“Ana Men Bala” Forum 

“Ana Men Bala” Forum 

The Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan has taken a number of systemic measures to reduce maternal and infant mortality, Health Minister Azhar Giniyat noted today during her welcoming speech to the participants of the III International Forum “Ana Men Bala”, which began its work in Almaty.

“The holding of this Forum is symbolic, because Head of State Kassym-Jomart Tokayev declared 2022 the Year of Children, where he emphasized that the well-being of a child is a reliable guarantee of a successful future for Kazakhstan,” Giniyat emphasized.

She noted that a healthy mother is able to carry and give birth to a healthy child, so a woman’s health should be the central object of medical care. There is a need to improve women’s health before pregnancy, between pregnancies, ensure safe pregnancies, improve the quality of care during childbirth and ensure that children start life in the best possible conditions.

According to the minister, in order to improve medical care for mothers and children, a Standard for organizing prenatal ultrasound screening in the Republic of Kazakhstan has been developed, more than 100 doctors have been trained in ultrasound diagnostics with an international certificate, 60 expert-class ultrasound machines have been purchased, and in 17 regions of the country, on the basis of Perinatal centers, “Centers for the Protection of the Fetal”, the Rules for Prenatal Screening in the Republic of Kazakhstan have been revised, the procedure for providing medical care to preterm infants in follow-up rooms is being improved, taking into account WHO recommendations, clinical protocols for the management of pregnant women and children with COVID -19 have been revised and approved.

The Ministry of Health is working to provide obstetric organizations and PHC with the necessary equipment for audiological and ophthalmological screening of newborns and young children, 19 early intervention centers and 8 rehabilitation centers have been opened in the regions of the country as part of the implementation of the second stage of the Kamkorlyk initiative.

The head of the Ministry of Health drew attention to strengthening the patronage of this contingent in rural remote areas, where monitoring visits to medical organizations are carried out on a regular basis in order to provide advisory and methodological assistance to medical workers.

A. Giniyat noted that the Ministry is preparing a draft Health Development Concept until 2026, which provides for the strengthening of an integrated model for the provision of services and the provision of a set of basic types of assistance “to every woman, every child”, based on innovative, sound approaches and covering the life cycle – health of newborns, children and adolescents, reproductive and maternal health.