Turkestan, March 13 – the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative in Kazakhstan Yuri Oksamitniy and Akim of the Turkestan region Umirzak Shukeyev signed a memorandum of cooperation to promote the rights and improve the welfare of children and women in the region.
UNICEF and the Turkestan region will continue working closely in such areas as improving the health of children and mothers, creating an inclusive and safe environment for children, promoting the principles of positive parenting and preventing violence against children, strengthening the mental health of adolescents and children, and others.
Akim of the region Umirzak Shukeyev thanked UNICEF for cooperation and stressed the relevance of the issues raised by UNICEF. “Children's health, education, human capital development, including vulnerable families with many children, are important issues that should be prioritized,” said Umirzak Shukeyev. He also expressed his readiness to support a number of specific initiatives and invited UNICEF experts to share their experience in violence prevention, as well as other areas.
UNICEF Representative Yuri Oksamitniy welcomed the readiness of the region and the country as a whole to address difficult issues.
“The Memorandum of cooperation gives a new impetus to the long-term collaboration of UNICEF with the region. Today, we are opening a resource center for Integrated Management of Childhood Illness. This is our joint initiative, which will become a prototype for other regions as a modern training center. It will also facilitate coordinating the implementation of a universal-progressive model of patronage nursing care and monitoring the quality of services provided to pregnant women and families with children,” said UNICEF Representative in Kazakhstan Yuri Oksamitniy.
Akim of Turkestan region Umirzak Shukeyev expressed his readiness to support the initiatives of UNICEF in healthcare, education, and creating a safe environment for the development of children.
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