BISHKEK. An international conference on fighting tuberculosis entitles 'Propagation of Methods of Fighting Tuberculosis in Eastern Europe and Central Asia,' will be held in the capital Bishkek on January 14-16, 2003 with participation of the Kyrgyz doctors and the specialists from 13 countries. It is jointly organized by the USAID and Kyrgyzstan Health Ministry. According to the World Health Organization, about one third of the world population suffer from tuberculosis. In Kyrgyzstan it is unofficially regarded as a social disease connected with poverty and social stresses after the collapse of the Communist regime's social protection structure.
Compiled and translated by Tyntchtykbek Tchoroev
and edited by Breffni O'Rourke in Prague