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UNICEF, EU and the Government of Uzbekistan recommit to equitable health care for mothers and children
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, 19 July 2012 — UNICEF, the Government of Uzbekistan and the European Union (EU) signed today a
The agreement embodies a joint commitment by the three partners to strengthen health governance, improve quality of care for mothers and children, and promote
The agreement marks a continuation of the successful partnership between the Ministry of Public Health, UNICEF and the EU. The implementation of phase I of the IMCHS Development Cooperation Programme, from 2008 to 2011, has significantly contributed to health sector reform, particularly in the areas of mother and child health.
IMCHS phase I provided compelling evidence that an integrated package of newborn and child survival interventions from the
The achievements of IMCHS Phase I are reflected in the ‘National Model of Mother and Child
One of the recommendations of the Symposium was to build linkages between MCH and other components of the public health system such as immunisation, nutrition, hygiene promotion, HIV prevention and care
UNICEF has been a trusted partner of the Ministry of Public Health throughout the process, improving healthcare quality by building the capacity of health professionals to deliver
Through policy dialogue with a range of stakeholders and development partners — including the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) — and through programme interventions on the ground, UNICEF has been well placed to provide quality assurance and technical oversight in a holistic and sustainable manner. This will carry over into the implementation of IMCHS phase II.
IMCHS II will use the ‘continuum of care’ approach to the health and
On the advocacy side, the project will focus on reviewing and strengthening normative frameworks, health financing and governance systems, and supporting supervision and rigorous monitoring.
On the service delivery side, it will focus on building the capacity of the health workforce to deliver comprehensive,
On the demand side, IMCHS II will work with caregivers, families and communities to address social and cultural barriers to equitable health access. It will also promote positive health, nutrition and hygiene practices at the household level.
The project is valued at € 5,718,770. It will be implemented in all the regions of Uzbekistan during three and half years.