National child health week begins in Mozambique on 12 April with a new emphasis on maternal health as well as the health of children.

During the five-day campaign health workers are targeting three million children under the age of five and about five million women of child-bearing age with a health package that includes vitamin A supplementation, information about family planning, ante-natal and post-natal consultations and anti-tetanus vaccinations.

Launched in 2008 and repeated twice-yearly since then, national child health week aims to reduce child mortality by two-thirds by 2015. The second child health week this year is scheduled for November.

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