Wednesday, 6 February 2013

A Postcard from Ghana #GoodWork


This is a digital postcard sent from TeamHonk (www.mammasaurus.co.uk; www.aresidence.co.uk; www.mummybarrow.com) during their travels with Comic Relief in Ghana celebrating #goodwork.

All week there have been blogs & tweets supporting #TeamHonk and sharing digital postcards from the projects they visited. This picture is from a vaccine project that receives funding from GAVI to provide a vaccination against diarrhoea. This information about the project is from the GAVI website:

GAVI and its partners plan to support the vaccination of more than 50 million children in at least 40 of the world’s poorest countries by 2015.

Diarrhoea is one of the leading child killers in the world - an estimated 751,000 children die from diarrhoeal diseases each year, accounting for 12% of under five deaths in GAVI-eligible countries. Rotavirus is the leading cause of severe childhood diarrhoea in both developed and developing countries and results in more than 450,000 deaths each year.

Vaccination against rotavirus will make a significant impact on global efforts to achieve Millennium Development Goal 4 (MDG 4) – reduce child deaths by two-thirds by 2015.

MDG 4 specifically addresses the need to revitalise efforts against diarrhoea. WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE), has emphasised the importance of providing rotavirus vaccination in the context of a comprehensive diarrhoeal disease control strategy, including improvement of water quality, hygiene, and sanitation; provision of oral rehydration solution and zinc supplements; and overall improved case management.

Immunisation against rotavirus provides an excellent opportunity to promote a comprehensive prevention and treatment approach to control all causes of diarrhoeal disease.

For the past 25 years the money raised through Red Nose Day has been changing the lives of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in the UK and Africa. Let’s Keep Up the Good Work. Find out how at rednoseday.com.

For other digital postcards please do check out the linky on www.teamhonk.org.

GoodWork

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