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President Kaljulaid at the UN stresses the need to improve the availability of health care services

President Kaljulaid at the UN stresses the need to improve the availability of health care services © Office of the President

While on her visit to the United States of America in the course of this week, yesterday President Kersti Kaljulaid participated in a high-level discussion in New York that was dedicated to the enhancement of availability of health care services to women, children and teenagers.

In the autumn of 2018, on the invitation of Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres, President Kersti Kaljulaid became co-chairperson of the Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) movement that addresses welfare and health issues for women, children and teenagers worldwide.

This week the United Nations celebrated the 10th anniversary of the movement and there was a discussion on how to create more opportunities for improvement of availability of the corresponding services.

“The movement has achieved so much in those then years and there is now more global awareness of the importance of this problem. We have many success stories. Unfortunately, the situation in some localities across the globe is such that we are far from being satisfied with it yet. This movement that I co-chair must also consider how it could make its work more effective,” said President Kaljulaid at the meeting of the EWEC steering group.

The Head of State emphasised the need for making this UN movement more concrete and focused, as well as for involving more different private sectors initiatives. The President of the Republic also pointed out the importance of a more potent implementation of new technologies and suggested the establishment of a digital marketplace. “Just as many other fields, health care usually has both supply and demand, but these two aspects do not always correlate. For instance, vaccination against cervical cancer has slowed down in some countries due to insufficient doctor numbers, while in some other countries NGOs and relevant initiatives exist that freely offer this service. Our task is to think of ways of bridging such gaps,” said President Kaljulaid in her speech at the steering group meeting, also proposing that the EWEC should organise a side event on this matter at the UN General Assembly.

The EWEC movement is supported by governments, private sector entities and NGOs. Every Woman Every Child pays primary attention to the prevention of premature deaths of mothers, newborns, children and teenagers and improvement of availability of the necessary health care services.

The President of the Republic is on a working visit to the United States of America this week and has already had several meetings with top representatives of the administration. The main topic of these meetings has been the Three Seas Initiative summit to be held in Tallinn this June. The Head of State will return to Estonia on Saturday.

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