Scaling up healthy diet, physical activity and prevention of nutrition-related NCDs in Tajikistan

WHO

WHO/Europe's nutrition, physical activity and obesity programme successfully completed a 3-day training workshop for health professionals in Tajikistan on 17–19 August 2015. The training was dedicated to scale up promotion of healthy diet, physical activity and prevention of nutrition-related noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), in particular obesity in Tajikistan.

The objectives of the training workshop were to:

  • familiarize participants with evidence on the links between good nutrition, physical activity, body composition and health outcomes;
  • introduce and discuss existing guidance from WHO in this area, so that participants understand and are able to use the key recommendations in their daily practice; and
  • consider how WHO guidance can be implemented according to the local context in Tajikistan.

The training also demonstrated, through practical exercises, existing techniques and approaches to:

  • identify important target groups (e.g. pregnant and breastfeeding women) and at-risk patients
  • monitor dietary intake and levels of physical activity
  • monitor child growth and nutrition status in children and adults.

The training gathered health professionals working in nutrition, cardiology, epidemiology, endocrinology and oncology, as well as staff from healthy lifestyle centres, institutions for paediatrics, surgery and preventive medicine, and the postgraduate State Tajik Medical University. Participants had the opportunity to learn and improve their understanding of WHO guidance, and recommended approaches to promote and implement healthy nutrition and physical activity services in health care settings in Tajikistan.

On 19 August 2015, the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Population, Tajikistan hosted an intersectoral meeting together with WHO/Europe to review the ongoing implementation of the nutrition and physical activity action plan for 2015–2016, in connection with the national strategy for Tajikistan 2015–2024. Members of the intersectoral committee and multidisciplinary working group presented what has been done so far in 2015 and gave an overview of planned activities to be implemented by the end of 2016. Following discussion and agreement among all stakeholders, a decision was taken to scale up activities to promote and implement a healthy diet and physical activity for different population groups.