USAID SUPPORTS UZBEKISTAN AND U.S. DOCTORS’ LONG-TERM KNOWLEDGE SHARING FOR TUBERCULOSIS CONTROL
October 1, 2016 - Tashkent - Six Tuberculosis (TB) experts representing the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Uzbekistan, National TB Center, and TB healthcare facilities in the Bukhara, Khorezm, Navoi, and Kashkadarya regions honed their skills in TB prevention, detection, and treatment during a U.S. study tour at Rutgers University’s Global Tuberculosis Institute (GTI) in Newark, New Jersey. One of the world’s leading institutions in the area of TB control, GTI has provided training for hundreds of healthcare professionals from more than 20 countries over the last decade.
The Uzbekistan doctors received customized training during a week-long seminar, "TB Diagnostics and Care: Best U.S. Practices," that covered, among other topics, early TB detection, diagnostics, clinical management, psychological and social support, and new TB drugs and treatment regimens. Part of the study tour included a visit to a State of New York Health Department TB Center to see first-hand how a U.S. TB center operates.
On his return to Uzbekistan, Dr. Shukhrat Nishanov, reflected on the experience: "Through this initiative, USAID has provided an excellent opportunity for us to share knowledge and learn skills that we can take back and use in Uzbekistan’s regional TB care facilities. It was very gratifying to spend a week with colleagues in the U.S. who share our goal to end tuberculosis and are committed to working with us to make that happen."
As they introduce new skills and techniques that will be critical to reducing the TB burden in Uzbekistan, the doctors will also serve as mentors and trainers at a future center of excellence to be established in Uzbekistan with the support of USAID. The week-long seminar held on September 19-23, 2016 represents a continuation of knowledge-sharing activities supported by USAID under its TB Control Program in Uzbekistan.
USAID supports the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Uzbekistan in implementing the National Tuberculosis Program by providing more effective and accessible TB prevention, diagnosis, and treatment for all, including vulnerable populations. The main objective of the USAID TB Control Program is to reduce the burden of tuberculosis and prevent multidrug-resistant forms of the disease. The USAID TB Control Program covers a wide range of technical areas, including strengthening the health system’s human and institutional capacity, improving interagency coordination and cooperation, and increasing the use of electronic databases. USAID supports the Government of Uzbekistan’s efforts to reduce the burden of tuberculosis with a five-year USAID TB Control Program, with a budget of $7.6 million.