Postbank and UNICEF Bulgaria Help Uninsured Pregnant Women Receive Care, Consultations and Counselling
For a period of only four months, more than 100 uninsured pregnant women were supported with information and health advice through the strategic partnership "Best Start for Every Child" established between Postbank and UNICEF Bulgaria. Medical nurses and midwives from the Center for Maternal and Child Health created by UNICEF in Bulgaria’s Shumen Region have the important task to inform future mothers that they are entitled to one free medical examination during their pregnancy, and to personal assistance to visit the doctor for this examination.
“What matters most is that the partnership with UNICEF produces real results helping many families in need. The main challenge is the lack of preventive care and treatment for those pregnant women who have no health insurance. That is where the nurses from the Center for Maternal and Child Health come to aid – by reaching every pregnant woman and every child in order to provide them with the necessary support. That is made possible thanks to the donations from our clients, partners, and employees,” said Petya Dimitrova, CEO and Board Chairwoman of Postbank.
The main activity of the Center for Maternal and Child Health, which was opened in 2013 in the Region of Shumen, is to pay home visits to pregnant women and young children’s parents. During the visits, the nurses and midwives from the Center offer health information, consultations for safe pregnancy, preparation for childbirth, assistance with early child care, breastfeeding, and nutrition, stimulation for intellectual and emotional development, and other child-rearing matters.
“The single medical examination provided by the Bulgarian state free of charge for uninsured pregnant women is an important step but it is totally insufficient. An unmonitored pregnancy poses a serious risk to the health of both the child, and the mother. That is why, the Center for Maternal and Child Health, supported by the partnership "Best Start for Every Child", was given financial assistance for additional medical examinations for uninsured pregnant women before childbirth, and we have conducted 46 such examinations in just 4 months,” added Vera Angelova from UNICEF Bulgaria.
Postbank and UNICEF cooperate for long-term support and development of a network of Centers for Maternal and Child Health to cover most districts of the country. A Center for Maternal and Child Health is to be opened in the Region of Sliven in July 2014, the ultimate goal being to apply nationwide the same model of home visits by nurses and midwives so that all families in Bulgaria can receive the support they need.
As part of its partnership with UNICEF Bulgaria, Postbank is committed to promoting the benefits of programs encouraging early childhood development among its employees, customers, and partners, and to creating a wide platform for raising donations – at bank offices’ cash desks, through ATMs, and through online banking. All transactions related to donations to UNICEF are exempt from fees.
For more information:
Corporate Communications, Postbank
Tel. + 359 2 8166 178, 8166 508, 8166 101,
e-mail: pr@ postbank.bg, web: http://mediacenter.postbank.bg/
Jacklin Tzocheva, Communications Officer, UNICEF Bulgaria
Tel: +359 2 9696208, е-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Postbank, legally known as Eurobank Bulgaria, is a member of Eurobank Group. Eurobank is a European banking organization with total assets of € 82.1 bn (after the acquisition of New TT Hellenic Postbank – HPB and New Proton Bank – Proton in July 2013), more than 20,000 employees and a network of more than 1,100 branches. Eurobank Group has a strategic position in the Greek banking system, while at the same time it holds a systemic role in Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia, offers Wealth Management services in Cyprus, Luxembourg and London and is also present in the Ukraine. More information about Postbank can be found at www.postbank.bg and at www.facebook.com/PostbankBG. More information about Eurobank can be found at www.eurobank.gr
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