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Afghan women applaud new UN antimeasles drive

Thousands of women in Kabul have eagerly welcomed a large-scale United Nations drive to immunize Afghan children against measles – a major, yet preventable, killer disease among the young, UN officials said today.”Mothers were very enthusiastic and committed to immunize their children,” said Fadela Chaib, a spokesperson for the UN World Health Organization (WHO), briefing reporters in Islamabad. “This was a great rush as the campaign posts opened for vaccination.” Measles is responsible for an estimated 40 per cent of all vaccine-preventable childhood deaths in Afghanistan, killing about 35,000 Afghan children each year. The $8 million effort, which is being organized by WHO and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), aims to vaccinate up to 9 million Afghan children.Starting on Tuesday in Kabul, where some 200 vaccination centres are operating at mosques and hospitals, the campaign will expand to the rest of the country in the coming three months. UNICEF spokesperson Chulho Hyun said harsh winter weather added urgency to the effort. “Children are very vulnerable to infection in cold weather,” Ms. Hyun noted. “Crowded conditions, such as the one seen in camps, also make children more vulnerable to infection.” The UNICEF spokesperson called the immunization drive “one of the best gifts we can give to the children of Afghanistan.” read more

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Ecoefficient comminution

first_imgIn June 2012 CEEC, in association with JKTech, ran a workshop to develop a roadmap for eco-efficient comminution.  The workshop was attended by invited senior industry figures from Australia and overseas representing mining companies, engineering companies, equipment manufacturers and the research community.  The participants worked in teams to identify opportunities and risks related to the implementation of eco-efficient comminution, with a view to creating a template which can be used by companies to develop a strategy for energy efficiency in any mine site. A full article on this will appear in the October issue of International Mining (with extra distribution at IM’s second IPCC conference – http://corporate.im-mining.com/imevents/). The editors of the final roadmap have tried to accurately reflect the output of the teams’ roadmaps which were the main products of the workshop, plus the many useful comments made during plenary sessions.  Thanks are due to Prof Tim Napier-Munn, Diana Drinkwater of JKTech and Grant Ballantyne of JKMRC who had the onerous task of bringing together this material to form the final report.In producing the final document they kept in mind the following points:A roadmap is not a plan, but rather a path to a planTried to make the document pithy and concise. Details are confined to appendicesResisted the temptation to include things that were thought should be there and to remove things that were thought shouldn’t be there. The aim was to fairly reflect what actually happened at the workshop.Consideration was given at all times to the potential customers for the roadmap, including:Senior industry personnel considering whether they should develop a company-based strategy for energy-efficient comminution, whom the roadmap should assist in making that decision and then in formulating a planGovernment or industry associations considering industry-wide strategies (e.g. AMIRA)Commercial  or research organisations looking for opportunitieshttp://www.ceecthefuture.org/2fresources/2fceec-workshopslast_img read more