Mid-level health personnel in Turkmenistan upgrade knowledge and skills on child care and development
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, 9 August 2012 – The Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan in partnership with UNICEF made another significant step in realization of the National Early Childhood Development Programme (ECD) that aims at improving the child care through strengthening the primary healthcare system, particularly, through enhanced nursing and home visitation. In the framework of the ECD programme medical nurses and feldshers of Abadan city and Ruhabat district will upgrade their knowledge and counseling skills on early childhood development and care at the training launched this week by the Scientific Clinical Center of Mother and Child Health (MCH Centre) in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and USAID.
Prior to the launch of the training, the MCH Centre and UNICEF have developed a manual for health workers with latest WHO recommendations on growth standards, early childhood development standards for psychomotor and physical development, infant and young child feeding, immunization, integrated management of childhood illnesses, prevention of injury and poisoning, as well as introduction of monitoring check lists for recording the child development progress. The training manual is planned to be introduced into curricula of medical colleges.
The training will last through the month of September 2012 and will strengthen capacity of family nurses in counseling and working with families on child health care and development. The training components will also highlight the elements of the national programmes on early childhood development, safe motherhood, breastfeeding and young child feeding, integrated management of childhood illnesses for children from birth to five year old and “Keeping Children Healthy” program.
This initiative will help to better meet the health, nutrition and development needs of children in rural and urban areas. Family nurses, through home visits and counseling sessions, will help to develop individual plans for improvement of the child care in the families. The effectiveness of nurses’ and feldshers’ work will be assessed during the monitoring component of the project through increased awareness and practices of parents and caregivers in early childhood development and care.
For more information please contact:
Ms. Shafag Rahimova
UNICEF Health and Nutrition Specialist
Ms. Gulyalek Soltanova
UNICEF Communication Officer
Phone: +99312 425681/82/85/86
Fax: +99312 425779