As there are only five million of us, we can’t afford to leave anyone behind. That’s why taking care of everyone – from newborns to the elderly – is important for Finland.
On 14th November the Ambassador of Finland, Ms Päivi Luostarinen, hosted an even on Finland’s maternity and child health clinics, the famous maternity package and school health care system.
At the event Professor Tuovi Hakulinen, Research Manager at Finland’s National Institute for Health and Welfare, talked about Finland’s maternity and child health clinic system, which plays a central role in providing advice and support for new mothers and families, vaccinating children and diagnosing illnesses and disabilities as early as possible. Dr Elina Hermanson, Chief Physician at Helsinki School and Student Health Care, explored Finnish school health care system and health education. Finally, Ms Catherine McClennan, Programme Director for Improving Maternity Experiences, introduced the new Finnish-style baby box pilot scheme being run in Cheshire and Merseyside, which aims to encourage early engagement with maternity services and access to care for all pregnant women.