Turkestan area will improve the quality of services for pregnant women and families with children

13 March 2019
UNICEF Kazakhstan/2019

Turkestan, March 13, 2019 - Thousands of nurses, doctors and social workers will start receiving training at the new Resource Center for Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI). The center is established with the support of the Health Administration of the Akimat of Turkestan Region and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Kazakhstan.

Such resource centers, located within hospitals or clinics, make innovative educational resources more available to medical staff, thereby increasing or keeping up-to-date their professional competence. This approach boosts the quality of services provided and the satisfaction of the families.

In his welcoming speech, the head of the health department of the Turkestan region, Mukan Yegizbaev, stressed, “The opening of the resource center is an important event for our region. Illness prevention and health promotion of children must be prioritized. I am sure that the work of the center will have a positive effect on improving the health and well-being of pregnant women and families with young children in our region”.

“The first years of life determine the further physical and mental health of a child. By the age of three, the brain of a child forms nearly by 80 per cent. This is why UNICEF supports programmes for patronage of pregnant women and families with young children. Early childhood development is of the most effective strategies for realizing children's rights,” said Yuri Oksamitniy, UNICEF Representative in Kazakhstan.

The center will play a key role in the introduction and implementation of a universal-progressive model of nursing care for pregnant women and families with children, in line with the State Program for the Development of Healthcare of the Republic of Kazakhstan "Densaulyk" for 2016-2019.

“The high birth rate in the Turkestan region highlights the need for continuous professional development of medical and social workers. The resource center will provide training for up to 1,000 medical workers annually. The center will also monitor the quality of medical services. Specialists at the center bring to the region international best practices,” said Kanat Sukhanberdiev, UNICEF health and nutrition programme officer in Kazakhstan.

Medical and social workers will deepen their knowledge in the field of early childhood development, nutrition and safety in line with the recommendations of UNICEF and WHO. In addition, experts will get to practice their new skills: in play spaces for children - to learn which games boost child development; in the kitchen - to learn how to cook a variety of healthful meals; through role-playing, learn how to manage cases, establish contact with parents and train them in positive parenting.


Additional information on the integrated system of medical and social care through the introduction of a universal-progressive model of nursing care / home visits.

The universal progressive model aims to improve the health and well-being of mothers and children in Kazakhstan. The novelty of the model lies in the integrated and comprehensive approach, in which specialists from different fields - health care, education and social services - join forces to provide comprehensive assistance to families and children.

In 2016-2017, this model was successfully implemented in two clinics of Kyzylorda and in the village of Zhanakorgan by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan, UNICEF and the Akimat of Kyzylorda Oblast. Based on Kyzylorda experience, since 2018 the government has been scaling up the model throughout the country.

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