CATARMAN, Northern Samar —  The Province of Northern Samar is a recipient of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) 8th Country Program for Children (CPC 8) lifesaving care program for the child’s first 1,000 days of life for calendar year 2019-2023. This was learned from Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator Engr. Romeo M. Cardenas.

Cardenas said the program aims to address health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, early stimulation and responsive care, child protection social services and related concerns affecting pregnant women and children 0-23 months old anchored on fulfilling the right of a child to life, survival, and full development potential.

“The early years of a child’s life is important thus all efforts to improve early childhood is an investment, not a cost ,“ said Cardenas.

He added UNICEF will invest on the first 1,000 days of a child’s life in partnership with concerned local government units because brain development progresses rapidly and poor nutrition during this period results to irreversible impact and consequence of a child.

Since the program covers the critical period of a child’s life, the implementers will work hand in hand at reducing the prevalence of stunting and wasting among 0-23 month old children, he added.

In the province, there are eight municipalities chosen as recipient of this program namely: Catarman, Lope de Vega, Mondragon, Mapanas, Bobon, San Jose, Lapinig, and Gamay, (NBQ/TBC/PIA-8, Northern Samar)