New project of the Kyrgyz Libraries Information Consortium
Kyrgyz Libraries Information Consortium has won a grant of EIFL-Public Library Innovation Programme for the "Public libraries in TB promotion - a new initiative to reverse the trend of tuberculosis in Kyrgyzstan" project (http://www.eifl.net/our-current-grantees/).
Terms: November 1, 2011 -October 31, 2012.
Tuberculosis is a global health concern. In Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan has all the ingredients favoring the rapid spread of the disease; the current trend necessitates scaling up of prevention activities. Medical interventions alone cannot contain transmission of tuberculosis; civil societies and community-based organizations play an indispensable role in the prevention of the disease. With this notion the Kyrgyzstan Libraries Information Consortium (KLIC), a representative body of libraries in the country, proposes a project with the objective to raise awareness, address stigma and advocate social support for communities vulnerable to tuberculosis.
The project is because of the above dire needs and is geared to control the alarming spread of tuberculosis in Kyrgyzstan, a common goal for all participating in the national tuberculosis programme. Public libraries, having facilities to disseminate information and being a link with communities through their users, are in a good position to take up such role.
These libraries have been selected to promote tuberculosis among target groups distinct to each catchment area.
Target groups: library users, school teachers and pupils, community members, local authorities and political leaders, academics and media.
The above target groups will be involved in the project by participating in workshops, presentations, discussions, joint meetings and campaing activities..
Participating libraries will work closely with local authorities, community organizations and media to raise awareness in communities.
A short story about new service is available at http://www.eifl.net/kyrgyz-libraries-information-consortium-kyrgyzstan