Improving the quality of medical education on reproductive health and family planning in Uzbekistan

WHO

Dr Gunta Lazdane, Programme Manager, Sexual and Reproductive Health (WHO/Europe) distributing contraceptive demonstration kits.

Universal access to quality reproductive health services is one of the goals of the national programme to further improve reproductive, women's, children' s and adolescents' health in Uzbekistan for 2014–2017.

The WHO Country Office, Uzbekistan held a ceremony in the National Center for Reproductive Health in Tashkent on 27 August 2015 to donate 115 contraceptive demonstration kits to departments of obstetrics and gynaecology of medical universities and nursing colleges, as well as to centres of reproductive health. This event was a follow-up to a national workshop for leading academia involved in pre- and post-diploma education on family planning and reproductive health conducted under the WHO-United States Agency for International Development project to improve maternal, child and reproductive health in Uzbekistan.

Dr Gunta Lazdane, Programme Manager, Sexual and Reproductive Health at WHO/Europe, and Professor Makhmuda Kattaxodjaeva, Director, Republican Centre, gave opening speeches to participants about the importance of expanding access to reproductive health and high-quality contraceptive services, and improving the quality of teaching family planning in pre- and postgraduate education. Representatives of medical academia, postgraduate institutions and specialized centres received kits to educate and train gynaecologists, obstetricians, midwives and nurses in their facilities. Many took the floor to emphasize the importance of these teaching kits to ensure the best knowledge and skills are available to every health professional involved in counselling and health services.