Can we reduce HIV by 50% till 2021?

Jan 31, 2017

Photo Credit: Nikita Cherepanov

Ulan Kadyrbekov, Director of the “AIDS” Republican Center during the meeting in Bishkek, at the "City" Hotel, 31 January 2017, noted one of the important goals of the state program to fight HIV in the Kyrgyz Republic is to reduce disease by 50% till 2021.

Workshop on prevention and treatment of HIV infection in the Kyrgyz Republic was held with the participation of Oleg Gorin, Deputy Minister of Health, members of the Zhogorku Kenesh, members of the Country Coordinating Committee for HIV/AIDS and TB and representatives of the government and ministries, non-governmental and international organizations.

Director of “AIDS” RC also shared his plans on provision of public access to HIV-infection testing. He noted that, under favorable conditions, by 2021, 90% of HIV-infected people will know about the disease, and 90% of HIV-infected individuals will be provided with Antiretroviral therapy.

However, he noted that along with other issues it is necessary to address problems of full coverage of groups with HIV, comprised of lack of targeted programs for the prevention of the disease among migrant workers, as well as the problem of staff turnover. He also concerned about high increase in the risk of HIV: in case the current funding to fight the disease remains, the number of infected people could rise from the prognosticated 8000 to the end of 2017 to 28 thousand in 2020.

MP Alfia Samigullina reported a road map had already been prepared by the moment to fight against HIV in the Kyrgyz Republic. She noted while donor support from international development organizations has not ended, the country needs to get prepared for a smooth transition to self-financing.

Oleg Gorin, Deputy Minister of Health, in turn, drew attention to the importance of joint actions to implement HIV programs in the state during 2017-2021: “The country is not yet ready to finance HIV and TB program independently. In this connection it is necessary to consolidate efforts in partnership with international organizations,” - he said.

Alexander Avanessov, UN Resident Coordinator, UNDP Resident Representative in the Kyrgyz Republic noted the work with the government will continue. He stressed it is important to understand the problem affects a small country - the fewer risks the country faces, the more people will be ready to address issues related to HIV. “The most important thing in this matter - political will. A lot of work we have ahead. The disease affects the working-age population, young people, which is reflected significantly on the economy. It is important the issue shall need to be reflected in the National Development Strategy until 2040, initiated by the President. It corresponds, above all, a global vision of development of society,” - said UNDP Resident Representative in the Kyrgyz Republic.

1 January 2017 - 7,100 HIV-infected registered in the Kyrgyz Republic, while in 2016 - 712 people were identified. According to the Ministry of Health, the situation is deteriorating in the regions.

Admir Kurman, UNDP CO Media Assistant