Treating Patients, Not Disease: A People-Centered Approach

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Stream video from symposium is available here 


See the symposium photos here


Welcome Note

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I am glad to welcome participants and guests of the regional TB Symposium in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. This scientific forum is bringing together regional and international experts and empowering the countries of our region, including the Kyrgyz Republic, to share their experience in the implementation of new approaches and models of TB care.

This year symposium will focus on advances in diagnostics, patient-centered models of TB care, new treatment regimens, clinical studies, and financing mechanisms for TB efforts.

The Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic is currently implementing the Tuberculosis 5 National Program which priority areas have been defined by the Den Sooluk National Health-Care Reform Program of the Kyrgyz Republic and the WHO Stop TB Strategy. The program primarily aims at detecting, diagnosing, treating and preventing drug-resistant TB through the implementation of core organizational principles including the improvement of the monitoring and evaluation system, the optimization of the TB service, the expansion of outpatient care, and the switch to a new system of public funding.

In recent years, the optimization of the TB service has led to a number of definite improvements in our country. The Kyrgyz Republic has already accumulated experience in using new TB drugs as well as implementing new treatment regimens and new funding mechanisms for the national TB service. As a result, the TB morbidity and mortality rates have been decreasing year after year in our country.

I strongly believe that these two days will bring productive discussions and help us to take a momentous step together toward fighting against tuberculosis in our region.

Talantbek Batyraliev,

Minister of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic


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On behalf of the MSF team in Kyrgyzstan I am humbled to welcome you all to the seventh Regional TB Symposium in Bishkek: ‘Treating the patient, not the disease: People-centred approach.’ It is the seventh time that Ministries of Health and MSF have hosted this event and the second time in Bishkek that scientists in the field of TB, health personnel, policy makers, donors and patient representatives have assembled to discuss, share and learn from the experience from one another in order to deliver better diagnoses and care for patients with TB in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia regions. Throughout these seven years of collective efforts, we have made tangible progress by engaging in dialogue with patients, doctors and nurses, researchers, and international and national health authorities. It is inspiring to see the commitment of all parties to delivering innovative models of care that aim to take quality diagnoses and care closer to patients, use of new drugs that promise shorter, less painful and more effective treatment, and financing mechanisms that allow health systems to cope with new challenges and for patients to accomplish the long and painful treatment course.   

As we are discussing the progress made towards better care for patients, we should acknowledge the pain, courage and patience of people who have to go through the long and painful treatment course and often find themselves isolated from loved ones and daily pleasures, such as being a loving parent, hardworking breadwinner or a retired grandparent. Much has been achieved thanks to the tireless work of all, yet there is more work ahead. I believe this Symposium will contribute to a common goal of ethical, humane medical care of every individual as well as addressing wider public health concerns, and I wish you fruitful discussions.   

Grigor Simonyan,

Head of Mission Médecins Sans Frontières in Kyrgyzstan


Previous Regional TB symposia

Have a look at the documentation websites of previous MSF Regional TB symposia:

2017: in Minsk, Belarus: Tuberculosis in 2017: Searching for new solutions in the face of new challenges

2016: Tbilisi, Georgia: Patients and TB: Improving treatment outcomes through a patient centred approach and access to new treatments

2015: in Yerevan, Armenia: New treatments and approaches to Tuberculosis

2013: in Dushanbe, Tajikistan: Scaling up and improving access to ambulatory and paediatric TB care in Central Asia and Eastern Europe

2012: in Bishkek, Kyrgysztan: TB Care - A Patient Centred Approach

2011: in Tashkent, Uzbekistan: Uniting to Scale up TB Care in Central Asia