Showing posts with label mortality. Show all posts
Showing posts with label mortality. Show all posts

Friday, October 11, 2013

Thailand documents success factors for reducing neonatal mortality

A mother caresses her breastfeeding baby in the maternity ward of the Singburi Hospital, Thailand.© UNICEF/NYHQ1992-0379/ROGER LEMOYNE
Thailand has successfully lowered its newborn mortality rate from 18 per 1000 live births  in 1990 to  6 per 1000 live births in 2012. In many other Asian countries, progress has been considerably slower. Because of this, Thailand has been identified as a subject for a case study (along Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in Asia) to identify the accelerators and the facilitating factors of this improvement. The case study should provide information about effective interventions and actions that can be used to assist other countries in the region to achieve similar success.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Investing in nutrition: A tale of two Indonesian districts

By Dr. Festo P. Kavishe, Deputy Regional Director, UNICEF, EAPRO
When I was asked to participate in a meeting in Jakarta of the  EU/UNICEF project on Maternal and Young Child Nutrition Security Initiative in Asia last month, little did I know it would be such a learning experience. Not only around nutrition, but also on how community-based programmes are being put in place in middle income countries (MIC) with visible results.

While I was in Indonesia, I got to visit Klaten and Brebes districts where improving children’s nutrition is an explicit goal. My visit reminded me of the community programmes I helped organise in the late 1990s in Cambodia and the UNICEF/WHO Joint Nutrition Programmes and the UNICEF supported Child Survival and Development (CSD) Programmes implemented in some countries in the 1980s and 1990s.