ISLAMABAD:The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has made all preparations to support vaccination coverage and health services for refugee children under the age of five in the country to ensure maximum child health and immunity.
The UNICEF immunization project had received funding
contributed by King Salman Centre for Humanitarian Aid and Relief
(KSrelief), said a document of UNICEF Pakistan available with reporter.
“Three projects with a total value of US$12.1 million were
approved by the Fund’s Governing Council. These projects, to be
implemented in partnership with UNICEF, target mainly refugee children
in Bangladesh, Jordan and Pakistan.”
This initiative of UNICEF would play an important role in reduction of
the current number of 250,000 children who die every year before their
first birthday, said the UNICEF.
The immunization was aimed to overcome 250,000 deaths per year, due to
crumbling immunity and weak health among new born children before
reaching the age of one year, around the globe mostly taking place in
low income developing countries, it added.
It is pertinent to mention here that globally, 2.4 million
children had died in the first month of life in 2019 – approximately
6,700 neonatal deaths every day – with about a third of all neonatal
deaths occurring within the first day after birth, and close to
three-quarters occurring within the first week of life, said the
UNICEF data recorded on the issue.