Improving media reporting on women´s and children´s health in Tajikistan


Workshops for media professionals were held on 4–7 December 2013 in Tajikistan to increase awareness and knowledge on reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) and to build the journalists´ skills in creating quality media products.

Quality reporting  contributes to greater accountability and better results

In May 2011, the WHO Commission on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health (COIA) delivered 10 recommendations to strengthen accountability for resources and results in this field.

In 2013, following the COIA recommendations, Tajikistan developed the country accountability framework focused on 7 areas: 

  • civil registration and vital statistics;
  • monitoring of results;
  • maternal death surveillance and response;
  • e-health and strengthening use of information and communication technology;
  • monitoring of resources;
  • national mechanisms for reviews and accountability, and
  • advocacy. 

Working with the media to strengthen their capacity to report on RMNCH issues was identified as a priority activity within the advocacy component.

Capacity building

The workshops were coordinated by the WHO/Europe Country Office in Tajikistan, and were led by experts from the Ministry of Health and a correspondent from Radio "Sadoi Dushanbe". They consisted of  intensive interviews, discussions and group work, followed by presentations and joint practical work.

The attending journalists work in the health sector in Dushanbe, Regions of Republican Subordination, Khatlon Oblast, Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast and Sugd Oblast. 

The WHO Country Office and the Ministry of Health plan to organize a contest for the best media product on RMNCH in 2014.