Capacity-building to better care for patients with severe acute respiratory infections in Turkmenistan


Training session – Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, 26 November 2018

Under the aegis of the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework, WHO is providing support for intensive care doctors in Turkmenistan to better care for critically ill respiratory patients. This support takes the form of trainings and the development of national guidelines on clinical management of patients with severe acute respiratory infections (SARI).

On 26–30 November 2018 in Ashgabat, at the International Scientific-Educational Centre, a training was conducted for national professionals in clinical management of SARI. The training included the use of recommendations in the national guidelines on clinical management of patients with SARI, which are based on the latest developments in this field. The participants included intensive care unit physicians, infectionists, paediatricians, obstetricians and epidemiologists from central and regional levels.

The training was highly interactive and consisted of topic-based teaching modules, all related to clinical management of critically ill respiratory patients. In addition, roleplays involving participants followed each teaching module to complement the theoretical presentations with practical exercises. The expected outcome of the training is that the participants will be better prepared to manage severely ill respiratory patients, both adult and paediatric, and will further provide training to appropriate specialists at the regional and peripheral levels.

This activity under the PIP Framework for Turkmenistan will increase the national capacity of specialists in clinical management of patients with SARI. These specialists also play an essential role in detecting severe cases of seasonal influenza and other emerging viral infections with pandemic potential, such as zoonotic influenza (i.e. avian influenza A), and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS CoV). This is important, not only in pandemic influenza preparedness, but also for areas of planning and readiness for other public health emergencies, in accordance with the International Health Regulations (2005).