Improving the quality of health care in Tajikistan through evidence-based medicine

Ministry of Health, Tajikistan/Shavkiya Pochodjonova

WHO/Europe conducted a training on 29–30 November 2013 on the role of evidence-based medicine in improving the quality of care in Tajikistan. The training attended by specialists from the Ministry of Health's Agency for Supervision over Health Care was in line with the Tajik Health Sector Development Strategy 2012–2020 and Health 2020, the European health policy framework.

The European Union (EU) and WHO support the promotion of evidence-based medicine tools to improve the quality of health services delivered in Tajikistan. Within an EU-funded project, the WHO Country Office in Tajikistan collaborates with the Evidence-Based Medicine Center of Tajik State Medical University and the State Service for Medical Practice Supervision to introduce guidelines and standards based on best international clinical evidence.

Dr Pavel Ursu, WHO Representative/Head of WHO Country Office in Tajikistan, noted in the opening of the training that "Tajikistan has already formed the Agency to monitor the quality of health care. Now tools are need for its evaluation, in particular clinical protocols on evidence-based medicine."

The 2-day course included lectures, discussions, working groups and follow-up presentations, which provided participants with information and knowledge that is directly applicable in their daily work.