UNICEF is committed to assisting the country in the creation of a child-centred health system, for all children to have a fair chance to survive and thrive. For this to be achieved, we are working on development of the capacity of health professionals for better early detection of and intervention for children with developmental difficulties, as well as for appropriate health and nutrition seeking behaviors. Particular focus is given to the home-visiting services, such as patronage nurses who can also play a pivotal role in supporting early attachment between parents and children; recognizing risks of abandonment and detecting any form of violence, abuse and neglect.
We are working on determining the root causes of the high infant mortality rate, by introducing a regular audit on perinatal mortality. This means that every infant mortality case will be separately analyzed. The data gathered through these analyses will be used for policy making aimed at strengthening the system and significantly lowering preventable risks of infant mortality.
We have conducted Climate Landscape Analysis to determine the environmental risks facing children in the country and their impact on child health, and we are working with relevant governmental institutions to lower risks for children by supporting the development of policies that are based on facts and are in line with the latest scientific research and achievements.
We are promoting cross-sectoral collaboration among health, social and education services to increase the access and the quality of health services for families and children from vulnerable groups, such as Roma children, children with disabilities or children that are excluded simply because they are different. This holistic approach is crucial for the long-term prospects of children, ensuring access and support required for appropriate physical and mental development.
Together with professional organizations and associations, we are working on increasing parental knowledge and skills on appropriate health practices on early childhood development and on prevention of harsh child discipline, both of which are crucial for proper brain development.
At UNICEF, we are working to ensure quality healthcare service for all children to have a chance to survive, thrive and fulfil their full potential.