For Every Newborn On World Children’s Day
Kyrgyz Government and UNICEF welcome all newborns on 20 November with special gifts
Bishkek, 20 November 2018 - Vice Prime Minister Altynai Omurbekova, accompanied by the Minister of Health Kosmosbek Cholponbaev and Yukie Mokuo, UNICEF Representative today visited maternity ward in National Centre of Maternity and Childhood in Bishkek to launch a national campaign #FromTheFirstBreath that promotes child rights from the moment children are born. Similar events were conducted in Osh and Naryn towns.
Within this campaign, 2000 newborns across Kyrgyzstan will receive gifts wrapped in a blue ribbon that will remind them that all children are born with dignity and rights. World Children’s Day is celebrated across the world in commemoration of 20 November 1989, the day when world leaders gathered at the UN General Assembly to adopt the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most rapidly and widely ratified international human rights treaty in history.
To welcome every newborn, the high-level state delegation and UNICEF Representative, accompanied by dr. Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, renowned expert in neonatal health and president of the International Paediatric Association, visited mothers and newborns in Bishkek.
This year, the anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child is marked within the framework of the 70th Anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights.
‘We are happy to welcome every newborn to a world that universally recognises their rights to develop to their full potential. Kyrgyz Government has made significant progress in decreasing neonatal mortality in the past 5 years, with support from UNICEF, the Japanese Government and other development partners and donors. On World Children’s Day, we call for even stronger commitment to continue our work and keep the promises we gave to children, especially the most vulnerable children, starting from the first breath they take’ said Ms. Mokuo.
During his visit to the Kyrgyz Republic, dr. Zulfiqar A. Bhutta will meet with neonatal specialists and other health professionals to analyse the progress in reducing neonatal and maternal mortality, and by the end of 2019 his team will complete a Study on Trends in Neonatal Health. The project is supported by the Japanese Government that invested U$6 million in the past year in improvement of neonatal and maternal health in the Kyrgyz Republic.
‘Kyrgyzstan is one of the 62 countries that succeeded in achieving MDG on child mortality, reducing this number for more than two thirds. Child mortality has been reduced by two thirds from 1990 to 2016, mortality among the newborns was reduced by double from 24 to 12 deaths for 1000 newborns,’ – says Kosmosbek Cholponbayev, Minister of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic.
Dr. Zulfiqar A. Bhutta concluded this visit by saying: “Having achieved remarkable progress is reducing child mortality and stunting. Kyrgyzstan is now well placed to address the challenge of newborn survival, and improve quality of care. This could well accelerate progress to allow the people of Kyrgyz republic to achieve the sustainable development goals for newborn health and survival well before 2030”.
Government of the Kyrgyz Republic ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1994. In 2019, the Kyrgyz Republic is scheduled to submit its Fifth and Sixth Periodic Report on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.
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