The mountainous republic of Kyrgyzstan is one of the smallest Newly Independent States in Central Asia. Its economy went through a difficult transition process. The town of Maili-Suu was one of the hardest hit because its industries were extremely remote not only from their resource basis but also from their markets. Living conditions were harsh as monetary incomes did not cover basic needs. The development of private gardens for food production (compensation of nutritional deficiencies) was hampered by bottlenecks in the supply of quality seeds, irrigation equipment, advice, and training. A short term expert assessed the situation in general as well as in the respective fields of health and horticulture. The expert elaborated a proposal of combined measures.
Elaboration of a coherent and workable concept of short-term interventions in critical sectors in order to alleviate social and health effects for the town's inhabitants in the difficult transitional phase. The expert's proposals included the classification and specification of goods and services, a careful selection of local partner institutions and personalities as well as an operational plan for organisation and implementation. Drugs and medical supplies were selected based on the WHO essential drug list.