As part of the strategy of the Soros Foundation-Kyrgyzstan for 2017-2020, the Public Health program will support initiatives advocating for the rights of vulnerable, marginalized segments of the population to the access to health care and justice in the Kyrgyz Republic. These initiatives will be implemented through the following tasks:
1 Building a constructive dialogue and strengthening partnership and cooperation between representatives of state bodies, international and civil society organizations representing the interests of communities in order to properly address the needs of vulnerable and marginalized groups in medical, social and legal assistance and reflect such needs in health policies, national legislation and regulations.
2 Advocating for public funding for community-based palliative and psychiatric care, harm reduction and opioid substitution treatment programmes. The Public Health Programme will support projects targeting the joint work of all stakeholders on i) the implementation of the roadmap for the transition to the national funding for the HIV prevention programme, ii) the introduction of regulations on the sustainability of palliative and psychiatric care services and the integration of such regulations into the health system iii) building the capacity of public organizations in monitoring the health budget, iv) promoting the accountability of national state bodies and local self-government authorities for their efforts within the framework of the above projects targeting vulnerable groups.
Other essential objectives of the Programme include reducing the use of discriminatory law enforcement practices towards vulnerable and marginalized groups, developing the street lawyers model involving lawyers working under the State Guaranteed Legal Aid Programme, increasing the legal literacy of beneficiaries, designing sustainable models of legal services under the auspices of organizations working with vulnerable and marginalized groups.
Contacts of program staff:
Public Health Program Director
Public Health Program Coordinator