The Communication Initiative

THE COMMUNICATION INITIATIVE is a partnership between The Rockefeller Foundation, UNICEF, USAID, The CHANGE Project, WHO, BBC World Service, CIDA, Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs, The European Union, Soul City, The Panos Institute, UNAIDS. It includes information, ideas, linkages and dialogue on communication, development and change (including some coverage of health and development).

An Investigation into the effect of the baby friendly hospital initiative on exclusive breastfeeding in a rural area

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University of Natal
At the 1990 World Summit for Children, it was stated that more than a million infant deaths could have been avoided if infants had been exclusively breastfed for six months (UNICEF, 1995). Three of the four most important threats to survival of children in South Africa are diarrhoeal disease, acute respiratory infection, and malnutrition (UNICEF, 1993). Failure to breastfeed has been linked to all these health problems.

SA in danger of not reducing child mortality

Health experts have warned that South Africa's chances of meeting United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) related to child mortality are becoming increasingly slim.

Mozambique floods: Preventing the spread of diseases among children in the camps

Mozambique, 18 February 2007 UNICEF Health Officer Dr. Felix Ramos is no novice to floods disasters. He was here in 2001, the year when severe floods devastated the central region of Mozambique, leaving thousands of people homeless. And now, he is among the first UNICEF staff to be deployed to the flood-affected areas to respond to the current emergency.

Children Suffer When Mother Lacks Input, UNICEF Says

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Children are likely to be undernourished in households where women are denied a voice in family decisions like doctor visits, food expenditures and trips to see friends and relatives, says a report by the U.N. Children's Fund, UNICEF, released on Monday.

Simple solutions to save children

LEADING child-support organisations affirm that cheap and simple treatments can cut by at least two-thirds the 11-million child deaths that occur worldwide each year. Many of these fatalities are caused by preventable diseases such as pneumonia, diarrhoea, measles and HIV/AIDS. Malnutrition, lack of safe water and poor sanitation contribute to more than half of them.

90m girls lose out on education

Geneva - Some 90 million girls are being excluded from primary schools around the world because of outdated stereotypes defining a female's place as in the home and social pressures for early marriage, the United Nations said.