Published: January 29, 2019 |
MICA, in Ahmedabad, and The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) recently signed a ‘Project Cooperation Agreement’ for a two-year maternal and child health management program. The program is designed to focus on improving maternal and child health through routine immunisation, adolescent empowerment and sanitation initiatives.
MICA president and director Dr. Shailendra Raj Mehta, MICA dean Dr. Preeti Shroff and UNICEF Gujarat Chief Dr. Laxmi Bhawanilaunched the partnership. Project interventions will be based on needs identification across four districts (Narmada, Banaskantha, Sabarkantha and Kutch) and one urban area (Surat) in the State. Activities under this project will include improving health delivery systems, social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) and awareness programs. The program will also train health delivery personnel, community influencers and stakeholders such as - leaders, youth, women, and children.
The joint project aims to support and strengthen various departments of Government of Gujarat (Health and Family Welfare, Women and Child Development, Education, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Social Justice and Empowerment and Tribal Development).