Turkmenistan uses near-miss case reviews to make progress in maternal health care


A workshop was held on 14–15 April 2016 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan to ensure that the near-miss case review (NMCR) approach leads to further improvement in the quality of maternal care, and prevents complications in labour and delivery. Health professionals from leading maternities in Turkmenistan attended the workshop.

NMCR – the WHO approach in analysing and preventing maternal morbidity – has been piloted in 6 maternities in Turkmenistan. The new approach, which is different from the previous method used to analyse maternal morbidity cases, still has some challenges but is strongly supported by the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan. It is also directly linked with implementation of the national programme on improvement of perinatal health 2014–2018, and the national strategy and action plan on maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health 2015–2019.

WHO is providing technical assistance in ensuring that the NMCR approach is implemented according to guidelines. Turkmenistan is one of the first countries of the WHO European Region to become familiar with the new manual with practical tools on implementing maternal NMCR, developed by the WHO Collaborating Centre for Maternal and Child Health at the Institute for Maternal and Child Health IRCCS Burlo Garofolo in Trieste, Italy. The United Nations Population Fund Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia translated the manual into Russian.