Kyrgyzstan discussing means to boost primary health care


Primary health care in Kyrgyzstan has progressively advanced in the context of the consecutive national health reform programmes: "Manas" (1996–2006), "Manas Taalimi" (2006–2010) and "Den Sooluk" (2012–2016). Kyrgyzstan was first in the WHO European Region to complete an assessment of its health system response to noncommunicable diseases. The assessment showed that despite these systematic efforts, primary health care in Kyrgyzstan, like in other countries of the Region, faces challenges to scale up interventions for coping with the increasing burden of chronic conditions, with the control, diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis among the most important health threats prioritized by the "Den Sooluk" national health reform programme.

In this context, a thematic group composed of national experts, supported by WHO, assembled for a workshop from 18 to 21 May in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, to discuss ways of strengthening models of care, enhancing competencies of primary health care professionals, advancing user-friendly information responses and establishing incentive mechanisms that promote quality of care, among other important health systems enablers. Comprehensive, responsive and coordinated primary health care is at the core of people-centred health systems in the context of the Health 2020 policy framework.

These efforts resulted in the development of the new vision for primary health care for Kyrgyzstan that was presented and discussed at the stakeholders' meeting on 21 May 2015 in the presence of the Minister of Health, Dr Talantbek Batyraliev, and other high-level representatives of the Ministry of Health and development partners. Upcoming work will focus on developing a comprehensive primary health care action framework for Kyrgyzstan to be discussed in the context of the next thematic meeting in September later this year.