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Are Egyptian children properly fed? Infant and child feeding practices can greatly influence the health and nutrition status of children under the age of two, and breast milk is the best nourishment for an infant for the first six months of its life. After the initial six month period and until they reach the age of two, infants require other nutritious foods, in addition to breastfeeding, to meet their growth and development needs. 

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Egypt Demographic and Health Surveys (EDHS) have been conducted in Egypt since 1988 to provide information to policy makers and researchers about the health situation in the country. The EDHS is repeated regularly (every 3-5 years) and it offers useful information while also monitoring and evaluating changes in maternal and child health indicators. Policy makers; therefore, can use data from the EDHS series to monitor and evaluate current family planning and health programmes, and also plan future health-related strategies.

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MDG Indicators 
• Children 1 year-old immunised against measles 98% 
• Infant mortality rate (IMR) (deaths per 1000 live births) 25 
• Under-five mortality rate (U5MR) (deaths per 1000 live births) 28

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Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is one of the most serious health and development challenges facing the world today. Over time, infection with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) weakens the immune system to the point that it has difficulty in fighting off certain infections. AIDS is considered to be the most advanced stages of HIV infection, when people have difficulty in fighting off even minor infections. 

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The main findings and recommendations of the report focus on forecasting, financing and budgeting, procurement, brand selection and pricing, distribution, storage and the Logistics Management Information System (LMIS). The assessment was designed to diagnose areas that need improvement, monitor the system’s performance and raise stakeholders’ collective awareness about the system’s needs and, finally, gather logistics knowledge and use results from the analysis for future work planning.
Kabir U Ahmed, MD, MPH, Technical Adviser, UNFPA NY
Manal Ahmed El-Fiki, Consultant, UNFPA Egypt
Patrick Friel, PhD, Consultant, UNFPA NY
Jane Schuler-Repp, Consultant, UNFPA NY

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Findings from the Conference on “Sexual Harassment as Social Violence, and it’s Effect on Women” 

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The goal of the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting
(FGM/C): Accelerating Change is to contribute to the abandonment of FGM/C within a generation in 17 African countries where the practice is widespread through a holistic, human rightsbased, cross-border programme approach.
 

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Each year, more countries are establishing reproductive health commodity security  as an integral and permanent component of the overall health sector plan and a key strategy in reducing maternal and newborn death and preventing the spread of HIV.
 

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UNFPA's Maternal Health Thematic Fund, initiated in early 2008, represents a focused effort to accelerate progress towards saving women's lives and achieving universal access to reproductive health, as outlined in Millennium Development Goal 5. This report outlines the activities, results and achievements from 2009 and looks ahead at future challenges.
 

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UNFPA's Annual Report 2009 provides an overview of achievements last year in saving mothers’ lives, planning families, preventing HIV infections and promoting the rights of women and girls. The report also highlights initiatives to address gender-based violence, to assist pregnant women in humanitarian emergencies and to bolster efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals

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