National laboratory policy and strategic plan of Kyrgyzstan published for comments


On 1 March 2016, led by the Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan, a broad range of stakeholders met to consult on a proposal for a national laboratory policy and strategic plan for Kyrgyzstan. The Laboratory Coordination Council of Kyrgyzstan developed this comprehensive proposal, conducted under the aegis of WHO/Europe's Better Labs for Better Health initiative. It lays out a national vision for laboratory services for 2025, as well as 11 policy topics and associated strategic objectives based on in-depth situational analyses.

To support the finalization and endorsement of this proposal, it is posted in English and Russian on the Ministry of Health's website and is open for comments until 31 March 2016.

About the proposal

The proposal has been developed within the Den Sooluk National Health Reform Program in Kyrgyzstan for 2012–2016 by experts from all sectors responsible for the country's laboratory services including:

  • laboratories for human and animal health, both public and private, under the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources;
  • the National Center for Quality Control of Laboratory Diagnostics of Infectious Diseases and the Department of Laboratory Accreditation of the Kyrgyz Center of Accreditation;
  • health financing experts from the Mandatory Health Insurance Fund;
  • teachers from the Kyrgyz State Medical Academy; and
  • the Kyrgyz State Medical Institute for Retraining and Continuous Education.

It has taken into account principles and strategies embodied in:

  • the European Health 2020 policy
  • the International Health Regulations
  • a One Health approach
  • the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

This work is supported by the European Union (European Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development) as part of the project on strengthening health laboratories to minimize potential biological risks (contract IFS/2013/332312).