Danielle Abraham is a member of UNICEF's Next Generation Steering Committee. She will be representing UNICEF's Next Generation on a field visit to Ethiopia next week. With about one week until UNICEF's Next Generation leaves for Ethiopia, we thought we would remind you why we're going there... Did you know 300 babies die every single day in Ethiopia, and nearly 400,000 Ethiopian children die every year before reaching their 5th birthday? Back in September 2010, UNICEF's Next Generation Steering Committee adopted a project focused on maternal and neonatal health in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. We pledged (and then raised) $150K to cover the costs for equipment, staff, training, supplies, technology and more for a neonatal care unit in the capital. We've all spent the last few weeks renewing passports, acquiring visas, getting multiple vaccinations and now it's finally time! According to the tentative agenda we received, our trip will include the following: Plumpy'nut plant tour, WASH (water, sanitation hygiene) interventions, Adolescent Development Protection for families affected by HIV/AIDS, PMTCT, Community Based Nutrition Programs, Outpatient Therapeutic Feeding Program (OTP) for severely malnourished children, Home visits w/ Health Extension Workers, Alternative Education Programs & Cluster Schools & water supply systems! Sounds like it's going to be a pretty busy week!
© UNICEF/NYHQ2009-2275/Kate Holt | A mother prepares to receive a vaccination from a health worker in Ethiopia.
To keep in touch with us during our trip, make sure to follow @unicefnextgen and check out our Facebook page. You can also follow those in the group who will be sharing their experiences along the way:
We'll report back soon! For more information on UNICEF's Next Generation and how to join, visit unicefusa.org/nextgeneration.