Fiji’s contribution towards child health care ‘adequate’

Joshua Rayasi, 6, joins Tuvaluans Marleyan Famotu, Losemina Restore and other friends relaxing at MySuva Park yeasterday. FIJI's contribution towards maintaining and giving health care to children as been described as adequate by WHO. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

FIJI’s contribution towards maintaining and giving health care to children has been described as adequate in a new report released by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Fiji has been placed 93 out of 180 on a world index that ranked countries for child health care.

The report, “A Future for the World’s Children”, by WHO looked at performance on child flourishing, survival, wellbeing, health, education, nutrition and sustainability.

Data obtained from all countries have been categorised with 0 indicating very poor, 0·25 indicating poor, 0·50 neither poor nor adequate, 0·75 adequate, and 1·00 being good.

Fiji recorded 0.66 out of 1 when it came to children have a flourishing life.

“These two measures of child flourishing and environmental sustainability threats combine to produce our child flourishing and futures profile,” the report stated. The WHO gave Fiji a 0.68 out of 1 for survival of children in the country.

“For surviving, we selected maternal survival, survival in children younger than 5 years old, suicide, access to maternal and child health services, basic hygiene and sanitation, and lack of extreme poverty.”

Fiji’s lowest index of 0.65 out of 1 was for children thriving in the country. For thriving, the domains were educational achievement, growth, nutrition, reproductive freedom, and protection from violence.

“This report shows that the world’s decision makers are, too often, failing today’s children and youth: failing to protect their health, failing to protect their rights, and failing to protect their planet,” said WHO director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

“This must be a wake-up call for countries to invest in child health and development, ensure their voices are heard, protect their rights, and build a future that is fit for children.”

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