Svetlana Pak

Director KNCV Office in Central Asia

Dr. Svetlana Pak is a medical doctor with over 25 years of experience in public health and TB control. She started her career as a medical doctor in the department of respiratory diseases and pulmonology of the city hospital for children. In 1998 – 2000 she coordinated the program on prevention of tuberculosis in Kazakhstan.

Svetlana joined KNCV in February 2001 as a coordinator for TB in prisons project. Starting from 2008 her work was focused on programmatic management of drug resistant tuberculosis supporting countries in Central Asia region to adopt and implement new approaches and tools for diagnosis and treatment of drug resistant tuberculosis through development of implementation plans based on the situational assessment, adaptation/development of the national policy, capacity building and advocacy. Starting in 2014 her areas of interest were extended to implementation of new regimens and drugs for treatment of drug resistant tuberculosis. She also has experience in engagement of key populations in TB care, stigma reduction and PPM. She is a co-author of nine publications in the international journals, including two best practices published in the WHO Compendium of Good practices.

KNCV has been fighting TB since its establishment in 1903. Over the past 117 years, the organization has acquired indispensable knowledge and experience in the field of effective TB control, resulting in pre-elimination in the Netherlands and significant contributions to global evidence generation, policy development and TB program implementation worldwide.

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