World Vision health experts from Pacific countries are currently meeting in Honiara to discuss and plan new ways to help improve the health of mothers and children in their countries.
According to World Vision Child Well-being Report of 2014, health statistics show a high prevalence of wasting, malnutrition and stunting in children in Pacific Timor-Leste countries, which include Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Timor-Leste and Solomon Islands.
Through its Maternal New-born Child Health and Nutrition projects, World Vision has made improvements in maternal and child health, but more work still needs to be done to support achievements of the Millennium Development Goals in these countries.
The training this week aims to improve delivery of the maternal newborn child and nutrition projects by drawing ideas from lessons of the past and developing new and innovative approaches to strength implementation across the region.
World Vision Solomon Islands Country Director, Janes Ginting said by adopting new approaches, the maternal child health project will contribute towards sustainable improvements in health.
“The projects strong focus on boosting help for mothers, infants and young children in poor and vulnerable communities will significantly improve health outcomes, allowing families to benefit from the economic and welfare gains attributable to better health.”