UNICEF welcomes the opening of the Perinatal Centre in Kirovograd
Kyiv, 31 January 2012 — UNICEF Ukraine welcomes the opening of the Perinatal Centre in Kirovograd says Yukie Mokuo, the Representative of UNICEF Ukraine in her statement. Ms. Mokuo noted that the opening of the new Perinatal Centre in Kirovograd would encourage solving one of the key issues on children — protection of maternal and child health. “UNICEF welcomes the President’s initiative on the perinatal care reform, since, as we believe, giving the priority to the care of infants and pregnant women is indeed one of the most important investments the state should consider,” — underlined Ms. Mokuo. UNICEF is ready to continue our support to this important Presidential initiative on implementing national project “New life – new quality for maternity and childhood”.
“Ukraine is clearly making its progress against the Millennium Development Goals, for the MDG 4 - reduction of child mortality and the MDG 5 - improvement of maternal health. However, if you measure the progress among the poorest, socially vulnerable population, the picture for the progress towards the MDG is surely different. The perinatal care reform gives an opportunity to overcome this disparity in getting the access to perinatal services during pregnancy and infant care,” — noted Ms. Mokuo.
The Representative of UNICEF Ukraine believes that strengthening the perinatal care contributes to the reduction of maternal and child mortality, because the majority of infant deaths and maternal deaths happen during child birth and neonatal period. It is extremely important to make sure that such public services have an extended out-reach to most vulnerable women and children. These are the women who may live in remote areas, live in destitute poverty, or those who are at any other social risks. Often they do not have appropriate access to the state medical care. President’s initiative “New Life” gave a start to the perinatal care reform that has to ensure access for those most disadvantaged women and children to perinatal services.
The perinatal care reform in Ukraine has not started from the scratch, building on significant achievements already made by the Ministry of Health, UNICEF and United Nations Agencies in the sphere of the protection of maternity and childhood including the Extended Initiative “Baby Friendly Hospital”. International partners also support teenagers’ reproductive health protection in the framework of the initiative “youth friendly services. UNICEF believes that the perinatal care reform in Ukraine will bring all the levels of care in accordance with international standards.
“UNICEF is ready to provide technical assistance to have this great Presidential initiative more efficient and effective to protect the lives of children and women in Ukraine,” — summarised Ms. Mokuo.
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