Four aspects are relevant to ensure Colombian children’s health, the main prevalences of which have to do with low birth weight, malnutrition and respiratory infections
Bogotá DC, April 26, 2014. To respond to the different health situations of Colombian children under the Ten-Year Public Health Plan, the Ministry of Health and Social Protection established four priorities for comprehensive health care: zero tolerance to mortality, morbidity and preventable disability; succeed in quality and humanization of comprehensive health care; highlight the family and community as determinants of health and strengthening of governance in health.
Ana Maria Peñuela, adviser on childhood at the Office of the Minister of Health, said that because integral development of children is the main purpose, the government has deployed the strategy of assistance, cooperation and local accompaniment (ACAT) to implement comprehensive health care for children. This process improves the individual, institutional and community capacities in the local arena, provinces, districts and municipalities to implement the comprehensive health care path.
She emphasized that, alongside this strategy, there have been advances in the design, implementation and sustainability of the Policy on Comprehensive Early Childhood Care, defined in the framework of the strategy of ‘from Zero to always’, where the most relevant aspects are program development for prevention and reduction of nutritional anemia which will help improve the development of Colombian children.”
She also said that the country has the most complete vaccination schedule of the Americas region protecting children under six years of age against 15 preventable diseases.
She also made special mention at the National Meeting on Children and Adolescents held in March and where the local technical health teams leading processes related to children were strengthened.
“The purpose of this meeting was to identify the challenges for the sector in this process of comprehensive health care for children through a process of working together based on the recognition of accumulated knowledge in order to guide the short and medium term management,” she said.
Situation of children in Colombia
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The Children and Adolescents Group of the Department of Promotion and Prevention has also channeled efforts in seven key areas: