In Kyrgyzstan, over 30 years child mortality decreased by 73 per cent

The country is committed to ensuring a steady decline. By 2030, as part of “Every Newborn” Action Plan, its national indicator of neonatal mortality will be no more than 12 cases per 1,000 live births.

25 March 2022
Newborn at the hospital supported by UNICEF
UNICEF/Kyrgyzstan/2022

BISHKEK, 25 March 2022 – The level of child mortality in Kyrgyzstan has dropped by 73 per cent since 1990, according to the Inter-agency Group of the United Nations. In the last 15 years, Kyrgyzstan has reduced the number of newborn deaths (from 19.0 per thousand in 2004 to 12.7 in 2020), with mortality among children in the first week of life decreasing by 40 per cent, and stillbirths by 32.6 per cent, according to the National Statistical Committee.

The figures were announced at a conference summing up the results of the country’s four-year project ‘Strengthening Maternal and Child Health Care Systems’. Participants in the US$ 3.5 million project, funded by the Government of Japan, include the Ministry of Health, UNICEF, health care organizations, educational organizations, the Federal Compulsory Medical Insurance Fund (FFOMS), professional medical communities, non-governmental organizations and civil society.

The project focused on saving the lives of newborns and children in 23 pilot health organizations in Batken, Jalal-Abad and Osh regions and Osh city.

Five key interventions were introduced during the project to strengthen the system of maternal and child health care:

  • strengthening the capacity of health workers in providing quality medical services for children from 0 to 5, including early identification and intervention
  • providing life-saving medical equipment for newborns
  • repairing and improving health care centres
  • using telemedicine at the primary healthcare level as a digital solution that allows people to access health diagnoses and treatment online meaning pregnant women and busy mothers do not need to travel for health care
  • introducing new home-visiting approaches and implementing international guidance on monitoring babies.

Practitioners taking part in the project also developed new clinical protocols and adopted international recommendations, as well as good practices from other countries.

Despite the progress, about 2,000 newborns die every year in Kyrgyzstan within their first month and there are more than 1,400 stillbirths.

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Communication Officer
UNICEF Kyrgyzstan

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