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Switzerland allocates $5 million to improve health of population in Kyrgyzstan

Switzerland allocates more than CHF 5 million (over $5.1 million) to improve the health of the population in the Kyrgyz Republic. Press service of the project reported.

Acting Minister of Health of Kyrgyzstan Zharkynbek Kasymbekov and the Swiss Ambassador Olivier Bangerter signed an agreement for Phase II of the Swiss project to prevent and manage noncommunicable diseases.

According to the press service of the project, non-communicable diseases are the main cause of disability, morbidity and premature death in the Kyrgyz Republic.

According to the Ministry of Health, cardiovascular diseases were the leading cause of death (52 percent of all deaths in the country) in 2020. Cancer took the second place with 10.8 percent, and respiratory diseases — the third with 6.9 percent.

Malnutrition (in particular, high salt intake, insufficient intake of fruits and vegetables), tobacco smoking, alcohol abuse and lack of physical activity are the most common preventable risk factors for non-communicable diseases, the project noted.

Within the framework of the project, with the constant support of the Ministry of Health, the work will be carried out by a consortium of organizations, which includes Healthy Future NGO (Kyrgyzstan), GFA Consulting Group GmbH (Germany) and Euro Health Group (Denmark).