The new geographically dispersed office of the World Health Organization for the primary health care (PHC) was opened in Almaty on the 11th of February. The opening ceremony was attended by Zsuzsanna Jakab – Director of the World Health Organization’s regional office for Europe, First Deputy Health Minister Salidat Kairbekova and Head of the Representative office of the WHO in Kazakhstan Melita Vuinovic.
The first WHO office on primary health care has been established by the resolution of the Executive Committee of the WHO with the support of the government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and thus Kazakhstan has become the PHC hub for the European region.
“It’s not time to go back to the old Soviet system but to move towards the modern type of the system and health management”, - says the WHO expert Venedictov.
On the eve of the opening of the WHO office in Almaty, one of the founders of the global primary health care, ex Deputy Minister of Health of the USSR (1965-1981) Dmitriy Venedictov gave the RCHD an exclusive interview on the PHC history. Being a WHO expert, he was one of those who organized the international conference in Almaty in 1978. It was the conference held in Kazakhstan where the representatives of about 200 countries took momentous decisions related to the global development of the primary health care.
Dmitriy Venedictov, ex Deputy Minister of Health of the USSR (1965-1981):
The Almaty conference became a success because the decisions made then proved historically correct, they objectively reflected the most important tendencies of the health care development. That is why even so many years later the Almaty conference and its decisions are remembered not only as “the most remarkable and optimistic event of 1978” but as a major turning point in the development of the global health care system.
InterHealthCanada is ready to begin construction of new polyclinics and hospitals in the south of Kazakhstan. This message was conveyed by the board member of the Canadian company Dr. Emad El Dukair during a meeting with representatives of the Ministry of Health and Social Development and the RCHD. According to the Canadians’ estimation, the Southern region of Kazakhstan shows the greatest demand for medical services which tends to grow further. Construction projects are planned within the framework of the public-private partnership. The amount of the proposed investment and the starting date of the construction project have not been announced yet.
Valuable recommendations were given today in the course of a workshop conducted in Astana by Frans Stobbelaar - team leader of the Danish consulting company Euro Health Group. This company works in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Development and Republican Center for Health Development within the framework of the World Bank project “Technology transfer and institutional reform in the health care sector of the Republic of Kazakhstan”. This particular project is focused on reforming of the pharmaceutical policy. Frans Stobbelaar noted that about 20% of all drugs procured by the government could be replaced by their more cost-effective analogues. In order to implement this practice, it is necessary to develop pharmacoeconomics and implement methods of economic evaluation in the country.