TORONTO, Jan. 26 /CNW/ - UNICEF Canada today welcomed the announcement
from the Prime Minister that as part of its 5-year $2.85-billion
commitment under the Muskoka Initiative, the Canadian government is
directing funds specifically to UNICEF development projects to help
save the lives and improve the health of mothers and children in
Ethiopia, Mozambique and Bangladesh.
"With this funding, UNICEF will be able to provide long term,
sustainable solutions that will save children's lives in Ethiopia,
Mozambique and Bangladesh. Training community health workers is a
proven, highly effective way of improving the nutrition and health of
children and their mothers over the long term," says Kimberly Moran,
Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of UNICEF Canada.
"UNICEF strongly advocates an equity approach towards achieving the
Millennium Development Goals, especially in the area of maternal,
newborn and children's health," she says. "An equity focus - aimed at
meeting the rights and needs of the most deprived - will save more children per dollar spent than many traditional approaches to providing
health interventions in developing countries. Today's announcement is
definitely in keeping with this philosophy. Our donors can be proud of
their role in helping these children."
Government funding has been directed to UNICEF for the following:
Improve food security for mothers and children through community based nutrition. Canada's contribution will help UNICEF improve the nutrition and
health of three million pregnant and nursing women and their children
in Ethiopia. Canada's funding will help train more than 4,000
community health workers to provide lifesaving treatment for
malnourished children and supplements that are essential to ensure the
health of children and mothers, such as Vitamin A and iron. This
project will also improve health and nutrition in the long term by
helping mothers provide their children with the right foods at the
right time and by ensuring access to clean water for 125,000 people.
($50 million over five years).
Launch a nationwide measles vaccination campaign in Mozambique. This project will enable the Mozambique Ministry of Health and UNICEF
to undertake a nationwide public health campaign targeting over three
million children under the age of five in 2011. The national campaign
will provide the measles vaccine to 2.8 million children, vitamin A to
3.7 million children and deworming tablets to 3.2 million children.
The campaign includes a public health outreach effort to deliver a
package of high-impact, low-cost maternal and child survival
interventions during the National Mother and Child Health Week in
April, 2011. ($3.1 million in 2011).
Strengthen immunization capacity (Immunization Strengthening Project)
Canada will help UNICEF acquire polio and measles vaccine and strengthen
Bangladesh's immunization program by improving vaccine storage and
training health workers. The project will also purchase enough oral
polio vaccine for 250,000 children annually. ($12 million over two years).
UNICEF is the world's leading child-focused humanitarian and development
agency. Through innovative programs and advocacy work, we save
children's lives and secure their rights in virtually every country.
Our global reach, unparalleled influence on policymakers, and diverse
partnerships make us an instrumental force in shaping a world in which
no child dies of a preventable cause. UNICEF is entirely supported by
voluntary donations and helps all children, regardless of race,
religion or politics. For more information about UNICEF, please visit www.unicef.ca.
SOURCE UNICEF Canada
For further information:
For English media: Cathy Carter, UNICEF Canada, Communications Specialist, 416-737-8519, email@example.com
For French media: Nancy Radford, UNICEF Canada, Manager, Communications Quebec, Tel: 514 288 5134 x8425; Cell 514 232 4510