ASM has been working in Central Asia region since December 2010, primarily in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. ASM supports initiatives that fight TB, which is increasingly one of the major causes of death of HIV patients in Central Asian region. The major challenges for the clinical laboratories in these countries remain lack of supplies and reagents, lack in capacity of laboratory workers, low salaries and high turnover of laboratory staff, and a lack of infrastructure and equipment. ASM works to improve the technical capacity of the laboratory network to provide effective services across the country.
LabCap in Kazakhstan
ASM Encouraging Adoption of Novel Diagnostics in Central Asian Countries
New diagnostics are important in controlling TB in Central Asia, which is experiencing an alarming increase in rates of Multidrug-Resistent Tuberculosis (MDR TB). ASM has provided expert advisory support in developing national TB laboratory policies and strategies for TB control in Kazakhstan. ASM experts sensitized national policy-makers on the new WHO-recommended methods for identification of TB through presentations at national conferences and meetings, organized by the National TB Program of Kazakhstan. As a result, new TB diagnostic methods were introduced, including the GenoType MTBDRplus/Hain Test. In November 2012, ASM delivered a workshop on the Hain Test and assisted Kazakhstan’s National TB Reference Laboratory in implementing this diagnostic method to rapidly detect MDR TB strains.
Ambassadors to Kazakhstan
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Young Ambassador - Taking Applications
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