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Cervical cancer screening programme in Kyrgyzstan
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In Kyrgyzstan, which has high rates of cervical and breast cancers, we work on the early detection of these diseases.

In partnership with the Ministry of Health, MSF teams run two screening clinics for breast and cervical cancers in Sokuluk district, in Chui province. Other services offered in the clinics include family-planning, mental health support, treatment of sexually transmitted infections, and safe abortion care.

In Razzakov, Batken province, we work with Ministry of Health staff on mass casualty preparedness.

We work with people living in villages in areas near the border with Tajikistan, which are prone to conflict and emergencies, to improve their awareness of mental health issues and strengthen people’s coping mechanisms. We also advocate local authorities to increase access to mental health care in these areas.

Our activities in 2022 in Kyrgyzstan

Data and information from the International Activity Report 2022.

MSF in Kyrgyzstan in 2022 In 2022, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) focused on the implementation of cervical and breast cancer screening in Kyrgyzstan, as well as assisting people affected by conflict along the disputed border with Tajikistan.

Although Kyrgyzstan is among the countries with the highest prevalence of cervical and breast cancer, the lack of a national screening programme means that patients are often diagnosed at a late stage of the disease and consequently have limited treatment options.

In June 2022, in partnership with the Ministry of Health, we launched a women’s health project in Sokuluk district, close to the capital, Bishkek, where we aim to decentralise cancer prevention by integrating screening services into general healthcare facilities. Our team has trained nurses and midwives to carry out tasks such as visual cervical inspection and breast examination. During the year, we called on the health authorities to replicate this model of care in other parts of the country.

In September, the conflict along the disputed border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan escalated again. There were hundreds of casualties, and tens of thousands of people fled from the villages close to the border. MSF teams in Batken immediately responded by providing essential medical care and psychosocial counselling to displaced people. We also supported hospitals by donating medical supplies, surgical instruments, and conducting training on managing mass-casualty incidents.

In 2022, MSF completed a set of environmental health studies in former mining communities in Kadamjay district, in Batken, which revealed chronic exposure to heavy metals, such as arsenic and antimony. To mitigate exposure, our teams launched health promotion activities, and remediated contaminated soil in a sports stadium and two school yards. In addition, we advocated the implementation of public health measures to prevent and treat the effects of heavy metal pollution.


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