The United Nations International Children Education Fund (UNICEF) said on Monday (7th March) that it is planning to review its Child Health Days (CHD) initiative in Malawi with a view to making more interventions and strengthen child survival in the country. Speaking during the launch of the 2016 Round One of the Child Health Days Campaign in the capital Lilongwe on Monday, UNICEF Nutritional Chief, Sangita Jacobs said the services will add more impact to the survival of children especially under-five-year-olds in the rural areas of the country.
‘We are planning to discuss with government and other partners to expand the basket by including other interventions like immunisation on measles, use of iodised salt and nutritional pact,’ she said.
She said in all previous campaigns, the government and its partners were only providing Vitamin A supplementation and de-worming tablets accompanied by an intensive social mobilisation and information, education and communication, use of insecticide-treated nets and hygiene.
However, Malawi and its partners started conducting CHD in 2003 and since then it has become a biannual campaign.
This story was sourced from the Star Africa website.