Health and Nutrition News

  • Road safety: Kyrgyzstan sees decrease in deaths

    Road safety: Kyrgyzstan sees decrease in deaths

    A policy dialogue on road safety in Kyrgyzstan in October 2016 resulted in many initiatives to improve road safety. A year on, Deputy Minister of Health Dr Amangeldy Murzaliev invited 30 stakeholders from across Government, health service providers, the police force, Parliament and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to assess the progress made. WHO organized the meeting with the Ministry of Health as part of the biennial collaborative agreement between the 2 bodies.

  • WHO donates IT equipment to strengthen influenza data collection and analysis in Kyrgyzstan

    WHO donates IT equipment to strengthen influenza data collection and analysis in Kyrgyzstan

    As part of the implementation of the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework Partnership Contribution in Kyrgyzstan, WHO donated information technology (IT) equipment to support the work of the influenza preparedness and response programme in Kyrgyzstan. The equipment will facilitate accurate and reliable data reporting and analysis of infectious diseases across the country.

  • Assessment of public health services in Kyrgyzstan concludes that optimization and reinvestment are desirable

    Assessment of public health services in Kyrgyzstan concludes that optimization and reinvestment are desirable

    Kyrgyzstan has joined the ranks of more than 20 other countries across the WHO European Region that have assessed the essential public health operations in their country. Working in partnership with the Association of Public Health of Kyrgyzstan and WHO, the Ministry of Health embarked on the self-assessment in January 2016.

  • Health sector leading the way on adapting SDGs in Kyrgyzstan

    Health sector leading the way on adapting SDGs in Kyrgyzstan

    All Member States of the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015. Now, countries are engaged in adapting this framework to their national contexts and the specific realities they face at the country level.

  • Widely available foods may pose major health risk in Kyrgyzstan

    Widely available foods may pose major health risk in Kyrgyzstan

    A new report from WHO shows that high levels of trans fat and sodium are frequently present in the most commonly available street food in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, has a rich culture of market and street food. Street food from bazaars and markets is abundant, and has historically been an important source of nourishment for the population.

  • Kyrgyz app for the care of children in hospital now available

    Kyrgyz app for the care of children in hospital now available

    An app based on a Kyrgyz adaptation of the second edition of the WHO Pocket book has been launched. This innovation will allow doctors, nurses, students and academics access to important national clinical guidelines. It will also contribute to the implementation of the national e-Health strategy for Kyrgyzstan, representing a vivid example of WHO’s contribution.

  • Meeting of the Council for Health Cooperation of the CIS in Kyrgyzstan

    Meeting of the Council for Health Cooperation of the CIS in Kyrgyzstan

    Representatives of ministries of health of CIS countries and invited international agencies such as the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and WHO convened to discuss the priorities of CIS countries in public health, as well as the role of the CIS Executive Committee in the implementation of regulatory documents.

  • Review of Den Sooluk health sector reform notes improved health outcomes and coordination in Kyrgyzstan

    Review of Den Sooluk health sector reform notes improved health outcomes and coordination in Kyrgyzstan

    An assessment of the Den Sooluk National Health Reform Program in Kyrgyzstan concluded that significant progress was made in 2016. Positive trends in health outcomes were observed, important Den Sooluk milestones achieved, policy dialogues enhanced and the review process and donor coordination improved during the year.

  • Prevention and control of NCDs: a business case in Kyrgyzstan

    Prevention and control of NCDs: a business case in Kyrgyzstan

    Almost 4% of Kyrgyzstan’s gross domestic product is lost due to noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases. These diseases and their risk factors are an increasing public health and development challenge. Cardiovascular diseases, for example, cause half of all deaths in the country.

  • Kyrgyzstan revising national protocols to improve HIV treatment

    Kyrgyzstan revising national protocols to improve HIV treatment

    A meeting on 7–10 August 2017 contributed to the ongoing revision of Kyrgyzstan’s national protocols to improve HIV treatment by bringing together national specialists and WHO experts. The meeting’s objectives were to recognize barriers to accessing HIV services and to identify effective methods.

  • Final list of proposed Sustainable Development Goal indicators

    Final list of proposed Sustainable Development Goal indicators

    The following global indicator framework was developed by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) and agreed to, as a practical starting point at the 47th session of the UN Statistical Commission held in March 2016. The report of the Commission, which included the global indicator framework, was then taken note of by ECOSOC at its 70th session in June 2016.

  • New studies of street food in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan show alarming levels of trans fat and salt

    New studies of street food in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan show alarming levels of trans fat and salt

    New research from WHO conducted in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan has found that street food commonly sold in these countries contains high levels of salt and trans fat. Consuming excess salt and trans fat on a regular basis increases the risk of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), including coronary heart disease, hypertension and stroke.

  • First report on official development assistance in Kyrgyzstan

    First report on official development assistance in Kyrgyzstan

    For the first time in Kyrgyzstan, a report monitoring the official development assistance (ODA) to the country’s health sector has been published. ODA is the assistance provided by the official sector, such as external partners, to promote economic development and welfare. ODA reports contribute to aid effectiveness and improve transparency.

  • New report to provide key recommendations to improve hospital safety and disaster preparedness in Kyrgyzstan

    New report to provide key recommendations to improve hospital safety and disaster preparedness in Kyrgyzstan

    WHO is to release a new report that will provide targeted recommendations on enhancing hospital safety and disaster preparedness in Kyrgyzstan. The report is based on an assessment of the safety of the country’s hospital system as a whole. The assessment identified weaknesses and informed remedial measures to strengthen hospital readiness and response as part of the national disaster preparedness strategy and related interventions.

  • Kyrgyzstan improves hospital safety and resilience in health emergencies

    Kyrgyzstan improves hospital safety and resilience in health emergencies

    With its mountainous areas at high risk from earthquakes and floods, Kyrgyzstan was among the first countries in the world to undergo a WHO assessment of its hospital safety with a revised version of the hospital safety index tool. The assessment took place between 27 June and 1 July 2016 in the country, following a similar process conducted in 2010 in 10 major hospitals with a previous version of the tool.

  • Increasing the availability of safe abortion in Kyrgyzstan

    Increasing the availability of safe abortion in Kyrgyzstan

    During the last 10 years, Kyrgyzstan has invested highly in analysing and improving reproductive and maternal health. On 25 April 2016 the Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan and WHO disseminated findings from a project that trained midwives to provide safe medical abortion up to 9 weeks of gestation to women living in rural, underserved areas of the country.

  • Building capacity to use data for monitoring NCD-related hospitalizations and strategic purchasing in Kyrgyzstan

    Building capacity to use data for monitoring NCD-related hospitalizations and strategic purchasing in Kyrgyzstan

    On 27 June 2016, a workshop on building capacity and using data to monitor the hospitalization rates of patients with noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) was held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. About 60 participants attended including representatives of the Mandatory Health Insurance Fund (MHIF), the Ministry of Health, regional and tertiary-level hospitals, and the Health Policy Analysis Center (HPAC) and experts on NCDs.

  • Spreading the message of World Health Day 2016 in Kyrgyzstan

    Spreading the message of World Health Day 2016 in Kyrgyzstan

    The Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan organized a number of events, from a press conference to a flash mob, focused on World health Day 2016 and the theme "Beat diabetes".

  • Detection and effective treatment of childhood TB in Kyrgyzstan and development of national TB programme

    Detection and effective treatment of childhood TB in Kyrgyzstan and development of national TB programme

    A team of WHO experts visited Kyrgyzstan on 8–11 August 2016 to provide technical assistance in the adaptation and scale up of new recommendations on fixed-dose combinations for the treatment of tuberculosis (TB) in children, issued by WHO in March 2016.

  • Kyrgyzstan selected to receive support from new Codex Trust Fund

    Kyrgyzstan selected to receive support from new Codex Trust Fund

    Kyrgyzstan has been selected as one of the first four countries to receive support under the new Codex Trust Fund, or CTF2. CTF2, which was launched on 27 June 2016 at the 39th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, will provide an opportunity for more than 100 countries to seek up to 3 years’ support