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Why are we There?

  • Healthcare exclusion

Our Work


  • One in four patients newly diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) in Kyrgyzstan has a multidrug-resistant strain of the disease.
  • Medical services for TB have been centralised and are largely focused on treatment in hospitals only. Consequently people have difficulty accessing medical care, particularly in rural areas. 
  • Médecins Sans Frontières is the only international organisation actively engaged in the direct clinical implementation of drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) programmes in Kyrgyzstan.
  • In Kara-Suu district, Osh province Médecins Sans Frontières focuses on outpatient care to limit the amount of time a patient spends in hospital and to improve their adherence to treatment. The programme aims to influence health policy and has succeeded in introducing this decentralised approach to DR-TB treatment as a key strategy for the Kyrgyzstan Ministry of Health in the coming years.
  • For patients with severe TB, Médecins Sans Frontières continued to diagnose and treat patients in Kara-Suu hospital, including an isolation ward for those with multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB).
  • Médecins Sans Frontières provides support in the pharmacy and laboratory, and also assists with the management of the hospital’s waste, water and infection control. 
  • As part of its comprehensive package of care, Médecins Sans Frontières provides psychosocial support to help people sustain and complete their arduous drug regimens.


Prison project handover

  • In 2006, Médecins Sans Frontières began to develop a programme providing TB diagnosis and treatment for inmates at a prison in Bishkek due to the high prevalence of the disease.
  • The project was handed over to the International Committee of the Red Cross, the health ministry and prison authorities in 2014. 


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Médecins Sans Frontières has been working in the country since 2005 and at the end of 2014, Médecins Sans Frontières had 108 staff in Kyrgyzstan.

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