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The USA invested up to $20mln in the prevention of tuberculosis in Kazakhstan

20 March, 2018, 15:13 527
The USA invested up to $20mln in the prevention of tuberculosis in Kazakhstan

In Kazakhstan jointly with the USAID program, the prevention of tuberculosis has been implementing over 20 years.

The USA over 20 years has financed the programs on the prevention of tuberculosis for the amount of 20 million dollars in Kazakhstan. It was said at a scientific and practical conference in Almaty, devoted to the World Day against Tuberculosis by regional head of the USAID mission in Central Asia Cristopher Edwards BNew.kz correspondent reports.  

“Tuberculosis is a disease that can be defeated. We work jointly – the people of Kazakhstan and the USA. For over 20 years, USAID supports the program on combating tuberculosis in Kazakhstan by presenting more than 20 million dollars of support from Americans in order to cease the spread of the disease and to improve the treatment. The productive work of the Kazakh government facilitated to achieve great successes. As a result, the indicator of morbidity has decreased rapidly. Kazakhstan is an example of many states of the world,” Edwards said.

According to him, at the same time, there are forms of tuberculosis that are difficult to treat with the annual increase. USAID works with the national program on combating tuberculosis to maintain and introduce the technologies of the USA, that gives the opportunity to diagnose the disease of difficult forms.

“The modern prevention of tuberculosis ensures the decrease of the spread of the disease. The new approach to resolve the issue, connected with drug resistance, gives a new accessible variant of the effective treatment of tuberculosis.

"USAID can ensure by the use of the “Bedakvilin” device the first new device for treating tuberculosis over the last 40 years. It treats the most difficult forms, that gives the hope for the people who does not have any treatment variants,” Cristopher Edwards said.

USAID and Kazakhstan cooperate for more than 20 years, with the first office in Almaty opened in 1992.