In project Sero-B, the seroprevalence among children in Kyrgyzstan born after the introduction of the general recommendation to vaccinate against hepatitis B is being reviewed. To evaluate the control of hepatitis B, a maximum prevalence of 0.5% is being targeted by the WHO. During the mission, the final study samples were collected and experiences of the study process were shared at meetings with participating schools, polyclinics and laboratories. It turned out that despite some organisational difficulties due to the pandemic situation, the study had run successfully so far and testing of the collected samples for hepatitis B seromarkers could start soon.
For project COVIMPACT Hepatitis, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on hepatitis B and C elimination targets in Kyrgyzstan is being assessed. In meetings with representatives of the Ministry of Health, with international partners such as UNDP, UNAIDS and the Global Fund, as well as with governmental and non-governmental organisations, the current status of hepatitis B and C elimination was discussed. It became apparent that the ambitious goals of the previous elimination programme for the years 2017-2022 could not be achieved in large part due to lack of financial support and the consequences of the pandemic. Together with WHO experts, several recommendations were developed and presented to the Ministry of Health at the end of the mission. One important recommendation was to use synergies between the viral hepatitis and HIV elimination programmes for a joint elimination programme in Kyrgyzstan for the years 2022-2026
Date: June 2022