The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the global health and humanitarian non-governmental organization Project HOPE, the Kyrgyz Republic Migration and Border Services, Ministry of Health, National Tuberculosis (TB) Center, and the Initiative Group for establishment of a civil NGO platform on cross-border TB control in the Kyrgyz Republic opened today at the Manas Airport a photography exhibition “Come Back Home Healthy!” Representatives of regional government authorities, non-governmental organizations, the health care system, and migrant communities also participated in the opening ceremony.
The photography exhibition’s objectives are to raise awareness of the public and population groups like migrant workers who are particularly vulnerable to TB and to inform about the importance of prevention and early detection and treatment of this infectious but curable disease. After the opening at Manas Airport, the photography exhibition will also tour throughout the country in Chui, Issyk-Kul, Osh, Jalal-abad, Batken, Talass and Naryn regions, followed by planned openings in Dushanbe, Tajikistan and Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The photographs presented at the exhibition were taken as part of the USAID Defeat TB in Kyrgyzstan, USAID TB Control Program in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, and the project “Activities on cross-border TB, M/XDR-TB and TB/HIV control among migrant workers,” implemented by Project HOPE under a grant from the Global Fund for Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria in Kazakhstan.
For the past two decades, USAID and Project HOPE together with government agencies, health care organizations, migration services, non-governmental organizations, and national cultural centers have been engaged in a challenging but very important work of improving the quality of and access to TB services for vulnerable populations and the general public across the Central Asian region. Part of this work is reflected in the images of the “Come Back Home Healthy!” photography exhibition. Focusing on construction sites, markets, and rural communities, the photo lens tells a compelling and poignant story of migrant workers’ daily work, life struggles, and health problems. The photography frames also capture health care providers and outreach workers providing much-needed support to migrants in their fight against TB.