• Categories
  • Archives

Brazil Starts Emergency Program to Save Indian Kids

The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) wants to provide indigenous tribes, in the South region of the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, with access to safe water and vitamin A, to avoid that their children die from diarrhea and malnutrition.

With this objective, Unicef launched yesterday, in partnership with Brazilian National Foundation of Health (Funasa), a national campaign to raise funds.


For the first time, the Fund is making a campaign focused on indigenous groups. The campaign will last a month, and according to the Fund’s project manager, Halim Antonio Girarde, it will help the emergency measures developed in the Dourados tribe, where 11 thousand people live. 62% of these tribes do not have access to safe water.


“Unicef is trying to contribute to stop these deaths. And one way of doing it is by offering good quality water,” he said.


The Ministry of Health, with Unicef’s support, will offer, still this month, emergency Vitamin A to all indigenous children, from 6 months to 5 years of age – around 9,562 – in other areas of the country, as well. Vitamin A deficiency reduces children’s resistance to infections and raises mortality risk.


The death of 18 children belonging to the Guarani-Kaiowá tribe, between January and March of this year, caused by diseases related to malnutrition, gave the program in Dourados a status of emergency humanitarian crisis, according to the Unicef. The number of deaths in these three months is equivalent to that registered during all year of 2004.


Translation: Andréa Alves

Tags:

  • Show Comments (1)

  • Guest

    Please share information on water filtertration units and where to get them. I am a missionary to India.
    Thank you

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

Coptic Church’s Pope Ordains Brazil’s First Bishop

The Coptic Orthodox Church, main Christian authority in Egypt, is going to transform the ...

Why Can’t Argentina Be More Like Brazil, French Minister Wants to Know

France's Defense minister Hervé Morin said that Argentina could increase its international influence following ...

Brazil Ready to Push Its Fruit on US, China and the Arab World

Conducted by the Brazilian Export and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex), the Brazilian Fruit Institute ...

RAPIDINHAS

The ownership deeds for thousands of rural properties in various Brazilian states were revoked ...

Brazilian Indian mother and child

Pope Called Insensitive and Arrogant for Remarks on Brazilian Indians

Brazil's National Indian Foundation (Funai),Brazilian historians and the Indians themselves challenged pope Benedict XVI's ...

Brazil and the World Need a Global Social Marshall Plan

Recent events in Brazil lead us to question what constitutes the difference between the ...

With 2 Million Kids Working Brazil Promises End to Child Labor

Since 1996 the Brazilian government has been able to rescue 930 thousand working children ...

4,300 Inmates to Get Literacy Instruction in Brazil

The Literate Brazil (Brasil Alfabetizado) Program plans to impart literacy instruction this year to ...

At the Mercy of the CIA

"I committed the only sin that politics does not forgive: to tell the truth ...

Brazilian Minister in Israel to Develop Bilateral Trade

Brazil’s Minister of Development, Industry, and Foreign Trade, Luiz Fernando Furlan, leaves Cyprus today ...