WHO experts visited the National Center for Healthy Lifestyle Development

During the visit of the WHO Regional Office for Europe Director Zsuzsanna Jakab to the Republic of Kazakhstan, today the Director visited the National Center for Healthy Lifestyle Development.
The delegation, Dr. Z. Jakab, experts from WHO headquarters in Europe, the WHO Country Office in Kazakhstan, the Geographic Remote Office of WHO on Primary Health Care in Almaty and the Vice Minister of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Alexei Tsoi were informed about organizational and methodological support to primary health care organizations in the implementation of the National Screening Program, technologies for changing behavior towards their health, primary prevention of risk factors and non-communicable diseases as well as increasing the capacity of PHC specialists. Issues of integration of public health and primary health care were also discussed, which is very important in the framework of creation of the Public Health Service in the Republic and on the eve of the 40th anniversary of the Almaty PHC Declaration and the 10th anniversary of the Tallinn Charter.During the visit, Z. Jakab awarded the Director of the Center, Professor Batkatova Zh.E. with the WHO award for achievements in the field of tobacco control devoted to the World No Tobacco Day. Each year, individuals or organizations are selected in each of the six WHO regions on a competitive basis to identify the awardees. The Director of the WHO Regional Office for Europe noted the positive dynamics of the decline in the prevalence of smoking in Kazakhstan: “I consider this as a great achievement and this determines the importance of the Center’s activities in protecting public health, as well as professional and productive work at the national and international levels.”

The participants of the meeting noted the importance of the work of the WHO Collaborating Center on the basis of the National Center for expanding the best international and national experience, and in general the Center’s activities in achieving the third Sustainable Development Goal to ensure a healthy lifestyle and promote well-being for all Kazakhstan people at any age.

In conclusion, Vice Minister Tsoy A.V. outlined a new model for the formation of the Public Health Service, which will provide for a comprehensive three-pronged approach to health promotion – a change in behavior, the environment and social aspects. As is known, strengthening and protecting the health of the population requires not only the development of appropriate strategies and the mobilization of resources in various spheres of life, but also the creation of a stable and effective institutional basis for ensuring the integration of the activities of the state, the public and the population in this direction. The main activities of the Public Health Service will be the management of public health, changes in the ways of maintaining health and behavioral stereotypes of the population through education, counseling, promotion of healthy lifestyles based on inter-agency cooperation of PHC with the interested state bodies (sanitary-epidemiological, ecological, veterinary services).