Reproductive health of citizens is one of the most important priorities of state health policy. Improving education in the field of reproductive health and family planning is the most important mechanism in solving the demographic problems of any state.
On March 2, 2020 Belarusian State Medical University was visited by Tamar Khomasuridze, UNFPA Regional Advisor on Sexual and Reproductive Health for Eastern Europe and Central Asia; Olga Atroshchenko, UNFPA Deputy Representative in Belarus; Alexander Davidenko, UNFPA Program Specialist in Sexual and Reproductive Health, HIV/AIDS.
The purpose of the meeting was a detailed discussion of introducing into the curriculum of the Belarusian State Medical University a distance learning course on family planning the Virtual Contraception Consultation (ViC) based on international standards, as well as the prospects for partnerships at the regional level in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Reference: ViC (“Virtual Contraception Consultation”) is an interactive evidence-based family planning learning platform developed by the UNFPA European Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA RO) and the Eastern European Institute for Reproductive Health (EEIRH).
The delegation was hosted by First Vice-Rector Irina Moroz. The meeting was also attended by Vice-Rector for International Relations Vasili Rudenok and Head of the Department of General Medical Practice Vadim Sushinsky.
During the meeting, the parties discussed promising areas of cooperation at the regional level in Eastern Europe and Central Asia: organization of seminars and trainings with the participation of European experts in the field of reproductive health and family planning for students and faculty of the Belarusian State Medical University; the participation of the faculty staff of the Belarusian State Medical University; participation in international conferences and symposia organized with the assistance of UNFPA on reproductive health and family planning; developing educational standards of new generation by exploring programs developed by the UNFPA Regional Office for Europe.
The parties discussed the process of organizing training of specialists in the field of obstetrics and gynecology at the Belarusian State Medical University. Tamar Khomasuridze, Regional Advisor to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on Sexual and Reproductive Health for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, highly appreciated the experience of the Belarusian State Medical University in introducing an objective structured clinical exam on all pre-graduate internship profiles, including obstetrics and gynecology, which allows to talk about the high efficiency of the organization of certification of students' practical skills.
First Vice-Rector Irina Moroz thanked the UNFPA representatives for the visit, noting that such meetings are of particular value, because they help to solve the most important tasks not only at the university level, but also at the state level.
Having identified promising areas, the parties expressed confidence in the development of fruitful and successful cooperation in the field of improving education on reproductive health and family planning.
Anastasia Karnacheva, Methodist, Department of International Relations;
Photo: Dmitry Zelenkovsky.