Since the beginning of 2016, a group of 20 American businesses specialized in manufacturing medical equipment and supplies have donated nearly 15 metric tons of items from their production to healthcare facilities across Kyrgyzstan.
These manufacturers include well-known companies such as Welch Allyn, Johnson & Johnson, and Glaxosmithkline. They came together to support Kyrgyzstan's ongoing battle against tuberculosis (TB), a disease that kills close to 400 people every year.
Mrs Tynara Kasymalieva from the Resource and Policy Exchange organisation proudly shows the durable and high quality equipment received from the United States.
The donation and delivery to Kyrgyzstan were made possible with the work of the USAID Defeat TB Project and a non-governmental organization called the Resource and Policy Exchange. In 2015 they consulted professionals across the TB healthcare system to identify gaps in their efforts to stem the epidemic. It was found that they lacked a lot of basic supplies and equipment to meet infectious control measures and achieve modernization objectives to make treatment more effective and less costly for the government.