Kyrgyzstan: The Civilian Research & Development Foundation (CRDF) is helping public health scientists in Kyrgyzstan to track infectious diseases like anthrax using GIS technologies. The process includes mapping the infected areas and devising methods of controlling an outbreak.
Notably, CRDF and the US Department of State have established a consortium in the Central Asian country to address the problem at a large level. Not only will raising the level of GIS expertise in Kyrgyzstan help address infectious disease outbreaks, it will also stimulate research, education, and business cooperation using these technologies.
CRDF is a Virginia-based nonprofit organisation that promotes international scientific and technical collaboration through grants, technical resources, and training. Historically, CRDF focused on post-Soviet Russia and the newly independent states in Eurasia. But now it is focusing on Central Asian countries as well.