Spreading the message of World Health Day 2016 in Kyrgyzstan


From left: Dr Roza Sultangazieva, Chief Endocrinologist, Ministry of Health of Krygyzstan; Ms Nurgul Setkazieva, Interpreter; Dr Jarno Habicht, WHO Representative to Kyrgyzstan; Dr Talantbek Batyraliev, Minister of Health of Kyrgyzstan; and Dr Svetlana Mamutova Diabetes Association of Kyrgyzstan.

The Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan organized a number of events, from a press conference to a flash mob, focused on World health Day 2016 and the theme "Beat diabetes".

A press conference took place in the leading AKIpress News Agency. Participants included: Dr Talantbek Batyraliev, Minister of Health of Kyrgyzstan; Dr Jarno Habicht, WHO Representative to Krygyzstan; Dr Svetlana Mamutova from the Diabetes Association of Kyrgyzstan; and Dr Roza Sultangazieva, Chief Endocrinologist at the Ministry of Health. Key WHO materials were shared widely among journalists including:

  • a country profile
  • a diabetes fact sheet
  • a summary of the "Global report on diabetes"
  • a country case study titled "Implementing the PEN protocol to enhance diabetes diagnosis"
  • a press release.

A number of radio programmes featured the participation of chief experts from the Ministry of Health and were broadcast in the capital and other parts of the country during the week of World Health Day.

The Ministry of Health organized in primary health care facilities a number of thematic seminars on diabetes control.

The Republican Health Promotion Centre organized a flash mob with the participation of students in the central part of town to attract the attention of young people and raise awareness about the theme of World Health Day.

HelpAge International supported another flash mob with the participation of older people, along with a workshop that included the participation of Ministry of Health specialists, civil-society organizations and pensioners.

A banner featuring World Health Day was installed in front of the United Nations office in both Kyrgyz and Russian.

The topic of diabetes will continue to be covered in the coming months as one of the important areas in the country's efforts to prevent and control noncommunicable diseases.