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USAID Program Increases Access to Psychological Care for Vulnerable Communities in Osh

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On January 18, at 10 a.m., the United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will open a center for social work at school # 24 in Osh City. This USAID activity is part of the Program on Improving Access to Health Services in Osh City, which is implemented by CitiHope International. The program supports Osh city communities including Cheremushky, Navoy, On-Adyr, Ak-Bura, Alymbek-Datka, as well as those in Kara-Suu Rayon (Kyzyl Kyshtak and the Furhkat/Shark areas, Maddy Kyshtak, Nariman).

Since September 2011, CitiHope International has been providing assistance to residents with chronic diseases and injuries left untreated or under-treated since the tragic events of June 2010. The assistance includes transportation services, referral to medical specialists and assistance with disability documents. CitiHope International and its partners provide psychological counseling and care for children and families with traumatic stress and other health problems. Psychologists work with children and adults providing information and advisory services to social workers at the five pilot schools in Osh city and Kara-Suu Rayon.

Since October 2011, psychological support has been provided to Osh citizens in need, the center for social workers has been equipped, and psychosocial care has been provided by the social workers in Fedchenko School №1, Makarenko School №6 and Frunze School №24 in Osh City, Alajchy School №87 in Kyrgyzchek, and Aitmatov School №69 in Nariman, Kara-Suu Rayon.

For additional information on USAID program activities, please visit: http://centralasia.usaid.gov/Kyrgyzstan.

For additional information regarding this program, please contact Baktygul Kambaralieva, Project Manager, CitiHope International: tel. (0312) 62 25 13; mob. (0555) 00 50 44; e-mail: baktygulk@citihope.org