Currently, our partnership is on hold due to a challenging regulatory environment. Despite this, AmeriCares hopes to continue to support the country in the future.
Snapshot of Kyrgyzstan:
Like many countries in the region, Kyrgyzstan wrestles with ethnic tensions and periods of political instability. With an economy still dominated by agriculture, the development of a market-based modern system is still a work in progress. Growth has been sporadic but in recent years it has shown positive signs. With endemic poverty and an under-resourced health care system, over 40% of the Kyrgyz people lack access to essential medicines, in spite of economic development. Critical health issues:
- Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death, accounting for 48.3% of all deaths in Kyrgyzstan
- Changes in lifestyle that accompany the development process are contributing to more chronic diseases such as cardiovascular conditions
- Perinatal conditions such as low birth weight and respiratory infections
In the past, AmeriCares has provided ongoing medical and humanitarian support to the Adventist Development and Relief Association (ADRA) in Kyrgyzstan. ADRA-Kyrgyzstan is a nonprofit organization that implements community development initiatives to address food security, economic development, primary health and basic education.
Additionally, ADRA-Kyrgyzstan and AmeriCares worked with the Ministry of Health to provide nutritional supplements, medicines, medical supplies, hygiene products and other humanitarian aid to a network of under-resourced national hospitals and local social organizations. Through this partnership, critically needed products from AmeriCares have reached nearly every region of Kyrgyzstan, stocking facilities ranging from rural primary care clinics to large specialty care centers in urban areas.
With the current hold on the partnership, AmeriCares is hoping to resume these efforts in the future.
In Kyrgyzstan, cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of reduced life expectancy for both men and women. In 2003, AmeriCares joined with Merck & Co., Inc. to establish the Central Asian Cardiovascular Disease Initiative, which, working in conjunction with ADRA, addressed both hypertension and hyperlipidemia in Kyrgyzstan. This initiative helped poor patients manage their conditions with medicines which lower blood cholesterol levels, and provided routine monitoring by doctors. These sophisticated and expensive medicines would be unavailable to patients without this program. This initiative was also implemented in Uzbekistan.
AmeriCares also donates medical products to qualified U.S. health care professionals who are traveling to Kyrgyzstan to provide charitable medical care. Through this program, donated medicines and medical supplies reach impoverished and isolated communities where even basic medical care is inaccessible to the poor or often non-existent. AmeriCares donations cure infections, relieve pain, help patients manage chronic diseases and make life-changing surgeries possible. Since 2001, products valued at $21,000 have been donated to the Medical Outreach Program in Kyrgyzstan.
Recent News from Kyrgyzstan
AmeriCares delivered emergency aid to help to victims of brutal ethnic violence in Kyrgyzstan where thousands of men, women and children remain homeless and are living in refugee camps. Read more.
Residents in Kyrgyzstan living with disabilities or injuries often struggle to improve their conditions but lack the resources to do so. Here, something as simple as a wheelchair can drastically change someone’s life.
Recently, AmeriCares Program Managers Jim O'Brien and Kathleen Oldaker visited our partners in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. While there, they recognized an ongoing need for basic health care in the region.