Sindh govt, UNICEF launching child protection program

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KARACHI : Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and Unicef Country Representative Mr Abdullah A. Fadil in their meeting at CM House have agreed to launch a Child Protection program to strengthen evidence-based policy and legislation.
The meeting was attended by Minister of Health Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho, Chief Secretary Asif Hyder Shah, Secretary School Educatio0n Zahid Abbasi, Secretary to CM Raheem Shaikh and others.
Child Protection: The CM and the Unicef country chief after a thorough discussion agreed that Unicef would foster enabling Environment to strengthen evidence-based policy and legislation under child labour survey; child protection policy; birth registration by-laws; protection from child online abuse and exploitation; prevention strategies would be carried out to reduce child protection violations and harmful traditional practices.
The key points of the program for Child Protection include prevention of child marriage, parenting packages for positive parent-child interaction, Child Online Protection- ethical and safe use of cyber technology; Strengthening of community-based protection structures, Service Strengthening to deliver equity-based gender-responsive services for children and adolescents, Case management and referral system including Certified of Proficiency in information system management (CPMIS), Capacity strengthening of the child protection workforce and Community-based mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) including in humanitarian situation.

The meeting agreed that UNICEF would support the health department for the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) for better immunisation services for full immunisation of all children.

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