The UNICEF We aim for 0 action

UNICEF stands up for the rights of children worldwide. There are many countries where children do not live the life they actually deserve. Worldwide, UNICEF is committed to combating poverty, disease, violence and discrimination. Thanks to UNICEF, millions of children can go to school, they are vaccinated against deadly diseases and they receive sound information and good nutrition. When a disaster strikes or war breaks out, UNICEF is immediately on the ground to ensure that children and their families can survive. UNICEF regularly sets up separate actions, one of which is We go for 0. What does We Go for 0 mean and what is UNICEF trying to achieve with this action?

What does We go for 0 mean?

19,000 children die every day, while the cause of death is often easily preventable. This includes issues such as diarrhea, malaria, measles and pneumonia, which in principle can easily be prevented. UNICEF finds it unacceptable that so many children die and is trying to reduce this number to zero. We go for 0 emerged from that idea. A special week of action was organized from 18 to 24 November 2012 as part of this project, during which the television channel RTL drew attention to the UNICEF campaign against child mortality in various television programs.

To reinforce the action, UNICEF has recorded a special video. This includes Willie Wartaal, Birgit Schuurman, Sacha de Boer, Claudia de Breij, Ferry Doedens, Renate Verbaan, Sipke Jan Bousema, Trijntje Oosterhuis, Edwin Evers, Monique van de Ven, J├Ârgen Raymann, Edsilia Rombley, Paul van Vliet, Nicolette van Dam, Ranomi Kromowidjojo and Monsif speak. This video attempts to persuade people to make a donation to the We go full 0 campaign. The aim is for people to send the word UNICEF by text message to 4333. Two euros will then be transferred to UNICEF. For this amount, five children can be vaccinated against measles.

Causes of infant mortality

There are many causes of infant mortality, but there are a few that really stand out. One of the biggest causes of child mortality is the lack of good medical care in the area, as well as the lack of proper medical resources. This is evident from the fact that mothers often have to walk for hours to take their child to the nearest health post. The health posts themselves often have too few medicines and equipment to use. There are also often no refrigerators in which the vaccines can be kept cool. Medical staff are often not properly trained, and midwives often do not have sufficient resources to ensure that children are born healthy. Ignorance is also a cause of the unnecessary death of children. Mothers often do not realize that it is very serious if their child has a fever, or they do not see that the child is malnourished. If they do realize this, they often seek the solution from traditional healers. But in many cases they do not have the necessary medical knowledge.

What is UNICEF doing against child mortality?

UNICEF focuses on various points in combating child mortality. In this way, UNICEF ensures that pregnant women and women who have just given birth are well cared for. UNICEF provides consultation, birth registration, tetanus vaccinations and growth checks, among other things. In addition, UNICEF ensures that mothers receive good information about, among other things, breastfeeding. This charity also provides training and further training for medical staff. Thanks to UNICEF, water supplies and toilets are being built, medicines are being distributed and mosquito nets are being distributed.