Kyrgyzstan’s health services receive boost

WHO and the Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan are rolling out a series of new projects to support health services, particularly emergency services and mental health care. A donation of US$ 1 million from the Russian Federation made this support possible.

“When the crisis began, and in the months that have followed, our number-one priority has always been to help mobilize resources from other countries to quickly restore essential health services for the people of Kyrgyzstan,” said Ms Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe.

In June 2010, civil conflict affected about 400 000 people in southern Kyrgyzstan, of which some 300 000 were internally displaced and 75 000 forced into neighbouring Uzbekistan. The large number of injured people initially overwhelmed the health facilities, which needed upgraded rehabilitation services to help them. Psychosocial trauma was the most serious health effect of the crisis.

WHO and the Ministry of Health will conduct a range of activities to ensure access to health care, including mental health and psychosocial support, such as:

  • improving the capacity of health facilities in southern Kyrgyzstan and setting up three mobile medical teams;
  • providing emergency medical supplies for hospitals and primary health care centres in Osh and Jala-Abad;
  • boosting the services of two mental health centre centres and setting up two psychological outpatient centres in Osh and Jala-Abad; and
  • providing operational support and technical expertise to the national health authorities.