Today in Astana began the second regional high-level meeting on "Migration and tuberculosis: cross-border TB control in the countries of Central Asia." Within two days, international and national experts will discuss issues on cross-border control of tuberculosis in the countries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.
The event, organized by the National center of tuberculosis problems of the MHSD of the RK, Project HOPE, Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria and the U.S. Agency for international development (USAID), was attended by the representatives of government agencies, national TB programs and migration authorities of the Central Asian countries, Armenia, Russia and Ukraine, experts from the who, the Partnership "STOP TB", the International organization for migration, the International Federation of red cross and red Crescent movement, the Global tuberculosis Institute at Rutgers University (USA), representatives of civil society.
The meeting was organized in the framework of the implementation of the Comprehensive plan to combat tuberculosis in Kazakhstan for 2014-2020, and the draft Project HOPE "Event on cross-border control and treatment of tuberculosis, tuberculosis with plural drug resistance, TB/HIV among labor migrants in the Republic of Kazakhstan".
"The joint fight against TB at the regional level collects us for the second year. This meeting testifies to the effective cooperation in the fight against TB at the regional level, between countries and between government agencies, international organizations and civil society. We are pleased to note that during the year, thanks to good dialogue, made practical steps for the conclusion of bilateral agreements on cross-border control of tuberculosis. It will introduce long-term mechanisms in the fight against TB," said Executive Vice President Project HOPE Linda Heitzman.
The participants will discuss the results of the implementation of the 12-month action Plan/Road map designed in the first high-level meeting, held on 19-20 November 2015 in Astana. In addition, the draft of the second action Plan/Road map for the next year to finalize bilateral agreements on cross-border TB control and their preparation for signing. The implementation document will serve to unite the efforts of TB programs in Central Asian countries in combating the disease, particularly in relation to pre field preparation and tracking of TB treatment in the return of migrant workers to their homeland.
Following the meeting will adopt a resolution summarizing the recommendations on peculiarities of implementation of patient-oriented approach to TB treatment among migrants.
In the first 10 months of the current year in the National register of TB patients registered 177 cases of the disease among migrants. The number of registered migrants lead Mangystau (40), Almaty (20), South Kazakhstan (14) and North Kazakhstan (11) region, Almaty (18) and Astana (19). Among registered migrants is dominated by citizens of Uzbekistan (51,9%), Russian Federation (17.9 per cent), Turkmenistan (8%), Kyrgyzstan (8%) and Azerbaijan (4.9 per cent). In the intervening period 2016 to organizing primary health care and dispensary appealed and examined for tuberculosis 753 external migrants (in 2015 - 157).