WHO and the Russian Federation contribute to improving pediatric hospital care in Tajikistan

(From left to right) Dr Pavel Ursu, Head of WHO country office in Tajikistan, Mr Igor Lyakin-Frolov, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Russia in Tajikistan, Dr Lola Bobohodjieva, First Deputy Minister of Health and Social Protection of Tajikistan

An official ceremony was held on 25 June 2014, in Tajikistan’s Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Population Health, for essential hospital equipment handed over to hospitals in Hatlon oblast, Tajikistan.

The Head of WHO country office in Tajikistan, the Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Tajikistan and a representative of the Scientific Center for Child Health, Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, gathered to hand over the documentation for equipment purchased for 10 pilot hospitals to the Ministry represented by the First Deputy Minister.

In total, 340 items of essential hospital equipment, including pulsoxymenters, nebulizers, vacuum suctions, laryngoscopes, Amby bags, scales, etc., were donated to improve clinical practice.

What will the project achieve?

This collaborative initiative was made possible through a grant provided by the Government of the Russian Federation and implemented by WHO, to help improve the quality of pediatric care in selected countries in central Asia and Africa, including Tajikistan. The Scientific Center for Child Health of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences is the project implementation partner from the Russian Federation side.

The project allows Tajikistan to expand the implementation of the- Integrated Management of Childhood Illness Strategy- from community and primary care level, to hospital level by providing greater coverage, which is necessary for any significant reduction in under- five child mortality.

As a result of collaboration launched in 2012, experts of the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Population Health with technical support of WHO and Russian Federation developed a package of key documents, including nationally adapted version of the WHO pocket book for provision of hospital care for children, supportive supervision tools, training programs for various target groups - health providers, health managers, academic faculty. Over 250 professionals were provided with training and regular supervisory visits were conducted in the project pilot hospitals.

These activities were accompanied by dissemination of 300 copies of the WHO Pocket Book, over 100 sets of wall-charts for triage and emergency care, 250 CD with training materials, 500 copies of the Child Rights Convention and 45 banners reflecting the provisions of this Convention.

“Improving the quality of pediatric care in Tajikistan is one of critical areas of health system strengthening and achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). WHO, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Population and other development partners, will continue working in this area,” emphasized Dr. Pavel Ursu, Head of the WHO Country Office in Tajikistan.