WHO undertakes mission to Kyrgyzstan to strengthen public health services


WHO/Europe recently conducted a technical mission to Kyrgyzstan with the aim of providing support and advice to the Ministry of Health in assessing structural and organizational reforms in the public health system. The mission held meetings with leaders and experts from key national public health institutions and organizations, and included a visit to the City Sanepid Service in Bishkek. In addition to identifying key developments and achievements, the mission also pinpointed remaining challenges to the reform of the public health services in the country.

To address these challenges, the mission proposed 14 immediate actions and measures to the Deputy Minister of Health and Chief State Physician for 2015. Head of the WHO Country Office in Kyrgyzstan, Dr Oscon Moldokulov, underscored that there is currently momentum to resume the process that was interrupted in 2009 and move forward with strengthening public health. WHO/Europe will be providing support and advice on a continuous basis.

WHO support for strengthening health systems

Both the WHO Country Office in Kyrgyzstan and the WHO/Europe public health services programme will be proposing further recommendations towards strengthening the country's public health services in their final report. Furthermore, WHO/Europe will be supporting the Kyrgyz Government in assessing the strengths and weaknesses of its essential public health operations as the first step of its 2015 activities.

Dr Oleg Gorin, Deputy Minister of Health, Chief State Physician and Chief Sanitary Physician of the Kyrgyz Republic, welcomed the initiative of WHO/Europe, emphasizing the importance of public health services in the country. WHO/Europe consultant on public health services Dr Maria Ruseva highlighted the joint work carried out prior to 2009 to improve the country's public health services, which incorporated both the experience of other countries and WHO recommendations. She also confirmed the need to intensify current efforts to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of public health service performance, stating that these efforts must be streamlined and strengthened in accordance with the goals and requirements of the Kyrgyz Den Sooluk National Health Care Programme (2012–2016) and the new National Health 2020 Strategy.

The Den Sooluk Programme focuses on five health-system components (health care financing, reforms of public health services, improvement of individual health services, resource generation and stewardship) and four priority programmes (HIV/AIDS, mother and child health, tuberculosis and cardiovascular diseases).

This mission was conducted in line with the signed bilateral collaborative agreement 2014–2015.