UNICEF: Mortality rate of children in Kyrgyzstan

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Bishkek, Dec.1, 2017. /Kabar/.The mortality rates of children under 5 in Kyrgyzstan have decreased three times from 65 to 21 cases (per 1,000 newborns), from 1990 to today, the UN group on the evaluation of the estimated data of infant mortality for 2017 reported.

The report was presented in Osh following the results of the three-year project of the Ministry of Health and UNICEF "Promoting peace through improving maternal and child health in conflict regions" (2014 - 2017), implemented with the financial support of the Government of Japan.

This project is implemented on the basis of 34 health organizations at regional and district levels of Kyrgyzstan: in Osh, Jalal-Abad, Batken and Issyk-Kul oblasts, as well as in Bishkek.

The main goal of the project is to improve the survival of mothers and children in pilot areas through strengthening health care system, namely emergency care for mothers and children on a stationary basis; improving approaches to managing the quality of care and promoting peace building.

The activities carried out contributed to the overall goal of country’s programs in reducing maternal and child mortality. Thus, maternal mortality in the Kyrgyz Republic for the period of 2014 to 2016 decreased by 41.2%. The most significant decline in the southern regions of the country was noted in Batken oblast - 68.7%.

The infant and early neonatal mortality rates for Kyrgyzstan as a whole also show significant reductions: infant mortality by 19.0% and early neonatal mortality by 19.5%.

In addition, the heads of the health departments received training in the management of the quality of care and monitoring tools. In total, about 76% of hospital managers received knowledge on tools for monitoring and evaluating the provision of services to children and women in child delivery.

More than 22,000 women and newborns annually receive perinatal services in 10 health facilities with improved conditions, namely the availability of clean cold and hot water 24 hours a day, which reduces the level of nosocomial (healthcare acquired) infections.


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