Kyrgyzstan health minister wins award

Kyrgyzstan's Minister of Health, Dr Sabyrbek Jumabekov, is one of the Winners of the Stars of the Commonwealth prize for 2010. This is the first time an individual from the health sector has won the prestigious award. The winners were announced at the ceremony held 22 April at the Pashkov House of the Russian State Library.

Dr Jumabekov is a specialist in the area of severe congenital and acquired deformities of the skeletal system. He was the first in Central Asia to introduce highly innovative operational methods for the treatment of spinal disorders. Dr Jumabekov is also the author of 285 scientific papers, including 56 inventions and innovations. For his scientific and practical activities he has been awarded a number of renowned international awards.

The founders of the prize are the International Foundation for Humanitarian Cooperation of Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) member states and the Council for Humanitarian Cooperation of the CIS. Founded in 1991, the CIS is a regional organization whose participating countries are former Soviet Republics, formed during the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

The Stars of the Commonwealth awards are given out each year for contributions to and achievement in science and education, culture and arts and humanitarian work.