Nutrition mission in Tajikistan
Under the framework of the biennial collaborative agreement 2012-2013 between the Ministry of Health of Tajikistan and WHO/Europe and within the context of the European Union (EU) funded project “Technical assistance in support of health care reform in Tajikistan” and its nutrition-related activities implementation, WHO/Europe conducted a mission in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on 20-23 November 2013.
The mission had the following terms of reference:
- to discuss the approval and implementation of the Tajik Nutrition Strategy in the Context of Health 2020;
- to further develop the draft proposal for a mobile health initiative focused on Mothers and Infant Nutrition and WHO Child Growth Standards monitoring and implementation;
- to review and comment the Rapid Health Facility Assessment (RHFA) tool;
- to present and discuss the development of the Healthy Food Basket for Tajikistan;
- to present the results of Republican Nutrition Centre Study based on registry books of Tajik Armed Force induction station height and weight measured at conscription between 1990-2012 whose results were modeled by WHO/Europe.
For this purpose, the mission involved several meetings including the Deputy-Minister of Health of Tajikistan and other Ministry of Health officers, together with partners: Food and Agriculture Organizaion of the United Nations (FAO), UNICEF, EU and Mercy Corps.
Some of the main outcomes of this mission were:
- an agreement among the stakeholders (Ministry of Health and Social Protection, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Economy Development and Trade, Committee for Youth, Sports and Tourism of the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan) to further develop a Healthy Nutrition and Physical Activity Strategy 2014-2020, in addition to the creation of a separate working group on the National Food Safety Strategy;
- support measures for the mobile health initiative focused on Mothers and Infant Nutrition and WHO Child Growth Standards monitoring and implementation;
- the Healthy Food Basket for Tajikistan, to be launched late 2014.
The outcomes of this technical assistance on nutrition contribute to strengthening national capacity to improve health for all, reducing health inequalities and improving governance for health in support of the Health 2020 policy framework.