A meeting of interaction between Interstate Commission of the CIS Member States and World Health Organization was held today in Astana.
The representatives from CIS Member States, World Health Organization, Ministry of Health, Republican Center for Health Development and from Switzerland and Turkey have taken part in session.
The session considered proposals of CIS Member States for resolutions of the 71st World Health Assembly and the draft of 13st general work program for 2019-2023.
The draft of general work program will be used as the guidance for on-going progress in strategic priorities, for development of implementation plans, for program budget and for system of the results and operational plans for each biennium, as the meeting`s participants noted.
In addition, Dr Dorjsuren Bayarsaikhan, Senior health system advisor, P4H, Department for Health Systems Governance and Finance, WHO Geneva participated in the meeting. He presented P4H as a Global Network of partners working on health financing and social health protection for UHC. He provided a presentation on opportunities for P4H global, regional and country collaborations as well as network operational issues, including expansion of P4H work to Kazakhstan and other Asian, and CIS countries such as Russia and Belarus.
It was noted that the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Republican Center for Health Development (RCHD) joined P4H in September 2017 to work together in supporting and strengthening health financing and social protection for health, The RCHD is now a member of the network’s Steering Group. Recently, P4H launched a new web platform which created a space to discuss and contribute to health financing and social health protection system reforms in P4H member countries. The platform also enables to provide equal access to information and knowledge among countries and a wide range of international partners and development institutions.
The focus on UHC of this global network was well noted by participating CIS countries as their strategically important issue for cooperation with the Network.
In addition to the above, the issues of the development of primary health care were considered at the session. Currently, the project “Integration of health services around the patient’s needs” is being implemented by Ministry of Health in the framework of the government agencies project approach.
Kazakhstan`s view is in reorientation primary health care to the maintenance of public health and the active participation of people in managing their health. Kazakhstan has developed a national concept of primary care.
Participants also noted the importance of approaches to the organization of primary health care, established by the famous Alma-Ata Declaration of WHO.
Also, participants discussed the cooperation of countries in the field of health financing reforms, the introduction of the system of national accounts and social health insurance, and evidence-based medicine.