New model of the patronage service helps to improve health services for mothers and children
Universal-progressive model aimed to optimize the growth and development of children, and improve the care of women during pregnancy and the postpartum period.
To improve the quality and scale of medical care provided to pregnant women and children under the age of 5, the Ministry of Health and UNICEF jointly developed a universal-progressive model of home visiting. This new approach aimed to optimize the growth and development of children, and improve the care of women during pregnancy and the postpartum period.
To learn about the new universal-progressive model of patronage service, health professionals participated in a national orientation meeting in Tashkent. Health managers of the Ministry, chief nurses from all regions, as well as academia representatives, were guided and advised on practical recommendations for determining risk factors in mothers and children. They learned how to implement a new model of patronage in the primary system.
“The new model of patronage focuses not only on the identification of diseases and medical problems, but also on the quality implementation of the set of medical and social, educational and other health promotion activities”
The participants discussed further steps to introduce and implement the universal progressive model of patronage services for pregnant and postpartum women and children under the age of five. They made a number of recommendations including revision of all legal acts regulating patronage activities and the rating system for evaluating the work of a patronage nurse.
The health professionals underlined the importance of the development of training modules to build the capacity of doctors and healthcare system managers, and they suggested orientation meetings in all regions to familiarize decision-makers with new approaches to patronage.
It is crucial also to teach medical students at universities and colleges so that a new generation of health professionals are able to implement the universal progressive model of patronage in their future work. Therefore, participants of the meeting agreed to ensure the introduction of information on the universal progressive patronage model into the educational programs of pre-diploma institutions and post-graduation training of secondary medical personnel.