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Paediatricians discuss the best ways of improving mother and child health in Uzbekistan
TASHKENT, 12 November 2014 – UNICEF, together with the Ministry of Health of Uzbekistan and WHO, conducted the satellite conference ‘Acceleration of Progress on New-born and Child Survival through National Action and International cooperation’, within the framework of the VII National Congress of Paediatricians in Tashkent. About 60 leading national experts, medical practitioners, scientists and international experts took part in the conference.
Uzbek specialists presented the best practices in maternal and child healthcare at both national and primary levels. Recommendations were made regarding supportive supervision, to ensure sustainability in quality health care services.
“A key direction in public health is the improvement of services to reduce child mortality,” said Professor Dilorom Akhmedova, Chief Paediatrician of the Ministry of Health, and Director of the Republican Scientific Centre of Paediatrics. “Working in close collaboration with WHO and UNICEF, we will implement effective technologies such as neonatal resuscitation, exclusive breastfeeding and proper nutrition, growth monitoring, micronutrients supplementation and IMCI.”
The conference also reviewed results of the Interim evaluation of the project ‘Improvement of Maternal and Child Healthcare Services - Phase II’, which is being conducted by the Ministry of Health of Uzbekistan, the European Union and UNICEF.
“The project intends to improve the quality of health services delivered to mothers and children in the nation, and ultimately to reduce maternal and child mortality,” said UNICEF Representative in Uzbekistan Mr. Robert Fuderich.
“Our joint efforts aim to support on-going health system reform in Uzbekistan, ensuring that national health services meet international standards, so that high levels of maternal and child health can be maintained,” – he added.
International experts from WHO and the United States LDS charity shared the new tools, strategies and innovations in the field of new-born resuscitation and management of childhood illnesses.
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In collaboration with national and international partners, UNICEF has worked to improve the quality of healthcare in Uzbekistan. Initiatives in this field have included integrating international standards and practices into safe motherhood and child care, the capacity building of healthcare providers, and supporting high impact, cost effective maternal and child health programmes. UNICEF is also dedicated to enhancing preventative medicine in Uzbekistan.
Within this field, UNICEF has conducted nationwide immunisation initiatives, developed and supported the implementation of laws regarding nutrition and food fortification, and promoted exclusive breastfeeding through the Baby-Friendly Hospitals Initiative, advocacy programmes and public awareness campaigns.
For more information, please contact:
UNICEF Uzbekistan Phone: (99871) 233 95 12, 233 97 35
Ms. Svetlana Stefanet, Head of Health Section
Maksim Fazlitdinov, OIC
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