Kyrgyzstan: "Coffee breaks" provide information to sex workers

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The provision of medicines to hospitals is becoming increasingly difficult. Since 1997, the MSF mission has focused on the resurgence of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and on the emergence of AIDS, mainly in the areas of Osh and Batkent. Better health care for prostitutes Over the course of the year, MSF implemented a medical referral system for women prostitutes, who had previously either had no access at all to health care or were obliged to pay dearly to obtain quality care. Information sessions for the women, called "coffee breaks," continue at the MSF information center. Physicians from Kyrgyzstani hospitals also attend the sessions. Over the last year, the team also reduced the number of medical facilities (clinics or doctors' surgeries) it supports, in an effort to develop a more effective partnership with Kyrgyzstani gynecologists and dermatovenereologists. Under that partnership, all parties attend consultations, and discuss and share diagnoses. MSF provides the medicines for treating patients. New protocol for treating gonorrhea Over the last year, a survey carried out with the Fournier Institute and the Kyrgyzstani Ministry of Health resulted in a change in the protocol for the treatment of gonorrhea. MSF is now trying to encourage physicians to adopt the new protocol. MSF has been working in Kyrgyzstan since 1996. International staff: 4 National staff: 33