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$52m being spent on cutting mother-child mortality rate

$52m being spent on cutting mother-child mortality rate

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Mar 12, 2011 - 21:24

KABULinfo-icon(PANinfo-icon): An amount of $52 million (2.35 billion afghanis) would be spent this year on projects aimed at reducing mother-child mortality rate in the country, officials said on Saturday.

Donated by Canada, Japan, the UAE and the United Nations Development Programme to the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNPF), the amount would be used in accordance with a joint work plan of Public Healthinfo-icon Ministry and the UNPF, acting public health minister, Dr. Soraya Dalil, said.

A contract to the effect was singed between Dalil and Unicef representative Peter Crowley and United Nations Population Fund's representative, Gerald Gunther, in Kabul.

"Projects such as vaccinations, nourishment of mothers and babies and the delivery of maternity services and childbirth services will be implemented across the country," the health minister said.

Director of foreign relations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Habibullah Ahmadzai, said the join work plan included vaccinations against measles, pertussis, hepatitis, tetanus, tuberculoses, polio, influenzas and diarrhea, besides pre and post pregnancy services to mothers at healthcare centres.

Some of the amount would be spent on public awareness programmes, training of midwives and mobile health services in remote areas, he added. Provinces to be prioritised included Bamyan, Badakhshan, Faryab and Daikundi, he said.

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