Health

UNICEF strengthens the ability of healthcare and other sectors to provide quality services for the health and development of children in the earliest years.

Little Elena in incubator
UNICEF Serbia/2018/Pancic

Perinatal mortality* of 7.8 per 1000 births in Serbia is still much higher compared to average rate of 4.9 in the 25 EU countries average.

UNICEF strengthens the ability of the healthcare and other sectors to provide quality health and early childhood development services, particularly to vulnerable children and their families – those living in poverty, Roma children and children with disabilities.

We support the Ministry of Health and the Institute of Public Health to strengthen implementation of the national immunization programme focusing on effective communication for immunization, capacities of health professionals to address issues of hesitant parents, as well as on efficient vaccine procurement and data management.

 

*Stillbirth and newborn death in the first 7 days.

Baby at the doctor's
UNICEF Serbia/2017/Pancic

We are working to improve the quality of maternity and neonatal services so that they support modern concepts of care - by promoting mother and baby friendly principles, supporting breastfeeding, promoting family centred and developmental care that provides an optimal environment and stimulation for young children, particularly premature ones. 

  • Although child mortality rates have been decreasing over decades, the infant and under 5 mortality rates of Roma children are twice as high compared to children in the general population.
  • Perinatal mortality of 7.8 per 1000 births in Serbia is still much higher compared to average rate of 4.9 in the 25 EU countries average.
  • Premature birth and intrapartum-related complications are the main causes of child mortality in Serbia – responsible for 60% of neonatal deaths and 42% of all deaths among children under-five.
Baby in her mother's arms while getting her vaccine at the doctor's
UNICEF Serbia/2016/Bicanski

19% of children from the general population are not fully immunized on time, while the same is true for 56% of children from Roma settlements.

Results:

  • 200,000 children and their parents have access to improved early childhood development services in 25 primary healthcare centres.
  • More than 1,500 children with developmental risks or difficulties received support from developmental counselling units benefiting their developmental outcomes.
  • 1,500 premature and sick babies received improved care in neonatology units in Kragujevac, Nis, Novi Sad and Belgrade.
  • 1,000 Roma families informed about positive parenting practices to improve young child hygiene, nutrition, health and development.

200,000 children and their parents have access to improved early childhood development services in 25 primary healthcare centres.