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Kyrgyzstan and WHO sign new cooperation agreement for 2018-2019

Kyrgyzstan and WHO sign new cooperation agreement for 2018-2019

The Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan and the Regional Office for Europe of the World Health Organization (WHO) signed a Biennial Collaborative Agreement (BCA) for 2018-2019.

The press service of the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic reported that this agreement was developed taking into account the specific needs of the country, as well as regional and global initiatives and WHO priorities. The document was mutually agreed and compiled in accordance with the current priorities in the field of public health and efforts to improve the health indicators of the population of Kyrgyzstan.

The BCA will allow Kyrgyzstan to move forward towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to ensure a healthy life and improve the well-being of people of all ages, as well as other tasks related to gender equality, food security, water supply and sanitation, climate change, inequality and partnership.

This BCA for Kyrgyzstan supports the implementation of national health policies and plans in Kyrgyzstan, such as the national Den Sooluk program extended until the end of 2018, the National Strategy "Health 2020", as well as the Health Sector Strategy of the new generation for 2019-2030. This BCA has already identified the relevant key objectives and indicators of the SDG and supports the implementation of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework for 2018-2022.

"This agreement was adopted in response to new demands, challenges and opportunities, with the aim of significantly improving the health of the population in Kyrgyzstan, reducing inequalities and providing sustainable health systems that are people-centered. Now WHO can provide technical support for the development of long-term national policies and strategies and strategic health development in the current national context, which will strengthen universal coverage of health services," said Health Minister Talantbek Batyraliev at the signing ceremony.

"The new cooperation agreement will help us to focus our cooperation in the coming years on a number of priorities that are important for the health of people in Kyrgyzstan," WHO representative in Kyrgyzstan Jarno Habicht said.

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