Health Promotion Units
(offices in public health institutions in Kyrgyzstan, which are funded by the Ministry of Healthcare and work closely with the Village Health Committees (VHC).
The purpose of the Health Promotion Units is to help village residents, mainly in disease prevention. Our direct task is to work with the Village Health Committees to conduct campaigns and seminars. The committees were established in 2002. Currently, there are 19 village health committees in Jumgal district. They consist of chairmen and several members who work on a voluntary basis.
There are Regional Health Promotion Units (OBLKUZ) and seminars are held for them in Bishkek. When Regional Health Promotion Units gathers us, we, Health Promotion Units from five districts of Naryn Oblast, meet together, communicate, and decide how to conduct seminars, at what time and where, and then we conduct them in the villages. The Regional Health Promotion Units gives us a plan that comes from the top, we choose from it what we need, make our annual and semi-annual plans and work on them.
We go to ayils according to a schedule. On the day of our arrival, village committees gather, like today, for example, at least 7-8 members, and we hold seminars on the given topics, distribute leaflets and books. Then they divide households and walk through the streets – each gets twenty households, and this year it is forty households for each. This means that she has to go around them and have conversations and distribute materials. Afterwards they give us reports – how many households were covered, how many participants were there. Once a month, we routinely hold seminars in ayils, in committees and government organizations – the House of Culture, social fund, post office, library and others. We also attract school organizers and social pedagogues.
We distribute brochures, good and very comprehensible leaflets in Kyrgyz language. If necessary, we can sit down and talk with the residents, they ask whatever they do not understand. It is interesting to work with ayil people, because they share experience, you learn from them. Their questions help.
I have been working in medicine for 45 years, and in the Health Promotion Unit since 2004.
Before that, I worked as a senior nurse in the therapy department and at the polyclinic. Then I was offered to come to the center, they explained that we will work with people in the villag-
es. I liked it and transferred here.
We like field visits, people greet us well, and sometimes we receive offers from residents
about what they want to know. It's interesting to work with people, you only see sick people
in the hospital, and it's better to work with people.