Child injury prevention, WHO holds a capacity-building workshop and a policy dialogue in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

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Child injury prevention - capacity building workshop (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 30 September-1 October 2014)

The fourth TEACH VIP workshop was hosted by WHO with the Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan in Bishkek on 30 September to 1 October 2014. The meeting was opened by Dr Gulmira Ibraeva, Head of the Curative Unit of the Ministry of Health and Dr Oskon Moldokolov, Head of the WHO Country Office. There were 25 participants present, who included senior traumatologists, Ministry of Health officials concerned with child health, primary care and public health, and maternal and child health, and representatives of international organizations and civil society organizations. The lessons focused on child injury prevention and included small group work. At evaluation, the course was rated highly and participants agreed to use the TEACH-VIP materials provided for training activities. Dr Bektur Anarkulov, head of the National Association of Traumatologists and WHO National Focal Point for injury prevention, promised to incorporate TEACH-VIP into medical school curricula and in post-graduate courses for traumatology. 

Child injury prevention - policy dialogue (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 1 October 2014)

A policy dialogue was hosted by WHO with the Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan in Bishkek on 1 October 2014. The meeting was opened by Dr Gulmira Ibraeva, Head of the Curative Unit of the Ministry of Health, and Dr Oskon Moldokolov, the Head of the WHO Country Office. There were 20 stakeholders from different sectors, including NGOs and international organizations (UNICEF, UNFPA). Dr Sethi presented the burden of childhood injuries in the European Region, where injuries remain the leading cause of childhood death in children aged 5 years and over, and emphasised the renewed opportunities for their prevention by embedding this within the Health 2020 policy framework for Europe. Dr Bektur Anarkulov, National Focal Point for Injury Prevention, described the situation in the country, where the leading causes of injury death in children under 15 years were in order drowning, road traffic injury, burns, falls and poisoning. Whereas much action was being taken to reduce the burden from road crashes, little had been undertaken in the other areas, in particular drowning. Problems include the lack of an action plan and poor surveillance data. The meeting made recommendations for consideration by the Minister of Health. This included putting child injury prevention on the agenda of the National Intersectoral Committee as a priority topic for implementation of the national Health 2020 strategy.