Improvement of laboratory services in Tajikistan

On 13 May 2011 the WHO Country Office, Tajikistan, in cooperation with KFW Entwicklungsbank (German Bank for Development) and the Ministry of Health, organized a special round table on laboratory networks, as part of the WHO/KFW mission to support public health reforms in Tajikistan.

The round table was opened by Deputy Minister of Health Dr Mirzoev A.S., who noted that the meeting was a result of a technical assessment led by Dr Caroline Brown, WHO/Europe in February 2011, where an assessment was made of laboratory services and structure, considering compliance with the International Health Regulations (IHR).  

Dr Mirzoev stressed the importance of the cooperation between the Ministry of Health, WHO, KFW and other development partners on the improvement of the laboratory system services in the country as well as commitment to the area of laboratory services for public health strengthening.

“For the purpose of ensuring the effective and quality laboratory services as an integral pillar of the public health mandate and diseases surveillance and response, the laboratory network should be structured around an optimal number of laboratories, considering the demographic and geographical factors, as well as the burden of diseases in Tajikistan”, noted Dr Pavel Ursu in his speech during the round table meeting.

In his speech Dr Aliev S.P., Head of State Sanitary Epidemiological Surveillance Service, stressed the importance of the establishment of a plan for strengthening capacity of public health specialists in the field of laboratory networks across the regions and working on quality management of laboratory services as part of the national strategic plan on public health reform.

The meeting was an important turning point in the discussion between the Ministry of Health, WHO, KFW, USAID, UNGFATM and other international and national state structures, agencies and organizations working in the field of public health strengthening and the laboratory network capacity across the country.