Tuberculosis remains one of the heaviest health burdens in Kyrgyzstan. Project HOPE is working to strengthen management systems and treatment of patients with drug-resistant TB for improved treatment adherence, treatment success and cure rates.
In 2016 Project HOPE implemented a project on TB transport solutions. HOPE offers an innovative approach to the transport of laboratory samples and materials in a timely way and in appropriate conditions, respecting all the requirements of infection control and bio safety. This system of transportation can also be used for the delivery of TB drugs or other drugs within the region, between different levels of care, thereby reducing the amount of stored drugs in the absence of appropriate storage conditions, and also improves the rationality of their use and monitors their application.
Despite pervasive economic constraints over the last decade, progress in TB control has been made by Kyrgyzstan’s National Tuberculosis Program (NTP) in collaboration with foreign partners and donors, evidenced by continuous reduction in TB incidence and deaths. These positive trends were possible in part as a result of interventions implemented from 2011 through 2015 by Project HOPE as the principal recipient of Round 9 of a Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) grant.
Project HOPE commenced its activities in Kyrgyzstan in 1997 under a grant from USAID. Since 2000, Project HOPE, in close collaboration with the Kyrgyz Republic Ministry of Health, National TB Center, healthcare and academic organizations and international donors and partners has been implementing programs aimed at reduction of the tuberculosis (TB) burden.
Wanting to create child survival and healthy family programs, in 2002 Project HOPE led a group of international NGOs implementing the Healthy Family Program, a large-scale maternal, child and reproductive health initiative, across three of the largest and most populous countries in Central Asia, Project HOPE was able to broker a national and regional policy in support of the plan.
HOPE's mission later grew to include the region-wide tuberculosis program in 2004, with the goal of helping improve the effectiveness of the local health system in response to Tuberculosis (TB).
In 2007, a new health of women and children program including a breastfeeding promotion and a family planning/reproductive health initiative. The family planning/reproductive health component taught the standard day method, a natural form of birth control, using CycleBeads™. The program included distribution of 10,000 sets of CycleBeads and the eventual development of local production of the beads for a sustainable supply.
HOPE also conducted a USAID funded partnership with Population Services International (PSI) to increase access to TB prevention and treatment among at-risk populations in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. The initiative provided direct outreach services and training to those populations most at-risk and focuses on increasing TB and HIV knowledge and prevention as well as training for providers on stigma reduction.
Representatives of Kazakhstan’s ministries and government agencies met with counterparts from Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan to address Migration and Tuberculosis.
With the success of the project, the idea of using the National Training Center as a regional training base for CAR was supported by the NTP managers of Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.
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