WHO provides support to Tajikistan health care specialists on self - assessing the quality of recording and reporting of EPI data

The WHO Regional Office for Europe continues provision of its technical support to the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Tajikistan in assessing the quality of immunization data using the Data Quality Self-assessment (DQS) tool. In order to build in country resource, staff of the Ministry of Health (MoH) were trained in the beginning of 2011 in Moldova, and following participants’ request and the MoH agreement, the Republican Center of Immunoprophylaxis of the MoH and the WHO Regional Office for Europe proposed to conduct an assessment of the immunization data quality in selected sites of Dushanbe City, Districts of Republic Subordination, Kurgan-Tube and Kulyab in November 2011. Two WHO consultants, Mr Nikolai Fortune and Ms Lia Jabidze visited Tajikistan to provide support in conducting the DQS.

As a part of the mission, a join expert team conducted a number of visits to the selected sites of Tajikistan. At the completion of the mission, a special session was organized on the presentation of the assessments results and methods of the self-assessment of the quality on immunization data.

“Reaching every single child with timely vaccinations is one of the key priorities for Tajikistan in order to ensure a healthy start in life and reaching Millennium Development Goals, and accuracy of the vaccination coverage data is paramount for tracking the progress. Providing the data in a proper and timely manner is the core added value for strengthening the effectiveness of public health essential operations in the country”, pointed out Dr Pavel Ursu, WHO/Europe Representative and UN Resident Coordinator a.i. during the debriefing meeting.

The health specialists from various departments of the MoH as well as regional health centers attended the consultation meeting, where they shared the experiences and identified areas for quality improvement for provision of accurate immunization data based on the self-assessment tool in order to strengthen the monitoring systems for a more effective epidemiological surveillance in Tajikistan.