Continued support for leishmaniasis control in Tajikistan
WHO/Europe in cooperation with the Ministry of Health conducted a mission to Tajikistan on 3–5 September 2012 focused on leishmaniasis control. The mission included a training for health care authorities and clinicians to review the current situation and needs for technical expertise in clinical features, case management and treatment of visceral and cutaneous leishmaniasis.
The training was conducted by Dr Mikhail Ejov, Programme Manager, Malaria and Other Vector-Borne and Parasitic Diseases, WHO/Europe, together with Dr Giorgi Babuadze and Irma Kokaya, WHO consultants and experts of the Institute of Parasitology of the Republic of Georgia. Dr Ejov briefed participants on the current global and regional epidemiological situation with regard to leishmaniasis; control and preventive measures taken; and further planned activities in Members States of the WHO European Region. Diagnosis and innovative approaches to treatment were also discussed.
Dr Pavel Ursu, WHO Representative/Head of the WHO Country Office in Tajikistan, opened the training, stressing that "leishmaniasis is an urgent problem that is important for Tajikistan and neighbouring countries, such as Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan". At present, WHO is providing technical assistance to Tajikistan on assessment of the leishmaniasis situation in the most affected areas – Darvaz and Penjikent – and development of national treatment guidelines for leishmaniasis.