Improving mother and child health
UNICEF works with the Government of Uzbekistan, national and international partners to improve access to quality healthcare services through introduction of international standards and practices in safe motherhood and child care, enhancing capacities of health care providers, and is assisting the Government to scale up nationwide high impact, low cost maternal and child health programmes. UNICEF also supports routine and supplementary immunization activities to protect children from vaccine preventable diseases.UNICEF supports development and effective realisation of laws and policies on nutrition and food fortification, such as the law to eliminate iodine deficiency disorder, and building national capacity to implement the National Nutrition Investment Strategy. UNICEF also promotes exclusive breastfeeding through the Baby-Friendly Hospitals’ initiative, advocacy, and public awareness campaigns. UNICEF promotes integration of HIV prevention, care and support into general health services. This includes integrating voluntary and confidential testing into antenatal care to prevent mother-to-child transmission, enhancing capacities of pediatric AIDS services and improving access of HIV-affected children to care and treatment. HIV prevention among most-at-risk adolescents is also promoted through youth-friendly health services, peer-based community outreach and support, strategic communication and counselling.