An international conference on Mother and Child Health Care was held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on 14 October 2014, bringing together more than 150 health experts and international aid representatives and resulting in an increased awareness of the significance of and need for a functioning national referral system.
EPOS supported the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the Population (MoHSPP) of the Republic of Tajikistan in organising the conference, held with the financial support of the KfW Development Bank in the framework of financial cooperation between the Government of the German Federal Republic and the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan, and the KfW-funded Mother and Child / Emergency Care Project (MCH II-IV) implemented by a EPOS-led consortium. The conference was chaired by the First Deputy Minister of Health and Social Protection of the Population of the Republic of Tajikistan, Ms Saida Umarzoda.
Conference participants included public health experts, obstetrician-gynecologists, neonatologists, pediatricians and representatives of international organisations, mainly from Central Asian countries as well as from Germany, Lithuania, Russia and Serbia.
During a pre-conference day, participants were invited to actively partake in master classes held by international experts, addressing topics of ultrasound diagnostics, interpretation of CTG diagnostics, and neonatal surgery. During the conference, topics centred around organisational aspects of mother and child health care, the improvement of maternity and neonatal health care quality, perinatal care, referral system and prenatal diagnostics. These topics were discussed in plenary sessions in the morning, and addressed in more detail in four workings groups in the afternoon with the valuable input of highly specialised experts.
Photo from left: Dr. Schüürmann, KfW; Olga Hefele, KfW; and First Deputy Minister of Health, Saida Umarzoda