On Helen Keller's birthday, HKI launches an integrated child survival campaign in Guinea.
Conakry, Guinea – Helen Keller International (HKI), in collaboration with UNICEF and the Ministry of Public Health, launched Guinea’s first bi-annual integrated child survival campaign for 2007 in the capital of Conakry. During the campaign, almost 2 million children under five years of age will be given life-saving vaccinations, vitamin A supplements and de-worming medication. This is Guinea’s third integrated child survival campaign; the first was in 2006 when mebendazole (an anti-parasitic medicine) and vitamin A were formally added to all vaccination outreach programs. Mass vitamin A distribution began in 1999, and was coupled with vaccination campaigns to deliver two health interventions simultaneously – and more efficiently.