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UNICEF, "Clear Water" Handover Neonatal Care Equipment to the Noyemberian Hospital

© UNICEF Armenia/Emil Sahakyan

YEREVAN, 7 April 2011 -- In commemoration of Motherhood and Beauty day, UNICEF together with “CLEAR WATER” will provide essential newborn care equipment to Noyemberian town hospital within the framework of a joint programme geared to improve newborn health care in vulnerable communities of Armenia. The equipment will provide the hospital an opportunity to undertake all necessary measures for saving infant’s life without transporting a newborn to a central-level hospital.

The hospital in Noyemberian town located almost 200 km from Yerevan registers almost 400 births a year and provides various medical services, including skilled birth attendance, to a total population of 20,000 people residing in the town and adjacent 17 villages.

According to official data, in Armenia 70% of deaths occurring before child’s first birthday happen during the first 28 days of life – neonatal period. Most of these deaths could have been prevented, had timely and proper antenatal and neonatal care, resuscitation services been provided as well as necessary equipment available.

"Safeguarding the health of children and their mothers is central to UNICEF’s mission. In achieving this goal, we are closely collaborating with the Ministry of Health and local health care facilities in developing strategies and policies that stem from the principle of equity, the right of all children to have access to and make use of quality health care services. This is the very reason why UNICEF today is increasingly focusing on the most disadvantaged areas and provinces in Armenia, providing assistance and support to hopsitals and maternities there," Laylee Moshiri, UNICEF Representative in Armenia said.

“CLEAR WATER”, officially the largest bottled drinking water supplier in Armenia, partnered UNICEF to promote newborn health care in Armenia. Funds generated from each sold “CLEAR WATER” bottle go to UNICEF to procure essential newborn care equipment for maternities in disadvantaged communities of Armenia.

"Nothing should prevent mothers to enjoy motherhood and children - their childhood. We have joined our efforts with UNICEF in the name of life and we are thankful to all our customers for having contributed to this project, " Veronika Baghdasaryan, Director of the "Clear Water" company, stressed.

In 2009 UNICEF and “CLEAR WATER” provided essential newborn care equipment to Surb Astvatsamayr Maternity in Yerevan and jointly organized a number of events and activities to raise public awareness of the importance of investing in newborn health care and early childhood development.

For more information, please, do not hesitate to contact
Emil Sahakyan, UNICEF Communication Officer at 010-580-174 or esahakyan@unicef.org 

 

 
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