This information is excerpted from MSF’s 2016 International Activity Report.
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) primarily focused on confronting the prevalence of drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB), which affects an estimated 2,400 people in Kyrgyzstan, according to the World Health Organization. The rates of drug resistance among new TB cases were as high as one-third, and in previously treated TB cases, more than half of patients developed the drug-resistant form of the disease. In Osh, Kara Suu district, MSF provided outpatient care for people with DR-TB. Patients attended monthly medical consultations, which included psychological support, at one of three TB clinics supported by MSF. MSF also mentored Ministry of Health staff. Teams supported the diagnosis and treatment of patients in Kara Suu hospital, and followed up with patients receiving treatment at Osh TB hospital. A total of 90 patients were enrolled in MSF’s DR-TB program in 2016.
In December, MSF launched a program in Aidarken, Batken oblast, to treat people affected by diseases that have occurred as a result of mining extraction industries or environmental pollution in the area.