Press Release

UNFPA and Government signed an Agreement for a mutual contribution to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality

10 May 2018
Signing an Agreement
   The Minister of Health Mr. Venko Filipche and the UNFPA Country Director Mrs Doina Bologa today in Skopje signed an Agreement for a mutual contribution for implementing the measures for reducing maternal and neonatal mortality in the country.
“Good outcomes for mothers and their children affect the whole of society. If we are to achieve national development priorities, we have to ensure the rights to health“, said UNFPA Deputy Regional Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Ian McFarlane, who addressed on behalf of UN Population Fund.Under this Agreement around five million denars will be invested, out of which half is a contribution of the Government and other half from UNFPA is in line with the Country Program Document 2016-2020 as one of the key priority on national level.
   “For the first time in our country and the region, the Government contributes in UNFPA which is a motive for future cooperation in terms of health care“, said the Minister of Health Mr. Venko Filipche.
Maternal is closely related to neonatal health and therefore the multidisciplinary approach is needed towards addressing this matter.
   The activities regarding the Agreement include reducing maternal and neonatal mortality, strengthening the quality services for perinatal care (the care immediately before, during and after the delivery) which leads towards healthy and safe motherhood and dignity, with respect of principles of human rights.
   The Activities also include strengthening the capacities of multidisciplinary teams of health care workers (ob/gyns, neonatologists and midwives) on effective perinatal care according to World Health Organisation standards, development and implementation of evidence-based clinical guidelines, protocols and algorithms for perinatal care, technical expertise for mentoring the implementation of evidence-based practices for perinatal care as well as finalization and implementation of ob/gyn standards of care in the selected maternities.
   According to the Agreement, the technical support that UNFPA is going to provide is aimed towards mentoring and implementation of perinatal care practices that are evidence based, adaptation and accreditation of training materials that will be included in the continuous medical education of gynecologists, neonatologists and midwives with additional activities towards raising awareness of their families for the risks during pregnancy and delivery.