The Kyrgyz Republic receives the Caravan of Health road trains under an EFSD grant
Bishkek, 1 July 2021. The Kyrgyz Republic received state-of-the-art medical road trains as part of the Caravan of Health project financed by a grant from the Eurasian Fund for Stabilization and Development (EFSD) managed by the Eurasian Development Bank (EDB). Akylbek Japarov, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers and Minister of Economy and Finance of the Kyrgyz Republic, and Andrey Shirokov, Acting Executive Director of the EFSD Project Unit, took part in the video bridge and Andrey Shirokov congratulated the Kyrgyz side on the launch of this important project.
The Caravan of Health project aims to improve disease prevention in rural and hard-to-reach areas by organising preventive check-ups to detect various diseases, including at an early stage. The project will also develop regulatory and technical documentation for road trains, including technical regulations, standard operating procedures, sanitary and epidemiological standards, and preventive inspection plans based on epidemiological data. These documents will also make it possible to use road trains in epidemics and emergencies.
The road trains equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment will be provided to the Jalal-Abad Regional Clinical Hospital and the National Hospital under the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic, which will cover with train services the country’s southern and northern regions.
The grant extended by the EFSD for the project totals US $2 million.
The Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) is an international financial institution promoting integration and development in its member countries. For 15 years, the Bank has worked to strengthen and broaden economic ties and foster comprehensive development in its member countries – Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Russia, and Tajikistan. The EDB's charter capital totals US $7 billion. The EDB’s portfolio mainly consists of projects with an integration effect in the areas of transport infrastructure, digitalisation, green energy, agriculture, industry, and mechanical engineering. The Bank adheres to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and ESG principles in its operations.
The Eurasian Fund for Stabilization and Development (EFSD) amounting to US$8.513 billion was formed on 9 June 2009 by the governments of the same six countries. The objectives of the EFSD are to assist its member countries in overcoming the consequences of the global financial crisis, ensure their economic and financial stability, and foster integration in the region. The EFSD member countries signed the Fund Management Agreement with Eurasian Development Bank giving it the role of the EFSD Resources Manager.