08ASTANA701, KAZAKHSTAN – IMPLEMENTATION OF INTERNATIONAL HEALTH

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08ASTANA701 2008-04-10 07:49 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Astana

VZCZCXRO8324
RR RUEHLN RUEHVK RUEHYG
DE RUEHTA #0701 1010749
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 100749Z APR 08
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 2199
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE 0467

UNCLAS ASTANA 000701 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPARTMENT FOR OES/IHB JKOWALSKI AND IO/T ABLACKWOOD 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: TBIO AORC PREL WHO KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN - IMPLEMENTATION OF INTERNATIONAL HEALTH 
REGULATIONS 
 
REF:  State 33263 
 
1. Summary: In response to reftel, CDC representatives met with the 
Republican Sanitary and Epidemiological Station (RSES) to discuss 
implementation of International Health Regulations (IHR) in 
Kazakhstan.  RSES is the point of contact on IHR implementation in 
Kazakhstan.  RSES will coordinate with relevant ministries and the 
WHO in drafting an action plan on IHR implementation.  RSES is 
interested in receiving the U.S. implementation plan in Russian and 
believes it is necessary to have a seminar by a WHO expert to 
explain the IHR concept to local authorities.  End summary. 
 
2. On April 8, CDC health specialists met with Dr. Stanislav 
Kazakov, Medical Epidemiologist and IHR coordinator, Republican 
Sanitary and Epidemiological Station (RSES). According to Dr. 
Kazakov, Kazakhstan has supported International Health Regulations 
(IHR) since they were revised in 2005. Kazakhstan understood that 
IHR regulates not only outbreaks of infectious diseases, but also 
any events that could present significant harm to humans.  That is 
why the GOK wants to have a joint effort of several ministries, 
including the Ministry of Health, Ministry for Emergency Situations, 
Ministry of Economy, and others. 
 
3.  National Focal Point:  The Ministry of Health has appointed the 
RSES as the National IHR Focal Point.  They have sent the 
organization's coordinates to the World Health Organization (WHO), 
and they are accessible 24 hours a day. In 2007, Dr. Kenes Ospanov, 
RSES head, traveled to Lyon to one of the IHR meetings. 
 
4.  Assessment of Surveillance System:  To assess the 
epidemiological surveillance system in the country, WHO recently 
sent a questionnaire to the Ministry of Health.  The questionnaire 
was answered and sent back to WHO.  Currently, the questionnaire is 
being analyzed by the WHO. 
 
5.  Action Plan:  According to Dr. Kazakov, the Ministry of Health 
should work together with the Ministry for Emergency Situations and 
Ministry of Economy on the National IHR Regulations.  However, they 
have not started yet.  Dr. Kazakov thinks that as a starting point, 
they could use the Strategic Plan for Avian Influenza that they 
developed three years ago.  This Strategic Plan contains a component 
on rapid reaction to an emerging event that poses a threat to public 
health and notification of WHO about the event.  Currently, they are 
gathering all relevant regulations of the Ministry of Health and 
Ministry for Emergency Situations.  They plan to analyze these 
regulations, and then plan next steps. 
 
6.  U.S. Implementation Plan:  RSES thinks that it is necessary to 
have a seminar where a WHO expeQ will explain the IHR concept to 
local authorities and CDC could present the American plan of action. 
 RSES is interested in receiving the U.S. implementation plan.  The 
CDC office in Almaty can translate it into Russian and share it with 
RSES. 
 
ORDWAY

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