Kyrgyzstan accelerates steps to improve maternal and newborn health

More than 30 national stakeholders and development partners working in the area of maternal and newborn health in Kyrgyzstan met on 3 April 2013 to present the country’s progress in achieving Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 (to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health) through activities carried out with technical assistance of WHO/Europe and funded by the Government of the Russian Federation.

Assessment of care for mothers and babies

Over the past five years, the Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan has, in close collaboration with development partners, implemented a number of WHO approaches to assess the quality of hospital care for mothers and babies. In March 2012 a new tool developed by WHO/Europe to assess care during pregnancy and after delivery was piloted in Osh, Djalal-Abad and Bishkek health care facilities in Kyrgyzstan.

The assessment was carried out by WHO, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and led to the formulation of further improvements, including development of documentation for antenatal and postpartum care.

Application of lessons learnt

Kyrgyzstan’s Deputy Minister of Health expressed hope that the progress achieved in Bishkek city and the Chui region in 2013 will assist nationwide in:

  • introducing  documentation for pregnant women, mothers and babies;
  • improving the quality of antenatal and postpartum care;
  • decreasing maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity.

A training of trainers course was held 8–12 April 2013 and included the concept of supportive supervision in improving the quality of primary health care for women and children.