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31 December 2021

Lukashenko to visit National Research Center Mother and Child

Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko will visit the National Research Center Mother and Child on 31 December, BelTA has learned.

The head of state is set to get familiar with the organization of perinatal care in the country. According to the Telegram channel Pul pervogo, Aleksandr Lukashenko will visit the new building of the research center that nurses low-birth-weight infants.

A multi-tier system of maternal and child healthcare has been in operation in Belarus for more than 20 years. It incroproates one perinatal center of the 4th technological tier "Mother and Child", 17 perinatal centers of the 3rd level (regional and city of Minsk), 27 perinatal centers of the 2nd level (inter-district and the city of Minsk), and 64 healthcare organizations of the 1st district level.

Belarus is in the group of countries with the lowest infant mortality rates: 2.6 per 1,000 live births in 2020. This is the best indicator among all CIS countries and many developed countries, including the UK, Denmark, Lithuania, Poland, and the United States.

The survival rate of low-birth-weight infants in the first year of life is more than 80% in Belarus. Belarus ranks 35th in the ranking of the overall child happiness (Russia is 37th) and eighth in the ranking of the lowest neonatal mortality rate. Maternal mortality from obstetric causes in Belarus is one of the lowest in the world.

International missions have repeatedly praised the approaches of Belarusian specialists and recommended them for implementation in other countries.

The National Research Center Mother and Child was set up in November 2004 after the merger of several institutions. A new building of the Anesthesiology, Intensive Care and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit was put into operation here in November 2021.

It is a level IV neonatal intensive care unit which consists of anesthesiology and resuscitation department (with wards for newborns), and a mobile resuscitation and consultative team for newborns. It also has a training center for current pediatric anesthesiologists and resuscitators and nurses, as well as an emergency analysis laboratory and an operating room for emergency surgical interventions.

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