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Luxembourg gives further boost to healthcare services

The government of Luxembourg is providing more than 55.4 billion kip (6.5 million Euros) for the United Nations Joint Programme (UNJP) for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) for the years 2017-2020.

Associate Prof. Dr Bounkong Syhavong and Ms Martine Schommer attend the launch of the United Nations Joint Programme yesterday.

The funding will support the implementation of the government's new National Strategy and Action Plan for integrated services for RMNCH from 2016-2025, and will contribute to improving the health status of women, newborns, children and young people, especially adolescent girls.

The programme will focus on the remote, poorest and most disadvantaged communities in the provinces of Borikhamxay, Savannakhet and Bokeo. It aims to improve access and increase the utilisation of quality health services to women, adolescents and children to reproductive and maternal, newborn and child care services.

The new UNJP is being designed and structured to reinforce synergies and enhance collaboration and coordination between the government of Luxembourg's bilateral and multilateral programmes. The overlap with LuxDev's bilateral health and rural development projects in Borikhamxay and Bokeo provinces will increase synergy and coordination between the multilateral and bilateral programmes and will provide opportunities for increased effectiveness and efficiency.

This UNJP is committed to the implementation of high impact, evidence based interventions, and the accountability of each partner.

The previous UNJP MNCH 2011-2016 received contributions from the government of Luxembourg of 8.1 million Euros for 2011-2015 and 1.5 million Euros for 2016.

The programme addressed maternal and child health and nutrition by supporting the National Strategy and Planning Framework for Integrated Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health 2009-2015.

The Ministry of Health, Luxembourg and the three UN agencies of United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Health Organisation, share a common view regarding the benefits of this joint approach, leveraging on the comparative advantages of each UN agency, based on the country's needs and priorities, and will further support progress in reducing maternal and child mortality, as well as poverty.

According to a Ministry of Health survey, the death rate of birthing mothers is 206 out of every 100,000 births. The death rate of children under one year is 45 out of every 1,000 live births, and for children under five it is 70 out of every 1,000 live births.

The programme will form an important part of the European Union's Health Sector Response, the UN's support to the health sector, and the UN Partnership Framework 2017-2021. The UNJP programme is also in line with the government's commitment to the UN Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health 2016-2030, to help further achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and Universal Health Coverage.

The launch of the United Nations Joint Programme took place in Vientiane yesterday, attended by Minister of Health Associate Prof. Dr Bounkong Syhavong and Director General of Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Action, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of Luxembourg, Ms Martine Schommer, and UNICEF representatives, on behalf of participating UN agencies.

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update
January 10,
2017)


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