Uzbekistan has taken measures to improve the health and well-being of women and children since its independence in 1991. Over the last decade, several major reforms have been implemented to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the health system and reduce maternal and child mortality.
Despite these efforts and the good coverage of maternal and child healthcare services, these measures not yet resulted in a more equitable access or improved health status for the most vulnerable.
A recent study by UNICEF (please confirm who is the source of study) shows that the quality of maternity centres need to be improved in order to meet international standards. Key challenges in the quality of health systems still need to be addressed as do barriers related to inadequate childcare practices.
UNICEF has worked with health officials to identify the main challenges in accessing quality health care services in two of the most deprived regions of the country. An assessment of district health systems shows that the enabling environment is one of the most frequent bottlenecks to the effective coverage of mother and child health services. The study also highlights the importance of improving the availability of relevant statistics (statistics on?) and improving the quality of primary data sources and medical documentation.