Angola: Women training provides better protection to children

Luanda, 06/14- Angola's deputy minister of Health, Jose Van-Dunem, Wednesday in Luanda defended the need for women to increase their educational qualifications for a better protection of children and reduce infant and maternal death rates, ANGOP learnt.

The official, who was speaking on the fringes of the third Forum on Child Care, explained that a trained woman takes better care of her children and of herself.

He stressed the need for people's improved living conditions, if they are to be in a better position to protect, feed and clothe their children.

The deputy minister said most of the children in Angola die of illnesses that can be prevented.

He also warned people to be informed on the health services available to them so that they can benefit from them.

He also highlighted the importance of promoting a greater geographical responsibility of health centres with regard to the areas where they are located.

Jose Van-Dunem also proposed the increase of community activities at the level of the family and towards mother's care to newly-born babies and children.

Meanwhile, for a better implementation of actions linked to the "Essential Package of Care and Maternal and Infantile Health Care", the ministry of Health envisages the creation of mobile teams to attend to vulnerable groups.

According to him, the Health Ministry has been implementing a series of actions towards the reduction of infant/maternal death rate, through vaccination campaigns and routine vaccination, following up pregnant women and nutrition programmes, admitting there are some constraints in the routine ones, as they do not cover the whole territory.

The forum is going under the motto "Child, Absolute Priority" and is analysing ways to improve protection and development of children, in the ambit of the Children's Rights Convention.

Under debate are themes like "Children from zero to five years old", "Children from zero to 18 years old" and "Demographic aspects on the situation of Angolan children", "Childhood Pre-school education", "Angolan Family and childhood in the Angolan cultural context", as well as "Food Security and childhood development", and "Epidemiological situation, causes of mortality between zero to five years old".

The meeting will assess the fulfilment of commitments taken from the 2004 and 2005 forums, analyse the National Plan of Prevention and Reduction of the Impact of HIV/Aids and get contributions for the National Policy on Protection and Development of Children.

The meeting is being attended by government officials, representatives of national and international non-governmental organisations, churches and United Nations Agencies.