UNICEF Supported Center for Maternal and Child Health in Shumen Celebrates First Anniversary
The UNICEF Supported Center for Maternal and Child Health in Shumen has celebrated its first birthday. During the Center’s first year, its nurses and midwives have made nearly 6,000 home visits to over 2,000 families residing in the region. The Center has provided the support each family needs: encouraging breastfeeding and proper nutrition, guidance for child health care and development, assistance in the first and most difficult days after the child’s birth. Over 20% of the families have been visited more than three times to meet their specific needs and to address the difficulties in raising their children.
As of mid-December 2013, the Center's work is supported by the strategic partnership established between Postbank and UNICEF – Best Start for Every Child. In just three months, Postbank's customers, employees, and friends have donated over BGN 180,000.
UNICEF's objective, with support by Postbank, is to develop a network of similar Maternal and Child Health Centers in several regions of the country, while in the long run the established model will be implemented nation-wide to provide support to all parents of young children in Bulgaria.
UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
For more information:
Jacklin Tzocheva, Communication Officer, UNICEF Bulgaria
Tel.: +359 2 / 96 96 208