Azerbaijan analyses reproductive health situation and develops strategic goals for 2017–2025
A national working group met in in Baku, Azerbaijan on 9–11 August 2016 to discuss and analyse the achievements, such as a more than 50% decrease in maternal mortality between 2007 and 2014, and barriers in implementing the National Strategy on Reproductive Health 2008–2015. Participants were key stakeholders in health, including reproductive health, such as representatives of the Public Health and Reforms Center, the Department of Health Statistics and Informatics of the Ministry of Health, the State Agency for Mandatory Health Insurance, the Republican AIDS Center and many others. Representatives of WHO, the United Nations Population Fund, the United Nations Children’s Fund and World Bank country offices actively participated in the meeting, and confirmed their readiness to assist in finalizing the new reproductive strategy 2017–2025 and to implement the action plan 2017–2019.
All participants agreed that further progress in improving reproductive health in Azerbaijan requires the involvement of other sectors, such as education, youth and sports, social welfare and legal. Aid development partners promised to assist health professionals in accelerating the dialogue with stakeholders outside the health sector.
WHO/Europe will further assist finalization of the new important strategic document and its linkage with Azerbaijan’s national strategy for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases 2015–2020, and other national and regional policies in reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health.