Family medical assistants from Călărași and Cantemir districts are equipped with kits for home visits.

04 December 2020
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UNICEF Moldova

December 4, 2020. Chisinau.  Health centers from Călărași and Cantemir districts received 166 kits for family medical assistance for monitoring newborns and infants during home visits carried out within the Standard for the supervision of the growth and development of the child in outpatient conditions. Each kit contains a portable electronic scale, a measuring tape, a foldable infant pediometer and a bag for home visits for children up to three years old.

"Ensuring a healthy start for the child's development and strengthening the child's health is one of the priority tasks of the health system. Early identification of child growth and development problems is the primary and universal opportunity for timely and optimal intervention”, said Sergiu Gladun, Director of the Mother and Child Institute.

The kits will be distributed to all family nurses working in all health centers, family doctors' offices and health offices in the district.

"The first 1,000 days are crucial for child's development. Regular monitoring of a child's health is beneficial in many ways, including early identification of developmental risks, delays and disabilities, thus contributing to the well-being of each child”, said Ilija Talev, UNICEF Moldova Country Representative a.i.

"We aim to increase coverage with early intervention services in the Republic of Moldova. Prior to this project, such services were only available in the two largest cities: Chisinau and Balti”, said Angela Capcelea, UNICEF Health Officer.

About 800 families with newborns from Călărași district and approximately 650 families from Cantemir district will benefit from quality medical assistance provided during home visits

"The quality of home visits must meet all requirements," said Ninel Revenco, University professor, director of the Pediatrics Department, USMF "Nicolae Testemitanu". "We hoped our children would receive better care," added Ninel Revenco.

This support is obtained through a project funded by UNICEF and the Austrian Development Agency. The project aims to promote, in Moldova and six other countries in the Western Balkans, social inclusion and equitable distribution of opportunities for the most vulnerable and marginalized children, such as children from ethnic minorities and children with developmental disabilities, including delays and disabilities.

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