Improving health services for mother and child in Uzbekistan

Phase ll of the “Improvement of Mother and Child Health Services in Uzbekistan” project, funded by the European Union (EU) is now underway. WHO/Europe, working closely with United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), will provide technical support in setting standards on health matters; provide options for changing policies based on evidence of what works; provide support with changes to health systems and will engage key people and organisations to help improve monitoring.

Implementing the Child and Adolescent Health Strategy 2009-2013

In particular, the support includes giving technical advice to the Ministry of Health (MoH) in assessing the implementation of the Child and Adolescent Health Strategy 2009-2013(CAH). Additionally, WHO will give technical assistance in reviewing existing orders, conduct and standards in the field of maternal, neonatal, child and adolescent health (MNCAH) and in developing a comprehensive strategy aimed at strengthening reproductive health, women, children and adolescents’ health in Uzbekistan from 2014-2018.

WHO recommendations improve the overall quality of care

Introducing WHO recommendations, based on previous success, into existing clinical standards, assessments and training packages, will contribute to improving the overall quality of care. The recommendations include the involvement of the patient’s rights perspective in health services, training on near–miss case review (NMCR) and continuously updating the training syllabus on child nutrition- education in nursing schools.

Improving “supportive” supervision and managerial skills both at regional and national level in health services in Uzbekistan, will begin with two pilot regions and MNCAH programmes using WHO recommended tools.  Based on these project evaluations, WHO/Europe will then give recommendations for scaling up.