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MDG4: Reduce Child Mortality

MDG4: Reduce Child Mortality
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Half of under-five children in Bangladesh malnourished

Apr 01, 2009 01:53 PM The United Nations has said that Bangladesh is battling "a silent emergency" with nearly half of the impoverished country's children under age 5 suffering from chronic malnutrition. The world body has called for urgent action and suggested expansion of government’s welfare policies.
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New vaccine to combat pneumonia deaths in Pakistan

Jan 16, 2009 02:54 PM Pneumonia is responsible for large number of deaths among under-five children in Pakistan. The government is hopeful that the introduction of a new vaccine will help reduce the rate of infection and fatalities.
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Western India sets example in tackling malnutrition

Oct 08, 2008 02:24 PM In the tribal belts of Maharashtra in western India, a high nutrition diet programme has significantly reduced mortality rates in the state. Provided jointly by two NGOs through the anganwadis, the meal for mother and child contains locally made mixture of millet, jaggery and milk.
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Helping children survive

Sep 25, 2008 05:10 PM Villages in Purulia, one of the backward districts of West Bengal in India shines with a new brigade of trained health workers. Skilled in detecting neonatal and childhood diseases, this UNICEF backed programme is expected to have a positive impact in controlling infant mortality rates in the area.
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Community says 'We too can'

Sep 17, 2008 03:28 PM The ‘Ame Bi Paribu’ campaign is making mothers in Orissa in eastern India take informed action with their sick children. Based on the 'positive deviance approach' that a community can learn by example from their own, this UNICEF backed state programme is helping children move up the nutrition scale.

Children dying of malnutrition in tribal India

Sep 15, 2008 03:21 PM Madhya Pradesh, a state in central India, has the dubious distinction of having the largest number of malnourished children in the country. In past five months around 125 children have died of malnutrition in the tribal dominated areas. The local authorities however are still in denial mode.

Bihar launches breastfeeding campaign

Sep 05, 2008 05:18 PM To reduce the number of infant deaths in the state, a state-wide campaign has been launched in Bihar in eastern India to promote early initiation and exclusive breastfeeding. Supported by the UNICEF, the programme is expected to have a positive impact on child survival through community awareness.

Soya beans can eradicate malnutrition in Afghanistan

Aug 29, 2008 05:05 PM In Afghanistan, free soya bean milk distribution centres for pregnant women and children are contributing towards fighting infant child mortality in their modest way. However, if the country needs to meet the protein requirements of its population, it has to increase domestic production of soya beans.

Breastfeed for child survival, says UN

Aug 01, 2008 09:36 PM The World Breastfeeding Week that runs until August 7 calls for support to mothers to breastfeed, a practice that has shown to curb infant mortality by more than 10 percent in developing countries.

Vitamin A campaign a success in Bangladesh

May 22, 2008 06:56 PM In a recent campaign by the government in Bangladesh, 19 million children under the age of five have been administered life-saving vitamin A doses. Vitamin A deficiency increases the risk of diseases measles and diarrhoea, both contributing to more than one-third of child deaths in the country.

Pakistan's trained midwives to check newborn deaths

Apr 29, 2008 11:28 AM Punjab province in Pakistan has very high mortality rates for newborns, as a very small percentage of births take place under the supervision of trained attendants. UNICEF is now training midwives to prevent such deaths.

Go for integrated health strategies to save children, says UNICEF

Jan 23, 2008 02:55 PM More than 26,000 children die everyday in the world before they see their fifth birthday. Along with sub-Saharan Africa, India has been identified with high under-five mortality in UNICEF’s new report on the state of the world’s children. It calls for community-level integration of essential services to arrest this disturbing phenomenon.

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