WHO provides technical support for the promotion of healthy lifestyles in Turkmenistan


Participants at the Intersectoral Coordination Committee meeting on healthy nutrition in Turkmenistan, 22 July 2017

On 20–22 July 2017, WHO provided support to Turkmenistan on the prevention of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) with a specific focus on the promotion of healthy nutrition, physical activity and the reduction of alcohol consumption.

This consisted of multiple discussions with key partners and stakeholders working to address NCDs in Turkmenistan. WHO experts discussed the country’s draft programme on nutrition and physical activity with management from the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan. They also discussed the national alcohol strategy with other representatives of Turkmenistan.

The technical support also included participation in the International Exhibition and Scientific Conference Health 2017. This annual event offers participants, guests and visitors opportunities to learn more about Turkmenistan’s achievements in health care. WHO representatives, together with the Minister of Health of Turkmenistan, were given a prominent role at the opening ceremony.

In his opening speech, Dr João Breda, Head of the WHO European Office for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases, said: “Through ongoing cooperation with WHO, Turkmenistan has made tangible progress in the field of public health. The Government of Turkmenistan is on the right track, given its recent efforts to develop national strategies for nutrition, physical activity and reduced consumption of alcohol, which are pillars of NCD prevention and control.”

WHO experts also participated in the Intergovernmental Coordination Committee Meeting on the Implementation of the National Programme on Healthy Nutrition of the Population of Turkmenistan for 2013–2017. They conducted a presentation on global nutritional and dietary targets, and the challenges Member States of the WHO European Region face in achieving them. They also provided recommendations for the draft national programme on healthy nutrition for 2018–2025.

The technical support was jointly organized by the WHO Country Office in Turkmenistan and WHO/Europe within the context of the WHO European Office for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases.