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Improving maternal health services in Tajikistan

Early and continuous contact between mother and child is now encouraged, even in the incubator unit, where babies born prematurely or with health complications were being closely monitored by staff. Mothers came in regularly for feeding and bonding sessions with their babies, before being returned to their incubators.

With a high maternal mortality rate, the Tajik Government has identified maternal health as a priority area. It has applied a strategic plan for expanding services, advocacy and provision of essential medical equipment, with support from the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA.