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2010… a new construction for Fondation Mérieux

4 October 2010, Dushanbe (Tajikistan)

Since 1990 the public health services in Tajikistan have been deteriorating. At the end of 2004 the total amount of annual expenditure on public health per habitant was less than 2 dollars, or 6.5% of the national budget; by 2010 this amount had reduced to 6%.

The country has the lowest number of health professionals per habitant*.

The incidence of tuberculosis in Tajikistan, 231 per 100,000 habitants, is the highest within the European region, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO); it is leading to serious economic losses, as in other central Asian countries*.

MDR-TB (multi-resistant tuberculosis) hinders considerably the fight against this disease. The death rate is 80%, compared to 5% in the case of patients with 'classis' tuberculosis after treatment.

Fondation Mérieux, in partnership with The Global Fund, has therefore chosen to build a Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratory in the capital of Dushanbe. Building work will begin at the end of 2010 with an expected completion date at the end of 2011.

The research teams of Fondation Mérieux (Emerging Pathogens Laboratory) will be involved with on-site training and keeping personnel up-to-date, together with other tuberculosis professionals.

*Source WHO

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