October 12, 2016
The Ministry of Healthcare and Social Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan has presented a certificate of app
reciation to U.S. Consul General on behalf of U.S. Ambassador George A. Krol on October 12, 2016, during the National Conference on “HIV: yesterday, today and tomorrow.” Vice Minister of the Ministry of Health and Social Development of Kazakhstan, Elzhan Birtanov, noted the contributions made by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to fight HIV/AIDS as a result of partnership between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the U.S. Government. PEPFAR has supported the National AIDS Plan in Kazakhstan since 2010 and is focusing its efforts on the regions of Ust-Kamenogorsk and Pavlodar, while supporting national HIV-related institutions as well.
The National Conference “HIV: yesterday, today and tomorrow” was organized by the Ministry, the Republican Center on Prevention and Control of AIDS, and the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, TB, and Malaria. Deputies of the Mazhilis, heads of ministries and departments, local government officials, civil society organizations, and international organizations participated in the forum, including Michel Kazatchkine (UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia), Vinay Saldanha (Director, UNAIDS Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia), and Nicolas Cantau (Global Fund Regional Manager-Eastern Europe and Central Asia Grant Management Division).
The conference included more than 20 reports on effective measures implemented in Kazakhstan against HIV, as well as challenges and potential solutions. PEPFAR Central Asia team members made a variety of presentations: Central Asia Regional PEPFAR Coordinator Allison Lynch presented PEPFAR’s activities in Kazakhstan during the press conference; CDC Regional Laboratory Adviser Marina Pak presented a report on ensuring quality of rapid tests; and CDC Regional Associate Director Indira Aitmagambetova has moderated the session about new approaches and access to HIV testing and range of services for PWIDs.
A key announcement made at the conference was the Government’s purchasing of anti-retroviral treatment at much reduced costs, which will enable up to doubling of the number of people receiving anti-retroviral treatment in Kazakhstan.