The “Kazakhstan Health sector Technology Transfer and Institutional Reform Project” is one of joint initiatives of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and World Bank within strategic partnership.
The project is implemented under the Loan Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, signed on February 2, 2008 and ratified by the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan of November 6, 2008 № 77-IV LRK.
Effective Date – December 15, 2008.
Original Closing Date – June 30, 2013.
Revised Closing Date – June 30, 2017.
At the moment – The project is closed.
Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan (MoH).
Republican State Economic Enterprise «Republican Center for Health Development» (RCHD).
Republican State Economic Enterprise «Republican Center for E-Health» (RCEH).
Project goal and objectives
Introduction of international standards and formation of long-term institutional capacity in the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan and relevant bodies and organizations of public health to support key health sector reforms undertaken by the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the context of the State Health Reform and Development Program in the Republic of Kazakhstan.
The Project goal is to ensure high quality health services and creation of competitive healthcare system.
The Project consists of 7 components:
- Component А: Health financing and management.
- Component B: Healthcare quality upgrading.
- Component C: Medical education and science reform.
- Component D: Health information system development.
- Component E: Pharmaceutical policy reform.
- Component F: Food safety and WTO accession.
- Component G: Project management.
In December 2015 four of seven Project components (A, B, C, F) have been completed. All set objectives within four components have been executed and achieved. Remaining components D, Е and G shall be implemented until June 30, 2017. Component executors are Health Informatization Center of the RCEH, Editorial board of KNF and E-health Standardization Unit of RCHD.
A key mechanism for Project implementation is to involve consulting firms for technology transfer through twinning arrangements.
The project specific feature is undertaking a simultaneous reform in different areas of health care, which are closely interrelated and imply effective coordination among all twinning companies, as well as harmonization and synchronization of activities.
Project implementation is based on technology transfer within twinning partnership of the MoH and subordinated units with international consulting firms.
Monitoring and evaluation
To evaluate Project effectiveness, indicators have been developed that are harmonized with the State Health Development Program of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstan aspires to become one of the 50 most competitive countries. Health system improving is critical to achieve this goal. Improved health care system will improve competitiveness by reducing productivity losses caused by the diseases and protect the population against the financial consequences in case of health worsening, and also it will free up funds for more effective investments.
Within the Project Republic of Kazakhstan plans to modernize the health system overall and bring it closer to international standards for participation as an equal partner in the international arena.
The project will harmonize laws and sanitary regulations of the Republic of Kazakhstan with the FAO standards on food safety and introduce new technologies, including the monitoring system. It is planned to change at least 25 technical regulations, and 26 sanitary norms and rules, which implementation will enable Kazakhstan to improve the competitiveness of agricultural products and become a full partner in the WTO, to take part in addressing global initiatives, particularly in food safety.
Information and communication technologies will be developed in the healthcare sector, institutional structures will be strengthened and e-health standards will be developed.
Along with this, the project aims at improving public health activities are planned to modernize the control systems and financial sector, improving the quality of medical services, improving drug supply for population.
Great contribution within the Project is made to development of human resources sector, modernization of medical and pharmaceutical education.