WHO provides technical support to Kyrgyzstan government officials on financing of TB services

At a workshop in August 2017, a team of experts from WHO/Europe and national specialists put forward recommendations to officials in Kyrgyzstan on designing a financial model for tuberculosis (TB) services in the country. The model incorporates the provision of financial incentives for TB services in outpatient settings.

Officials from Kyrgyzstan’s Ministry of Health, the National TB Control Programme, the mandatory health insurance fund and other national and international partners including the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) took part in the discussions. The workshop is the third in a series of events organized to review the current model of TB services in Kyrgyzstan; to draft roles in TB prevention and care for primary health care and TB facilities; and to distribute services between hospitals and ambulatory care settings.

Experts at the workshop also provided recommendations on costing TB services and on financing mechanisms to cover both outpatient and inpatient settings. The next step is to develop an implementation plan with a timeline.

The recommendations from the workshop will help strengthen health systems and advance people-centred care for TB prevention, treatment and care in Kyrgyzstan.