Vaccines keep children alive and healthy by protecting them against disease. Immunization is especially important for the hardest to reach families as it can also be a bridge to other life-saving care for mothers and children in isolated communities – such as child nutritional screening, anti-malarial mosquito nets, vitamin A supplements and de-worming tablets. Immunization is one of the most successful and cost-effective public health investments we can make for future generations.
Vaccines are protecting more children than ever before. But, in 2012, nearly one in five infants – 22.6 million children – missed out on the basic vaccines they need to stay healthy. Low immunization levels compromise gains in all other areas of health for mothers and children. The poorest, most vulnerable children who need immunization the most continue to be the least likely to get it.
Almost one third of deaths among children under 5 are preventable by vaccine. Continue reading here.
Vaccines can save up to 3 million lives a year. Let’s make sure that ALL children have access.
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More than 1.4 million people affected by Saturday’s devastating earthquake in Nepal are in need of food assistance, a United Nations spokesman said Monday.
Citing Nepalese government figures, U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq said an estimated 8 million people had been affected by the magnitude-7.8 quake in 39 of Nepal’s districts. He added that the United Nations was releasing $15 million from its central emergency response fund for quake victims. The funds will allow international humanitarian groups to scale up operations and provide shelter, water, medical supplies and logistical services.
Trucks carrying food were on their way to affected districts outside the hard-hit and densely-populated Kathmandu valley, and distribution of the food was expected to start Tuesday.
The death toll from the earthquake could reach 10,000, Nepal’s prime minister said Tuesday.
“The death toll could go up to 10,000 because information from remote villages hit by the earthquake is yet to come in,” Sushil Koirala told Reuters.
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The 25th of April was World Malaria Day. It may have passed unnoticed in many communities, but the importance of spreading information about this disease remains paramount, hence this article, quoted from ONECampaign.org.
”………..Malaria is often seen as a foreign diseases that you can only get when travelling to exotic countries, but, did you know that nearly half of the worlds population are at risk of contracting this fatal disease?! That’s 3.2 billion people who don’t have access to all the lotions and potions that we do, in order to deter the mosquitos insatiable feeding needs…
Although those numbers are extremely scary, it’s important to know that thanks to the Global Fund and many other contributing donors, the Malaria mortality rate has reduced by 47% between 2000-20013!….”
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EIGHT FACTS ABOUT MALARIA
Guy-Allen, Clea. 2015. 8 Things you need to know about Malaria. [Web:] www.one.org. [Date of Access:] 27 April 2.
Via @SavetheChildren @CSMonitor by Eoin O’Carroll
The death toll from Nepal’s earthquake has surpassed 2,500 people, with thousands more injured. As Monitor correspondent Bikash Sangraula reports from Katmandu, the ground continues to tremble.
Nepal’s government is struggling to provide clean water, food, and shelter, and healthcare to those affected, ….continue reading here.
Here is a list of five relief organizations with extensive experience in Nepal and a proven track record of providing aid following disasters.
Save the Children
The venerable children’s rights organization Save the Children has been operating in Nepal since 1976. Donations will go primarily to protecting children and their families, with ten percent being set aside for the next disaster, wherever that may be.
CARE has worked in Nepal since 1978 and has a long track record of helping people in the aftermath of disasters. Donations will help bring food, water, toilets, and shelters to earthquake’s victims.
Oxfam currently has teams on the ground assessing humanitarian needs, and they are preparing to send experts with water sanitization equipment and emergency food supplies.
The United Nations Children’s Fund is mobilizing to provide water purification tablets, hygiene kits, tarpaulins, and nutrition supplies to children affected by the earthquake. To donate $10 to their efforts, text, “Nepal” to 864-233.
Habitat for Humanity
The Christian housing ministry, which provides people around the world with decent and affordable houses, has been operating in Nepal for 18 years. Donations will help bring disaster relief and emergency shelters to victims.
O’Carroll, Eion. Nepal earthquake: How to help. [Web:] www.csmonitor.com [Date of Access:] 27 April 2015
The idea that the happiness of people should be a goal of public policy is not new. As early as 1809, Thomas Jefferson stated publicly his belief that “the care of human life and happiness… is the only legitimate object of good government.” And yet, for the lion’s share of human history, we have gauged societal wellbeing according to much cruder metrics, like national income. Of course, what makes people richer and what enables their flourishing are not always one and the same, and it’s encouraging that policymakers from the Kingdom of Bhutan to Santa Monica, California are beginning to incorporate the science of happiness into their work.
This year’s World Happiness Report, produced by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, is the combined effort of experts in economics, neuroscience, and national statistics. The researchers looked at surveys of happiness levels in 158 countries conducted between 2012 and 2015, and tried to determine the key variables behind the numbers. Continue reading here.
………What the research points to is that happiness is not merely an individual psychological phenomenon, but the product of many overlapping influences, including the quality of surrounding social norms and institutions…………..continue reading article here.