UNICEF Canada and Teck Launch Partnership to Save the Lives of Over 150,000
Children in India
DELHI, INDIA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/03/13 -- UNICEF Canada and Teck
Resources Limited (Teck) launched a new $5 million program today
under the Zinc Alliance for Child Health (ZACH) that will save over
150,000 children's lives in India. The program aims to scale up the
use of zinc supplementation and oral rehydration salts (ORS) to treat
diarrhea while strengthening health care systems across India.
More children under the age of five die in India than anywhere else
in the world. One of the leading causes of these deaths is diarrhea.
Currently, only 2 percent of Indian children have access to zinc and
ORS, a cost effective and proven life-saving diarrhea treatment. A
10-day course of zinc tablets costs only 30 cents while a sachet of
ORS costs 10 cents.
The new partnership will save 150,000 children's lives over the
course of the five year program, and 50,000 lives annually going
forward, in Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh alone - three
states with the highest burden of childhood diarrhea in India through
the provision of zinc and ORS.
"This new initiative exemplifies the considerable contributions
corporate partnerships can make towards improving the lives of the
world's most vulnerable children. UNICEF's partnership with Teck in
India will provide strategic investments in proven interventions,"
says UNICEF Canada's President and CEO David Morley. "UNICEF first
partnered with Teck in Nepal and Peru through the International Zinc
Association and we are pleased to be strengthening this partnership."
The program also aims to educate health workers and communities while
strengthening the local supply chain to ensure zinc and ORS are
accessible and that achievements made over the next five years are
sustainable in the long term.
"In India, the number of children dying from diarrhea - an illness
that can be treated with zinc and ORS - is particularly dire," says
Doug Horswill, Senior Vice President at Teck. "As one of the world's
largest producers of zinc, we have the ability and knowledge to help
address this critical children's health issue."
The program also contributes to the Indian government's commitment to
reduce child deaths
through the Call to Action for Child Survival: A
Promise Renewed. The call to action was co-led by the governments of
India, Ethiopia and the U.S. with UNICEF's support. It is working to
mobilize political leadership to end preventable child deaths through
innovative and proven strategies worldwide.
The new $5 million program was officially announced at a special
reception at the Canadian High Commission in Delhi, India today.
UNICEF has saved more children's lives than any other humanitarian
organization. We work tirelessly to help children and their families,
doing whatever it takes to ensure children survive. We provide
children with healthcare and immunization, clean water, nutrition and
food security, education, emergency relief and more.
UNICEF is supported entirely by voluntary donations and helps
children regardless of race, religion or politics. As part of the UN,
we are active in over 190 countries - more than any other
organization. Our determination and our reach are unparalleled.
Because nowhere is too far to go to help a child survive.
Teck is a diversified resource company committed to responsible
mining and mineral development with major business units focused on
copper, steelmaking coal, zinc and energy. The pursuit of
sustainability guides Teck's approach to business. Teck is building
partnerships and capacity to confront sustainability challenges
within the regions in which we operate and at the global level. As
one of the world's largest producers of zinc, Teck is committed to
raising awareness about, and helping solve the global health issue of
zinc deficiency. Teck's Zinc & Health program includes partnerships
with UNICEF, Free The Children, the Micronutrient Initiative, the
Government of Canada and other organizations. To learn more about
Teck's Zinc & Health program, visit www.zincsaveslives.com.
Teck is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, and its shares are listed
on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols TCK.A and TCK.B and
the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TCK.
The Zinc Alliance for Child Health is a movement of Canadian
organizations committed to accelerating the use of zinc and oral
rehydration salts around the world to treat diarrhea, one of the
leading killers of children.
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