Turkmenistan Country Day: addressing health needs and improved collaboration


Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe welcomes Nurmuhammet Amannepesov, Ministry of Health and Medical Industry for Turkmenistan Country Day.

Nurmuhammet Amannepesov, Minister of Health and Medical Industry, and other delegates from Turkmenistan, visited the WHO Regional Office to meet Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe, and senior management for a Turkmenistan Country Day on 4 June 2015.

The Country Day was designed to provide a forum for in-depth discussions and analysis of implementation of country programmes in selected priority technical areas.

The issues discussed included:

  • the forthcoming international health forum in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the National Health Programme of Turkmenistan, "A Vision for a Healthier Future: Building on Our Achievements", to be held on 21–22 July 2015; 
  • a new Turkmenistan health programme that is being designed with assistance from the Regional Office in line with Health 2020, which will address social determinants of health; and 
  • implementation of the biennial collaborative agreement.

The Country Day also included discussions of previous successes in working in and with Turkmenistan at both the strategic and the operational level and future opportunities.