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Uzbekistan: Woman and Child Health Development Project

sector: Health | country: Uzbekistan

Four lessons were derived from the project. First, the project underscored the important elements for project success such as (i) strong commitment by the government, (ii) close collaboration among development partners, and (iii) prompt response to the client’s changing needs during implementation. Second, the co-leadership of the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the project coordinator was key to the project’s achievements. Third, the project was not a stand-alone woman and child health (WCH) project, but a part of broader health sector reforms. Thus, strong collaboration among partners and responsiveness to actual needs were important contributors to the success of the various programs. This collaboration enabled other partners to address project activities, making it possible to reallocate resources and expand geographic coverage. This approach improved project achievements and increased the possibility of sustainability. This validation agrees with the project completion report’s (PCR) lessons.

This validation adds another lesson: to ensure that project components are realistically achievable given the proposed time frame and other project resources, needs assessment should have been conducted.

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