Allocations totalling $7,379,500 for child-aid programmes in 43 countries and territories will be recommended by Maurice Pate, Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), at the spring session of the Fund's Executive Board starting Monday 3 March, at 10.30 am.
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Background: Allocations totalling $7,379,500 for child-aid programmes in 43 countries and territories will be recommended by Maurice Pate, Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), at the spring session of the Fund's Executive Board starting Monday 3 March, at 10.30 am.
The 30-nation Board will meet for 10 days to review UNICEF-aided activities in Africa, Asia, and Eastern Mediterranean region, Europe and the Americas and to approve new funds.
Fifty-seven recommendations for UNICEF aid to combat malnutrition and disease and to expand rural maternal and child welfare services will be presented to the Board by Mr Pate. Requests for help in expanding maternal and child welfare services account for almost half the total funds - somewhat over $3.500,000. Second in size, proposed aid for anti-malaria work comes to nearly $2,230,000. To match the $7,370,500 in Fund assistance, the governments seeking it would commit $18,518,000 - more than two and one-half times the UNICEF amount.
The $7,379,500 represents about one-third of anticipated requests for Fund aid in 1958, with the larger share expected to be asked at the time of the fall Board session. A "Summary of Programme Recommendations" gives full details.
SYNOPSIS: This week at the United Nations, the Executive Board of UNICEF in session. Thirty members nations have assembled to hear government requests for help to fight diseases which attack millions of children every year. UNICEF is the United Nations Children's Fund.
Malaria alone afflicts over 200 million people a year, most of them children. Two and a half million people are exposed to malaria in Afghanistan. The best way to find out how much malaria a community has is to test the children. Travelling health teams receive much of their technical guidance from experts of the World Health Organisation. The government of Afghanistan is this year asking for more DDT and equipment from UNICEF so that total eradication will near its completion in 1961.
Today this is a global war. Almost every country that has malaria is beginning the eradication battle. Those that do not, are lending their financial help. Jeeps from UNICEF can be seen carrying drugs and doctors into the most remote parts of the world. The path is not always smooth. Here in Thailand sulfone drugs are bought to a colony of leprosy victims. Within three years a patient can be cured with sulfone drugs costing UNICEF only one dollar. Such news has brought hundreds of victims from hiding. Tradition had branded them as untouchables; they were feared and excluded from their communities.
The UNICEF jeep is often seen headquartered at a village health centre. But most of the world has never seen a health centre. India will request over two million dollars from UNICEF this year so that in time every village will be able to provide special care and education for mothers and children at a local health centre. Children are also the victims of diseases caused by the unsanitary conditions of their village.
This year in Mexico, pipe sent by UNICEF is being carried by hand to villages, far from highways and railroad tracks. The pip will be laid so that the people will have clean water; helping to keep the village clear of the filth which breeds disease. Often the arrival of such a rare item as a pipe brings a blessing from the village priest.
Requests for drugs and equipment will come to this session of the Executive Board from 43 Governments. With other supplies previously approved, some 50 million mothers and children will benefit in 1958.