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2008 세계아동현황보고 - 마을에 세워진 보건소 (니제르)

2008.01.22

* UNICEF State of the World’s Children – community health posts in Niger
* 02 min 28 secs
* 05 May 2007

In Niger today, more than half of the population lives at least 5 kilometres away from any kind of health facility.

Providing essential primary health care in more remote communities and to millions of children living across this vast and arid country is a challenge…

But it’s also a priority to save children’s lives and improve their access to health care.

To address these important needs, UNICEF and its partners have been building Community Health Posts in underserved rural areas with the goal of having at least 1 health facility for every 5,000 people.

These clinics provide not only a package of basic health interventions but also offer preventive care as well as counselling and children’s growth monitoring.

SOUNDBITE: Akhil Iyer, UNICEF Representative in Niger: “It’s a packet of cost-effective health and nutrition interventions, some of them very simple such as immunization and vitamin A supplementation to reduce child mortality before 5 years of age and it has already been shown to have a proven impact around the world, so it’s a question of jumpstarting it in Niger, and we can bring the mortality rate down quickly.”

These measures provide effective treatment to children under 5 who often fall victim to malnutrition and become vulnerable to deadly yet preventable diseases.

In Niger, pneumonia, diarrhoea, and malaria are responsible for almost 60 per cent of children’s deaths.

SOUNDBITE: Noël Zagré, Nutrition Chief, UNICEF Niger: “Malnourished children -- if they are not treated against malnutrition, they are at a very high risk of death, especially when they have diarrhoea or a respiratory infection.” 

Providing effective treatment against these 3 major diseases significantly reduces child mortality.

Community-based health initiatives and adequately trained health workers are essential to address the needs of vulnerable children and increase their chances of survival.

In Maradi, Niger this is Sabine Dolan reporting for Unicef Television. Unite for Children.



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