Uzbekistan strengthens collaboration in improving women’s and children’s health through COIA activities

WHO/Zulfia Atadjanova

Participants of the National workshop to strengthen results and accountability for women's and children's health, Tashkent

The implementation of the UN Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health approved in 2010 is halfway. More and more focus countries are accelerating implementation of actions in achieving Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5.

Uzbekistan is one of the focus countries that have prioritized maternal and child health since 2010. The achievement as well as remaining gaps in this area were discussed by a broad group of national stakeholders and development partners during the national workshop to strengthen results and accountability for women’s and children’s health organized by the Ministry of Health and WHO in Tashkent, 20–22 August 2013.

During the opening of the meeting A. Hudayarov, Deputy Minister of Health of Uzbekistan, emphasized the importance of collaboration in improving reproductive, maternal and child health of the population.

All participants were informed about the context and implications of the recommendations of the Commission on Information and Accountability (COIA) for Women’s and Children’s Health. During the three days of the workshop, policy makers, health information specialists, health professionals, representatives of the civil society organizations and development partners assessed the current situation in terms of progress, plans, opportunities for implementing the recommendations, and identified priority actions in Uzbekistan.

A tool for assessing and planning implementation of the country’s accountability framework for health with a focus on women’s and children’s health was used and WHO staff from Headquarters and the Regional Office for Europe assisted in developing a situation analysis as well as priorities and possible actions in the areas of civil registration and vital statistics system. Furthermore participants of the national workshop were guided on monitoring of results, maternal death surveillance and response, innovation and e-health, monitoring of resources, review processes, advocacy and outreach.

The Ministry of Health will lead the process in finalization of the COIA road map and costing of the planned activities as well as its implementation. All partners confirmed their readiness to provide assistance if necessary.