This week, from the capital of Kigali to the countryside, kids in Rwanda will receive a major kick start to their chances for a healthy future as UNICEF supports that nation’s Mother and Child Health Week. Through mass mobilizations of medical services and lifesaving interventions, UNICEF and Rwandans will work together to deliver child immunizations, health education, and vital medications to families across the country. Yet one aspect of the campaign particularly stands out to me: the vaccination of nearly 300,000 pregnant mothers against Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus (MNT).
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I recently accompanied a Key Club and a Kiwanis representative to Swaziland. Swaziland is a small country in southern Africa, with a population of one million, but with the highest HIV infection rate in the world. This was our second trip to Swaziland; in 2007, after Key Club’s youth led board voted to fund programs there, I accompanied four Key Club members to Swaziland to learn more. In June 2007, we visited several neighborhood care points (NCPs), which were community-based locations where trained volunteers would provide informal education, warm meals and basic health care services to children who were orphaned or made vulnerable from HIV and AIDS. The Neighborhood care points, supported by UNICEF, were trying to reach as many kids as possible, but needed financial support to reach more children.
My colleague Adam Fifield and I spend a lot of time writing about child survival issues. And most of the writing we do isn’t for this blog
The tiny nation of Swaziland in Southern Africa has the world’s highest HIV-prevalence rate and, as a tragic result, is home to more than 70,000 orphans and vulnerable children.
During a U.S. Fund for UNICEF field visit to Swaziland last May, I met one of these orphans, seventeen-year-old Nonhlanhla Mabundza.