The draft National Law on Attention and Comprehensive Health Care during Pregnancy and Early Childhood, also known as the 1,000 day plan, was signed into law this morning by the Senate of the Nation unanimously. The initiative was debated at the end of the discussion on the abortion bill, which was also definitively sanctioned, after more than twelve hours of discussion.
The 1,000 Day Plan establishes a new allocation for Comprehensive Health Care, which consists of the payment of a Universal Child Allowance to be specified once a year to help care for each child under the age of three. Likewise, extends the Universal Pregnancy Allowance (AUE), which will go from having six monthly payments to nine, to cover the entire pregnancy. I also know extends the payment for Birth and Adoption to beneficiaries of the Universal Child Allowance (AUH), which until now are excluded from this benefit.
On the other hand, the public and free provision of essential supplies during pregnancy and for early childhood is foreseen, coordinating and expanding existing programs, and the creation of the Early Warning System of Births and the Certificate of Vital Facts in order to guarantee the right to identity of newborn boys and girls. Among the inputs, mention is made of the provision of essential medicines, vaccines, milk, food for healthy growth and development in pregnancy and childhood.
The regulations seek to strengthen the “right to protection in specific situations of vulnerability” for “girls and girls in need of special care in their early years”, “people who have high-risk pregnancies” or suffer from “thrombophilia”, ” women or other pregnant persons in situations of gender-based violence ”and“ pregnant girls and adolescents ”.
It is also created within the scope of the Ministry of Health a Administrative Coordination Unit “For the care and comprehensive health care of women and pregnant people during pregnancy and their children up to 3 years”.
The president of the Upper House Health Commission, the radical from Jujuy Mario Fiad, stated that the initiative is “a true public policy for the care of our children” and asked “that it is not in good intentions because this project is expressed in future tense without deadlines or specifications.” ”I hope that this project can be articulated with the rest of the rules. It is declarative, it is not even said where the funds will come from to carry out these actions, but even so, we will vote positively so as not to delay the very few measures it establishes, ”said Fiad.
Meanwhile, the official from Santiago, José Neder, said “In this context of a pandemic it was clear that health should always be a right”, when starting the defense of the bill. “For this reason, the government’s decision is to implement effective policies, not isolated, but comprehensive so that together they give an effective result,” he said.
Neder added that “it is an initiative that is part of the Convention on the Rights of the Child with the objective that public policies are in line with the standards that are proposed.” “This 1,000 Days program recognizes a set of rights and lines of work between the different organizations because territorial equity in coverage is achieved by attending to the needs in large urban centers and in the deep interior,” he remarked.
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