ERIC Number: ED235881
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jul-29
Reference Count: 0
Accelerating Child Survival and Development in Dark Times.
Grant, James P.
Measures were proposed that would enable UNICEF, in association with others and despite prevailing difficult economic circumstances, to more effectively bring well-being and hope to hundreds of millions of children. Specific proposals were designed to help most countries accelerate child survival and development. Most particularly, it was recognized that several elements of the basic services and primary health care strategy are ready for an extra thrust at this time. Attention focused on several basic problems responsible for the majority of children's deaths and on four simple approaches to be integrated with basic services and primary health care activities: growth surveillance of small children, oral rehydration therapy, breast-feeding and better weaning, and universal immunization. These techniques cost very little and are suited for tackling malnutrition-related infection, diarrhea, and six communicable diseases that take their heaviest toll among children. In addition, it was agreed that special attention should be given to family spacing and food supplements. If given necessary priority, the combination of improved techniques, recent acceptance of basic services and primary health care approaches, and the new capacity of social organizations for reaching low-income families could vastly improve health and save lives. (RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Children's Fund, New York, NY.
Note: Statement made to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (Geneva, Switzerland, July 7, 1983).