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NEWS AND EVENTS
November 19, 2004
US GOVERNEMENT PROVIDES MEDICAL AID TO SURKHANDARYA, KASHKADARYA
On Friday 19 November, the US Embassy\'s Deputy Chief of Mission David Appleton, Deputy Minister of Health Asomiddin Kamilov, and the President of the American NGO Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere) Dr John Howe participated in a ceremony to officially present a shipment of medical aid to the Ministry of Health of Uzbekistan.

This donation, with a value of US$500,000 comes from the US government, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The medical aid consists of basic equipment and supplies essential to health care for women and children, such as child resuscitation kit, portable sterilizer, child infusion set, suction machine, phototherapy system, baby weight scale, warming light.

These valuable supplies were donated as part of the USAID-funded Healthy Family program. Healthy Family, implemented by Project HOPE, seeks to improve the maternal, child, and reproductive health of the populations of southern Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and in selected areas of Turkmenistan.

The newly donated equipment will support 12 central district hospitals in the Healthy Family regions of Kashkadarya and Surkhandarya, as well as two regional maternity houses and selected rural medical points. The equipment will enable maternity wards and children\'s departments in central rayon hospitals to provide better care to their patients, as well as improving care at rural medical points and the two regional maternity houses. All of this equipment will be supplemented with training provided by the Healthy Family Program to ensure that the new tools are used effectively in improving patient care.

A population of over two million people living in the four Central Asian countries will be directly served by the USAID-funded Healthy Family Program through September 2007.

USAID provides economic and humanitarian assistance in more than 100 countries world-wide to provide a better future for all.


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