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UNICEF launches emergency hepatitis B vaccination campaign in Peru

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has launched an emergency vaccination campaign against hepatitis B for two ethnic groups in a remote region of the Peruvian Amazon, whose existence could be threatened by a prolonged outbreak of the disease.Local leaders warned that both the Candoshis and the Sharpas, located in the High Amazon, Department of Loreto, could face extinction within 10 to 12 years if preventive action, especially among children, is not taken to staunch an outbreak of hepatitis B. The population of both groups in this region totals only about 3,000.UNICEF said the situation is dramatic, with 145 cases of hepatitis B reported among the Candoshi ethnic group alone in 2001 and approximately 40 deaths registered in 2002. The agency plans to vaccinate 150 newborns of both groups every year and to complete vaccination before their first birthdays. The challenge is to achieve vaccination within 24 hours after birth to avoid contagion directly from the mothers, in what are very difficult geographical conditions. Travel from almost any of the 124 communities to the closest health centre may take up to four days. read more

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Motor Codes generates revenue boost for independent garages

Motor Codes, the Trading Standards Institute-approved garage scheme, generates an additional £6 million of revenue each year for independent garages, based on data recorded in the first half of 2013.The code’s business generation figures, which are calculated by monitoring the calls made by visitors to its garage profile pages, show that servicing revenue equates to approximately £3,000 per garage per year.Unipart Automotive, the largest independent group subscriber, was found to be the largest beneficiary, with more than £1 million of its revenue attributable to Motor Codes referrals in the first half of 2013.With 580 garages, Unipart Car Care Centres make up 7.5% of Motor Codes subscribers and receives 10% of all calls Motor Codes generates.Stuart Sims, Unipart general manager – marketing, planning and promotions, said, “Unipart recognises the importance of online ratings and was an early user of the Motor Codes system, directing customers to rate their service via motorcodes.co.uk. There are over 11,500 customer returns for Unipart Car Care Centres and the overall satisfaction rating is a staggering 99%. This is powerful marketing when you consider that potential customers searching the Motor Codes garage finder may be undecided about where to take their car.”On average, during January to June, Car Care Centres received around 900 calls via the Motor Codes garage finder, equating to servicing revenue of around £3,500 per garage per year.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more