Stories from a mobile medical trailer in Kyrgyzstan

Tue, Apr 16, 2013

Kyrgyzstan, News

In February 2013, the mobile medical trailer run by Fund Compassion, which the LCMS supports, was stationed in the village of Novopavlovka which is only 20 kilometers from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The population of the village is 17,500 people. The trailer is located near the village school where 2,500 children attend a school that is big enough for 1,700, meaning the school has to work in three shifts. In February, the Women Issues Program’s participants held community health events. They taught the children about good oral hygiene and worms. About 60 children received free toothpastes and toothbrushes. Community health work done at the trailer is very important. In some remote villages, the dentist for the trailer sees 7-10 year-old children who have never used toothpaste and toothbrushes.

This young woman came to the trailer because she had been trying to get pregnant for two years. The treatment of local doctors produced no result. The local doctors suggested that she should be checked up in Bishkek clinics. When she found out the cost of the check up, she realized that she would never be able to have a baby. The mobile medical trailer’s gynecologist was her last hope. This woman had a free ultrasound examination at the trailer and the trailer’s gynecologist helped her get a free examination and consultation of an endocrinologist in one of Bishkek clinics. As a result, many conditions were diagnosed and she will need long treatment. What is important to her now is that she has a hope to become a mother.


The little girl is suffering from a very difficult heart disease – Fallot tetrad. The family lives in Karakol and is economically challenged. A heart surgery would cost about $2500 in Kyrgyzstan. It is a huge amount for the family. The parents were able to receive a grant from an organization that collects money for the necessary treatments of children from poor families, but it wasn’t enough for the surgery. The mobile medical trailer’s pediatrician helped the mother write applications to cardiology centers in Russia. One of such centers in Tomsk, Russia agreed to perform a free operation! Now the family is getting ready to go to Tomsk. Fund Compassion helped the mother and child receive warm clothing.

In February, the trailer saw more than 500 patients between the dentists, the pediatrician, gynecologist and laboratory, in addition to the community health events.


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