Perinatal audit as a tool in improving perinatal health care

Towards preventing stillbirths and neonatal deaths

20–21 October 2016, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Although we see good progress in improving maternal and child health in the WHO European Region, the numbers of perinatal losses in many countries is still very high. Detailed analysis of stillbirths and neonatal deaths cases is required to find the best ways to prevent them. The standardized system for their classification aims to help countries to link stillbirths and neonatal deaths to contributing conditions in pregnant women, such as diabetes or hypertension. The next step is then to identify the required interventions to prevent future deaths and enable comparisons within and between different settings. WHO has recently published new tools which show the way forward for health-care facilities and countries: The WHO application of ICD-10 to deaths during the perinatal period: ICD-PM; Making every baby count: audit and review of stillbirths and neonatal deaths.

In response to the requests of several Members States for technical assistance in introducing a perinatal audit, WHO / Europe with support of the Ministry of Health of Uzbekistan  organized a meeting “Perinatal audit as a tool in improving perinatal health care” on 20-21 October 2016 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Participants  learned from the experience of the perinatal audit in countries of the European Region as well as globally. The meeting was 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 gathered a number of experts and key professionals from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Republic of Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine as well as representatives of UN and other aid development organizations.