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Kyrgyzstan

In 2019, 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 a landlocked country located in Central Asia, on the ancient Silk Road route between China and Europe.
Map with all MSF projects in 2019

The country became independent in 1991 following the breakup of the Soviet Union.

Ethnic Kyrgyz make up the majority of the country's 5.6 million population, most being Turkic-speaking Muslims.

MSF first worked in Kyrgyzstan in 2005, provided healthcare for people who would otherwise go without.

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MSF’s work in Kyrgyzstan: 2019

In 2019, 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. 

Since 2012, MSF has been working to introduce a decentralised model of care for drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) in Kara-Suu district, Osh province, thereby reducing hospital visits and admissions for patients. Kyrgyzstan is one of the countries with the world’s highest rates of multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB).

Between January and November 2019, an average of 80 per cent of patients received outpatient care. MSF has helped introduce new and innovative DR-TB diagnosis and care, including videoobserved treatment to support adherence. We also promoted new, less toxic, shorter drug regimens, and improved case detection.

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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 noncommunicable 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. 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 programme.

MSF and the Ministry of Health conducted a total of 4,794 outpatient consultations in Aidarken in 2019.

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