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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free....... ~Ronald Reagan~

Friday, March 03, 2006

Good News Update in Iraq

If we leave our news updates to the main stream media, including cable network, our lives will be filled with bombings, fatality numbers, the doom and gloom of war. Is anything good coming out of Iraq?
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During Saddam Hussein's rule, estimates of child mortality rates hovered at 125 deaths per 1,000 births for children under the age of five. Diarrhea and acute respiratory infections accounted for 70 percent of the deaths. While the health situation for Iraqi children remains a concern, reports from the Ministry of Health and Environment indicate that the last year has witnessed an important drop in rates of disease among children under five, particularly for cholera and diarrhea. Current child mortality estimates by USAID and the Ministry of Health place the figure at 50 deaths per 1,000 births, which comports with data provided by the Central Intelligence Agency.
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According to USAID Key Accomplishments to Date are the following:
  • Immunized over 3 million children under five.
  • Vaccinated over 700,000 pregnant women against tetanus.
  • Updated skills of 2,500 primary health care providers.
  • Distributed high protein biscuits to more than 450,000 children and 200,000 pregnant and nursing mothers.
  • Trained over 2,000 health educators, teachers, religious leaders and youth on hygiene, diarrhea, breast feeding, and immunization issues.
  • Established a national program to fortify wheat flour with iron and folic acid.
  • Assisted in the development of a national strategy and guidelines for Infant and Young Child Feeding.
  • Completed curricula to be used in training staff of 141 USG-funded model primary health care centers.
  • Re-equipped over 600 health clinics with essential equipment and supplies
  • Re-established national disease surveillance system intended to improve the existing capacity of the Ministry of Health in monitoring and tracking incidence of disease.
  • Reached agreement with Ministry of Health regarding the development of Basrah Children's Hospital.

Taking a look at the "sunny side" of Iraq is helpful. Unfortunately we never get this information on the evening news.

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