Building capacity of health professionals on children’s rights in healthcare in Uzbekistan


 In the framework of the WHO's Biennial collaborative agreement (BCA) with the government of Uzbekistan and as part of the joint UNICEF/WHO project “Improvement of Mother and Child Health Services (IMCHS) in Uzbekistan - Phase II”, the assessment of children’s rights in hospitals was conducted in Namangan region. The Project is implemented by the Ministry of Health, UNICEF and WHO, and funded by the European Commission.

The lack of knowledge on general principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and implementation of the patient-right approach in health care facilities were identified among the main findings of the assessment.  Following the assessment results, Ministry of health requested WHO to provide technical assistance in this area and develop a training course on children’s rights in healthcare.

On 12-13 February a first national training workshop was organized in Tashkent for country health professionals - paediatricians from the national and oblast levels, general practitioners and academia from the two pilot regions of Uzbekistan (Namangan and Republic of Karakalpakstan). The main objective of the course was to build capacity of health professionals in the area of children’s rights and to discuss suggestions for national adaptation of the training course.

This intensive and interactive training course was facilitated by technical experts from WHO/Europe and international consultants.