Reducing the Burden of TB in the Kyrgyz Republic
Non-government organizations supported by the Kyrgyzstan TB Program help ensure access to TB diagnosis and treatment. Kyrgyzstan has one of the highest rates of tuberculosis (TB) in Central Asia. To reduce this burden, Abt Associates is leading the USAID-funded Defeat TB Program.
The five-year project, awarded in 2014, will tackle the issue of drug-resistant TB in the Kyrgyz Republic and support universal and equitable access to high-quality TB services for vulnerable populations through a strengthened and sustainable health system.
The project will work on all levels of the health care sector and, with community and government, improve TB case-finding and treatment results. The project also will support to the National Tuberculosis Program in implementing the Den Sooluk Health Care Strategy on TB and an overall shift to patient-centered care for tuberculosis.
“Abt is working to end the spread of this disease by pursuing an integrated, whole systems approach to TB prevention and treatment,” said Phyllis Jones-Changa, Abt’s senior infectious disease advisor.
Major areas of focus include the following:
- Support for community groups and local NGOs in the fight against TB;
- Training and capacity building for health care workers
- Support for laboratory quality improvement;
- Infection control;
- Building linkages between the TB system, primary health care, general hospitals, HIV vertical system, and the prison system towards improved TB outcomes;
- Cooperation with local government, and national government agencies outside of the health care sector to improve overall support for TB patients; and
- Policy dialogue to improve the legal and regulatory environment and health financing systems to improve TB outcomes.