USAID Local Health System Sustainability Project

Kyrgyz Republic

Main Content

The first cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the Kyrgyz Republic in March 2020. The Activity works to address immediate needs of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic related to prevention, detection, and response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

LHSS Kyrgyz Republic is working in support of the following objectives:

  • Strengthen the capacity of primary health care facilities and hospitals to treat cases of COVID-19 safely and effectively
  • Enhance infection prevention and control at health facilities
  • Expand the disease surveillance capacities of the Ministry of Health, the State Sanitary Epidemiological Surveillance, and facility staff
  • Strengthen laboratory services
  • Support comprehensive country readiness to administer COVID-19 vaccines, including efforts to ensure uptake and access
  • Conduct risk communication and community engagement campaigns to address vaccine hesitancy and combat mis- and disinformation
  • Procure commodities and supplies requested by national partners 

We work in close collaboration with local partners, including the Ministry of Health, the Kyrgyz State Medical Institute of Retraining and Continuous Education, family medicine centers, hospitals, the Department of Disease Prevention and State Sanitary-Epidemiological Surveillance, the E-Health Center, the Republican Center for Immunoprophylaxis, the Republican Health Promotion and Mass Communication Center, local media, and community organizations.



Results and Impact


LHSS has supported the training of more than 1,300 health care workers on diagnosis, treatment, infection control, and other public health measures to combat COVID-19 and helped the Kyrgyz health care system enhance its operating procedures and protocols to fight COVID-19 more effectively. This includes safety protocols, procedures on collection and storage of COVID-19 specimen. Nearly 70 medical facilities and labs are using these enhanced operating procedures and safety protocols.

LHSS has supported a number of initiatives to help manage the shortage of specialists in the fight against COVID-19. The project helped to establish special teams of trained doctors to advise health providers on managing critical COVID-19 patients in remote areas. In addition, the project supported introduction of the Universal Nurse model in three medical facilities. A universal nurse is fully trained to care for patients and can work with greater independence and efficiency.

Introduction of different IT solutions helped to manage large amounts of data and improve logistics related to COVID-19. The project supported upgrading the government lab data management system to manage over 500,000 COVID-19 tests and other related data. USAID also supported introduction of three information systems for timely COVID-19 diagnostics and decision-making. These information systems enabled the Kyrgyz government to monitor the receipt and distribution of humanitarian aid to health care organizations and provide remote access to PCR analyses through the state portal of e-services, and timely inform on hospital bed capacity for COVID-19 patients. In collaboration with Republican Center for Immunoprophylaxis and E-Health Centre, the project developed an online system for cold chain management of vaccines for safe and timely distribution to end users.

USAID procured over $1.2 million worth of priority laboratory testing equipment, personal protective equipment, and medical equipment and supplies through LHSS, including high-capacity oxygen concentrators, mobile X-ray machines, and video bronchoscopes, to support hospital intensive care units.

In addition, LHSS developed the first of its kind methodology and a training material on interpersonal communication for medical workers of Kyrgyzstan so that they could be equipped with evidence-based information. LHSS Kyrgyz Republic has ensured and incorporated gender-sensitive approaches in its training materials, communications and public campaigns.



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