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UNICEF a Call to Action

Call to Action Saving Maternal and Child Lives in Afghanistan: Past, Present, Future. New Hope اليذقو نو قيله Yet there are huge opportunities to save lives Recent progress Gaps remain today Only about In Afghanistan in 2002, there were only 489 midwives associated with government healthcare facilities and now there are over Approximately 2/3 of total maternal deaths and more than 50% of newborn deaths can be prevented by quality skilled birth attendance, including labor and delivery management and clean birth practices(7), 1 in 3 births are attended by a skilled provider (doctor, nurse or midwife)(4). (1), '3,300" 60% Vaccination increased significantly, for example measles immunization rates doubled from 2002 to 2013(2). Afghanistan remains a polio endemic country. Vaccination alone can save more than 1/3 of children dying from preventable causes(7). 31% Stunting among children decreased by approximately in the last decade(3). 2 in 5 children are stunted and undernutrition is widespread in Afghanistan with large disparities between provinces(3), Increases in appropriate breastfeeding alone can save over 1/3 3,300 child deaths by 2020, that is, saving one child from dying each day over 5 years(7). Scale-up of teatment of pneumonia and diarrhea could save more than There has been a 10-fold increase in community health workers, with almost 30,000 actively working. Now more than half of children Pneumonia, an easily preventable disease, remains one of top causes of child death(6). 2,000 children by 2020(7). are receiving ORS for diarrheal disease management, up from 1/3 a decade ago(4), Improving emergency care of sick newborns could save more than 1,300 lives by 2020(7). Sanitation rates are low and Afghanistan has impressively already achieved its MDG target for clean drinking water(5) An increase in handwashing alone from 10 to 25% could save over 1,000 child lives by 2020(7). progress has been slower in rural areas(5). SOURCES (1) State of Afghanistan's Midwifery 2014. (5) Joint Monitoring Programme 2014. (2) Immunization Coverage Evaluation Survey 2013. (3) National Nutrition Survey 2013. (4) Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) 2010-11. (6) Afghanistan Mortality Survey 2010. (7) Estimates calculated in the Lives Saved Tool (LIST) with reasonable increases in current coverage by 2020. calltoactionafghanistan.org | #calltoactionafg [email protected] unicef USAID برای اطفال مشحد شوید FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WATER, SANITATION AND HYGIENE MATERNAL IMMUNIZATION AND NEWBORN HEALTH CHILD HEALTH NUTRITION

UNICEF a Call to Action

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