Uzbekistan’s policy on Health Care . . .

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Promoting a healthy generation is one of the top priorities of Uzbekistan’s state policy. It is happy to see how concerned Uzbekistan is about playing a vital role in the betterment and advancement of the public.
Overall, the development and progress of Uzbekistan’s healthcare system have been a top priority in recent years for the government of Uzbekistan. However, the government’s commitment to improving the health of its citizen remains strong, and Uzbekistan’s healthcare system is balanced for further development in the years to come. The country strives to improve the efficiency of the healthcare system, ensure equitable distribution of medical facilities, and protect vulnerable populations from catastrophic healthcare spending.
The Uzbekistan Development Strategy 2017-2021 enhanced the development of the pharmaceutical industry and provided healthcare institutions with affordable medical products and high-quality medicines. This strategy reformed public healthcare emergency medical services and improved the availability, quality of health, social services, and promotion of a healthy lifestyle.
This strategy tackled most of the public health challenges facing Uzbekistan, including infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. The plan also included improving maternal and child health, and reducing the burden of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

As a result of the strategies carried out under the leadership of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, all population groups received qualified medical services. Screening centers, maternity hospitals, regional general hospitals, and specialized medical institutions operating in the country ensure public health is safeguarded. President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev is focusing on the attention to the health of the population.
As per the strategy of Uzbekistan Development Strategy 2017-2021, the government of Uzbekistan implemented these goals through contributions to maternal and child health, nutrition, HIV prevention and treatment, preschool education, and child protection. The government has also implemented several public health programs to improve the health and well-being of the population. These programs include initiatives to promote healthy lifestyles, prevent the spread of infectious diseases, and combat non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Overall, the Uzbekistan Development Strategy 2017-2021 placed a strong emphasis on improving the healthcare sector in the country, recognizing the critical role it plays in improving the quality of life for citizens.

Following 21 years of success, the Government of Uzbekistan is working with international stakeholders, continuing to work together to ensure the realization of children’s rights in the areas of health, education, and child protection. Uzbekistan policies are building on national priorities, CRC input, and the valuable lessons we have learned from previous planning cycles.
The formation of Uzbekistan’s modern medical system and fields equipped with modern equipment and technology are important factors in promoting citizens’ health.
The Ministry of Health of Uzbekistan is a major player in the organization, planning, and management of Uzbekistan’s health system. Since the government healthcare system still largely follows the integrated mode and almost all healthcare workers are government employees.
The achievement of the leading positions in the effectiveness of medical services is a significant increase in the share of the private medical care sector, quality, and accessibility.
In Uzbekistan, special attention is paved to further improving the healthcare system, motivating the work of medical personnel, and widely adopting modern technologies and treatments. The strategic goals of implementing the innovative model of healthcare management in Uzbekistan lead to the sustainable improvement of health indicators of the country’s population and the level of satisfaction with the health system.

Uzbekistan is currently developing a National Health (Sector) Strategy (NHS) 2030, which will include a health strategy for 2030 and will be drafted with the participation of senior officials from the World Bank and Korea’s KHIDI.

Written by
Mr. Khalid Taimur Akram, Executive Director, Pakistan Research Center for a Community with Shared Future (PRCCSF), Islamabad & Editor-in-Chief, The Daily Big Digit