WHO intercountry meeting: Improvement of the antenatal care in the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Tbilisi, Georgia, 27–28 April 2017

Improvement of the quality of primary health care services is high on the agenda for many countries of the WHO European Region. At the WHO intercountry meeting in Georgia, participants will discuss implementation of the new WHO recommendations on antenatal care in the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

The meeting joins up the work of a number of thematic areas. It is organized jointly by three departments in WHO headquarters (Reproductive Health and Research; Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health; and Nutrition for Health and Development); several programmes in the WHO Regional Office for Europe (Sexual and Reproductive Health; Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity; Health Services Delivery; and Joint Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis); and the WHO Country Office in Georgia, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health of Georgia.

This meeting will gather key professionals from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan; representatives from the WHO collaborating centres; international experts; and aid development partners working in the area of maternal and perinatal health.

The specific objectives of the meeting are to:

  • share experiences in the implementation of antenatal care standards: achievements and challenges in countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia;
  • present the WHO recommendations on antenatal care for a positive pregnancy experience in Russian;
  • discuss a process for technical adaptation;
  • provide technical inputs from international experts in order to strengthen and further improve the impact at national and regional level;
  • identify areas for further technical support from WHO and partners.