A national policy and implementation strategy with special reference to maternal health and child survival, has been launched Tuesday morning.

This Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) Policy and accompanying Implementation Strategy for the next four years were developed to support the Government and all stakeholders within Vanuatu to work towards the full attainment of its citizens’ right to health, with particular focus on groups such as women, newborns, children adolescents and people with disabilities.

Reproductive and child health have been the key national priorities of the Government of Vanuatu for some time. The Government ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1992 and signed the original Plan of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development in 1994, thereby committing itself to upholding the basic rights of children and the reproductive rights of individuals and couples.

The policy will guide the collective efforts to promote the health of our people in line with reproductive health services.

The RMNCAH Policy Strategy 2017-2020 will guide the delivery of RMNCAH services at all levels of care from policy level to the periphery and communities.

The launching of this policy coincided with the RMNCAH United Nations Joint Program (UNJP) 2016 Annual Review and 2017 Business Planning meeting.

Objectives of the two days workshop include; presentation of developed and adopted new policy and strategies, for advancing RMNCAH in Vanuatu; analyze progress in RMNCAH indicators at the national and provincial levels; and explore innovative approaches for addressing health system bottlenecks to increase accessibility and quality of services. READ MORE