The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF on Friday signed a new collaborative framework which will accelerate joint public health efforts that put the most marginalized and vulnerable populations first in this Covid -19 pandemic.
The new Strategic Collaboration Framework between the two organizations focuses on universal health coverage, through a primary health care and health systems approach, mental health and psychosocial wellbeing and development, public health emergencies and maternal and child nutrition.
Speaking during the launch, UNICEF Executive Director Miss Henrietta Fore said the new framework will come as a relief to the vulnerable population who were finding it difficult to access medical attention in the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed huge gaps in accessing health, well-being and nutrition services among children and vulnerable populations,
“There has never been a more urgent need to work together. This new framework will help us strengthen health and food systems, and invest in mental health and psychosocial support in every country in the world.” She said.
Meanwhile, WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom said this initiative is transform future generations for the better.
“At the heart of our work with UNICEF is seeing that every child not only survives but ultimately thrives and transforms their communities and future generations,
“With great appreciation and respect for our unique and complementary roles, we stand together in our commitment to achieve health for all. As this pandemic demonstrates, no-one is safe until everyone is safe.” He said