Tackling persistent inequities in children’s health outcomes

8 June 2017

Since 1990, remarkable gains have been made in improving outcomes for children and women. The number of children dying before the age of five years old has almost halved, and similar progress has been made in reducing maternal mortality. However, despite these achievements, inequities remain both among and within countries.  A number of easily preventable and treatable conditions are responsible for almost 60 per cent of the remaining child deaths, and 75 per cent of these deaths occur in only 20 countries.

To tackle these persisting issues, UNICEF developed its “Strategy for Health: 2016-2030”, with two overarching objectives: ending preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths; and promoting the health and development of all children. In order to achieve these objectives, three approaches are proposed:

  • Addressing inequities in health outcomes;
  • Promoting integrated, multi-sectoral policies and programmes to enhance child development and address immediate and underlying causes of poor health outcomes; and
  • Strengthening health systems, including strengthening emergency preparedness and responsiveness.

The strengthening of existing health systems is considered crucial in the reduction of preventable deaths and is an area of particular focus that UNICEF will incorporate in their health strategies going forward.

UNICEF New York Headquarters worked with QUO to create two separate reports. One on UNICEF’s new health strategy from now through 2030, and the other on UNICEF’s Health Systems Strengthening Approach. The well-structured reports serve as a comprehensive breakdown of UNICEF’s strategic goals, the areas in need of focus, and proposed opportunities and projects for the future. QUO utilised a distinct colour scheme and selection of photos per chapter to clearly define each topic and give greater emphasis on the information being presented. A short synopsis was written and designed to accompany each report, distilling the key information from the reports into a six-page folding brochure.