Stop TB Partnership

UZBEKISTAN MINISTRY OF HEALTH, IN-SERVICE TRAINING CENTER FOR JOURNALISTS AND USAID DISCUSS THE ROLE OF MEDIA IN RAISING PUBLIC AWARENESS OF TUBERCULOSIS


Tashkent, Uzbekistan, - The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and its partners, the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Republican Specialized Scientific and Practical Medical Center of Phthisiology and Pulmonology (TB Center), and the In-Service Training Center for Journalists of Uzbekistan, held a roundtable meeting on the role of media in raising public awareness about tuberculosis (TB) on September 15.

According to the World Health Organization, although TB is preventable and curable, more than 10 million people become ill and 1.8 million people die every year from the disease. Lack of public awareness is a major cause of TB prevalence. However, when journalists learn how to appropriately cover TB issues, they can play an important role in combatting the spread of the disease.

Since 2015, the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Uzbekistan, USAID and Uzbekistan partners have been working together to train Uzbekistan journalists on how to accurately report on TB in ways that will resonate with the public. The In-Service Training Center for Journalists and the TB Center with technical assistance from USAID have developed a manual for journalists on how to cover TB in the media and have supported regular journalism competitions and have established a special recognition award at the prestigious journalism competition Oltin Qalam.

Participants in today’s roundtable discussed the need for collaboration with public foundations and organizations, and for broader and more effective reporting on TB. Immediately after the roundtable discussion, an award ceremony was held to recognize the following winners of the "Best Media Coverage of Tuberculosis" competition:

Print: Khulkar Razhabova (Kaskhakdarya region); Shokhista Bozorova (Karshi, Kashkadarya region); Saidburkhon Kodirov (Bukhara, Bukhara region); Maria Nigai (Tashkent); Shifo-Info Publication and Manzura Bekchanova (Tashkent)

Internet: Shafkat Aminov (Karshi, Kashkadarya region); Dilrabo Kuryazova (Khorezm, Khorezm region); Elvina Mustafina (Navoi, Navoi region); Zokhidjon Temirov (Bukhara, Bukhara region); Sharofitdin Tulegenov (Tashkent)

TV: Zukhra Oymamatova (Karshi, Kashkadarya region); Sayora Khasanova (Khorezm, Khorezm region); Mekhribon Zaripova (Bukhara, Bukhara region)

Radio: Nilufar Boltayeva (Khorezm, Khorezm region); Farogat Barnoyeva (Navoi, Navoi region); Shokhida Abdualimova (Tashkent)

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USAID supports the Republic of Uzbekistan’s Ministry of Health in implementing the National TB Program by providing more effective and accessible TB prevention, diagnosis, and treatment for all, including vulnerable populations. The main objective of the five-year, $7.6 million USAID TB Control Program is to reduce the burden of tuberculosis in Uzbekistan and prevent multidrug-resistant forms of the disease. The program covers a wide range of activities, including training health care workers to strengthen the health system; improving interagency coordination and cooperation; and increasing access to TB diagnosis and treatment.