Tajikistan makes progress in public health with WHO support


Tajikistan made important progress in public health during 2012-2013 as a result of its collaboration with WHO. The government approved a plan to scale up the basic health benefits package, adopted a comprehensive action plan to tackle noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and took steps to implement the WHO Framework Convention for Tobacco Control.

These were some of the achievements highlighted at a joint review of the Biennial Collaboration Agreement (2012-2013) on 24 December 2013. Representatives from the ministries of health and social protection, finance, economic development and trade conducted the review with Minister of Health and Social Protection of the population of Tajikistan Dr Salimov and WHO Representative in Tajikistan Dr Pavel Ursu.

Dr Salimov mentioned a few more achievements of his government during the biennium:

  1. The capacity to investigate disease outbreaks was strengthened and improvements made in surveillance, including expansion of an online MDR-TB database.
  2. A national system was established for reporting adverse reactions and complications related to blood transfusions.
  3. WHO Beyond the Numbers initiative was implemented to improve the quality of maternal and newborn health care.
  4. Evidence was gathered through a number of reviews, assessments and operational research to support health-financing reforms and to improve quality in health services. 

Dr Salimov thanked WHO for a fruitful collaboration and particularly emphasized WHO’s continuous technical support in strengthening the country's health system. “The joint annual reviews are an excellent opportunity to assess the progress made under the National Health Strategy 2010-2020, implemented by the Government of Tajikistan and supported by the development partners,” he said.

Dr Ursu said that the collaboration focused on the country’s health system, noncommunicable and communicable diseases, health promotion, health security and environment, health information, evidence research and innovation. “The priorities in the cooperation framework between Tajikistan and WHO reflected the country’s needs and were fully in line with the new European health policy framework – Health 2020,” he added.