Kyrgyzstan to develop roadmap for health care system with WHO help

Government of Kyrgyzstan

The WHO Regional Director for Europe, Ms Zsuzsanna Jakab, meets with the Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic, Mr Jantoro Joldoshevich Satybaldiev

Kyrgyzstan and WHO have agreed to establish an ad hoc group to develop a roadmap for improving the country’s health care system. The agreement was expressed in a meeting between the Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan, Mr Jantoro Joldoshevich Satybaldiev, and the WHO Regional Director for Europe, Ms Zsuzsanna Jakab, in Bishkek this week.

Their discussion focused on the collaboration between Kyrgyzstan and WHO/Europe in the framework of Health 2020, the European policy for health and well-being.

The Prime Minister thanked WHO for its continued support to the health sector of his country, commenting: “While reforms have been conducted as part of the implementation of the “Manas” and “Manas Taalimi” health reform programmes, a number of problems in the health sector have not been solved yet. Undoubtedly, there were positive aspects to the implementation of these programmes, but they have not yielded the expected results.”

Commitment to progress in the health sector

The Prime Minister said that the health sector’s share in the national budget is currently one of the highest among all sectors. Last year, the health sector was allocated about 13 billion Kyrgyzstani som, equivalent to about US$ 19.3 million. “However, the efficiency of the use of these funds could be improved,” he added.

The Regional Director noted the Kyrgyz Government’s real commitment to the health sector. “There are some improvements in health indicators,” she said. “In particular, infant mortality and the incidence of cardiovascular disease are declining. These are good trends.”