Kyrgyzstan’s Frail Healthcare System Leaves Elderly in the Lurch

Though donor-led reforms have brought some improvements in overall care, Kyrgyzstan's public health strategy does not address geriatric medicine at all. (Photo: David Trilling)

Under an icon of St. Nicholas hanging on her wall, 97-year-old Anna Belova drew her final breath. She passed away in her Bishkek apartment in the presence of a few neighbors and her two nieces, her last remaining family. 

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David Gullette is an anthropologist and development specialist based in Kyrgyzstan.

Kyrgyzstan’s Frail Healthcare System Leaves Elderly in the Lurch

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