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Wed, 29 Aug 2018 17:44 - Updated Wed, 29 Aug 2018 17:44

UNICEF congratulates Angola on decline in child mortality

Luanda - The UNICEF Regional Representative for the Southern and Eastern Africa Leila Pakkala congratulated Angola on the progress achieved in maternal and child health and drop in mortality among children under five years of age.

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Leila Pakkala praised all the results achieved by Angola in the area of ​​maternal and child health, particularly in the field of vaccination.

The UNICEF ​​official was speaking to the press after visiting the Maternal and Child Hospital of Kilamba Kiaxi (Luanda) aimed to assess the health-related work carried out by Government and Unicef.

According to her, she congratulated Angola on the increase in the number of children with birth registration.

Leila Pakkala noted that the Birth Registration Programme will ensure an effective model to guarantee this right to every child born in Angola.

The official also encouraged the Government to expand the birth registration programme throughout all Maternal and Child units in the country.

She stressed that the country should step up its efforts to sharply reduce the Maternal and Neonatal mortality rate.

In order to achieve the goals pursued by UNICEF and Government, the official defended more commitment to integrated health services as well as promoting positive behaviours in the families and specialised health services for adolescents.

The UNICEF official also said that the Wednesday visit to the health institution enabled her to learned that the integrated model of maternal and child health can have a great impact and should be supported and implemented in the other parts of the country.

The official expressed her Organisation's availability to continue working with Angola on mobilising resources for maternal and child health programmes.

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