Joint programming for UN in southern Kazakhstan
Memorandum of Understanding Signed between
UNFPA, UNICEF and WHO mission on joint programme planningShymkent. 24-26 March 2005. For the first time, representatives of the UNICEF, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in Kazakhstan are joining forces to give children and mothers greater access to basic health services. The representatives are on a joint mission to the South-Kazakhstan region, ending with a join UN signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the South-Kazakhstan Regional Health Department. The new joint programme will be based on a model operating in Shymkent city and Turkestan district. The UN agencies will launch joint activities to protect the health of mothers and children from pregnancy to delivery of babies to post-natal care and until children are five years of age. .
The integrated programme's Annual Work Plan has a budget of around $280,000 per year and aims to strengthen the region's neonatal and pediatric departments by improving the quality of medical services and by promoting healthy lifestyles and the importance of child development and growth in the early years among the general public. By building collaboration between all local government services and UN agencies, the programme aims to strengthen mother and child health and reduce maternal, infant and child mortality. Local health authorities are committed to expanding any positive results to other districts in the region.
During the joint mission UNICEF, UNFPA and WHO representatives met Mr. A. Bektayev, the Deputy Governor (Akim) of the South-Kazakhstan region, a group of volunteers and leaders of the Association of Business Women of the South-Kazakhstan region, and also attended various medical and social institutions of Shymkent and Turkestan district.
For more information:Gauhar Abdygaliyeva, Communication Officer, UNICEF Kazakhstan
Tel: +7 (3172) 32-83-07, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Raimbek Sissemaliev, Health & Nutrition Officer, UNICEF Kazakhstan