Uzbek healthcare managers learn life-saving skills for mothers and children
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan - 15 January 2009
Training for maternal and child health workers is now fully underway at the Postgraduate institute in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.The first training session nearly 30 senior healthcare managers from across the country was completed in late December and health workers are being trained in the best ways to manage childhood illnesses in hospitals now.
According to UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children 2009, every day around 1,500 women die from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth globally. Since 1990, the estimated annual number of maternal deaths worldwide has exceeded 500,000. That’s nearly 10 million maternal deaths during the past 19 years.
In Uzbekistan, 99% of births are attended by a health professional and 97% take place in health facilities. There are almost as many maternal and child health workers as in Western Europe. Yet mortality rates are far higher, so it’s all about training professionals to give better care.
The joint Ministry of Health, EU and UNICEF project will see nearly 10,000 health workers trained in new techniques by the end of 2010. Five training centre’s across the country are being built up from scratch and the techniques are being included into university medical curricula , so future doctors keep up the good work.
The session for senior healthcare managers was the first of many in the programme. It ran for 12 days and introduced new managerial, clinical and wider maternal and child care techniques to regional leaders. A number of participants may later become national trainers, to spread the new skills and techniques to colleagues across the country.
‘The training sessions mark major milestones in our mission to get quality care to mothers and children’ said Mahboob Shareef, UNICEF Representative in Uzbekistan ‘The skills shared here will be spread far and wide – leading to lower maternal and child mortality and better care for families in Uzbekistan’s cities and its furthest, most remote regions. ‘
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