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Nepal a World Leader in Boosting Child Survival, Despite Conflict: UNICEF
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Nepal is one of only seven countries in the world on track to cut child mortality by two thirds between 1990 and 2015. This is the finding of a global study by UNICEF and its partners of 60 countries with high child mortality, published in a special edition of The Lancet today, and being discussed at the Child Survival Symposium in New York. The study recommends that reasons for Nepal’s success in cutting child deaths should be highlighted and shared with the rest of the world. There are four main ways to cut child deaths. The first way is to prevent illnesses from happening by giving vaccines and Vitamin A supplementation. Nepal managed to eliminate neo-natal tetanus last year, and the national measles campaign in 2004-5, which
reached more than 9 million children in all districts, cut measles deaths by 2,500.he second way to cut child deaths was to promptly treat diseases such as pneumonia with
antibiotics, and to treat diarrhoea with oral rehydration salts, and now with zinc to reduce severity and duration. The third way was to improve newborn and maternal health as the survival of babies is closely linked to the care given to mothers during pregnancy, delivery and after the baby is born. The final way concerned improving nutrition: about half of all child deaths in Nepal are linked to under nutrition.
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UNICEF ,   (2006 )
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Press Release in English
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CHILD SURVIVAL, CHILD MORTALITY, MEASLES DEATH, UNDERNUTRITION, CHILD DEATH, PNEUMONIA, ANTIBIOTICS, DIARRHOEA, IMMUNIZATION, VACCINATION, CHILD SAFETY, TETANUS
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 UNICEF : Children Fund
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14.05.04  -  Welfare And Social Services
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