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MSF in Kyrgyzstan, 2002
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Conclusion of successful STD program
MSF became aware of a widespread resurgence of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the troubled republic of Kyrgyzstan when responding to a typhoid epidemic in 1996.
This led to a program for syphilis prevention, diagnosis and treatment in Osh region from 1997. MSF improved screening quality and was instrumental in introducing a new national treatment protocol, backed by training for lab staff and specialist doctors, and supplies of medicines. Patients do not now have to be hospitalized to receive treatment.
MSF also set up an STD information center in the town of Osh targeting the general population and groups at risk; and developed a program to treat and refer previously excluded sex workers and their children. Two local NGOs were enabled to take these over when MSF withdrew from Kyrgyzstan in December 2001.