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Brazzaville/Lusaka, 23 April 2015 – Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa launches the African Vaccination Week (AVW) in Lusaka, Zambia under the theme “Vaccination, a gift for life”. This event marks the commencement of week-long immunization activities from 24 to 30 April across all 47 countries in the WHO African Region.
By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN
BANGWEULU WETLANDS, Zambia — Out here on the endless swamps, a harsh truth has been passed down from generation to generation: There is no fear but the fear of hunger.
With that always weighing on his mind, Mwewa Ndefi gets up at dawn, just as the first orange rays of sun are beginning to spear through the papyrus reeds, and starts to unclump a mosquito net.
Africa has many accomplishments in which to take pride and confidence.
Progress on many fronts is dramatic with a new sense of optimism right across the continent.
Economic growth is strong, feeding through into increased incomes and better living standards. Foreign investment is pouring in, encouraged by the energy and talent of Africa's people, rising consumer demand and improved standards of government.
NAIROBI, 2 March 2012 (IRIN)
How is it that the world's most popular fizzy drink reaches even the farthest-flung corners of the planet, yet vast numbers of children in developing countries die for lack of one of the cheapest and most effective preparations known to medical science?
The world's second-biggest cause of child mortality, diarrhoea, kills about 1.5 million children every year. Three-quarters of these deaths could be prevented with a simple course of oral rehydration salts (ORS) combined with zinc tablets, at a cost of just US$0.50 per patient.
€3.7m five-year RAIN project focuses on sustainable prevention of “unacceptably high undernutrition stunting and mortality rates in children under two”
Concern Worldwide and Kerry Group today announced a pioneering initiative aimed at the improving undernutrition and mortality rates in children under two years of age in the developing world.
The partnership and funding commitment was formally announced at the Merrion Hotel in Dublin at midday by Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food Simon Coveney, Kerry Group CEO Stan McCarthy and Concern CEO Tom Arnold.