Jointly with the Ministry of Health of Uzbekistan, UNICEF has organized a seminar for data collection specialists, which should ensure the effective implementation of the upcoming national nutrition research.
It will provide for a comprehensive assessment of the level of nutritional deficiencies among women and children in Uzbekistan. The study will be representative both at the national level and at the level of 14 regions of the country.
“The leadership of Uzbekistan stressed the need to obtain data comparable internationally,” deputy head of the UNICEF Office in Uzbekistan Afshin Parsi said. According to him, “detailed and reliable data on the most important indicators will help in planning and monitoring state programs on the welfare of women and children in Uzbekistan.”
The workshop included preliminary testing of all procedures, including interviewing, the use of electronic data collection devices, measurement of height and weight, and collection of biological samples. The seminar focused on ensuring data collection in accordance with international standards.
It is expected that the final results of the study, supported also by the United Nations Population Fund and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Uzbekistan, will contribute to the implementation of Presidential Decree No.2650 “On Measures to Further Improve Maternal and Child Health in 2016-2020”.
What do Uzbek experts think about this? In the opinion of Professor Dilorom Ahmedova, doctor of medical sciences, “a national nutrition study will help us to obtain information on nutritional deficiencies, as well as practices in the nutrition of women of reproductive age and infants and young children. These data will be used to make informed decisions to improve the nutritional status of the population, including the most vulnerable groups.”