Improving neonatal & child health and development in South-East Asia : Report of meeting of South-East Asia Regional Programme Managers, kathmandu, 15-18 November 2011
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AbstractThe South-East Asia (SEA) Region of WHO contributes about 28% of the global under-five child deaths although it accounts for about a quarter of the world's population. Despite significant progress towards achievement of the MDG4 on reducing child mortality made over in the last two decades, the Region, as a whole, is unlikely to achieve the target by 2015. It is notable that Member States have been implementing the evidence-based life-saving interventions for newborn and child health across the continuum of care to cover the life-course and from home/community level, to first-level and referral-level health facilities. However, the coverage of these interventions has been low with significant disparities among countries, as well as within countries. In this context, a regional meeting of national child health programme managers was organized at Kathmandu, Nepal from 15-18 November 2011, with the aim to review the progress and exchange experiences of various strategic approaches being used by the Member States. Sixty eight participants including national programme managers from ministries of health from nine Member States (except India and Maldives), technical officers from WHO, UNICEF and partner agencies attended the meeting. WHO-SEARO is developing a regional strategic framework for newborn and child health in collaboration with UNICEF to provide guidance to Member States to strengthen their newborn-child health programmes. The draft framework was shared and discussed during the meeting. The participants endorsed the draft and provided suggestions for strengthening it. Thematic sessions were conducted to discuss important issues in the Region like strengthening the implementation of newborn-child health services at community level, first-level and referral-level health facilities; innovative training methodologies; strengthening of programme review and management capacity; strengthening newborn health; and improving monitoring and evaluation. The recently developed WHO tools and packages on early childhood development and on improving quality of care at hospitals were also introduced. The Regional Strategy on Nutrition and the recently formulated Vitamin A guidelines and research findings on determinants of childhood undernutrition from India were also shared with participants. Participants prioritized actions to strengthen newborn and child health programmes in their respective countries during the next two years. They also developed recommendations for Member States as well as for WHO, UNICEF and partners for strengthening newborn-child health programmes in order to accelerate the progress towards achieving the MDG 4 in the Region.
World Health Organization. Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2012). Improving neonatal & child health and development in South-East Asia : Report of meeting of South-East Asia Regional Programme Managers, kathmandu, 15-18 November 2011. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. https://apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/205337
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