Vladimir Putin salutes the progress in improving perinatal health

WHO/Gunta Lazdane

The 11th World Congress of Perinatal Medicine has just finished in Moscow. All participants as well as honourable guests, the President of the Russian Federation and the Minister of Health care of the Russian Federation  among them, emphasized the importance of exchange of experience in further improvement of maternal, perinatal and newborn health and achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

In his welcome note Vladimir Putin states: “A major priority is education, training, and skill acquisition with the goal of improving medical care and implementing an effective preventive strategy in our health care system.”

During the Congress attended by 1600 participants from more than 80 countries WHO in collaboration with the Russian Federation organized a session on the progress of the on-going projects in the area of maternal and newborn health. The new initiative “Every Newborn: an action plan to end preventable deaths” was presented and participants were invited to have an active part in its development.

Preliminary results on improving the access to and quality of the antenatal and postpartum care regionally and in Armenia and Kyrgyzstan were presented and discussed during the session. Main focus of discussion was on the monitoring of the impact. All involved parties agreed to organize a meeting on improving of referral from primary to next levels of care as this is a common problem in the project countries and in many other countries of eastern Europe and central Asia.