Today in the capital of Kyrgyzstan ended with a Regional meeting on improving testing practices of HIV and improve the system of laboratory services in the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia (hereinafter - EECA).
The event was attended by representatives of the ministries of health, centers for control and prevention (CDC), laboratory services, surveillance, international experts, and representatives of NGOs.
The meeting reviewed the basic principles governing HIV testing: strategy, laboratory methods and algorithms of diagnostics of HIV infection used in the EECA countries; improving the quality of diagnosis and increase access to HIV testing; evaluation of use of rapid tests for HIV.
The sides also discussed the development of General recommendations for the national regulations of the diagnosis of HIV, the establishment of closer cooperation between partner organizations aimed at further development of the potential of laboratory diagnostics of HIV infection.
Currently, according to experts, Kazakhstan is one of the leading countries in EECA to implement the recommendations of the world health organization in addressing the problems of HIV/AIDS.
Speaking at the meeting, General Director Republican center on prevention and control of AIDS of the Ministry of health of Kazakhstan Bauyrzhan Bayserkin noted that the ranking of the world economic forum in terms of the Global competitiveness index "HIV Prevalence among population aged 15-49 years" of Kazakhstan, with a figure of 0.18% is in the group of countries occupying the first place. Curbing the spread of HIV infection is due to the implementation of preventive programs among the population and vulnerable groups.
"The availability of testing for HIV infection for the population of Kazakhstan is universal. For detection of HIV infection is tested annually more than 2 million people," - said Baurzhan Bayserkin.
He stressed that in accordance with the UNAIDS strategy "90:90:90" Kazakhstan will continue its targeted work to strengthen laboratory services and promote the most effective approaches to improve access to HIV testing, improving the quality of HIV diagnosis and improvement of control over the outcomes.