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Launch of a Parenting Guide on Child’s Health, Growth and Development

Skopje, 5 May 2017: The Association of Nurses and Midwifes presented a first of its kind guide for parents of children 0 to 3.  The guide was developed in partnership with the Ministry of Health, the Association of Pediatricians, the Association of Neonatologists and the Health Center-Skopje with support from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Patronage nurses play a key role in advancing mother and child health. They are the first health professionals visiting the family of a newborn baby and the first who offer advice on child care. This is why the patronage nurses are also central in helping parents get the best use of the Parenting Guide on child health, growth and development”, said Dr. Tatjana Baevska Vuckovik, Director of the Health Center – Skopje.

“The Parenting Guide contains advice and information on what every parent needs to know about the most important aspects of child health, growth and development including appropriate nutrition and breastfeeding, immunization calendar, charts on height and weight measure, oral hygiene, child safety, developmental milestones, and stimulation of cognitive, physical, social and emotional skills”, said Ms. Velka Lukic, President of the Macedonian Association of Nurses and Midwifes.

Being a parent comes naturally – but becoming a good parent, a parent who knows what is best for the child is not always easy. It is important to have help, support, to have someone to refer to and get advice from the very first day with newborn baby. With this guide, all parents will have the chance to do the best that they can in caring for their children”, said Ms. Elspeth Erickson, UNICEF Deputy Representative.

The patronage nurses will disseminate the Parenting Guide to parents of all newborns in the country at their first home visit. This will also help patronage nurses
track the overall development of infants and young children; identify signs of developmental difficulties, and provide support to parents and families. 

For more information please contact: Suzie Pappas Capovska, UNICEF Skopje (02) 3231-150 (ext: 127), 072 236 725 or or Irina Ivanovska, UNICEF Skopje (02) 3231-150 (ext: 107), 072 236 722 или




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