Save the Children Romania presents the study and the results of the pilot program "Every Child Matters"
The organization Save the Children Romania has launched the study on the health of reproduction and newborns among the beneficiaries of the national program "Every Child Matters".
Held between November 2010 and December 2011 with the support of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Romania and of the Public Health Departments, the pilot program was implemented in 16 disadvantaged rural areas, covering the counties of Brasov, Caras-Severin, Dambovita and Vrancea.
Identifying the causes of the increase in infant mortality in the 4 selected counties represented the main objective of the study, but also the opportunity to propose viable solutions through the pilot program "Every child counts".
In this regard, the Association's actions aimed at correctly informing pregnant mothers and young mothers about adopting the best behavior in relation to newborns.
"I congratulate the initiative of the Association Save the Children Romania for the care it shows towards the health of the pregnant women and the newborns. Through this study I reminded the mothers the essential role that the health has in the harmonious development of the child," said Dr. Cristian Anton Irimie, State Secretary of the Ministry of Health.
A total of 1022 beneficiaries, of which 166 pregnant women, 250 young mothers and 606 children, received information regarding the mandatory measures for the prevention of illnesses, keeping clean and respecting the rules of raising children, but also nutritional support, nutritional supplements and sanitary products.
"The goals we set in 2011 will remain the same in the second year of the project, with the mention that this year we are also targeting teenagers, among whom we expect an increase in the level of sexual education and we will pay more attention to the endowment. We also hope to develop partnerships with the Ministry of Health, authorities, specialists and NGOs to increase the impact among the beneficiaries, "said Gabriela Alexandrescu, Executive President Save the Children Romania.
For this year, the Save the Children Romania Organization aims to expand the pilot project in 10 other disadvantaged localities in 5 new counties: Botosani, Suceava, Iasi, Neamt and Vaslui.
"GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is a pharmaceutical company with strong roots, for over 20 years in Romania. Therefore, our desire to support projects in health and health education, as is the project" Every child counts "that we carry out together with Save the Children Romania, it came naturally, as our main concern is to contribute to the improvement of human health. Moreover, knowing that Romania has the highest infant mortality rate in the European Union, we wanted to go and to go deeper and support the most serious causes. This often means that we reach, through the projects we support, in isolated or very poor communities, where the need is greatest - as are the localities we support. - we included in the pilot year of the project, when over 400 mothers or future mothers received counseling, or the 5 counties in which we will reach this year, "said Andreia Cucu, PR & Communicat ion Manager GSK Romania.
In the first year of the project, for the identification and support of pregnant women, young mothers and children aged between 1 and 5 years, 32 medical staff from the communities concerned, as well as representatives of the DSP, ISJ, DGASPC and local mayors, contributed.
The "Every child counts" program has had a positive local impact on the communities of mothers and pregnant women in the selected areas, as follows:
- The number of pregnant women who came to the control increased by 10%;
- The interest of pregnant women for analysis increased by 5%;
- The number of children vaccinated increased by 25%;
- The number of medical checks in children increased by 10%;
- The degree of maintaining the hygiene of the house and the child increased by 15%;
- Compliance with child care rules increased by 10%.