Meeting on perinatal audit – a tool to improve perinatal health care


20–21 October 2016, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Although good progress has been made in improving maternal and child health in the WHO European Region, the numbers of perinatal losses are still very high in many countries. A detailed analysis of stillbirth and neonatal death cases is required to find the best ways to prevent them. Introducing a standardized classification system aims to help countries link stillbirths and neonatal deaths to contributing conditions in pregnant women, such as diabetes or hypertension.

The next step is to identify the interventions required to prevent future deaths and enable comparisons within and between different settings. WHO has recently published new tools that show the way forward for health care facilities and countries: The WHO application of ICD-10 to deaths during the perinatal period: ICD-PM; and Making every baby count: audit and review of stillbirths and neonatal deaths.

WHO/Europe, with support from the Ministry of Health of Uzbekistan, has organized a meeting to discuss perinatal audit as a tool in improving perinatal health care on 20–21 October 2016 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in response to requests from several Members States for technical assistance in introducing perinatal audits.

Participants will learn from the experience of perinatal audits in countries in the European Region and globally. The meeting has been organized in close collaboration with WHO headquarters and the WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training on Maternal and Newborn Health in Liverpool, United Kingdom. It will gather a number of experts and key professionals from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, the Republic of Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan, as well as representatives of United Nations and other aid development organizations.