16 February 2024

Two pager: HEALTH

With its partners, UNICEF reaches almost half of the world’s children every year with lifesaving vaccines. In more than 190 countries, we work to ensure affordable access for even the hardest-to-reach families. Procuring and distributing vaccines is just one aspect of our work in Moldova.   Making sure doses reach children requires strong health systems: UNICEF is also investing in capacity building, supply chains, data systems and disease surveillance. We have procured and distributed more than 900 refrigerators, 1,800 vaccine carriers, and 4 million syringes to maternity wards, primary health care facilities, and public health facilities, including those in the Transnistrian region.  In 2022, more than 1,800 Moldovan health workers were trained in the provision of COVID-19 vaccination to children aged 12-18 based on WHO protocols.    UNICEF is committed to helping children and adolescents build a solid foundation for adulthood. In 2001, UNICEF pioneered a programme to protect young people’s health and development, with a particular emphasis on the needs of the most-at-risk adolescents. This programme began with the establishment of three Youth-Friendly Health Centres. Since 2007, when they became part of primary health care, the National Health Insurance Fund covers for these services, which are now available in all districts in Moldova. We continue to support national plans on adolescent health: UNICEF developed a 24/7 helpline at the premises of the Youth Friendly Health services network.  UNICEF supports primary health care, especially at the community level, to help achieve universal health coverage. The home visiting services is a model now included in the National Standard of Child development.   Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine in 2022, UNICEF addressed health challenges related to the refugee crisis Moldova was facing by supporting direct responses to emergencies and helping to further build resilient health systems that can withstand crises.