WHO supports Tajikistan with development of implementation plan to tackle noncommunicable diseases

Background

In 2012 the Government of Tajikistan approved a national strategy for prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). The Ministry of Health divided the strategy’s implementation plan into two stages:

  • a short-term implementation plan for 2013–2016, developed in 2013
  • a long-term implementation plan for 2017–2023.

The short-term implementation plan was informed in part by a parallel WHO-led national assessment of the burden of NCDs and the status of the health system in 2013. This served to identify health system barriers and innovations for better NCD outcomes and put forward recommendations for continued health system strengthening. In 2015 the WHO Regional Office for Europe convened a review of the NCD strategy’s progress. This informed the activities of the long-term implementation plan, with specific recommendations in the area of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, tobacco control and NCD monitoring and surveillance.

Long-term implementation plan meetings

On 19–21 September 2016 WHO experts on NCDs held a number of meetings in Tajikistan to support the country’s NCD working group with development of the long-term implementation plan for prevention and control of NCDs for 2017–2023.

The first session aimed to build common understanding of the context and the actors and institutions involved. This was followed by interactive discussions in smaller working groups on more specific domains of the NCD plan. By developing the plan as a joint exercise between the international team and selected national experts, it was ensured that the proposed NCD policy framework was coherent and aligned with the vertical NCD programmes implemented in the country. This will accommodate future management of implementation and evaluation. A roundtable discussion was organized with stakeholders to engage them in the plan’s development.

The great progress of the NCD working group and the Ministry of Health in the area of NCD planning and implementation was acknowledged by the WHO Regional Office for Europe. The short-term implementation plan was very comprehensive and ambitious and the long-term plan will be prepared as a valuable successor, providing opportunities for updated continuations. 

The visit was made possible by funding from the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation.