Kyrgyzstan lies on the ancient Silk Road route between China and Europe. It’s a former Soviet Republic, with a population of 5.6 million. Its people are mostly ethnic Kyrgyz, the majority of whom are Turkic-speaking Muslims.
Kyrgyzstan has high rates of drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB). Tuberculosis is a bacterial disease which commonly affects the lungs, and the drug-resistant forms of the disease do not respond to the first-line medications.
Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) first worked in Kyrgyzstan in 2005. Our work has focused on people who would otherwise not have access to healthcare, including DR-TB patients.