The Opening Ceremony of a new Challenge TB Project

Bishkek – the Opening Ceremony of a new Challenge TB Project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will take place on June 25 at 10:00 a.m. at the Conference Hall of the Republican Scientific Medical Library at the following address: 1, Togolok Moldo street. Representatives of the Ministry of Health, National TB Program, USAID and other international organizations will attend the event. Challenge TB

According to WHO, TB remains a serious public health problem in the Kyrgyz Republic. According to the Ministry of Health, TB incidence is increasing (101.1 cases in 2014 compared to 99.8 cases in 2013). The growing number of drug-resistant TB cases (1,125 cases in 2014 compared to 1,100 cases in 2013) is of a particular concern. Please add one sentence explaining in non-scientific terms what drug-resistant TB is. Drug-resistant tuberculosis is a form of tuberculosis that is resistant to anti-TB drugs which can occur when these drugs are misused or mismanaged. People can also contract resistant form of TB from other patients.

In 2013, 2014 and 2015, WHO issued a set of guidelines on the use of Bedaquiline and Delamanid, two new drugs for treating drug-resistant TB cases. The guidelines defined the basic conditions necessary for the use of Bedaquiline by national TB programs, as well as by public and private partners involved in the planning, implementation and monitoring of activities aimed at stopping drug-resistant TB. Challenge TB Project will help the National TB Program and Ministry of Health adopt the new guidelines and introduce new TB drugs and regiments in line with WHO recommendations.

USAID’s Challenge TB Project in the Kyrgyz Republic will be implemented by the branch office of the Royal Netherlands Tuberculosis Association (KNCV).

To learn more about USAID’s health programs in the Kyrgyz Republic visit:

Mass media representatives are invited to the Opening Ceremony.

To find more information about the event, please contact Mr. Bakyt Myrzaliev, Director of KNCV Branch office in the Kyrgyz Republic by phone: 398201 or by e-mail: