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New World Health Organization (WHO) and World Diabetes Foundation Project is launched to fight noncommunicable diseases with focus on diabetes

The World Health Organization (WHO) and World Diabetes Foundation (WDF) held a high-level event to formally launch a new three-year project to improve access to prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) with a focus on diabetes. This Project will be implemented in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan with the total budget of over $ 1 million for three years for the two countries.   

During the official ceremony of signing the Project Agreement between the World Diabetes Foundation and the WHO Regional Office for Europe, representatives of the Ministries of Health of Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, as well as the key stakeholders at the country level were invited.

“We are thrilled to be able to continue the battle against non-communicable diseases in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan” said Dr Hans Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe. “Diabetes results in a tragic loss both for people and economies. This project represents a major step forward and its impact will be seen not only in the two countries, but across the Region, as its progress is charted, disseminated and hopefully replicated.”

In turn, Alymkadyr Beishenaliev, Minister of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic, expressed gratitude to the Director of the WHO Regional Office for Europe and Representative of the World Diabetes Foundation and all other partners and outlined the need to implement such a project in Kyrgyzstan. 


Background: According to WHO estimates, the age-standardized Diabetes prevalence in Kyrgyzstan was approximately 8,8% in 2013, which is almost twice as high versus 1980 (almost 5%). The age-standardized number of people with elevated fasting blood glucose (≥ 7,0 mmol/L or taking medication) among the population 25-64 years of age and older according to the latest available data (2013) in Kyrgyzstan is 8,8 (7,1 -10,4) with no significant difference between men and women.

Cardiovascular diseases and Diabetes mainly affect the working-age population, causing serious economic losses to society. The Government spent an estimated $ 3,7 billion in 2015 on treating four major NCDs (Cardiovascular, Cancer, Lung diseases and Diabetes).