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A life saver for children

Feb 04, 2009

A joint publication of UNICEF and other UN organisations, Facts for Life aims to provide parents and other caregivers with life-saving information on children. One of the most popular books, this republished edition also provides facts on protection of women during pregnancy and childbirth.

Facts for Life

Publisher: UNICEF and other agencies, 2009

Published by UNICEF, WHO, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNDP, UNAIDS, WFP and the World Bank, Facts for Life can save many lives – if its messages reach their intended audience.

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Since it was first published in 1989, Facts for Life has become one of the world's most popular books, with more than 15 million copies in use in 215 languages in 200 countries.

The book aims to make life-saving knowledge easily available to everyone. It presents the most important facts that people have a right to know to prevent child deaths and diseases, and to protect women during pregnancy and childbirth. Its messages are simple, and people in every corner of the world can act on them.

The topics discussed in the book include:

  • Safe Motherhood
  • Child Development and Early Learning
  • Breastfeeding
  • Nutrition and Growth
  • Immunization
  • Diarrhoea
  • Coughs, Colds and More Serious Illnesses
  • Hygiene
  • Malaria
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Injury Prevention
  • Disasters and Emergencies

The challenge is to ensure that everyone knows and understands these facts and is motivated to put them into practice.

The messages contained in Facts for Life are based on the latest scientific findings, as established by medical experts around the world. These facts are presented in non-technical language so they can be understood and acted upon easily by people who do not have a scientific background. Doing so can save lives.

The publication urges all communicators – health workers, the media, government officials, non-governmental organisations, teachers, religious leaders, employers, trade unions, women's groups, community organisations and others – to join in a common cause to protect all children.

Source : UNICEF
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