Maternal, child and reproductive health and tuberculosis (TB) control have been themes throughout Project HOPE’s history in Uzbekistan. Our Uzbekistan office opened in 1999 with the initiation of the Child Survival Program and pioneered the first internationally funded tuberculosis (TB) control project in Uzbekistan.
For eight years, the Child Survival Program in Uzbekistan aimed to encourage family support. Together with the Ministry of Health and local organizations, the program focused on reducing mortality and morbidity in children under five and mothers of reproductive age and also increasing adolescents’ knowledge of reproductive and sexual health. In 2002 Project HOPE led a group of international NGOs implementing the Healthy Family Program to broker a national and regional policy to support large-scale maternal child and reproductive health initiatives across three of the largest and most populous countries in Central Asia including Uzbekistan.
HOPE's mission grew to include a region-wide tuberculosis program in Central Asia with the goal of improving the effectiveness of health systems in response to TB. HOPE initiated an anti-TB strategy in Uzbekistan by implementing Directly Observed Therapy-Short Course (DOTS) from 2001-2004 and continued this effort focusing on Multi-Drug-Resistant TB (MDR-TB) DOTS Plus from 2004 to 2009. Starting in 2010, Project HOPE successfully implemented a five-year USAID-funded Dialogue on HIV and TB and Quality Health Care projects and the TB Component under GFTAM, focusing on TB management systems and quality management systems of laboratory services, infection control training, and outreach activities to raise TB awareness and to reduce the HIV and TB epidemics among key populations — interventions, that further aligned Project HOPE’s expertise, processes and people with its mission.
Starting in 2014, Project HOPE has been implementing a five-year USAID-funded TB Control Program, working to ensure more effective and more accessible TB diagnoses and treatments for all, including vulnerable populations.
Throughout its history, Project HOPE in Uzbekistan has expanded its technical assistance to benefit the country’s citizens. In 2008, Project HOPE responded to the avian influenza pandemic by implementing a technical assistance and training program. Since 2004, Project HOPE has shipped medicines and medical supplies to Uzbekistan worth more than US $68 million dollars.
The initial meetings have already brought together over 350 TB patients to address the stigmas, feelings of loneliness and isolation so common among TB patients.
In July 2014, USAID transferred four GeneXpert machines worth $271,000 to facilities in four regions of Uzbekistan.
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