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Kyrgyzstan To Cut Financing Of The Anti-AIDS Programs

Monday, January 30, 2017 - 22:32

In 2018, within a special state program, Kyrgyzstan's “National Center for AIDS” will for the first time conduct a study needed to obtain the statistics of AIDS and HIV among labor migrants from Kyrgyzstan. Head of this organization Ulan Kadyrkulov announced the news at a press conference held on January 27. According to him, the living conditions of the Kyrgyz citizens working abroad have a negative effect on the risk of infection.

 

“Today, Kyrgyzstan does not have the data on infected migrants. Based on the fact that this category of persons is one of the most vulnerable groups due to the absence of full rights in the host country and the lack of adequate medical care, as well as the high risk of unsafe behavior. Therefore, the probability of becoming infected can be called high. Basically, as you know, this applies to the able-bodied young Kyrgyz people,” Kadyrkulov said.

 

In addition, chairman of the Public Supervisory Council under the Ministry of Health Aybar Sultangaziev said that the republic's international donors continued to cut the funding for the programs aimed at the prevention and treatment of HIV and TB. “The Global Fund to fight AIDS has allocated $3.7 million for every year in the period 2018-2020, which is two times less than the level of funding in 2014. In comparison with the previous year, it is a decrease of $1.9 million,” he stressed.

 

Sultangaziev also noted that the Kyrgyz authorities need to increase the amount of funding for HIV and AIDS programs. Otherwise the fight against this dangerous infection to be effective.

 

According to the official data, 7,117 HIV infected persons are registered in Kyrgyzstan; of them 580 persons are the children. 6,747 HIV infected people are citizens of the Kyrgyz republic. At the end of 2016, 720 new cases of HIV infections were registered in the country.



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