Peru PM: Gov't prioritizes reduction of child anemia, provision of quality health services

14:18 | Lima, May. 3.

Prime Minister Salvador del Solar on Friday informed that Government's priorities are the reduction of childhood anemia, the provision of quality health services, as well as the increase in water and sanitation coverage.

In this sense, the cabinet chief —joined by Ministers Zulema Tomas (Health), Gloria Montenegro (Women-Vulnerable Populations), and Flor Pablo (Education)— appeared before Congress to present the National Action Plan for Children and Teenagers 2012-2021.

For this reason, Del Solar said, the Government approved two multisectoral budget programs and has taken measures to reduce violence against women

Furthermore, the Multisectoral Plan Against Anemia was approved. 

Progress in health and education 

Concerning health, the Prime Minister mentioned small progress has been made in the reduction of chronic child malnutrition, as it went down from 12.9% in 2017 to 12.2% in 2018. 

The rate of children younger than 36 months, who have received basic vaccines, increased by 1.8%. 

On the other hand, the number of teenagers diagnosed with HIV, who have received a free, timely, and continuous treatment, rose 14.8%. 

Regarding education, the cabinet chief informed completion of secondary school among teenagers aged 17 to 18 —on a national level— expanded 3% in 2018 compared to the previous year. 

"We are conscious that investments in children and teenagers are the best strategies a country can have in order to face inequalities through the provision of opportunities," he concluded.


Published: 5/3/2019
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