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The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Angolan Ministry of Health are targeting 3 million children between birth and five-years old for immunization, Vitamin A supplementation and de-worming medicine, as well as 350,000 girls and women between 15- and 45-years old for anti-tetanus inoculations and information on hygiene and health care, UNICEF said.”This initiative is a critical stepping-stone towards reducing child mortality in post-war Angola. Such days also show that Angola’s health system is shifting from rather emergency-oriented services to serving the long-term health needs of the population,” said Mario Ferrari, UNICEF representative in the oil-rich country emerging from the devastation of nearly 30 years of civil war.According to UN figures, 260 children out of every 1,000 children die before reaching the age of 5. That compares with 121 deaths per 1,000 in low-income countries, 40 per 1,000 in lower-middle-income countries, 22 in upper-middle-income countries and seven in high-income countries.The “dramatic mortality rate” is a consequence of insufficient access to and the poor quality of health services, as well as inadequate family care practices among both urban and rural communities, UNICEF said.”Parents need to be trained in early detection of symptoms to seek timely care for their children and understand that hygiene practices in the homes can often change the fate of children,” said UNICEF’s Guy Clarysse, a health officer in Angola.The Angolan Government and UNICEF previously trained 10,000 health workers in 2003 to undertake a national vaccination campaign for 7 million children against measles, the biggest vaccine-preventable killer of Angolan children. The outreach re-established the infrastructure for immunization in the country.In 2005 and 2006 the annual health weeks will spotlight polio and measles and the campaigns will take place every six months from 2007, UNICEF said. read more

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