Following the success of the polio vaccination project in Nigeria last year (as well as earlier malaria prevention work in Mozambique) Fyffes will once again support Unicef to assist in eradicating polio in sub-Saharan Africa. This year, the polio vaccination programme takes place in South Sudan, with the goal to immunise as many young children as possible against the deadly virus.
According to Peter Power, Executive Director, UNICEF Ireland, “Every year, about 29,000 children under the age of five die every day mostly from preventable causes. With Fyffes’ support an estimated 250,000 children in South Sudan alone will be immunised against polio. UNICEF is delighted to partner once more with Fyffes, as well as Fyffes’ customers, to protect the most vulnerable children from this deadly disease.
By investing in children’s futures, we empower them to build a better future for themselves, their families, their communities and our world.” This year’s campaign is once again spearheaded by Irish Rugby Player and Unicef Ambassador, Donncha O’Callaghan. Special Freddy Fyffes packs of bananas will be in store across Ireland from October to December – and for every bag bought, Fyffes will donate one life-saving vaccine.
Speaking during a recent field trip South Sudan, Gerry Cunningham, MD of Fyffes Ireland said “Our hope is that this latest project in South Sudan will mirror the outstanding success we had last year in halting the spread of polio in Nigeria, as well as malaria prevention in Mozambique. It is estimated that Fyffes support has helped save the lives of over 1 million children through vaccinations and prevented more than 200,000 cases of malaria”