Study tour to Kazakhstan to focus on patient-centred primary care
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From November 18-22, 2019, a 14-person delegation from Kyrgyzstan will travel to Kazakhstan to learn about that country’s experiences with patient-centred primary health care services for mothers and children. The study tour is being hosted by the World Health Organization’s (WHO) European Centre for Primary Health Care in Almaty. Established in 2015, the WHO European Centre for Primary Health Care supports member states in reforming health systems to deliver people-centred, integrated services. Also there will be visits to polyclinics, district and village hospitals in and around Almaty.
During the study tour, the Kyrgyz delegation will be introduced to the models of primary health care in place in Kazakhstan, including approaches to case management and ensuring continuity of care between levels of the health system.
The visit will conclude with a full-day round table discussion on patient-centred approaches and primary care management at the WHO European Centre for Primary Health Care, during which Kyrgyz and Kazakh officials will exchange experiences and identify possible areas for future cooperation.
The study tour follows upon a high-level round table meeting, held in late October in Bishkek, at which potential models for patient-centred integrated care for Kyrgyzstan were discussed. As part of the Kyrgyz-German project Promotion of Perinatal Health project, the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH are planning to pilot a model of patient-centered care for pregnant women and newborns at the district level in Kyrgyzstan.
Dr Anara Eshkhodzhaeva, the head of the Department of Health Service Delivery at the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic, will lead the official delegation. She will be joined by representatives of the Mandatory Health Insurance Fund (MHIF), medical training institutions, and regional departments of health and social services. Advisors with the Promotion of Perinatal Health project will accompany the delegation.