VIENTIANE: Child health, nutrition among benefits as UNICEF allots 516 billion kip

UNICEF will provide a budget of more than 516 billion kip (US$ 62.8 million) to assist child support efforts and related infrastructure from 2017-2021.

This budget will be used to improve health and nutrition, water and sanitation, climate change resilience, education, child protection and social inclusion.

The information was outlined during the annual programme review meeting for 2017 held yesterday in Vientiane.
Speaking at the meeting, Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Dr Kikeo Chanthaboury, stressed the importance of the opportunity to review programme achievements and progress towards results for children, which he said had achieved more than 90 percent of targets.

He said implementation of 2017 works had seen the included health and nutrition reaching 90 percent completion, WASH and climate change resilience reached 95 percent while education was 85 percent.
UNICEF representative to Laos, Dr Octavian Bivol, highlighted the role of partners for the significant results achieved.
He said the progress made in 2017 by all line ministries and partners contributed to success in achieving these aspirations and improving the situation of children in Laos.
The programme will work with partners on maternal and neonatal care interventions, preventive child health and nutrition interventions, including immunisation, infant and young child feeding, micronutrients and deworming.
Also included are curative child health and nutrition interventions, including integrated management of neonatal and childhood illnesses and severe acute malnutrition.
The programme will also support the development of quality standards, guidelines and operating procedures for referral and provision of services.
UNICEF supports the modelling of services at community level, expansion and improvement of access to and delivery of quality family support and community-based services, prevention and responses to violence against children, and cross-cutting issues such as child marriage, birth registration and disability.


By Times Reporters 
(Latest Update
 December 13, 2017)


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