This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards to whom quoted text may be attributed at the press briefing, on 2 September 2011, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
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Children under the age of five are increasingly likely to survive in poor countries, as efforts to reach millennium development goal 4 (reducing child deaths by two-thirds) pay off. But newborns are still at high risk – and a new study shows that the slower progress in cutting death rates among babies in the first weeks of life is putting the goal in jeopardy.

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A new study by the United Nations health agency and its partners has found that fewer newborns are dying worldwide but progress is too slow and Africa in particular is being left further behind.

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Derrick*, 12, has left home and now lives on the dusty streets of northern Kenya's Marsabit town. His parents - who live in a village several miles away - could no longer afford to feed him, and he spends most days begging for food.

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Tuesday, 30 August 2011 06:48

RWANDA: Men Urged to Support MTCT Services

 

The Senior Prevention Advisor at United Nations AIDS (UNAIDS), Karusa Kiragu, has urged men to get involved in the elimination of Mother-To-Child-Transmission (MTCT) of HIV/AIDS.

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Monday, 29 August 2011 13:30

ZIMBABWE: Pregnant Women Shun HIV-Testing

 

There is nothing as painful as watching a child withering away with an illness which could have been easily avoided. But pregnant mothers still deny their children the right to live a healthy life by refusing to get tested for HIV and Aids early.

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South Africa’s high child mortality rates have forced the government to rethink its policy on infant feeding and move to discontinue the free provision of formula milk at hospitals and clinics, as well as promote an exclusive breastfeeding strategy for all mothers, including those living with HIV.

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First let me acknowledge the presence of Deputy Minister and thank all of you for making time to participate at this important gathering to chart the future for our country especially children and mothers.

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Two year old Neema Mramba and her twin sister live with their grandmother in a village called Matsangoni in Kilifi.

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The Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) will soon submit a draft policy to Cabinet for consideration.

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