The World Health Organization

Since opening the WHO Country Office in Kyrgyzstan in 1994, the WHO focuses on improving the population’s health level and addressing health inequalities, health sector reforms and enhancement of access of the population to quality health care services. The role of a WHO Country Office is also to respond to requests from the host country to support policy-making for sustainable health development, taking a holistic health-system approach. This includes providing guidance, building up local relationships to implement technical cooperation, preparing standards and agreements and ensuring that public health measures are coordinated and in place during crises. Over the years the Office has been the focal point for all WHO activities in Kyrgyzstan. In 2015 the WHO Country Office profile was upgraded. The Office is now under the leadership of a WHO Representative/Head of Country Office and is scaling up the level of activities to support national policy development.

WHO country offices represent the World Health Organization in its work to:

  • support the development of policies and strategies in the health sector and those influencing health;
  • channel technical advice and provide capacity building;
  • promote and develop partnerships;
  • promote the health dimension;
  • share information on health topics.

Our corporate leadership priorities give focus and direction to our work at the all levels of the organization. They are areas where it is vital for WHO to lead – the key issues which stand out from the body of our work. These are:

  • Advancing universal health coverage
  • Achieving health-related development goals
  • Addressing noncommunicable diseases and mental health, violence and injuries and disabilities
  • Detection and response to acute public health threats under the International Health Regulations
  • Increasing access to quality, safe, efficacious and affordable medical products
  • Addressing the social, economic and environmental determinants of health

Kyrgyzstan implements WHO strategies on path towards Universal Health Coverage and strengthening health system; improving the public health service capacity and addressing health security; as well strengthening the control of communicable and non-communicable diseases. Priorities for joint work are set out in the biennial collaborative agreement (BCA) between WHO/Europe and Kyrgyzstan, latest for 2016–2017.


WHO News

  • Apr 9, 2019

    Development Dialogue Addresses Health Emergency Preparedness in Kyrgyzstan

    Over 60 high-level government representatives, parliamentarians, development partners, researchers, technical experts on health, and civil society representatives came together to share inputs on strengthening health emergency preparedness and readiness to advance health security in the Kyrgyz Republic during a development dialogue on April 9th, 2019. The Development Dialogue was co-organised by the United Nations (UN) system in Kyrgyzstan, and the University of Central Asia’s (UCA) Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA). This was the third in a series of six such development dialogues.

  • Apr 12, 2018

    WHO and UNICEF issue new guidance to promote breastfeeding in health facilities

    WHO and UNICEF issued new ten-step guidance to increase support for breastfeeding in health facilities that provide maternity and newborn services. Breastfeeding all babies for the first 2 years would save the lives of more than 820 000 children under age 5 annually. The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding encourages new mothers to breastfeed and informs health workers how best to support breastfeeding. Breastfeeding within the first hour of birth protects newborn babies from infections.

  • Feb 19, 2018

    World Health Organization: Europe observes a 400% increase in measles cases in 2017 compared to previous year

    Measles has rebounded in the WHO European Region. The disease affected 21 315 people and caused 35 deaths in 2017, following a record low of 5273 cases in 2016. The WHO Regional Office for Europe has released new data for 2017 one day ahead of a health ministerial meeting on immunization in Montenegro on 20 February 2018.

  • Feb 1, 2018

    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.

  • Jan 22, 2018

    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.

  • Dec 28, 2017

    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.

  • Dec 12, 2017

    First training on global health diplomacy in Kyrgyzstan

    On 13 December 2017, Kyrgyzstan hosted its first training on global health diplomacy in Bishkek. The event was the result of fruitful cooperation between the WHO Country Office and the Diplomatic Academy of the Kyrgyz Republic. Participants included high-level representatives from parliamentary, presidential and governmental offices as well as departments of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Health, affiliated health and academic institutions, and United Nations agencies.

  • Dec 7, 2017

    Kyrgyzstan strengthens health services delivery through high-level policy dialogue

    Valuable recommendations on strengthening health services delivery were developed during a high-level policy dialogue on 4–7 December 2017 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan organized the dialogue together with development partners. The event brought together representatives from the offices of the President, Government and Parliament, the Mandatory Health Insurance Fund, development partners and international organizations.

  • Nov 30, 2017

    105 000 doses of vaccine flown into Kyrgyzstan to kick-start influenza immunization campaign

    WHO and the Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan encourage health-care workers and those at risk of influenza-related complications to get vaccinated against influenza during the immunization campaign that starts in the country on 28 November 2017. An additional 105 000 doses of influenza vaccine were shipped to Kyrgyzstan to allow more people to be vaccinated. The new influenza vaccine was presented during an official ceremony on 21 November 2017.

  • Nov 28, 2017

    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.

  • Nov 27, 2017

    Kyrgyzstan promotes importance of international food standards

    A 1-day workshop raised awareness among high-level officials in Kyrgyzstan of the importance of the Codex Alimentarius, a set of international food safety and quality standards. The primary objective of the workshop, held in November 2017 in Bishkek, was to enhance governmental, parliamentary and ministerial representatives’ understanding of Codex activities.

  • Nov 7, 2017

    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.

  • Nov 7, 2017

    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.

  • Nov 1, 2017

    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.

  • Oct 12, 2017

    Workshop supporting environment and health impact assessment in Kyrgyzstan

    A capacity-building workshop on environment and health impact assessment (EHIA) took place in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on 11–12 October 2017. Co-organized by the WHO European Centre for Environment and Health in Bonn, Germany, and the WHO Country Office in Kyrgyzstan, the workshop was designed as a hands-on, interactive event to strengthen national capacity.

  • Sep 20, 2017

    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.

  • Aug 9, 2017

    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.

  • Aug 1, 2017

    Kyrgyzstan is one of the countries with low breastfeeding rates

    Bishkek, 1 August 2017 –UNICEF and World Health Organization (WHO) jointly with other academic institutions have conducted research “The Global Breastfeeding Scorecard” which evaluated 194 nations and found that only 40 per cent of children younger than six months are breastfed exclusively (given nothing but breast milk) and only 23 countries have exclusive breastfeeding rates above 60 per cent.

  • Jul 20, 2017

    Countries meet to accelerate progress in maternal and newborn health in Central Asia and the Caucasus

    BISHKEK, 20 July 2017 - Health experts from around the world have come together in Bishkek to an intercountry Symposium to discuss ways and opportunities to accelerate maternal and newborn health in Central Asia and the Caucasus regions, all part of the strategy to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • Jun 8, 2017

    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.