USAID and the Ministry of Health Award Winners of Tuberculosis Patient Essay Contest

Bishkek – The Ministry of Health and the National Tuberculosis (TB) Center will host an award ceremony for the winners of a TB patient essay contest. The goal of the essay contest is to raise awareness about the problems faced by TB patients and to counter the social stigma that prevents many people from getting proper treatment.

The event will take place March 31, at 10:00 a.m. at the National Scientific Medical Library (1/2 Togolok Moldo St., intersection with Moskovskaya). Deputy Minister of Health Amangeldi Murzaliev, Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy Alan Meltzer, healthcare professionals, civil society, and patients will take part in the ceremony. The Ministry of Health, the National TB Center, and USAID organized the ceremony and contest to commemorate World Tuberculosis Day.

The patient essays are the real stories of people who are often forgotten behind medical statistics. These stories shed light on the wide range of problems and challenges each patient faces, and how they find the strength to overcome them. Such understanding is crucial for nationwide efforts to promote more effective, patient-oriented treatment.

USAID Defeat TB is a five-year project to reduce tuberculosis in the Kyrgyz Republic.  The project supports universal access to high quality TB services for vulnerable populations through a strengthened and sustainable health system, by introducing more effective treatment plans, providing advanced diagnostic equipment, and improving coordination among various healthcare providers and patients.