Future model of public health services strengthening and strategy developing in Tajikistan

On 20-23 September 2011 WHO/Europe, WHO Country office, Tajikistan and the Ministry of Health of Tajikistan organized a meeting and workshop on public health services reform, the future model of public health services, and strategy developing and strengthening. The meeting was attended by members of the working group for the evaluation and reform of public health strengthening, representatives of the Ministry of Health of Tajikistan, and representatives of international organizations.   

The workshop was opened by the Deputy Minister of Health of Tajikistan, Dr Mirzoev A.S., who welcomed the workshop participants and mentioned that the ministry works closely with the WHO Country office in the area of public health strengthening. He also said that it is crucially important that public health is the main goal of health improvement, and that capacities and medical services should be strengthened. He also stressed the importance of cooperation between the Ministry of Health of Tajikistan and the technical assistance provided by the WHO Country office for ensuring that the health strategies and policy priorities are based on an evaluation of current health needs in the country, access to medical services, and that the activities are in accordance with the National Health Strategy 2010-2020.

“Ensuring effective improvement of health through disease prevention by means of health protection and commitment to the area of public health strengthening will enable and improve the health care system in the country. For this purpose it is also important to monitor the capacity for public health surveillance and follow-up activities in the area of public health, taking into account the strategic leadership and collaborative working with different sectors of society,” stressed Dr Pavel Ursu, Head, WHO Country Office,Tajikistan.

On the first day of the workshop, following Dr Mirzoev A.S., there were presentations on reforms of the public health system in Tajikistan. In addition, WHO Consultants, Dr Tatul Hakobyan, Dr Mike Sedgley and Mrs Snezana Cicevalieva, made presentations on the challenges and opportunities of public health reforms in NIS countries, essential public health operations and public health legislation foreseen in other countries, including experiences and overviews.

The second part of the workshop was chaired by Dr Aliev S.P., where the participants had an opportunity to discuss such important issues as mapping essential public health operations in the country and designing the future operational model of public health strengthening in Tajikistan.

This meeting was a follow-up event to the recently held Sixty-first session of the Regional Committee for Europe, which was held in Baku, Azerbaijan, 12-15 September 2011, and aimed to focus on the process of developing a future model of strengthening the public health services and capacities of all Member States.