Review of “Beyond the Numbers” approaches in Tajikistan

WHO/Salima Kasymova

Staff at pilot maternity hospital receive feedback on working with near miss case reviews
An external review of “Beyond the Numbers” (BTN) approaches in Tajikistan took place on 10-16 March 2011. The review was organized as a follow up to the Making Pregnancy Safer (MPS) programme implementation and the Ministry of Health plan of action for maternal and perinatal health. Both of these areas of work fall within the framework of the Biennial Collaborative Agreement for 2010-2011 between the Ministry of Health of Tajikistan and WHO/Europe.

The review was done by WHO and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). International experts visited five pilot maternity hospitals to observe near miss case review (NMCR) sessions and provided feedback and recommendations to the hospitals’ NMCR responsible staff. The experts had also a meeting with members of the committee on confidential enquires into maternal death.

The findings and recommendations of the BTN review were presented and discussed during a stakeholder meeting on 16 March 2011, resulting with an agreement to increase the number of NMCR pilot maternity hospitals in Tajikistan. A technical workshop on the NMCR process and methodologies was conducted for staff from the newly selected hospitals 17-18 March, 2011.

The BTN review was a joint initiative of WHO, UNFPA and the USAID quality health care project.