With a training of trainers workshop in Tashkent on 1–6 December 2014, Uzbekistan became the first country to pilot the updated training course materials and methodology. The training was facilitated by the four international experts who authored the updated course: Gianfranco Gori, Fabio Uxa, Dalia Jėckaitė and Marzia Lazzerini.
The 36 best national EPC trainers in Uzbekistan selected for this opportunity to update their training knowledge and skills were obstetricians, neonatologists and midwifes from perinatal centers in Tashkent, Djizzak, Fergana, Karshi, Navoi, Namangan and Khoresm oblasts and representatives of medical academia.
The course participants were all very experienced facilitators of EPC at national level, who had been working in the field with EPC materials since 2007, and who know very well the content of first EPC version. They were very interested to see how the package was updated, and the evidence for the update. Lively discussions during and after the sessions confirmed the interest of participants in the new tool.
Effective Perinatal Care Training (EPC) has been used in many countries of the WHO European Region as a tool to improve the quality of maternal and newborn care. The approach was recently updated based on feedback from countries and newly available evidence gathered through the leadership of the WHO Collaborating Center in Mother and Child Health, Trieste, Italy.