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15 11, 2018

Care for Preterm babies Vital to Improve Child Survival Indicators in Pakistan

2018-12-09T20:47:04+00:00

Each day over 600 newborns die in Pakistan due to complications related to Birth Asphyxia, Prematurity and Sepsis says the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Every year,15 million babies in the world are born prematurely and nearly 1 million die due to related complications. This makes preterm birth one of the leading cause of child deaths under [...]

15 11, 2018

Dispensaries to be established soon to improve healthcare facilities in Thar

2018-12-09T20:45:23+00:00

Sindh Health Department is establishing as many as fifty dispensaries in drought hit area of Thar for safe delivery of the children and they will work round the clock to facilitate the area people, if there are complicated cases they will be referred to District Level Hospitals. This was stated by Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, [...]

15 11, 2018

UNICEF, WHO to support Pakistan’s mass measles immunisation campaign

2018-12-09T20:30:40+00:00

More than 32 million children will be immunised against measles, an exceptionally contagious and deadly virus, in two weeks. The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) joined the Government of Pakistan in kick-starting a nationwide measles campaign to vaccinate more than 32 million children – one-sixth of the population. During the two [...]

15 11, 2018

EPI cost effective preventive health measure

2018-12-09T20:16:45+00:00

Federal Minister of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, Aamer Mehmood Kiani stressed upon the need of strengthening EPI program as the most cost effective preventive health measure. He expressed these views while addressing a Meeting on EPI Program. The meeting was attended by Additional Secretary Health, Iqbal Durrani, National Program Manager EPI, Dr. Syed [...]

15 08, 2018

3 in 5 babies not breastfed in the first hour of life

2018-09-05T20:26:58+00:00

Breastfeeding within an hour after birth is critical for saving newborn lives   An estimated, 78 million babies – or three in five – are not breastfed within the first hour of life, putting them at higher risk of death and disease and making them less likely to continue breastfeeding, say UNICEF and WHO in a [...]

15 08, 2018

Message from Cristina Brugiolo, Chief Field Office UNICEF Sindh

2018-09-05T20:23:09+00:00

Good, appropriate and balanced nutrition is essential for the health of mothers and growth of children. Breastfeeding, in particular, is a critical component of child health and essential to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number two (Zero Hunger) and number three (Good Health and Wellbeing) to which Pakistan is a signatory. The first gift [...]

15 08, 2018

Message from UNICEF Country Representative for Pakistan

2018-09-05T20:21:53+00:00

By Aida Girma      Breastfeeding is one of the most important public health interventions that we know of. It’s perfect; entirely natural, 100% nutritionally balanced and completely cost effective. Commemorating the World Breastfeeding Week, we have some achievements to celebrate and some challenges to collectively address. First, let me offer my congratulations to Pakistan for its [...]

15 08, 2018

Advocacy Seminar on ‘Promotion and Protection of Breastfeeding’

2018-09-05T20:20:16+00:00

Nutrition Support Program (NSP) Govt. of Sindh in collaboration with UNICEF organized an Advocacy Seminar on ‘Promotion and Protection of Breastfeeding’ on 8th August 2018 at a local hotel in Karachi aimed to raise awareness on the importance of breastfeeding. Dr. Ismail Memon, Program Manager, Nutrition Support Program (NSP) in his welcome address appraised the [...]

15 07, 2018

Promoters Initiative Programme launched to encourage breastfeeding

2018-07-31T20:53:41+00:00

Sindh Caretaker Minister for Health, Education and Population Welfare Sindh, Dr. Saadia Rizvi said that the rate of breastfeeding was only around 37% in Sindh and that was one of the main reasons why children were suffering from diarrhea and other childhood diseases in the province. She expressed these views at the Breastfeeding Promoters Initiative [...]

15 06, 2018

97% reduction in reported polio cases – NEOC

2018-06-30T20:11:50+00:00

Dr. Rana Muhammad Safdar, Coordinator National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) for Polio Eradication has said that during the last four years, Pakistan has witnessed 97 percent reduction in the reported polio cases, as the number of cases fell from 306 to 8 in the year 2017. He was addressing a meeting of National Emergency Operations [...]

15 05, 2018

Women across South Asia lack nutritional care they urgently need

2018-05-27T02:38:15+00:00

Pregnant and breastfeeding women need better nutrition to protect children from stunting and disease. The progress on improving nutritional care of women in South Asia during and after pregnancy is slow, impacting on their children’s survival, growth and development. A three-day regional conference on actions to accelerate improvements in women’s nutrition across South Asia is [...]

15 05, 2018

Need for stronger investment in children and adolescents discussed

2018-05-27T02:07:32+00:00

UNICEF is hosting parliamentarians from the entire South Asia region in an effort to increase investment in children and young adults, bringing about much needed change for millions of poor and improving the prospects for healthy economic growth in the region. The South Asia Parliamentarian Platform for Children (SAPPC) being held in Dhaka, Bangladesh aims [...]

15 04, 2018

New global guidance to promote Breastfeeding in health facilities issued

2018-05-10T21:08:59+00:00

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) jointly issued new ten-step guidance on Wednesday to increase support for breastfeeding in health facilities that provide maternity and newborn services. Breastfeeding is vital to a child's lifelong health, and reduces costs for health facilities, families, and governments. WHO statistics show that breastfeeding within [...]

15 03, 2018

Nearly 19 million newborns at risk of brain damage every year due to iodine deficiency

2018-03-20T21:48:50+00:00

UNICEF and GAIN urge immediate action to increase access to iodized salt amid longstanding evidence on how deficiency reduces cognitive ability   Nearly 19 million babies born globally every year – 14 per cent – are at risk of permanent yet preventable brain damage and reduced cognitive function due to a lack of iodine in [...]

15 03, 2018

25 million child marriages prevented due to accelerated progress – UNICEF

2018-03-20T21:36:08+00:00

Improving trend in child marriage driven largely by significant reductions in South Asia, but problem persists with over 150 million girls likely to marry by 2030 The prevalence of child marriage is decreasing globally with several countries seeing significant reductions in recent years, UNICEF said today. Overall, the proportion of women who were married as [...]