Project Healthy Children, Rwanda

Rwanda reached a very important milestone this month by setting comprehensive fortification levels for six primary staple foods, and covering nine essential micronutrients.  Following a series of National Fortification Alliance meetings called by the Ministry of Health and spearheaded by regional fortification experts hired by Project Healthy Children (PHC), fortification levels were established using Rwanda-specific consumption and coverage data previously collected by PHC. The foods targeted for fortification include: salt, oil, sugar, maize flour, and wheat flour and the micronutrients include: vitamin A, iodine, iron, zinc, folic acid, niacin, and vitamin B1, B2, and B12.  Together, this strategy creates a broad and comprehensive fortification plan that will be as complete as any country in Africa. Read more.

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Over 22,000 children die every day from preventable causes, of which malnutrition is the most prevalent and easily solved. 

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IF advocates for equal access to health care

The new IF booklet "This is a small story about life and death" is an eye opener to end the violation of rights of children with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. Unfortunately many children are still, in practice, denied those basic rights and fundamental freedoms that most people take for granted. Even in some places in Europe. Parliaments and parliamentarians have a key role to play in promoting and protecting human rights. We urge them to promote and protect the rights of children born with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus all over the world. IF sent the booklet to members of the parliament, politicians and organizations and distributed it during conferences.

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This is a small story about life and death (unfortunately, it's not a fairy tale) 

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Vaccine against Meningitis A launched in Burkina Faso

The first meningococcal A vaccine, introduced nationwide in Burkina Faso on 6 December 2010, is expected to eliminate the primary cause of epidemic meningitis in Africa, and will be introduced in all 25 countries of the African "meningitis belt". The vaccine is designed specifically to protect against bacterial meningitis, also known as meningococcal A, which accounts for 80-85% of cases of meningitis in the "meningitis belt". Bacterial meningitis, although caused by other bacteria than meningococcus, is known to be a common cause of Hydrocephalus in developing countries, where it is estimated that more than 60% of the Hydrocephalus cases are post-infectious. The vaccine was developed by the Meningitis Vaccine Project, a cooperation between WHO and PATH. More news here.

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The first meningococcal A vaccine, introduced nationwide in Burkina Faso on 6 December 2010

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