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New York Times on the Web. 2002 Mar 4;  p..In India, the death of a 2-year old boy named Wahidur and some 30 other children has halted the vitamin A campaign supported by UN International Children's Emergency Fund. Rumors spread that the vitamin A supplementation has caused the death, causing fear among the people. However, investigation by public health officials revealed that it was not vitamin A that killed many of the children but rather by common sickness like diarrhea and pneumonia. In addition, laboratory tests determined that the vitamin syrup met all the standards. Studies have shown that vitamin A sharply reduces the chances of death of many malnourished youngsters in developing countries due to diarrhea, measles and other diseases. It also helps prevent blindness. According to Dr. Alfred Sommer, an epidemiologist and dean of the Bloomberg School of Public Health at John Hopkins University, an estimated tens of thousands of Indian children would die needlessly if the vitamin A campaign is not restored.
East African Standard. 2002 Dec 14;  p..United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) has asked the Government to take urgent action to protect children against increasing HIV/Aids infection. And Unicef has expressed concern that over 50 per cent of orphans in Kenya are out of school. Unicef Kenya Officer in charge of Hiv/Aids Unit, Ms Margaret Kyenka Isabirye, said four out of every ten children born to HIV positive mothers are infected. (excerpt)
BBC News. World Edition. 2002 Dec 9;  p..Villagers in parts of Western Africa have come up with an ingenious way of helping pregnant women get to hospital. They place yellow flags on the side of major roads to literally flag down passing truck drivers. The drivers transport the women to hospital, which can sometimes be hundreds of miles away. (excerpt)