In February more than 170 senior health managers of primary healthcare facilities, district- and oblast-level hospitals and tuberculosis centers from Osh, Jalal-Abad, Chui, Talas, Issyk-Kul, Naryn oblasts and Bishkek were trained on “Health Facilities Management in crisis situations: COVID-19”.
Trainings were conducted by the Health Management Strengthening Project, which is designed and financed by the Government of Switzerland and implemented by Euro Health Group and the Public Foundation “Health System Initiatives”.
The Swiss development Cooperation allocated CHF 2 million for the project to support continuous education and regulation of the health management system in Kyrgyzstan.
The purpose of the training was to prepare health facilities for a timely and coordinated response in case of disease outbreaks. Health managers learned how to use efficiently available financial and human resources while ensuring continuity of provision of medical services for other diseases.
“Thanks to this training we learned a lot. Before we worked by trial and error without any evidence base”, - said Zamira Oruntaeva, Director of Family Medicine Center of Jalal-Abad oblast. “If this training had been done earlier, we could have prevented our staff to be infected with COVID-19”.
The training allowed to discuss challenges faced by health facilities during the first and second waves of COVID-19 and to prepare strategies to improve management of next wave.