GOALPARA: The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (Unicef) will provide technical support to develop the conditions of the marginalised and vulnerable women and children in Goalpara district. In a joint meeting with the district officers of different departments at the conference hall of the Deputy Commissioner on Friday, a team of Unicef under the supervision of Dr. Tushar Rane, Chief Field Officer (CFO) in Assam took stock of the present status in the implementation of Central and state run schemes on woman and child development.
The departments like health and family welfare, public health engineering, sarba shiksa, police, social welfare, child protection unit presented their present status and sought technical help from Unicef citing the challenges before them. Deputy Commissioner Varnali Deka presided over the meeting while ADC Nur Hussain coordinated in the presentation of the programmes of different departments. Amitava Sinha, Superintendent of Police, presented the picture of crime and violence in the district, specially referring to crimes against children.
Dr. Rane and his team emphasised upon providing clean and hygienic environment to the people by working upon Swachh Bharat mission and also on making it mandatory on the use of safe drinking water by working with the public health engineering department.
Unicef interventions in Goalpara will focus on strengthening implementation of Central and State Government schemes so that they reach the most marginalized and vulnerable children and women. Unicef will also work in Goalpara to improve child survival by strengthening the delivery quality of health services, providing support for capacity development and strengthening health systems with supportive supervision. Assam is at the bottom of the list with regard to maternal mortality rate(MMR) with a figure of 300 against the national average of 167.
Meanwhile, the Centre is aggressively carrying out vaccination and other medication to reduce the MMR in several districts of Assam like Nagaon, Dhubri, Goalpara, Karbi Anglong, Kokrajhar and Chirang.