Strengthening accountability for women’s and children’s health in Tajikistan
Improving outcomes and strengthening accountability for women’s and children’s health received national attention at a workshop conducted by the Tajik Ministry of Health on 5–6 February 2013 in close cooperation with WHO. National experts from the Ministry, Agency for Statistics under the President of Tajikistan, members of Parliament, civil society and development partners gathered to determine the direction of work in this area for the period 2013–2015.
The WHO Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health was established in January 2011 following the launch of the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health and increased pledges worldwide to achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5 to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health.
In May 2011, the Commission presented ten recommendations to improve accountability for resources and results, which were then developed into an overall strategic plan. In October 2012, with WHO support, a delegation from Tajikistan took part in an intercountry workshop to assess current accountability for women’s and children’s health and develop a road map to strengthen accountability based on the Commission’s recommendations.
As a follow up, the February 2013 workshop aimed:
- to raise awareness among a broader range of stakeholders on the Commission’s recommendations;
- to discuss the role of development partners in supporting measures to strengthen accountability;
- to discuss and adopt the final plan.
WHO has allocated funds to support ongoing activities to strengthen accountability in Tajikistan. Following this workshop, the final version of the country plan to strengthen accountability for women’s and children’s health will be adopted.
During the workshop, Dr Pavel Ursu, WHO Representative/Head of WHO Country Office in Tajikistan, said that “improving the quality of information to get better results, improving resource tracking, monitoring results and resources, both at the national and global levels, are necessary elements for accelerating progress towards the Millennium Development Goals. This workshop is a part of ongoing WHO support of the Ministry of Health in the area of mother and child health.”