Kazakhstan Association of Family Physicians

Joint program on identification, prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases

TCO jointly with Kazakhstan’s Association of Family Physicians implements the project aimed to enhance concerns of the community of Atyrau oblast and medical personnel, to improve professional knowledge and skills of doctors and nurses for early detection and efficient management of arterial hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases that are the main cause of deaths in Kazakhstan. 

KAFP took a number of highly effective measures; among them is organization of advanced interactive clinical training that is based on the principles of evidence-based medicine for 225 practicing doctors and paramedics of the city and rural area on 36 clinical modules on arterial hypertension. 108 medical personnel of Atyrau took remote training courses. 

KAFP family doctors, lecturers from the USA and KazNMU take mentorship visits to pilot polyclinics and rural area outpatient clinic on a regular basis to provide practical assistance to doctors and united reception of patients. KAFP facilitates a more responsible attitude of the community to their health through mass media (about 400 TV broadcasts of the created video clips about health improvement in Russian and Kazakh), organization and support of Hypertension Schools. One-hundred-eighty-seven (187) patients with AH have been trained to date and 153 of them normalized their arterial pressure (AP), 87 – changed their life style. Eight (8) heavy smokers of over 25 years of smoking gave it up.  KAFP identified the group of active participants among patients, helped them to organize Kutty Bilim public society of patients. 

The society of patients actively got into training of people, assists medical personnel in conducting school classes and participates in KAFP public campaigns. They regularly conduct AP measuring campaigns at trade centers, shops, polyclinics, major offices and enterprises to attract community’s attention, to aggressively identify people with hypertension, high blood sugar, cholesterine and triglycerides among residents.