Turkmenistan, WHO Identify New Areas of Cooperation

Turkmenistan, WHO Identify New Areas of Cooperation
The new document provides for a set of measures aimed at preventing infectious diseases.

The Government of Turkmenistan, together with the World Health Organization (WHO) Country Office in Turkmenistan, prepared a list of activities to be carried out in certain areas of cooperation with WHO on a regular basis in 2022, the Turkmen Foreign Minister announced on its Tuesday press release.

This document provides for a set of measures aimed at preventing infectious diseases. These include implementation of the Pandemic Preparedness Plan and the Guidelines for Epidemiological Surveillance for Acute Respiratory Infections, training of specialists, development of clinical treatment protocols, trainings and seminars.

Special attention is paid to measures to fight against COVID-19 pandemic, in particular infection prevention and infection control, public awareness on risks, as well as development and implementation of the National Plan on Vaccinations against COVID-19.

The list also includes activities related to implementation of the national strategy on non-communicable diseases (NCDs), tobacco control, maternal and child health, and development of a roadmap for the reform of primary health care.

The Turkmen Foreign Ministry added that the list additionally includes steps to develop health diplomacy, establish cooperation with the Central Asian Republics Information Network (CARINFONET), as well as work on the transition and implementation of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-11) developed by WHO, training staff on ICD-11 classification, COVID-19 certification coding and public health surveillance. In this regard, the document additionally includes a number of aspects on further digitalization of the national health care system of Turkmenistan.

The Turkmen Government carries out similar work with the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.