UNICEF Acknowledges Cuba’s Achievements in Child Protection

Havana, Cuba, Dec 31.- The representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Cuba, Anna Lucia D’Emilio, highlighted on Wednesday the island’s results in the care of its children during 2015, and reaffirmed the support of her organization for that effort.

In an interview on national television, the official explained that 73 percent of children cared for in neonatal services received human milk through the seven banks installed by the government throughout the country, with the support of UNICEF.

She also highlighted the strengthening of the capacity of the regular education system for the inclusion of children with disabilities, the Prensa Latina news agency reported.

Furthermore, she recalled that Cuba became the first country in the world to receive certification for the elimination of vertical transmission of HIV and congenital syphilis, thanks to the efforts of the nation and the World Health Organization.

She asserted that the office she represents will maintain that support in order to strengthen what has been achieved and undertake new challenges.

The main thing, she pointed out, is to maximize all opportunities and minimize risks so Cuban children can continue to enjoy full access to culture, education and health, and continue running happily on the streets.(acn)

Radio Cadena Agramonte, December 31, 2015

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