21 Sep 2018

Improvement in child survival rates in Solomon Islands

From , 3:02 pm on 21 September 2018

Solomon Islands is included among 10 countries in the world with the most significant improvement in under five mortality rates between 2017 and 2018.

The UN children's agency, UNICEF, says five other Pacific countries also showed improvement over the past year in this area including Vanuatu, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, Palau, and Nauru.

The agency's latest report into global child mortality says improvements are due to better antenatal care, increased immunisation rates, more government health spending and more coordination among donors.

The Solomon Islands Maternal and Child Health Specialist for UNICEF, Dr Ibrahim Dadari, told Jenny Meyer about what has helped more children survive.

A Solomon Islands police officer with children in Rennel and Bollona province.

Solomon Islands children Photo: supplied