- 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.