05/15/2016 Central Asia
RPX CONDUCTED NATIONAL NUTRITION DISCUSSIONS IN CENTRAL ASIA

Undernutrition often increases the risk of tuberculosis (TB), which can lead to malnutrition. Between February and May 2016, the U.S. nongovernmental organization, Resource and Policy Exchange (RPX), in collaboration with the Uzbek Charitable Organization Sog’lom Avlod Uchun, Kyrgyz Charitable Organization Ergene and Tajik Charitable Organization Avesto...

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04/15/2015 Tashkent, Uzbekistan
US GOVERNMENT PROGRAM ANNOUNCED

Ambassador of the United States to Uzbekistan Pamela Spratlen, RPX Executive Director Matt Krzyston, Deputy Minister of Health and Social Protection Dr. Furkat Kalipov, and Chairperson of the Board of the International Non-governmental Charitable Foundation (INCF) “Sog’lom Avlod Uchun” Svetlana Imanova, announced a new U.S. Government program...

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RPX DELIVERED MEDICAL EQUIPMENT TO HEALTH FACILITIES
10/16/2016 Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

RPX provided audiometers and small medical equipment to Family Medicine Centers in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Pure tone screening audiometer is simple, reliable equipment and has 92 % specificity in detecting ototoxicity hearing loss. TB DOTS room nurse learned how to use audiometer and can perform threshold screening audiogram for TB patients. RPX TB project delivered 6 audiometers to FMC and TB hospitals to improve DOTS treatment outcomes. RPX will continue audiometry training and will supply 5 audiometers in 2017.

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UNITED STATES AMBASSADOR PAMELA L. SPRATLEN OPENED FOOD FOR PEACE PROGRAM IN UZBEKISTAN
09/14/2016 Tashkent, Uzbekistan

On Wednesday, September 14, 2016, the Ambassador of the United States to Uzbekistan, Pamela L. Spratlen; Deputy Minister of Health, Dr. Laziz Tuichiev; and Resource and Policy Exchange and Chairperson of the Board of the International NGO Charitable Foundation Sog’lom Avlod Uchun, announced the arrival of a new food aid shipment provided by the USAID International Food Relief Partnership Program.  In cooperation with the Government of Uzbekistan and other partners RPX will distribute over 112 metric tons of enriched food aid to 21,200 people across Uzbekistan.

Representatives from four of Uzbekistan’s Ministries including Health, Public Education and Foreign Affairs, along with the U.S. Embassy, Resource and Policy Exchange, Inc. and other partners took part in announcing the sixth round of this food relief program. The program, which runs through June 2017, will provide nutritious food for children with disabilities, tuberculosis patients and patients in medical facilities. The current shipment, valued at $311,447 will be provided to residents of 139 local institutions, including the Muruvvat and Sahovat homes, and other specialized treatment facilities across Uzbekistan. The food assistance includes dried lentil blends enriched with vitamins and minerals that will be used to prepare soup for the residents of these institutions. Sog’lom Avlod Uchun will deliver the food aid to the recipient institutions and monitor their distribution.


RPX CONDUCTED NATIONAL NUTRITION DISCUSSIONS
05/15/2016 Central Asia

Undernutrition often increases the risk of tuberculosis (TB), which can lead to malnutrition. Between February and May 2016, the U.S. nongovernmental organization, Resource and Policy Exchange (RPX), in collaboration with the Uzbek Charitable Organization Sog’lom Avlod Uchun, Kyrgyz Charitable Organization Ergene and Tajik Charitable Organization Avesto, conducted three round tables on Nutritional Care and Support for Patients with Tuberculosis. RPX is a USAID implementing partner for the International Food Relief Partnership Program (IFRPP) in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. During the roundtables, the first of their kind in each country, representatives of four Ministries including Labor, Health, Justice and Foreign Affairs, along with the National TB and Lung Disease Center, the World Health Organization, Project Hope, the Global Fund, World Food Program, and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) discussed the importance of an adequate diet, containing all essential macro- and micronutrients, for the well-being and health of all people, including those with TB. USAID’s IFRPP in Central Asia strives to reduce food insecurity among the most vulnerable groups, including children, women, patients with TB and mental illnesses, people with disabilities and elderly citizens. The enriched lentil soup mix is a nutritious meal which has become a staple in the diets of patients in dozens of Central Asian tuberculosis treatment facilities, mental health hospitals, children's institutions, and elderly care facilities. This food aid has allowed recipient facilities to supplement their meal provisions with more fresh fruits and vegetables, creating a balanced and nutritious diet.

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RPX ORGANIZED VISIT OF U.S. DOCTORS TO KYRGYZSTAN
04/25/2015 Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Dr. Baburao Samudrala and Dr. Thati visited Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on April 2015. RPX Executive Director Mathew Krzyston and U.S. medical team piloted medical supplies distribution at two primary health care facilities. U.S. doctors provided assistance to Kyrgyz family doctors.


US GOVERNMENT PROGRAM ANNOUNCED
04/15/2015 Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Ambassador of the United States to Uzbekistan Pamela Spratlen, RPX Executive Director Matt Krzyston, Deputy Minister of Health and Social Protection Dr. Furkat Kalipov, and Chairperson of the Board of the International Non-governmental Charitable Foundation (INCF) “Sog’lom Avlod Uchun” Svetlana Imanova, announced a new U.S. Government program, implemented by USAID in cooperation with the Government of Uzbekistan (GOU) and other partners, to distribute over 112 metric tons (MT) of enriched food supplies to 20,000 people across Uzbekistan. Representatives of Uzbekistan’s Ministries of Social Protection, Health, Public Education and Foreign Affairs, and the US Embassy, and other partners took part in the announcement of this program. Through November 2015, the program will enhance nutrition among children with disabilities, tuberculosis patients, and patients of other medical facilities in Uzbekistan. The current shipment, valued at $311,44 will be provided to residents of 107 local institutions, including the Muruvvat and Sahovat homes, and specialized treatment facilities across Uzbekistan. The food aid includes mixes of dehydrated vegetable blends enriched with vitamins and minerals that will be used to prepare soup for the residents of these institutions. The ICNF Sog’lom Avlod Uchun will deliver the food supplies to the recipient institutions and monitor their distribution.

"DEFEAT TUBERCULOSIS" IN THE KYRGYZ REPUBLIC
04/01/2015 Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

RPX Kyrgyzstan representative Dr. Talaigul Sabyrbekova, presented content of the first Gift in Kind shipment to program beneficiaries and discussed needs of Primary Health Care and TB facilities. RPX is a part of the program Defeat Tuberculosis and consortium led by Abt Associates, Inc. The Project will work on all levels of the health care sector with community and government, to improve TB case-finding and treatment results, through overall support to the National Tuberculosis Program in implementing the Den Sooluk-2020 Health Care Strategy on TB. The Project will support an overall shift to patient-centered care for tuberculosis. Program Goal: To reduce the burden of tuberculosis (TB) and the development of drug-resistant TB in the Kyrgyz Republic and support universal and equitable access to high quality TB services for vulnerable populations through a strengthened and sustainable health system.

RPX ORGANIZED ROUND TABLE IN TAJIKISTAN
03/31/2015 Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Malikаa Makhkambaeva ,Project Management Specialist/HealthUSAID Tajikistan, attended “Nutrition and Tuberculosis, Food Security of TB patients family” round table to discuss access to nutrition for TB patients and their families and recommended diet for TB patients in Tajikistan. Round table took place on March 31,2015 in Dushanbe. Resource and Policy Exchange and the local NGO partner Avesto announced humanitarian shipment arrival of enriched food supplies to enhance food security among tuberculosis patients.

USAID AND RPX DELIVERED 75,000KG FOOD PRODUCT TO KYRGYZSTAN
03/26/2015 Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the American non-governmental organization Resource & Policy Exchange (RPX) delivered 75,000kg of food products to the Kyrgyz Republic as part of the USAID Food for Peace Program. The program aims to enrich the diets of women and children in long-term treatment and care facilities, including residents of tuberculosis, psycho-neurological, and other social institutions. This year, the food products will be distributed to 66 institutions from all regions of the Kyrgyz Republic by Ergene Public Foundation. To start the distribution process, on March 26 RPX and Ergene  hosted “Nutrition and Tuberculosis, Food Security of TB patients’ family "round table to discuss access to nutrition for TB patients and their families and recommended diet for TB patients. Round Table participants received educational materials to promote rational nutrition. Click here for nutrition materials.

RPX AND USAID FOOD AID TO TAJIKISTAN CLINICS
07/02/2014 Dushanbe, Tajikistan

USAID’s office of Food for Peace (FFP) partners with US PVO Resource and Policy Exchange and the local NGO Avesto to distribute over 37 500 metric tons of enriched food supplies to over 22,000 people across Tajikistan. The purpose of this activity is to enhance food security among children with disabilities, tuberculosis patients, and other patients in health care facilities, including children's hospitals and nursing institutions, in Tajikistan. The current humanitarian shipment is valued at over $104,000 and is provided to residents of 67 facilities. The program improves nutritional and micronutrient status for hospitalized patients in 20 TB hospitals, children’s hospitals and nursing institutions. USAID Country Director Katie McDonald and Deputy Minister of Health and Social Protection NasimOlimov handed over 980 kg of dry lentil-vegetable mix to patients of Tajikistan's Republican TB Hospital.

RPX FACILITATED THE PARTICIPATION OF EXPERTS FROM HARVARD GLOBAL ONCOLOGY TEAM
05/30/2014 Minsk, Belarus

RPX facilitated the participation of experts from the Harvard Global Oncology team in an international conference in Minsk to address the opportunities and challenges of developing an accessible palliative care system in Belarus. The conference was organized as a result of two years of collaboration between RPX, Belarus Ministry of Health, Harvard Global Oncology, Belarusian NGO Revival–Start and Belarus Adult Hospice. Harvard experts presented lessons from the U.S. palliative care system most pertinent to the system in Belarus at this stage in its development. Major topics of discussion included: defining and distinguishing between palliative and hospice care; prognosis and life-expectancy assessments, tools for improving the accuracy of these assessments, and their effect on patient treatment decisions; the role of in-home care (e.g. oxygen therapy); appropriate medications; and the provision of palliative and hospice cares in hospitals and outpatient facilities. 100 medical professionals were trained during this event. Pictures are available in Galleries


RPX CURRENTLY IMPLEMENTS USAID INTERNATIONAL FOOD RELIEF PROGRAMS (IRFP) in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
04/24/2014 Bishkek, Dushanbe, Tashkent

Resource and Policy Exchange (RPX) currently implements USAID International Food Relief Programs (IRFP) in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Under these programs, RPX delivers supplementary feeding supplies to long term hospital patients to improve their nutrition and food security status. RPX designed and launched evidence based nutrition education campaign to combat tuberculosis.
The Russian language guidelines that RPX developed for this education and training campaign, entitled Nutritional Information to Consult Tuberculosis Patients, are available here »


RPX ANALYZED CENTRAL ASIA REGION FOOD PROGRAM STATISTICS AND PREPARED INFOGRAPHIC.
01/24/2014 Delhi, NY

Click on images to check infographic. Between 2007 and 2013, RPX delivered 1089 metric tons of shelf-stable prepackaged food products to reduce severe food insecurity among 360,000 people experiencing emergency level food shortages in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan


ANNUAL REPORT 2013
12/20/2013 Delhi, NY

RPX team find ourselves in the fortunate position to dramatically improve lives around the world. To address this challenge in 2013, RPX supported food security, health system strengthening and capacity building of local NGOs. RPX team are especially proud to have worked with local organizations in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan as they set out on the path toward food security, distributing more than 200,000 kilograms of nutritious food to over 50,000 beneficiaries. We are also happy to report on our successful efforts to strengthen health systems in Uganda. We are deeply grateful to our diverse funding and implementing partners and the local health leaders with whom we work shoulder to shoulder. New challenges await and we look forward to the year to come!
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RPX WOMEN'S DELEGATION WELCOMED BY DAVIS AND US STATE DEPARTMENT
07/24/2009 Washington, DC

During a recent international exchange facilitated by RPX, women leaders from Belarus were received by Patricia Davis, who serves as the Director of Global Programs in the US State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, & Labor (DRL). During the meeting, Yelena Razladova and Irina Zhakar, civic leaders trained by RPX to advocate for women's rights, presented Davis with their model for women-led health policy reform in Belarus and discussed opportunities to apply the model in other regions.

AMBASSADOR GROSS PRESENTS RPX/USAID FOOD DONATION IN TAJIKISTAN
03/16/2009 Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Ambassador Ken Gross, Deputy Minister of Health Sohibnazar Rahmonov and Firuza Abdullaeva of the Tajik charitable organization ‘Avesto’ presented 9,800 kilograms of lentils and vegetable soup mix to patients at Tajikistan’s National TB Hospital today as a part of a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded program. USAID, in cooperation with Avesto and the American organization Resource and Policy Exchange, Inc. (RPX), has distributed over 37 metric tons of enriched food supplies to date to over 22,000 people across Tajikistan.


RPX AND USAID DELIVER TWO MILLION MEALS IN KYRGYZSTAN: Women, children, mentally disabled receive emergency food aid
12/16/2008 Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Representatives of RPX, USAID and the Government of Kyrgyzstan announced the arrival of 40 metric tons of US donated food assistance to the people of Kyrgyzstan during a press conference at the Ministry of Labor and Social Development in Bishkek on Wednesday. The donated food, manufactured by Breedlove Dehydrated Foods (Lubbock TX) arrived shortly after the UN announced a dangerous winter food shortage in the mountainous Former Soviet republic. RPX and local partner organization Public Foundation Ergene will distribute food to 24 institutions throughout Kyrgyzstan, focusing on the nutritional needs of women, children, and patients with chronic mental illnesses. RPX is delivering a similar food donation to the neighboring Republic of Tajikistan.


CHAIRMAN PRESENTS $240,000 DONATION IN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Children's Hospital receives medicine and equipment
09/27/2008 Santiago, Dominican Republic

RPX Chairman John Leddy joined Rotary volunteers to present a $242,640 donation of essential medicines to Arturo Grullon Children's Hospital in Santiago. RPX also provided 30 otoscopes and the latest pharmaceutical manuals to enable effective prescribing practices. The delivery was made possible with shipping support from US non-profit organization, Ayudamos Carib of Petoskey, Michigan. Gift in kind donations were generously provided by Project HOPE, Bristol Myers Squibb, Dr. Mom Otosopes and Wolters Kluwer publishing.


RPX HOSTS MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE OF KYRGYZSTAN FOR US VISIT: Meeting with technical partners and NY agribusiness
06/14/2008 Delhi, NY

As part of an effort to improve agricultural livelihoods in Central Asia, RPX hosted a weeklong visit by veterinary specialist Maripa Kichinebatyrova from the Ministry of Agriculture in the Republic of Kyrgyzstan.



RPX AND ERGENE PRESENT AT MADRID CONFERENCE: IPOS sponsors World Congress
06/13/2008 Delhi, NY

RPX assisted Public Fund Ergene in the analysis of palliative services for cancer patients and psycho-oncology development in Kyrgyzstan. Results of the analysis were presented at the International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) World Congress in Madrid from June 9-13. RPX promotes the provision of palliative care for late stage oncology patients as a basic human right. Next steps under this campaign include developing cost effective palliative services for implementation in Central Asia.

EUROPA DONNA REPRESENTS BELARUS AT BERLIN CONFERENCE: Meeting brings together development groups from Europe.
04/15/2008 Berlin, Germany

Newly founded NGO, Europa Donna Belarus, was invited to represent its country at the 6th Annual European Breast Cancer Conference in Berlin. The Belarusian women's group, which was launched with support from US NGO and partner, Resource & Policy Exchange, met with other organizations focused on improving breast cancer education and treatment.

US EMBASSY ANNOUNCES RPX EMERGENCY RELIEF DONATION TO KYRGYZSTAN: Food and medical supplies aids earthquake victims
04/29/2008 Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

On April 29 a press conference was organized at the Ministry of Emergency on the arrival of humanitarian food assistance and medical supplies valued at about $150,000 that has been provided to the victims of the earthquake in Southern Kyrgyzstan.

RPX TEAM ATTENDS GLOBAL HEALTH COUNCIL CONFERENCE: DC Conference assembles international leaders in global health
07/01/2007 Washington, DC

RPX participated in the annual Global Health Council International Conference in Washington DC from May 28 - June 1. The event provided RPX, a GHC member organization, with an opportunity to develop linkages and collect materials to be used in Africa under new RPX programs in Rwanda and Uganda.

RPX PARTICIPATES IN 2008 GLOBAL HEALTH LEADERSHIP FORUM
01/18/2007 San Francisco, CA

RPX participated in the Global Health Leadership Forum held at the School of Public Health at the UC Berkeley January 11-17, where interactive training provided world experts an opportunity to exchange ideas in Health Policy and Economics.

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