Updates from Uzbekistan
Three containers of medical supplies arrive
October 29, 2012
Shukrhat Arifdjanov,Eurasia Program Manager for Medical Teams International, delivered three containers of medical supplies from a total shipment of six from US Department of State. These containers became possible due to MTI's work with the Ambassador of the UN to Uzbekistan in New York, Uzbekistan Consul General in New York,the US Ambassador in Uzbekistan, The DOS office of Humanitarian Assistance and MTI's Uzbekistan office staff.
The three containers carried $1,280,000 of medical supplies.
Three additional 40-ft containers of medical equipment are due to arrive by the end of this calendar year. We had a hand over ceremony at the Republican Scientific Center for Emergency Medical Care in Tashkent. The Minister of Health, The US Ambassador, the Hospital Director, the MTI Uzbekistan staff, and Mr. Arifdjanov were at the ceremony.
The Emergency Hospital treats approximately 200,000 patients per year. This hospital has been our partner on the EMS program, and also on our Quality Medical Services project. Each speaker at the ceremony outlined the work and partnership of MTI with Uzbekistan and our mutual integration to help beneficiaries in Uzbekistan.
For more information, see the US Embassy's press release.
Goal oriented PT improves outcomes
October 16, 2012
This is a story of Alla, a 33 year old mother of a boy, Benjamin, who is four years old and diagnosed with autism.
Benjamin has a complicated form of autism and has no signs of speech nor hypersensitive tactile perception. Benjamin and his mother attend the centre and work with a local psychologist who works especially on the trials to develop his speech, but there is not much success and progress.
After meeting an MTI volunteer, Rebecca Austen, the whole rehabilitation team was able to change and rethink the strategy of work with Benjamin. Rebecca taught that it is important to set goals and develop the activities to achieve these goals. Also, it was important to structure the work, use visual aids and appropriate tactile stimuli to work and encourage Benjamin to start to speak.
After the training and personal consultancies, Benjamin’s mother and the staff of the centre employed more effective ways of working with the boy and are enabling better life for him.
Vitamin Angels six month report
October 4, 2012
So far this year, Medical Teams International's Uzbekistan office has distributed 40,812 bottles of multivitamins to rural, primary healthcare clinics for pregnant and lactating women. The prenatal/postnatal vitamins, donated by the Vitamin Angels, are being used now in the Tashkent and Bukhara regions.
More than 434,000 pregnant women were officially registered with the Ministry of Health in Uzbekistan in 2011. Unfortunately, the distributions this year do not cover all the needed regions. As such, additional distributions are planned for this year.
To help make the program sustainable, the distributions include training programs for proper use of the vitamins. The training includes formal instruction from the Ministry of Health. Primary healthcare system physicians, nurses and OB/GYN physicians have participated in the training sessions. Further, training materials are printed and copies are distributed to all the primary healthcare clinics.
The primary healthcare physicians and nurses have reported that the multivitamins have been welcomed by the women, as are the instructions about multivitamins and information about other practices that lead to heathly pregnancies and healthy babies.
Medical Teams International's Uzbekistan office reports positive impact in the lives of pregnant mothers who have received the vitamins and training. The office staff will continue vitamin distributions this year and will continue to monitor the benefits of the program.
Cancer screening and awareness
September 28, 2012
Tursunova reports on the impact of cervical screening at her clinic.
"I am a head of the OB/GYN department of a family clinic in Tashkent. More than 100 women aged 25-49 have undergone the free screening for cervical cancer within the program, which was arranged by Medical Teams International and the Ministry of Health.
"A huge campaign was launched for rising the awareness on cervical cancer issues. The campaign included TV and radio programs and distribution of printed materials. It involved our clinic.
"We have personally consulted each woman arriving at the clinic and explained the importance of timely screening procedures. If pre-cancer lesions were identified, the women were treated and examined accordingly.
"Thanks to this program and the efforts of MTI, we were able to identify and prevent the development of cervical cancer among 6 women and have treated 32 women.
"I would like to thank MTI for the opportunity to arrange free screening and thus save the health of our women."
Maternal health successes
August 30, 2012
This collection of stories comes from our Uzbekistan office, where our staff and volunteers have implemented cervical screening programs in local clinics. The stories. told by patients, show the gratitude they have for the work of our volunteers and staff, as well as the donations that make this work possible.
"Last month I visited my general physician clinic. During this visit I was told about free cervical screening.
"That day I had my IUD installed and cervical test taken. After a few days, the doctor called to say that I had CIN – 1, the precancer. I rushed to clinic. The physician reassured me that my test was taken on time and there is great chance that doctors can stop developing cancer.
"That day I had free colposcopy exam and few treatments with coagulator.
"Follow up in one month showed negative PAP test results and colposcopy exam showed no abnormalities’. Now I will follow recommendations of my physician and have my PAP tests taken regularly every 3-5 years.
"I will thank Medical Teams International for bringing modern and easy diagnostic and treatment of cervical cancer to Uzbekistan."
- Iskhakova S., age 29
"I have heard a lot about the importance of timely prophylactics of female health and always was curious about the test for the risk of cervical cancer. I was looking for it at the local clinics and hospitals, but this test was not available in Uzbekistan—until recently, when I visited family clinic and found a poster and leaflets about cervical screening, organized by Medical Teams International.
"I decided I should immediately have my PAP smear done. My PAP test results were good. I will have this test done regularly.
I will thank Medical Teams International and all organizations who contributed for women’s health in Uzbekistan.
"This is a very important job to do–to keep people informed, updated and thus giving them more opportunities to maintain their health and improve family well being."
- Israilova S., age 32