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WHO to provide technical assistance of $1.5mln to Kazakhstan

15 February, 11:07 232
WHO to provide technical assistance of $1.5mln to Kazakhstan

The Ministry of Healthcare of Kazakhstan and the WHO European Regional Bureau concluded a two-year agreement on cooperation for 2018-2019.  

Kazakh Minister of Healthcare Yelzhan Birtanov participates in the global seminar of the World Health Organization (WHO) on the preparation of a global conference devoted to the 40th anniversary of the conclusion of the WHO/UNICEF Almaty declaration on primary health care in Geneva, BNews.kz reports.

Assistant of the WHO director general, professor Naoko Yamamoto underlined the significance of the conference in Kazakhstan, which will re-focus the global agenda in public healthcare on primary health care.

In turn, Birtanov noted that over the last 40 years the priorities of the healthcare system had changed, but the key role of primary health care remained significant. “Re-focus of primary health care designed, firstly, to support the health of the population and the active participation of the people in handling their health,” the Minister said.

According to him, Kazakhstan developed a national concept of primary health care with the five priority directions. “It includes the reorientation of the services of primary health care on patients and the integration of services, the improvement of the whole coverage of healthcare services and the provision of equal accessibility, the intensification of prevention and early intervention, the planning of resources for primary health and the introduction of new technologies,” Yelzhan Birtanov said.  

He also noted that the introduction of new infocommunication and digital would facilitate to achieve the above-mentioned goals. Kazakhstan has started he ambitious comprehensive program “Digital Kazakhstan”, which is supported at all levels, including the President.

Reaffirming the commitment to the primary declaration of 1978, the Kazakh Minister of Healthcare proposed to adopt a new document that meets modern needs and gives perspectives to primary health care in the 21st century in accordance to the UN requirements for its further consideration at the World Assembly of Healthcare and UN General Assembly in 2019.

At the seminar, the Ministry of Healthcare of Kazakhstan and the WHO European Regional Bureau concluded a two-year agreement on cooperation for 2018-20198, within which Kazakhstan will receive advisory technical assistance of 1 665 500 dollars from the Organization.

Cooperation is based on priorities within the framework of sustainable development goals until 2030, “Health 2020” and “Agenda 2030.” The agreement reflects the principles of modernization of Kazakhstan's social policy, outlined in the five institutional reforms and 100 steps to modernize the society.

Infectious diseases, including tuberculosis, food safety, measures to prevent and reduce noncommunicable diseases, antimicrobial resistance, strategies to reduce the modifiable risk factors for health, reproductive health, maternal and child health, the impact of the environment, the provision of socially-oriented health services, the implementation of international health and safety regulations and others are key areas of work.

In the period from February 12 to 14 Geneva holds a global conference dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the WHO/UNICEF Almaty Declaration on primary health care. The aim of the seminar is to discuss key international documents that will be adopted within the framework of the 40th anniversary of the Almaty Declaration, the exchange of knowledge on the state of primary health care in the world, the collection of expert opinions for the conference in Kazakhstan on October 25-26 this year.