Algeria is among leading countries in the field of maternal and child health, says the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Regional Director for Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region, Geert Cappelaere.
Speaking at a meeting with the Minister of Health, Population and Hospital Reform, Mokhtar Hasbellaoui, here Thursday, Cappelaere said: “Algeria is among leading countries in maternal and child health and its health strategies deserve to serve as a model for the world. Algeria’s system of universal access to healthcare is a model.”
In this regard, the proposed new legislation on health will strengthen the Algerian model, including the provision of medical services provided to refugees and foreign nationals living in Algeria, he noted.
The Health Minister said the development of Algeria’s national health system, its modernization and the improvement of its humanitarian dimension are closely linked with the history of the country. He added that Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika had paid great attention to the field of health.
The two also discussed preparations for the sixth Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS6) in Algeria as well as the strategy for improving reproductive health care. Also present at the meeting was the UNICEF Representative in Algeria, Marc Lucet.
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