Kazakhstan: patronage nurses export successful experience

28 June 2019
Учебный тур в Кызылорде

Kyzylorda, June 28, 2019 - A five-day international study tour for medical workers from Uzbekistan and Ukraine has completed in Kyzylorda today. General practitioners and pediatricians learned about the new model of home visits to pregnant women and families with children under five years of age. 

Kyzylorda has previously hosted specialists and health workers from the countries of the South Caucasus and Central Asia.

The purpose of these visits is to share knowledge and experience accumulated during the development, piloting and scaling of the universal-progressive model of patronage nursing system. The model was developed and piloted with the support of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Kazakhstan in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The model has a proven track record in the early detection of risks, provision of high-quality antenatal care and, as a result, it has contributed to reducing mortality and morbidity among small children. The new patronage model allows medical and social workers to better assess and identify the needs of the children and their families, which helps to provide quality services in a timely manner in collaboration with social protection, education, migration services and employment centers.

“UNICEF is pleased to see that the innovative patronage home visiting approaches will now benefit children beyond Kazakhstan”, said UNICEF Representative Arthur van Diesen. “From injury prevention to strengthening children’s health and even saving lives – the model has proven to be effective and we are looking forward to hearing about its successful adoption in the wider region”.

“Two factors are equally important in the work of patronage nurse: professionalism and a sincere sense of empathy. It is not enough to visit a family with just medical knowledge. One must be able to truly feel the needs of the family. Empathy and professionalism lead to trust in the medical worker, in the system and form the basis of a successful programme. This is what we have seen this week in Kyzylorda,” said one of the participants from Ukraine.

The universal progressive model of patronage visits to pregnant women and families with children under five has a long-term impact on the health, development and the well-being of individuals, families and society as a whole.


Note to editors:

The universal - progressive model of patronage visits to pregnant women and families with children under 5 years old was successfully implemented in two polyclinics of Kyzylorda and in Zhanakorgan village in 2016-2017 by the joint efforts of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan, UNICEF and Akimat of Kyzylorda region. Since 2018, the model has been gradually expanding across the country, taking into account the experience of the Kyzylorda region. In March 2019, a second resource training center was opened in Turkestan with the support of UNICEF and Akimat of the Turkestan region. Both centers have the capacity to train about 1,000 medical workers in line with international standards of UNICEF and WHO.

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