|How UNICEF Harms Third World Children And Misleads About Their Deaths
Posted on January 21, 2013 by ChildHealthSafety
A recent Associated Press story shows how UNICEF harms the interests of third world children by using the media to mislead the world to exaggerate the effect of its interventions. UNICEF’s efforts are miniscule and a pinprick in comparison to the effect of continuing economic growth in the developing world: which result in dramatic effects from cleaner water and improved nutrition. The latter are long known to be the key factors in improving child health and preventing deaths from infectious disease:Vaccines Did Not Save Us – 2 Centuries of Official Statistics.
The interests of third world children are Inevitably harmed. Avoidable child deaths will occur when scarce resources are diverted from the most effective measures as a result of the media, politicians and the world’s public being misled by such overt direct media manipulation.
Citing Bangladesh as an example of a country in which “a country’s location and economic status need not be a barrier to reducing child deaths” UNICEF fails to mention that the economy of Bangladesh has grown 5-6% per annum since 1996: Bangladesh Economy Overview The World Fact Book CIA. UNICEF fails to make clear that in Bangladesh “…. the economy accelerated from 1990, driven by a remarkable turnaround …“: Economic growth in Bangladesh: experience and policy priorities.
UNICEF fails to give credit to Bangaldesh for using its economic success to deliver clean water to its citizens: The path through the fields – “Bangladesh … has been surprisingly good at improving the lives of its poor” The Economist, Nov 3rd 2012.
UNICEF instead claims vaccines and technology can change things when their effect is marginal in comparison to economic development. UNICEF claims [emphasis added]:
The following superb BBC FOUR broadcast by Professor Hans Roslingshows how health improved in step with wealth over the last 200 years“200 countries over 200 years using 120,000 numbers – in just four minutes“:
The main advances in combating disease over 200 years have been better food and clean drinking water. Improved sanitation, less overcrowded and better living conditions also contribute. This is also borne out in published peer reviewed research:
UNICEF is an agency of a political organisation, the United Nations, which is dominated by developed nations. And it has for decades been harming the interests of third world children by buying cheap and known-to-be dangerous vaccines like Urabe strain MMR as well as mercury laced vaccines like DTP and giving them to third world children.
The AP story was based on a UNICEF report. No doubt UNICEF’s Director and other senior staff will use reports like that to continue to seek a substantial annual budget and issue more similar reports in future to justify their existence and annual salaries.
What can also be said is that media reports and news releases emanating from UNICEF are not to be trusted.