Osh regional AIDS center. 27th November, 2017. Kyrgyzstan.

Press conference with Elmira Narmatova, Director of Osh regional AIDS center in Kyrgyzstan, on the results of work on the introduction of early diagnosis of HIV in infants with the use of a dry drop of blood in the Osh regional AIDS center.

Measures to improve the health of HIV-infected children and early diagnosis of the human immunodeficiency virus are implemented by the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic, supported by UNICEF technical assistance and funded by the Joint United Nations Program on HIV / AIDS (UNAIDS), with the support of the Government of the Russian Federation through the regional program for the prevention and control of HIV and other Infectious Diseases in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Photo reportage by Aleksei Osipov for UNICEF Kyrgyzstan.

 

Playing room for children. Boys 12 years of age infected with AIDS from their birth do not show their faces because local society is yet not ready to accept them with their diagnosis disclosed.

 

Collection of a one week old baby’s blood drop for subsequent instant analysis on HIV.

 

Sterile laboratory of the AIDS Center in Osh city where the collected samples of blood are analyzed.