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UNICEF has urged all parties to the conflict to agree on one thing next week:
children.“Two things happen next week that are of vital importance to the children of Nepal,” UNICEF’s Representative, Dr Suomi Sakai, said today. “Baishak 3(Sunday, April 15), is the start of the new school year. And Baishak 6 and 7(April 19 and 20) are the days scheduled for the national distribution of Vitamin A capsules and deworming tablets. Every six months in Nepal, Vitamin A capsules are distributed to some 3.3 million children aged between 6 months and five years. A further 3.1 million children aged between one and five years will be receiving deworming capsules that greatly reduce rates of anemia. Some 48,000 female community health volunteers will mobilize in each of the wards in all 75 districts for the distribution, one of the largest child-survival exercises in Nepal. “The capsules and tablets have been transported to the DHO offices in the districts already,” said Dr Sakai.“What the children need now is for the FCHVs to be able to distribute the capsules and tablets. “Half of Nepal’s children are malnourished. Many also do not have enough Vitamin A in their own bodies. This essential vitamin helps boost their immune system.
“The Vitamin A distribution is estimated to save the lives of some 12,000 children each year. This number is about the same as the number of people estimated to have been killed since the conflict began in 1996. Vitamin A also prevents some 2,000 children each year from going blind.“Whatever the issues between adults, one thing that they have agreed on in the past is that the children of Nepal have the right to live and be protected from disease.
Publisher:
UNICEF ,   (2006 )
Type / Script:
Press Release in English
Keywords:
RIGHT TO LIVE, CHILDHOOD DISEASES, COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH SERVICES, CHILDREN, EDUCATION, CHILDHOOD DISEASES, NUTRITION PROGRAMMES, CHILD DEVELOPMENT, CAPSULES AND TABLETS, PEACE, HUMAN RIGHTS, IMMUNE SYSTEM, MALNORISHED, CHILD-SURVIVAL, DEWORMING TABLETS, NEW SCHOOL YEAR, CHILD RIGHTS, DISTRIBUTION, VITAMIN A, HEALTH AND NUTRITION, PROTECTION FROM DISEASE, CONFLICT
Thematic Group:
 UNICEF : Children Fund
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10.02.00  -  Comprehensive Health Services
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