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UNICEF Joint Plans to Save Children

United Nations, Jan 22 (Prensa Latina) The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday called to adopt integrated health strategies to save children, upon revealing the State of the World’s Children Report 2008.

The study, presented in Geneva by executive director Ann Veneman, sustains it is important to integrate essential services for the mother, the newborn, and minors of age in the community.

Those steps, along with sustainable improvements in national health systems, would save the lives of many of the over 26,000 children under five years who die each day, the UNICEF director affirmed.

The UNICEF report also reveals it is necessary to do a lot more to offer higher access to treatment and prevention mechanisms, to deal more efficiently with the devastating consequences of numerous diseases.

The challenge, it sustains, is to provide children with continuous health care, supported by an integrated national health system.

The text also suggests increasing investment in health systems as the fundamental basis to accomplish the UN goals for child health.