World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Guinea-Bissau: Supports for Anti-Malaria Campaign

Guinea-Bissau: UNICEF Supports Anti-Malaria Campaign With Treated Mosquito Nets

New York, Nov 28 2006 1:00PM

With malaria the main cause of illness and death in Guinea-Bissau in both adults and children, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is supporting the first nationwide campaign in the small West African country to distribute insecticide-treated mosquito nets.

Vitamin A supplementation and the de-worming of children with Mebendazole is also part of the drive that aims at reaching all children under five years old, some 16 per cent of the total population of some 1.5 million people.

“The loss of any life is hard, mainly when the victim is a child who dies from a preventable disease, such as malaria,” UNICEF Bissau Representative Jean Dricot said.

“Even when the child does not die, the consequences of constant illness due to malaria affect negatively the growth and development of the child, impacting in its social life. The use of impregnated mosquito nets can reduce child mortality up to 20 per cent,” he added.

UNICEF is investing in the Accelerated Child Survival and Development Initiative to demonstrate how low-cost key interventions, such as vaccination, supplementation with Vitamin A and the use of insecticide treated mosquito nets can halt deaths among children under five from preventable diseases.

The Icelandic Committee for UNICEF is the major partner of UNICEF in Guinea-Bissau for the implementation of the Initiative, with more than $800,000 allocated for the nets distribution campaign.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

University of Auckland: Low-Lying Pacific Island Has More Land Above Sea Level Than In 1943

An inhabited island in the low-lying Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands, which are thought to be at risk of being inundated by rising sea levels, has actually increased in size since 1943, scientists say. And the increase in area above sea level is likely ... More>>

APEC : Leaders Issue Kuala Lumpur Declaration

The leaders of the 21 APEC member economies issued the Kuala Lumpur Declaration following the first-ever virtual 27th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting chaired by Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. Convening for the first time since the ... More>>

OHCHR: UN Committee Issues Recommendations To Combat Racial Profiling

The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination today published its guidance to combat racial profiling, emphasizing, among other issues, the serious risk of algorithmic bias when artificial intelligence (AI) is used in law enforcement. The ... More>>

G20: Global Co-Operation And Strong Policy Action Needed For A Sustainable Recovery

The COVID-19 crisis has exposed major weaknesses in our economies that can only be fixed through greater global co-operation and strong, targeted policy action, according to a new OECD report presented to the Leaders of the G20 countries at their ... More>>