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Project HOPE helps to reduce the burden of TB in Kyrgyzstan through ensuring effective and accessible TB diagnosis and treatment for all.
Kyrgyzstan is one of the 30 countries in the world with a high burden of TB and multidrug-resistant TB, with an estimated 1,400 new cases ever year. Project HOPE has been addressing the TB burden in Kyrzystan for more than 20 years. In 2017, Project HOPE organized the second International Regional Conference in Bishkek, implemented jointly with Kyrgyzstan’s National Tuberculosis Program and Abt. Associate through the USAID Defeat TB Project.
Project HOPE also coordinated inter-country dialogues between Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan on cross-border TB control, which was a key activity under a Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria (GFATM) Migrant TB program in Kazakhstan.
Our History in Kyrgyzstan
Project HOPE began working in Kyrgyzstan in 1997 as a part of a regional effort to improve Tuberculosis (TB) control. By strengthening health policy, building the capacity of health care workers, strengthening drug management procedures, and improving the quality of laboratory services, Project HOPE helped the National TB Program improve treatment outcomes.
From 2013 to 2016, Project HOPE was a principal recipient of R9 GFATM grant in Kyrgyzstan. The program worked to reduce the burden of TB in Kyrgyzstan by consolidating and expanding the DOTS framework through strengthened DR-TB program management, TB case detection, diagnosis, and treatment. Our GFATM work on TB also included providing patients with food parcels to support treatment adherence, resulting in a default rate that was 20 times lower than for patients not enrolled in the program, improved laboratory quality, and declines in MDR-TB notification.
In 2016, Project HOPE implemented an innovative transportation system to facilitate timely, appropriate and safe delivery of TB laboratory samples and drugs. Project HOPE has also implemented successful past programs in Tajikistan working to improve maternal and child health and reducing the burden of HIV. In 2002, Project HOPE led 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. In 2009, we provided critical support and services to people living with HIV in Kyrgyzstan, beginning with our USAID Dialogue on TB and HIV program.