1st Scientific Practical Conference in Uzbekistan: current issues in perinatal care

WHO/Malin Bring

A midwife from Namangan, Uzbekistan, assists a mother during birth

One of the aims of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is to improve the health of women and newborns and end all preventable deaths. In the last 2 decades, the maternal mortality rate in Uzbekistan has decreased by 29.3%, but it is still twice as high as the average in the WHO European Region; this is also the case for perinatal mortality.

To address this, the Ministry of Health of Uzbekistan together with the Republican Perinatal Centre, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and WHO organized the country’s 1st Scientific Practical Conference on 9–10 October 2019. Engaging international and local experts, it was aimed at health-care providers and managers working in the area of maternal and newborn health.

The Conference provided an opportunity to discuss the current situation in the country, share experiences and best practices, and explore ways to improve the quality of services to reduce maternal and perinatal mortality and morbidity.

Minister of Health Dr Alisher Shadmanov opened the Conference by acknowledging the fruitful partnership between the Ministry and WHO. The Minister also stressed how important it is for international organizations with a presence in Uzbekistan to work together, and pointed out that the Conference was a great example of such collaboration.

The Conference could be a yearly event that benefits not only health-care providers, but also – and most of all – mothers and babies through improved quality of care.

The 2nd sentence of this article was amended on 29 October 2019 because an earlier version incorrectly indicated the decrease in the maternal mortality rate as 70% when the actual decrease was 29.3%.