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Stop preventable deaths: UNICEF

Update: November, 12/2014 - 09:35
As a first step to joining the campaign, Pouyuen is promoting the Measles-Rubella Immunization Campaign that was launched nation-wide on October 11 to vaccinate 23 million children aged between one and 14, including 1.3 million in HCM City, by next February. — Photo xalo

HCM CITY (VNS) — UNICEF has launched a campaign called ZEROworkplace that involves companies in its efforts to eradicate preventable child deaths in Viet Nam.

ZEROworkplace enables managers to provide critical information to employees in an inexpensive and effective way that can have a lifesaving impact on their children.

"In Viet Nam, 100 children die every day from preventable causes," Youssouf Abdel-Jelil, UNICEF's representative in Viet Nam, said at the launch ceremony in HCM City on Monday.

"UNICEF believes this number should be zero."

This goal cannot be achieved without the support of the entire community, he said, adding that UNICEF calls on all businesses to join the campaign.

Taiwanese footwear manufacturer Pouyuen and Mobivi, a company that offers services to factory workers through its iCare programme, are the first in the country to join the campaign.

The two can promote positive behaviours that have the potential to reach half a million employees, most of them female migrants, a UNICEF release said.

As a first step to joining the campaign, Pouyuen is promoting the Measles-Rubella Immunization Campaign that was launched nation-wide on October 11 to vaccinate 23 million children aged between one and 14, including 1.3 million in HCM City, by next February.

Using an online toolkit to print materials, the company is calling on its workers to get their children vaccinated against the two diseases.

The toolkit is the first in a series of information packages that will be accessible online through ZEROworkplace.

Abdel-Jelil said that vaccinations are the most effective and low-cost way to prevent diseases and ultimately save children's lives. — VNS

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