20180706_131252Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic, July 6, 2018 – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Kyrgyz Republic Government Migration and Border Services, the Ministry of Health, National TB Center, the global health and humanitarian non-governmental organization Project HOPE
and Transboundary TB Control CSO Initiative Group, held today a roundtable “New Horizons: Prospects for Transboundary TB Control”. The aim of the roundtable meeting was to amplify the role and efforts of civil society in TB prevention and care among labor migrants and provide a platform for governmental and non-governmental organizations from Kyrgyzstan and the Central Asian region to share experiences, challenges, and innovative approaches in civil society engagement for effective transboundary TB control regionwide. The World Health Organization, the Kyrgyz Republic regional government authorities, and national and international civil society organizations also participated in this important forum.

According to WHO, globally, tuberculosis kills 1.7 million people every year, even though it is curable and preventable. TB now surpasses HIV as the leading cause of death from infectious diseases in the world and disproportionately impacts migrant populations and other vulnerable groups. Tuberculosis knows no boundaries and the U.S. Government through USAID has been supporting the Kyrgyz Republic and Central Asian governments in their focused and sustained efforts to provide effective TB prevention and care to general and vulnerable populations to halt the spread of this disease across the region.

The roundtable participants and leading Kyrgyz, Kazakhstan, and international experts formulated strategies and adopted a resolution for effective evidence-based, patient-centered transboundary TB control interventions in the region. These strategies will ensure equitable and continued access to TB care services for the migrant populations for improved health and well-being of the peoples of the Central Asian region.


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