World Bank Marks Progress on Salamatty Kazakhstan Programme, Kazakh Official Says

ASTANA – All eight target indicators have been achieved during the implementation of the Salamatty Kazakhstan initiative.

Vice Minister of Health and Social Development Alexei Tsoi announced that the World Bank gave a positive assessment of the implementation of all areas of the state programme on health for 2011-2015.

According to the vice minister, measures to strengthen the preventive orientation of medicine, improve sanitary-epidemiological service and organisation as well as manage and finance health care were highly evaluated by international experts.

“The maternal and infant mortality rate decreased 1.8 times. The tuberculosis rate reduced by 1.6 times. The level of circulatory system diseases decreased by two times.  The rate of mortality from cancer decreased by 15 percent and injury and poisoning rates by 21 percent. An overall reduction of total mortality has also been achieved. The plan was to reach 7.62 deaths per 1,000 people, the actual result is 7.52,” Tsoi said.

The launch of the seven cross-cutting programmes of joint and several liability and the national screening programme, including surveys on nine nosologies are the main results of the state initiative.

The epidemiological situation with the majority of infectious diseases has been stabilised due to the immunisation of the population against 21 vaccine-preventable diseases.

The instant testing studies for the determination of microbiological indicators and chemical studies of genetically modified objects to ensure the safety of food products that meet the requirements of the World Health Organisation have been also implemented.

The basic principles of the Unified National Health System at the hospital level, including an opportunity for the patients to choose a hospital, the formation of a competitive environment for medical services, the transparent process of providing medical services, the funding of medical institutions according to the final result depending on the volume, quality and outcome of medical services rendered have been introduced.

The projects of the master plans for the restructuring of the hospital organisations’ network to 2025 have been developed.

The international indicators to measure the results of study in the field of health research have been implemented as well as a national centre of independent assessment of knowledge and skills of graduates and practitioners was established.

The state programme of healthcare development Densaulyk (Health) was approved by President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Jan. 21. It became a logical continuation of the state programme Salamatty Kazakhstan.

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