How MSF is fighting COVID-19 in Kyrgyzstan
MSF is supporting regional health authorities in Batken and Chuy oblasts in providing home-based care for patients with moderate and mild cases of COVID-19 to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed.
Our teams also support health centers in Kadamjay raion to reinforce COVID-19 preparedness measures, while offering technical advice, providing logistical assistance, supporting health promotion initiatives, and assisting in epidemiological surveillance through data collection. We will scale down our home-based program in May.
Learn more about how we are responding to the coronavirus pandemic in Kyrgyzstan.
In 2019, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) concluded tuberculosis (TB) activities in Kyrgyzstan. The seven-year project had successfully supported the Ministry of Health to improve quality and accessibility of care.
Kyrgyzstan is one of the countries with the world’s highest rates of multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB). We are helping to bring care closer to patients’ homes, reducing or eliminating the time they have to spend in hospital.
Since 2012, MSF has been working to introduce a decentralized model of care for drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) in Kara-Suu district, Osh province, thereby reducing hospital visits and admissions for patients. Between January and November 2019, an average of 80 percent of patients received outpatient care.
MSF has helped introduce new and innovative DR-TB diagnosis and care, including video-observed treatment to support adherence. We also promoted new, less toxic, shorter drug regimens, and improved case detection. Learn how you can best help in Kyrgyzstan and other countries.
Throughout the seven years of the project, our teams supported more than 11,000 people to undergo TB testing with GeneXpert, and around 705 of those confirmed to have the disease started treatment for DR-TB. Social and psychological assistance formed part of their comprehensive care package.
In Aidarken, Batken province, we continued to address the high incidence of non-communicable diseases in a context of possible environmental pollution.
In August, we assisted with an environmental risk assessment in Kadamjay district. This assessment will inform future health interventions aiming to mitigate exposure to heavy metal pollutants. Please donate to support our work in Kyrgyzstan and other countries around the world now.
With the support of technical experts and in collaboration with the Ministry of Emergency Situations, we also conducted a seismic survey examining the risks of an earthquake to the residents of Batken, including the potential for heavy metal pollution due to the presence of mercury and antimony mines.
In close collaboration with the Ministry of Health, MSF teams also provided care for women and children, including the piloting of a cervical cancer screening and pre-lesion treatment program. MSF and the Ministry of Health conducted a total of 4,794 outpatient consultations in Aidarken in 2019.