News / Asia

WHO Plans Help for One Million In Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan

TEXT SIZE - +
Lisa Schlein

The World Health Organization says it is still assessing the health needs in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, but it is planning on helping around one million people directly or indirectly affected by the ethnic fighting.  

The World Health Organization says it is planning to provide health care to some 700,000 people in Kyrgyzstan and to 300,000 potential refugees in Uzbekistan.  

Giuseppe Annunziata is coordinator for the Emergency Response and Recovery Unit of the World Health Organization.  He says the WHO has two major concerns.  

He says there are unconfirmed reports of women being raped during the crisis, and WHO will need to address their health needs.

"Unfortunately, there are atrocities that have been reported targeting Uzbek minorities in Kyrgyzstan and there are several cases, 10 cases so far, reported of rapes among the women refugees in Uzbekistan.  So, there is a special focus on this specific aspect," Annunziata said.

Dr. Annunziata notes the majority of refugees in Uzbekistan are elderly, women and children.  He says they are likely to have chronic health problems that need to be addressed.  In addition, he says those who have been wounded in the fighting will need surgical care.

He says there is always a risk of communicable disease outbreaks in a situation where displaced people and refugees are crowded together.  He says health surveillance systems exist in both countries.  

But Annunziata says it is likely health services are not fully functional in Kyrgyzstan because of the security situation.  He says the health monitoring systems in Uzbekistan are operating, but adds they are under pressure from the refugees.  

Fortunately, he says, there are no huge refugee settlements in Uzbekistan.

"We have a number of small refugee settlements at the moment here, and they're close to the border," Annunziata said. "And this is good, because it is better on the communicable disease control point of view to have small settlements rather than few but big settlements in which the communicable disease control is an issue."   

Dr. Annunziata says there is no need for additional health personnel for surveillance purposes.  Rather, he says technical advice is needed to help the national authorities adapt their systems to function in an emergency situation.

He says the World Health Organization soon will deploy experts in emergency surveillance systems to Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

You May Like

Algerians Vote in Presidential Election

There were few media reports of protests and clashes around the country, but so far no significant violence More

Sharks More Evolved than Previously Thought

The discovery could “profoundly affect our understanding of evolutionary history” More

Pakistan Military Asked to Protect Polio Workers

Request comes as authorities say a Taliban ban on vaccinations in 2012 and deadly attacks on anti-polio teams have prevented thousands of children from getting inoculated More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Google Buys Drone Companyi
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X
George Putic
April 15, 2014
In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Google Buys Drone Company

In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Ray Bonneville Sings the Blues and More on New CD

Singer/songwriter Ray Bonneville has released a new CD called “Easy Gone” with music that reflects his musical and personal journey from French-speaking Canada to his current home in Austin,Texas. The eclectic artist’s fan base extends from Texas to various parts of North America and Europe. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Austin.
Video

Video Millions Labor in Pakistan's Informal Economy

The World Bank says that in Pakistan, roughly 70 percent work in the so-called informal sector, a part of the economy that is unregulated and untaxed. VOA's Sharon Behn reports from Islamabad on how the informal sector impact's the Pakistani economy.
Video

Video Passover Celebrates Liberation from Bondage

Jewish people around the world are celebrating Passover, a commemoration of their liberation from slavery in Egypt more than 3,300 years ago. According to scripture, God helped the Jews, led by Moses, escape bondage in Egypt and cross the Red Sea into the desert. Zlatica Hoke reports that the story of the Jewish Exodus resonates with other people trying to escape slave-like conditions.
Video

Video Police Pursue Hate Crime Charges Against Kansas Shooting Suspect

Prosecutors are sifting through the evidence in the wake of Sunday’s shootings in a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri that left three people dead. A suspect in the shootings taken into custody is a white supremacist. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, he was well-known to law enforcement agencies and human rights groups alike.
Video

Video In Eastern Ukraine, Pro-unity Activists Emerge from Shadows

Amid the pro-Russian uprisings in eastern Ukraine, there is a large body of activists who support Ukrainian unity and reject Russian intervention. Their activities have remained largely underground, but they are preparing to take on their pro-Moscow opponents, as Henry Ridgwell reports from the eastern city of Donetsk.
Video

Video Basket Maker’s Skills Have World Reach

A prestigious craft show in the U.S. capital offers one-of-a-kind creations by more than 120 artists working in a variety of media. As VOA’s Julie Taboh reports from Washington, one artist lucky enough to be selected says sharing her skills with women overseas is just as significant.
Video

Video UN Report Urges Speedier Action to Avoid Climate Disaster

A new United Nations report says the world must switch from fossil fuels to cleaner energy sources to control the effects of climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the report (Sunday) following a meeting of scientists and government representatives in Berlin. The comprehensive review follows two recent IPCC reports that detail the certainty of climate change, its impacts and in this most recent report what to do about it. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble has the details.
AppleAndroid