Health and Nutrition News

  • Kyrgyzstan marks World Prematurity Day

    Complications of premature birth are the main cause of death for more than 1 million children under the age of 5 every year worldwide. In Kyrgyzstan, some 8000 babies are born prematurely. Bishkek, 17 November 2016: Every year, some 8000 children are born prematurely in Kyrgyzstan (4.8 per cent of all births). The survival rate of children weighing 500 to 1500 grams is 49.2 per cent.

  • WHO mission assesses response to viral hepatitis in Kyrgyzstan

    Responding to a request from Kyrgyzstan’s Ministry of Health, a team of WHO experts conducted a mission on 11–15 July 2016 to assess the national hepatitis response, including the existing policy and governance environment, available data and information systems, laboratory capacity, testing and treatment infrastructure, human resource capacity, drug and diagnostic supply, and medicine costing and access.

  • Kyrgyz Minister and Member of Parliament support intersectoral approach to road safety

    Kyrgyz Minister of Health Dr Talantbek Batyraliev welcomed 55 stakeholders to an intersectoral policy dialogue on road safety. The Minister declared that reducing road crash deaths is a top priority for the government in Kyrgyzstan, which has the second-highest rate reported in the WHO European Region. WHO/Europe and the Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan jointly organized the meeting, held on 31 October 2016 in Bishkek.

  • Award for WHO’s contribution to maternal and women’s health in Kyrgyzstan

    The government and Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan presented WHO’s Regional Adviser for Sexual and Reproductive Health, Gunta Lazdane, the “Excellent worker of public health services of the Kyrgyz Republic” award. This award was in recognition of her work to improve the health of women and mothers in the country.

  • Laboratory mentoring for quality systems implementation under the Better Labs for Better Health initiative: 2016 in review

    A key method for effective and efficient strengthening of medical laboratories is the implementation of a laboratory quality management system (LQMS) based on the international quality standard ISO 15189:2012. In 2014, WHO launched a web-based tool that guides laboratories through the practical day-to-day implementation of an LQMS: the Laboratory Quality Stepwise Implementation (LQSI) tool.

  • 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 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.

  • World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) 2016: Encouraging health care workers and the public to become “Antibiotic Guardians”

    Antibiotic resistance presents one of the biggest threats to global health and development today – and the threat is growing. This year, the world will mark the second annual World Antibiotic Awareness Week from 14 to 20 November, with a particular focus on health care workers.

  • Uniform standards for child development from 0 to 3 years presented in Kyrgyzstan

    Bishkek, 21 November 2016 – Today, experts from the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) presented standards for child development from birth to 3 years in Kyrgyzstan. The presentation took place at a meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Social Affairs, Education, Science, Culture and Public Health. Based on approved standards, experts have developed a manual on early child development from 0 to 3 years, and a diary on child development from 0 to 7 years. The presentation was dedicated to the Universal Children's Day – 20 November, when the Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted.

  • Improving cancer registries in CIS countries – Kyrgyzstan hosts a Basic Cancer Registration Course co-organized by WHO/Europe and WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer

    Population-based cancer registries are needed for quantifying the burden of cancer and assessing national prevention and control programmes. Well trained cancer registry staff play a crucial role in ensuring good-quality data and adequate data analysis, interpretation and dissemination.

  • Pandemic Influenza Preparedness 2017 planning workshop

    This year’s annual planning workshop for implementation of the 2017 Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework Partnership Contribution was held on 13–15 September 2016 at the WHO Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen, Denmark.

  • Increasing information on noncommunicable disease risk factors in the Region

    In general, noncommunicable disease (NCD) mortality and morbidity data can be obtained from vital registration systems in WHO European Member States. However, information on risk factors is less frequently available, prompting for alternative data sources to provide this information.

  • WHO experts awarded medals by the Kyrgyz Mandatory Health Insurance Fund

    At the 20th anniversary of the Mandatory Health Insurance Fund (MHIF) of the Kyrgyz Republic, WHO experts were honored for their contributions to the Kyrgyz health financing system. Melitta Jakab, Senior Health Economist, WHO Regional Office for Europe, Joe Kutzin, Senior Health Financing Global Advisor, WHO Headquarters and Jarno Habicht, WHO Representative in Kyrgyzstan, all received medals for their many years of work and collaboration. The medals represent a high level of recognition from the Kyrgyz government to WHO for its continued support for health systems reforms.

  • A step forward in respecting human rights and improving access to and quality of family planning

    In line with the recently approved Action plan for sexual and reproductive health: towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Europe – leaving no one behind, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) organized a workshop in close collaboration with WHO for health professionals, decision-makers and development partners from Kazakhstan and 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".

  • 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.

  • WHO/Europe donates latest publications to key medical libraries in Kyrgyzstan

    In October 2016, WHO/Europe shared approximately 1000 copies of its latest publications with 3 of Kyrgyzstan’s main medical libraries: Kyrgyz State Medical Academy, the Osh State University Faculty of Medicine and the Republican Scientific Medical Library of the Kyrgyz Ministry of Health.

  • FSN Forum in Europe and Central Asia

    The online consultation “Food security and nutrition programme for Kyrgyzstan in action. How to implement policy in the most efficient way?” is initiated by the FAO Representative Office in Kyrgyzstan and FAO’s Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum) with the South-South Cooperation funding.

  • FEEDCities project – studying urban food environments

    FEEDCities is an ongoing multicountry study, which describes the urban food environments of cities in central Asia, the Caucasus and south-eastern Europe. These cities (and countries) have street markets and other vending sites that play a unique and important part of their food culture. These vending sites offer a diverse range of nourishing fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains.

  • Salt and trans-fats assessed in Kyrgyz Republic with WHO support

    Dietary behaviors play an important role for the development of major NCDs. Better knowing the nutritional composition of what we eat is crucial in order to improve food and nutrition landscape and the food behavior in countries of the WHO European Region.