Press Release

Tajikistan expands cooperation with Türkiye to further implement health system reforms

26 October 2023

In October 2023, within the framework of the European Union (EU)-funded Health Development Programme, a high-level visit to Türkiye took place. As part of ongoing support to the Government of Tajikistan, the World Health Organization (WHO) facilitated this meeting to further strengthen strategic bilateral cooperation between the two countries to benefit the ongoing implementation of the health system reforms in the country. Tajikistan and Türkiye have agreed to expand their strategic partnership in the field of public finance management and health system financing.

The visit followed the Advanced Planning Workshop with key national stakeholders to introduce new health financing mechanisms in five pilot districts of Sughd Oblast of Tajikistan. With key partners, the next steps for the implementation of health financing reform in Sughd Oblast were agreed upon. Sughd Oblast is about to implement groundbreaking changes to the public finance management, with the aim of strengthening healthcare service delivery in primary care.

The sustainable platform for exchange which has been established with Türkiye as a result of the high-level visit will greatly benefit further the implementation of the reforms in Sughd Oblast and be of a great value to the nation-wide implementation of health system reforms.

The Tajik delegation in Türkiye included representatives of the Social Development and Finance Divisions of the Executive Office of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, the Majlisi Namoyandagon Majlisi Oli, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of health and social protection of the population, the Sughd Oblast health and finance Departments as well as the managers of the primary health care facilities of districts of Istiklol, Devashtich, Kuhistoni Mastchoh, Shahriston and Asht.

The high-level visit to Türkiye and the advanced planning workshop were organized by the WHO in Tajikistan within the framework of a five-year Health Development Programme funded by the EU.

For further information, contact:

Malika Khakimova, National Professional Officer (Health Policy) - World Health Organization

Mahbuba Abdulloeva, Press and Information Officer Delegation of the European Union to Tajikistan

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