Iris firm partners UNICEF on child survival efforts in Nigeria
Nigeria has received support to fight vaccine preventable diseases, boost health care delivery and advance child survival efforts with donations from the Banana Importers of Ireland Limited (Fyffes).
The donation is a first step in addressing other critical needs of UNICEF programme and came at a time the country continues to make strong progress in her ongoing efforts in child survival and other childhood preventable diseases.
To understand Nigeria’s progress in child survival programme the donor toured the frontlines of government efforts in Kano State with UNICEF Ireland Ambassador, Donncha O’Callaghan.
O’Callaghan has been a UNICEF Ambassador since 2009 and has seen UNICEF’s work for children in action all over the world including in Haiti, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Jordan and now Nigeria. The outcome of the tour will form the basis of a new campaign for support from the Irish population schedule for between April and May 2014.
UNICEF representative in Nigeria Ms Jean Gough welcomed the support from the Irish team adding that “we need the support of everyone in Nigeria and efforts from the wider global community and those who have passion for the survival of children all over the world to address critical needs of our vulnerable group. The time to advance child survival is here and it is only with supports like this that we can do it.”
The team toured three local government areas (LGAs) of Kano State comprising Bichi, Dambatta and Nassarawa local governments. They were received by districts heads in Bichi and Dambatta LGAs as well as key officials at the state ministry of health.