Speed management key to saving lives, making cities more liveable
Managing speed, a new report from WHO, suggests that excessive or inappropriate speed contributes to 1 in 3 road traffic fatalities worldwide. Measures to address speed prevent road traffic deaths and injuries, make populations healthier, and cities more sustainable
Kyrgyzstan joins the World Immunization Week to raise awareness on importance of the vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. Immunization saves millions of lives and is widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions.
IARC manual “Planning and developing population-based cancer registration in low- and middle-income settings”
IARC manual “Planning and developing population-based cancer registration in low- and middle-income settings” now available in Russian
Laboratory mentoring for quality systems implementation under the Better Labs for Better Health initiative: 2016 in review
A key method for effective and efficient strengthening of medical laboratories is the implementation of a laboratory quality management system (LQMS) based on the international quality standard ISO 15189:2012. In 2014, WHO launched a web-based tool that guides laboratories through the practical day-to-day implementation of an LQMS: the Laboratory Quality Stepwise Implementation (LQSI) tool.
Improving cancer registries in CIS countries – Kyrgyzstan hosts a Basic Cancer Registration Course co-organized by WHO/Europe and WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer
Population-based cancer registries are needed for quantifying the burden of cancer and assessing national prevention and control programmes. Well trained cancer registry staff play a crucial role in ensuring good-quality data and adequate data analysis, interpretation and dissemination. WHO/Europe and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) with its Global Initiative for Cancer Registry Development programme have collaborated to develop and improve capacity for cancer registration in the WHO European Region, particularly in countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
Update on the regional review of IMCI strategy implementation
The review of progress on the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) strategy in the WHO European Region aims to define factors facilitating or hindering implementation for the improvement of child care access and quality in 16 countries.
A step forward in respecting human rights and improving access to and quality of family planning
In line with the recently approved Action plan for sexual and reproductive health: towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Europe – leaving no one behind, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) organized a workshop in close collaboration with WHO for health professionals, decision-makers and development partners from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. The workshop, entitled Ensuring human rights in the provision of contraceptive information and services, took place on 22–24 November 2016 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Its overall goal was to ensure that gender-responsive and human rights dimensions are integrated into national family planning strategies.
WHO/Europe donates latest publications to key medical libraries in Kyrgyzstan
In October 2016, WHO/Europe shared approximately 1000 copies of its latest publications with 3 of Kyrgyzstan’s main medical libraries: Kyrgyz State Medical Academy, the Osh State University Faculty of Medicine and the Republican Scientific Medical Library of the Kyrgyz Ministry of Health.
Kyrgyz Minister and Member of Parliament support intersectoral approach to road safety
Kyrgyz Minister of Health Dr Talantbek Batyraliev welcomed 55 stakeholders to an intersectoral policy dialogue on road safety. The Minister declared that reducing road crash deaths is a top priority for the government in Kyrgyzstan, which has the second-highest rate reported in the WHO European Region. WHO/Europe and the Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan jointly organized the meeting, held on 31 October 2016 in Bishkek.
World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) 2016: Encouraging health care workers and the public to become “Antibiotic Guardians”
Antibiotic resistance presents one of the biggest threats to global health and development today – and the threat is growing. This year, the world will mark the second annual World Antibiotic Awareness Week from 14 to 20 November, with a particular focus on health care workers.
Pandemic Influenza Preparedness 2017 planning workshop
This year’s annual planning workshop for implementation of the 2017 Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework Partnership Contribution was held on 13–15 September 2016 at the WHO Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Strengthening national tobacco cessation and treatment systems
On 17-21 October 2016 policy-makers from 12 newly independent states (NIS) participated in a tobacco cessation workshop in Moscow to improve their skills in strengthening national tobacco cessation and treatment systems in accordance with the Guidelines for implementation of Article 14 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC).
WHO experts awarded medals by the Kyrgyz Mandatory Health Insurance Fund
At the 20th anniversary of the Mandatory Health Insurance Fund (MHIF) of the Kyrgyz Republic, WHO experts were honored for their contributions to the Kyrgyz health financing system. Melitta Jakab, Senior Health Economist, WHO Regional Office for Europe, Joe Kutzin, Senior Health Financing Global Advisor, WHO Headquarters and Jarno Habicht, WHO Representative in Kyrgyzstan, all received medals for their many years of work and collaboration. The medals represent a high level of recognition from the Kyrgyz government to WHO for its continued support for health systems reforms.
Kyrgyzstan examines transforming national health system towards Universal Health Coverage
Improving financial protection and access to health care for citizens was explored in in-depth technical discussions, organized in Kyrgyzstan, to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the health insurance system, on 27-30 September 2016.
FEEDCities project – studying urban food environments
FEEDCities is an ongoing multicountry study, which describes the urban food environments of cities in central Asia, the Caucasus and south-eastern Europe. These cities (and countries) have street markets and other vending sites that play a unique and important part of their food culture. These vending sites offer a diverse range of nourishing fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains.
WHO/Europe steps up efforts to strengthen capacity in NCD prevention and control in central Asia and eastern Europe
From 18 to 23 April 2016, the Higher School of Health Administration of the I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University hosted the second Moscow training course on the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in the countries of central Asia and eastern Europ
Increasing information on noncommunicable disease risk factors in the Region
In general, noncommunicable disease (NCD) mortality and morbidity data can be obtained from vital registration systems in WHO European Member States. However, information on risk factors is less frequently available, prompting for alternative data sources to provide this information.
Countries commit to keep Europe malaria-free
Countries in the WHO European Region at risk of malaria reintroduction – the same countries that signed the Tashkent Declaration in 2005 – have reaffirmed their commitment to keep the Region malaria-free.
WHO mission assesses response to viral hepatitis in Kyrgyzstan
Responding to a request from Kyrgyzstan’s Ministry of Health, a team of WHO experts conducted a mission on 11–15 July 2016 to assess the national hepatitis response, including the existing policy and governance environment, available data and information systems, laboratory capacity, testing and treatment infrastructure, human resource capacity, drug and diagnostic supply, and medicine costing and access.
National laboratory working group members capacitated at workshop on laboratory systems improvement in eastern Europe and central Asia
On 9–12 May 2016, a workshop was held in Copenhagen, Denmark during which key members of the national laboratory working groups (NLWGs) from Kyrgyzstan, the Republic of Moldova, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan came together to exchange experiences and be introduced to the latest developments in laboratory sciences, which allows them to become and remain national leaders in this field in their countries