Nana Mouskouri Visits St. Pantelimon Maternity
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Nana Mouskouri, global Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF has paid a new visit to St. Pantelimon Maternity in Bucharest. Alongside medical staff and UNICEF representatives, Nana Mouskouri has returned to the hospital’s neonatal unit, meeting mothers and speaking about the importance of breastfeeding and about the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.
“I’m glad to be back in Romania. Since my last visit in 2008, many good things have happened. I’m happy to see all the progress and the wonderful work of the people here. We need to be aware of the fact that children are the future of this world and of Romania. In this hospital, the mother can stay with her baby after she’s given birth, which reduces the risk of [child] abandonment. Mothers are advised to breastfeed for at least six months because mother’s milk is the perfect food for the child. This hospital has a great responsibility and should get further support. That is why we need help to get the message across”, declared Nana Mouskouri after her visit.
The maternity ward of St. Pantelimon Hospital has been a long-standing partner for UNICEF since 1995 when the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative was launched in Romania. More than 2,000 babies are born in this maternity every year. After many years of being active in the Initiative and with financial support received via the 2008 telethon, the maternity was certified as baby-friendly. Based on the 2011 evaluation, the maternity was recertified as it proved to meet all the requirements.
This is Nana Mouskouri’s second visit to St. Pantelimon Hospital. The global Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF visited the maternity three years ago when she came to Romania for the telethon organised by UNICEF in partnership with TVR to raise funds for local maternities. Impressed with the benefits of breastfeeding, for both mother and child, Nana Mouskouri decided to personally support the Initiative by making a donation to St. Pantelinom Maternity.
During her visit to Romania, Nana Mouskouri also took part in a private fundraising dinner organised by UNICEF under the high patronage of the Greek Embassy in Bucharest, at the initiative of Catherine Sofianou – President of SofMedica. The event was held at Artmark Galleries and gathered the Greek business community from Romania. Over EUR 20,000 were raised to help the maternity of Călărași become a Baby-Friendly Hospital. Donor companies were: Tomini Trading, Aqua Carpatica, SofMedica, Romtelecom, Mr. Loizos Karageorges and Romanian Bank.
An article about Nana Mouskouri's visit can also be found here: http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/romania_60853.html
About Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative in Romania
The Initiative was launched in 1991 by UNICEF as an effort to turn all maternities into centres that support and promote breastfeeding. Breastfeeding brings unique benefits to children that cannot be reproduced by any other type of nutrition. The benefits of mother’s milk are noticeable immediately after birth and they last a lifetime. A breastfed child is healthier and enjoys a better physical, psychological and intellectual development. The mother and baby bonding created during breastfeeding is extremely strong. Moreover, one of the best results of breastfeeding promotion is a decrease in the number of children abandoned in maternities.
UNICEF is on the ground in Romania and over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. In Romania, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, quality education, and the protection of children from violence, neglect, and HIV/AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
For further information, please contact:
UNICEF Romania, Codruţa Hedeşiu, External Relations and Media Officer, +4 021.201.78.64, firstname.lastname@example.org