These are some of the most important tools that you can associate with child health.
However, health interventions and behaviors can only be as effective as those who deliver them.
The adults in the lives of children will have a significant impact on whether they grow up healthy. Families and healthcare workers are the key players. Each is part of culture and systems that can aid or hinder health.
Gender inequity can be found too often in the family and healthcare systems that has long-term consequences for children’s health as they grow up.
The health and well-being and physical, emotional and financial health of mothers and fathers is directly linked within families. Fathers play an important role in ensuring that children have access to healthcare and other opportunities.
Gender equity is best achieved through a partnership between families, communities, and the health system. It begins with placing the mother and child in the center, and prioritizing their health at home as well as at the clinic. This includes support for breastfeeding and safe, healthy, family-friendly primary care access. Everyone plays a role.