Population: 27,606,007 (July 2009 est)
GDP per capita (PPP): $2,600 (2008 est)
Total expenditure on health per capita: $ 177 (Intl $, 2006)
Uzbekistan is located in Central Asia, north of Afghanistan. Russia conquered Uzbekistan in the late 19th century, and it subsequently became a part of the USSR and the CIS before achieving independence in 1991.
Implementing Partner In-Country: Institute of Endocrinology, Tashkent (Drs. Zulaykho Shamansurova and Gulnora Rakhimova and colleagues)
International Partners: Insulin for Life
International Supporter: Tampere Diabetes Branch, Finland
Life for a Child Support
We began assisting 42 children cared for by hospitals in the capital Tashkent in 2007, with insulin being provided through Insulin for Life, and visual blood glucose strips purchased locally. The support has grown, with 15 now also helped in Samarkand, and 40 in the troubled Andijan region.
The regular insulin and monitoring has led to marked improvements in quality of life, with children now being well, avoiding dangerous episodes of diabetic ketoacidosis, and able to focus on their schooling.