Joint annual review of Tajikistan’s national health strategy

Bahrom Jalilov

The Ministry of Health and Social Protection, in cooperation with the WHO Country Office in Tajikistan, the European Union, United Children’s Fund, United Nations Population Fund, the Providing for Health and Social Health Protection Initiative (P4H) and other development partners representing the Development Coordination Council (DCC) convened a health summit on 5 December 2014 in Dushanbe to present the key results from the Joint Annual Review  of the fourth year of implementation of the National Health Strategy (NHS) 2010–2020.

Over 200 representatives from the Tajik government, key ministries and agencies, educational institutions and universities, nongovernmental organizations, head of state and private health facilities from the region, ambassadors and development partners, participated at the plenary and parallel sessions. During these sessions the progress and challenges faced the Ministry while implementing NHS were widely discussed.

The Minister of Health and Social Protection of the population of Republic of Tajikistan Dr Nusratullo Salimzoda highlighted the key achievements and challenges while implementing the NHS and the role of external support for the country's reform agenda and how it is contributing to achieving the Millennium Development Goals and strengthening the health system in Tajikistan.

The Minister thanked all development partners for continuously providing support and assistance, noting specifically coordinated assistance in the preparation of analytical reviews that facilitate policy dialogues, and supporting the capacity development at the institutional level. He stressed that both strengthening the health systems and working towards universal health coverage are high on the country's agenda as a means to achieve better health for everyone.

Dr Pavel Ursu, WHO Representative made a presentation on behalf of all development partners reflecting on achievements and challenges ahead.

He highlighted that “implementation set up of the NHS through a strong partnership with United Nations agencies and DCC adds value in terms of accelerating the progress in achieving Government targets as well as facilitating intersectoral solutions to address inequalities, in line with the regional policy framework Health 2020, to which Tajikistan is highly committed."