UNICEF pledges support for ECD regional conference in Nairobi

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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has committed $250,000 (over Sh25million) to support the Beyond Zero secretariat host a regional conference on nutrition and early childhood development.

Outgoing UNICEF Deputy Country Director Madhavi Ashok announced the donation when she paid a courtesy call on First Lady Margaret Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi.

The Conference, that will be held in Nairobi, brings together delegates from across the region and will be co-hosted by the First Lady, UNAIDS and UNICEF.

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UNICEF will provide technical support to the conference that will discuss the implementation and implications of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Kenya and the region.

Dr. Ashok said UNICEF will continue to partner with the Beyond Zero initiative on programmes that impact positively on the most vulnerable in society.

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“Our mandate covers children aged between 0-8 years and we are working on programmes that link communities to the mobile clinics sponsored by the First lady’s Beyond Zero initiative,” she added.

The First Lady welcomed UNICEF’s support in reducing infant and maternal mortality rates in the country.

Meanwhile, Africa Oil Kenya has donated a mobile clinic to Wajir County through the Beyond Zero initiative.

The clinic was presented to the First Lady by the company’s General Manager Donald Mahiga. The First Lady later handed over the clinic to Wajir Governor Ahmed Abdullahi at State House, Nairobi.

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Mr Mahiga said the company chose Wajir as the recipient due to its high maternal deaths in the country and as the county where Africa Oil   has for the last two years been conducting its oil exploration activities.

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“Africa Oil is committed to contributing in a positive way to the overall social economic well-being of communities in our host counties,” he added.

The First Lady appreciated the company’s gesture and urged other corporate organisations to initiate programmes that support the well-being of communities hosting their activities.

In attendance were outgoing Director of Medical services Dr Nicholas Muraguri among other senior Government officials.

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