Delivery of emergency health kits to the Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan

WHO/Almaz Zhumaliev

WHO handed over kits consisting of essential medicines and medical supplies for 20 000 people for a period of 3 months to the Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan. The kits, delivered on 13 September 2018, will help the Ministry of Health and local health authorities respond to the needs of the population in case of high-risk hazards including earthquakes and flash floods. The kits will be distributed to the northern and southern regions of the country.

The prepacked kits, referred to as interagency emergency health kits, contain a standardized collection of essential medicines and medical supplies deployed by United Nations agencies and other partners that respond to large-scale emergencies. They are designed for use where medical supplies have been disrupted by an emergency, aiming to fill the gap until medical supply mechanisms are restored.

Strengthening national emergency preparedness

The official handover took place at the specialized storage facility of the Department of Medicines Provision and Medical Devices. It was attended by Dr Kosmosbek Cholponbaev, Minister of Health of Kyrgyzstan; Dr Jarno Habicht, WHO Representative in Kyrgyzstan; health workers in the response operation; and representatives of local media outlets.

Dr Cholponbaev expressed gratitude to WHO for supporting and strengthening emergency preparedness in the country. Dr Habicht emphasized WHO’s readiness to further support Kyrgyzstan. He highlighted the importance of strengthening the emergency preparedness of the health system and implementing the International Health Regulations (2005) to help the country respond effectively during emergencies.

The shipment of kits was made possible under the framework of the biennial collaborative agreement for 2018–2019 between WHO/Europe and the Kyrgyz Ministry of Health, and WHO’s support for strengthening country emergency preparedness and implementation of the International Health Regulations.