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…says babies should be breastfed within the first hour of life Breastmilk is the best source of nutrition for newborns and babies up to 2 years of age yet just half of all babies (52%) in Latin America and the Caribbean are not breastfed within the first hour of life. In 2017, an estimated 78 million babies – or three in five – were not breastfed within the first hour of life, putting them at higher risk of death and disease and making them less likely to continue breastfeeding, say UNICEF and WHO in a new report. Most of these…
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Friday announced that it would be providing US$30,000 worth relief supplies to assist the Venezuelans who have been crossing the border in three administrative regions of Essequibo county. In a joint statement, UNICEF and the Civil Defence Commission said the supplies would be pre-positioned to boost the capacity of Region 1 (Barima-Waini), Regin 7 (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) and Region 9 (Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo) “to provide basic assistance to meet the initial needs of the displaced population as the situation of the influx of Venezuelans into Guyana increases.” The agencies said the relief supplies would benefit…
The Public Health Ministry and UNAIDS (Guyana) Office this week agreed on a three-year HIV/AIDS Strategic Plan to help improve the life expectancy of those affected by the virus. Under the terms of the HIVision2020 covenant, 90 per cent of Guyanese living with AIDS must be diagnosed by 2020; a similar number must be receiving their anti-retroviral treatment. The two sides also estimate also that under the pact there must be 90 percent of the people in treatment with “fully suppressed viral load” by 2020. The United Nations Programme on AIDS (UNAIDS) estimate that the ‘90-90-90’ compact will cost the…