New Zealand supports improved health for Pacific children
SUVA, 18 September 2013 – Children in the Pacific will have access to more vaccines and a better health system thanks to funding from the New Zealand Government.
Every year there are about 60,000 children born in the 14 Pacific countries covered by UNICEF Pacific. Around 1,330, or 4 per day, die before age one.
Close to NZD 6 million (FJD 8.8 million) from the New Zealand Aid Programme will be used by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Pacific programme to reduce infant, child and maternal mortality.
“The goal of the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Programme is to ensure that pregnant women, mothers and children have access to life-saving vaccines, to improve nutrition and newborn health, and to strengthen public health service delivery, especially in hard to reach areas, ” says UNICEF Pacific Representative, Dr. Karen Allen.
“The programme is inclusive but with a particular focus on the poorest families in Pacific countries. It works across the region but also addresses specific needs in countries. We are grateful to the New Zealand Government for this timely and strategically targeted assistance.”
By 2017, the New Zealand funded programme expects to achieve the following in Pacific Island countries:
UNICEF is present in over 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
For further information please contact:
Donna Hoerder, UNICEF Pacific, +679 9265518, firstname.lastname@example.org