Regional Director reviews progress during visit to Tajikistan

Bahrom Jalilov

Ms R. Kurbanova, Deputy Prime Minister and Dr N.F. Salimov Minister of Health of Republic of Tajikistan, and Ms Zsuzsanna Jakab and Dr Pavel Ursu, WHO/Europe

Ms Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe, met with Dr N.F. Salimov, Minister of Health, and other senior members of the Government during an official visit to Tajikistan on 12–14 November 2012. Her visit’s main purpose was to discuss with the Ministry of Health and development partners the development of health care reform and the progress made in implementing the national health strategy for 2012–2020.

On the first day, Ms Jakab took part in a policy workshop on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) organized jointly by the Ministry of Health and the WHO Country Office, Tajikistan. Discussion focused on health policies and legal frameworks, service provision, human resources for health, equity and the social determinants of health.

Presentation on Health 2020

On day two, the Regional Director attended the joint annual review meeting organized by the Ministry and Country Office in cooperation with development partners, where she gave presentation on Health 2020, the new WHO European policy framework. The presentation addressed health-care reforms and improving health indicators in the framework of Health 2020. Over 150 participants attended the meeting.

Meeting with the President

Ms Jakab also met with Mr Emomali Rakhmon, President of Tajikistan; Mr Nizomiddin Zohidov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs; Mr Eduard Auer, Head of Delegation of the European Union to Tajikistan; and Mr Alexander Zuev, United Nations Resident Representative and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Coordinator. During the meeting with Mr Zohidov, Ms Jakab discussed WHO’s work with the Ministry of Health under the biennial collaborative agreement.

Discussions with these key officials focused on the achievements and challenges of the health sector, further steps in strengthening the country’s health system and developing primary health care, and the prevention and treatment of tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. Both sides expressed their commitment to implementing the national health strategy of Tajikistan for 2012–2020.

“I am pleased with the work carried out in the health sector and the approaches used, in particular in recent years. Tajikistan has managed to make progress and achieve results in implementing its national health strategy, building effective and fruitful collaboration between the Ministry of Health and development partners,” said Zsuzsanna Jakab.

Dr Salimov thanked Ms Jakab for visiting Tajikistan and WHO for continuously providing support and assistance, and noted that strengthening the country’s health system is high on the agenda as a means to achieve better health for everyone.