Republic of Moldova sets priorities for new national programme on reproductive health and rights
WHO/Europe conducted meetings in the Republic of Moldova on 11–13 May 2016 aimed to support the Ministry of Health in developing a new national programme on sexual and reproductive health and rights, and in using the near-miss case review (NMCR) to analyse and prevent maternal morbidity.
During the stakeholder meeting on 12 May 2016, participants discussed the pre-final draft of the national programme, reviewed by WHO/Europe in consultation with the United Nations Population Fund office in the country. The meeting was organized jointly by the Ministry of Health and the WHO Country Office in the Republic of Moldova.
Priorities for the coming years are focused on:
- reproductive health services, including infertility treatment
- family planning
- maternal health, including safe pregnancy termination services.
Aliona Serbulenco, Deputy Minister of Health, emphasized that "It is very important that the new policy paper includes the lessons learned from the final assessment of the previous strategy 2006–2015, and is focused on the real needs of the population in the area of sexual and reproductive health in a way that fulfils these rights".
Ensuring that the principles of Health 2020 and the life-course approach are in the national programme is important. Safeguarding sexual and reproductive health and rights through access to services can maintain or improve the quality of people lives.
Further discussions on NMCR
On 13 May 2016, health professionals from 10 perinatal centres (secondary care) and 1 perinatal centre (tertiary care) met to discuss the county's progress in implementing NMCR, which the country rolled out in 2004.
Meeting participants and representatives of the Ministry of Health agreed on the next steps of NMCR implementation, giving priority to:
- organization of the national NMCR Committee;
- organization of training courses for professionals involved in analyses based on the new edition of the NMCR tool; and
- continuous analyses of severe morbidity cases at the facility level.
One day was dedicated to a visit to health authorities in Tiraspol, as part of a new initiative financially supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation through the Multi-Partner Trust Fund. The WHO Country Office is coordinating this initiative, as well as activities within two main pillars: perinatal health and immunizations. The initiative runs from 2016 to 2019 and covers activities on both banks of the Nistru River. WHO support for this initiative is envisioned in the biennial collaborative agreement 2016–2017 between the Moldovan Ministry of Health and WHO/Europe.
NMCR is a WHO tool that can help improve the quality of care offered to pregnant women and mothers at facility level, through analysing the cases of severe morbidity that occurred during pregnancy and delivery.