Development dialogue addresses health emergency preparedness in Kyrgyzstan

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Bishkek, Apr. 10, 2019 / Kabar /. Over 60 high-level government representatives, parliamentarians, development partners, researchers, technical experts on health, and civil society representatives came together to share inputs on strengthening health emergency preparedness and readiness to advance health security in the Kyrgyz Republic during a development dialogue on April 9th, 2019. The Development Dialogue was co-organised by the United Nations (UN) system in Kyrgyzstan, and the University of Central Asia’s (UCA) Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA). This was the third in a series of six such development dialogues.

Theevent provided a forum to discuss collaboration on health emergency preparedness, reviewing ongoing joint initiatives, and discussing future priorities to enhance readiness to advance implementation of the WHO International Health Regulations (IHR) in the country.The Dialogue highlighted the critical importance of flexible preparedness planning, strengthening engagement partners, information sharing, strengthening of intersectoral collaboration at the national level, and the critical role that governments and line ministries play incapacities to detect, assess, and report public health events.

“Health emergencies are often happening suddenly and unexpectedly. That is why we need to ensure that our health systems arecapable ofdelivering timely, quality health services to those in need, in a comprehensive way and on an adequate scale,” saidKaratayevMadamin, Deputy Minister of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic. “These systems are especially important during emergencies, when access to quality essential health services can be severely compromised”.

“The University of Central Asia is delighted to be partnering with the United Nations in providing a platform for supporting evidence-based policy making in areas of importance to Kyrgyzstan,” said Prof. Dr. S. Sohail H. Naqvi, Rector of UCA. “Such platforms also provide opportunities for researchers in the field to share their latest results, to enable stakeholders to formulate appropriate policies.”

“All disasters and emergencies have one thing in common. They disrupt communities and threaten people’s healthand food security. The impact of emergencies can be greatly reduced by investing in preparedness. That is why we need to work together to strengthen Country’s capacities to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from all types of health emergencies and strengthen food security. Strengthening country’s health emergency preparedness is the responsibility of all and is a path to attain sustainable development,” stated Ozonnia Ojielo, United Nations Resident Coordinator in the Kyrgyz Republic.

During the Dialogue participants touched upon emergency preparedness and building the capacity of the health sector, mass casualty management, as well as on how emergency preparedness can benefit the population and Government fromvarious consequences.

Stakeholders agreed that to achieve sustainable health systems, the core capacities under the International Health Regulations would need to be further strengthened, with a focus on prevention, and on achieving results in close cooperation with theGovernment and line ministries.

The UN-UCA Development Dialogues series comprises six dialogues, organised over the course of one year, to initiate consultation among government, development partners, civil society, private sector and academia on critical sustainable development subjects.The goal of the Dialogues is to help break down traditional sector silos and enhance horizontal and vertical policy coherence, integration, and partnerships to inform policy formulation in Kyrgyzstan. Each dialogue is designed to include presentations of thematic issues by key stakeholders, a Q&A session, and an open substantive discussion that will be translated into a thematic policy brief.

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