Kyrgyzstan Ministry of Health approves first national laboratory policy and strategic plan


Members of the Coordination Laboratory Council at a recent training course in Copenhagen.

On 24 May 2016, the Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan met with representatives of WHO/Europe and the Coordination Laboratory Council to discuss the national laboratory policy and strategic plan, which was developed 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.

The meeting followed on from a policy consultation which took place on 1 March 2016, during which a broad range of stakeholders met to consult on a proposal for a national laboratory policy and strategic plan for Kyrgyzstan. The draft proposal was posted in English and Russian on the Ministry of Health's website, and comments were received from the relevant stakeholders and incorporated in the final document.

The final document was approved according to Order No. 347, which includes provisions for the approval of the policy and strategic plan, and a mandate for the Coordination Laboratory Council to develop a draft resolution on the development of laboratory services in Kyrgyzstan until 2025.

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).