UNICEF, WHO representatives meet CS Sindh

KARACHI: A delegation of Norwegian Pakistan Partnership Initiative (NPPI) project headed by UNICEF representative Mr Dan Rohrman on Tuesday visited Sindh Secretariat and called on Chief Secretary Sindh Muhammad Ijaz Chaudhry to review the progress of NPPI project launched by Norwegian government under the leadership of its prime minister. NPPI was initiated under the umbrella of a global campaign for health Millennium Development Goals.

In Sindh, NPPI commenced two years back to support national Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) Program, with a view to reduce maternal, newborn and under five-year mortality in 10 selected districts for improving MNCH self-care and care-seeking behaviour among families and communities.

In view of very short span of the project, the chief secretary suggested to extend it by Dec 2014 as it was reported to be concluded by March 2014.

It was decided that a monitoring mechanism would be evolved to gear up NPPI services as well as uplifting the management.

It may be mentioned here that 1272 midwives have been trained under NPPI while 784 are under training. The chief secretary appreciated NPPI services and assured full cooperation.
Secretary Health Inamullah Dharejo, Secretary Implementation Riaz Memon and representatives of UNICEF, WHO, UNFPA and NORAD were also present.

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