve the lives of the world's children through immunisation," she said.

The UNICEF Children’s Challenge has gained the support of several prominent citizens – All Black Jonah Lomu, Silver Fern captain Bernice Mene, television personality Jon Bridges, radio host John Dunne, and immunisation specialist Dr Nikki Turner. Two of the Children’s Challenge “champions” peace activist, former politician and trade unionist Sonja Davies (TB) and broadcaster Richard Griffin (polio) have each suffered from one of the six diseases being targeted.

UNICEF's global immunisation campaign is a key part of its child health programmes that are anchored in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

"We see growing up disease-free as a basic right for every child. It costs just $35 to immunise a child against the six diseases being targeted in our campaign – polio, measles, whooping cough, diphtheria, tetanus and tuberculosis, UNICEF’s National Manager Jeff Brown said.

" We're asking New Zealanders to dig into their pockets and find that $35 to immunise one child for life."

There are 30 million children born every year in poor countries who are not receiving these six basic immunisations, he said.

"Each year, nearly three million children worldwide still die needlessly of vaccine preventable illnesses," Mr Brown said.

But through mass vaccination programmes, some of the diseases were close to eradication, he said.

"Polio, a disease that has crippled so many people is one. The Western Hemisphere was declared polio free in 1994. In the rest of the world, however, polio still strikes 30 victims a day, mostly children."

UNICEF is part of a global initiative to see the complete eradication of polio by 2005.

To donate to the Children’s Challenge please call 0800 800 194


For more information contact:

Jeff Brown National Manager, UNICEF New Zealand)
Ph (04) 473 0879 or A/H (04) 4764191

Debbie Hannan (Project Co-ordinator)
Ph (025) 501 353

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

There Is A Field: Reimagining Biodiversity In Aotearoa

We are in a moment of existential peril, with interconnected climate and biodiversity crises converging on a global scale to drive most life on Earth to the brink of extinction. However, our current worldview and political paradigm renders us incapable of responding adequately due to its disconnected and divisive default settings.

These massive challenges can, however, be reframed as a once in a lifetime opportunity to fundamentally change how humanity relates to nature and to each other. Read on The Dig>>

The Dig: Scoop’s Engaged Journalism Platform Launches
The Scoop Ecosystem has grown bigger with the launch of The Dig - a new public interest, in-depth, Engaged Journalism platform. More>>

 

Unscoped Or Missed Damage: Resolution For Canterbury Owners Of On-Sold Homes

People with over-cap on-sold* properties in Canterbury can now apply for a Government payment so they can get on and repair their homes. More>>

ALSO:

Hamilton-Auckland: First Urban Growth Partnership Signed

New Zealand’s first urban growth partnership between the Government, local councils and mana whenua was signed at a meeting of mayors, chairs and ministers in Hampton Downs today. More>>

ALSO:

Vote On Action Next Week: Secondary Principals Walk From Negotiations

“Unfortunately we consider there is no further value in continuing negotiations at this point. The government has not been able to table an offer that will be acceptable to our members.” More>>

Patrol Car Stolen, Glocks Taken: Manhunt In Gore

The driver rammed the patrol car before fleeing on foot with Police chasing, also on foot. The man has then circled back around, stolen the patrol vehicle, which had the keys left in it, and rammed another Police car... Two Police-issued Glock pistols were stolen. More>>

ALSO:

"Shocking And Dangerous": Accused Mosque Shooter's Prison Letter Posted Online

The man accused of the Christchurch mosque attacks has sent seven letters from prison and had two others withheld, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says. Corrections has now blocked the accused gunman from sending or receiving mail... More>>

ALSO:

Standing On List Only: Paula Bennett To Run National’s Election Campaign

The National Party is pleased to announce the appointment of Paula Bennett as our Campaign Chair for the 2020 General Election, President Peter Goodfellow says. More>>

Waiver For State Care Inquiry: Historic Abuse Survivors 'Can Speak Freely'

Abuse in state care survivors can take part in the forthcoming Royal Commission proceedings without being bound by any confidentiality obligations to Crown agencies under their historic claim settlements, Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins said. More>>

ALSO:

Trail Trial: Sexual Violence Court Reduces Lead-Up Times And Trauma

An evaluation of New Zealand’s first sexual violence court has confirmed that the approach taken in the judge-led pilot considerably reduces the time that cases take to reach trial. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels