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Psychological Help to Bring MDR-TB Patients back to Treatment

31 Jan 2017 by Bahar Bayramova

Consultation of the Red Crescent psychologist with the TB doctor at the Centralized Lab for Infectious Diseases / UNDP Turkmenistan
TB treatment is a very long and complicated process. Often, patients are left alone to face the disease because their community does not often understand how the disease is transmitted and what the patient is going through. A person living with TB has suppressed immune system and must very carefully follow all instructions of the assigned treatment, adhere to the dietary prescription and regularly visit his doctor. The treatment usually takes around 6-8 months. However, there is a multi-drug resistant form of TB (MDR-TB) with the treatment period of 2 years. During those 2 years, MDR-TB patient shall take medications under the supervision of the TB doctor and regularly undergo medical checkup. “Every year around 6 to 10 million people are diagnosed with TB. However, modern medical care allows full cure of TB under the condition that the diagnosis is made and the treatment has started on time. Nevertheless, there is another very important condition - a moral and psychological state of the patient, his will, persistence and optimism,” explains Bahar Bayramova, psychologist of the National Red Crescent Society of Turkmenistan (NRCS) – a Sub-recipient of the TB grant from the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria (Global Fund). … Read more

Expert opinion on UNDP’s “Social Inclusion through Leadership Skills for Disabled Women in Turkmenistan”

07 Dec 2015 by Nazik Myradova

Photo: UNDP/Turkmenistan
On average, 10% of the population of the world has some form of disability. But how many persons with disabilities do you see on the streets? Social exclusion, low educational attainment, unemployment, low self-esteem and limited opportunities to participate in political and social life are frequent parts of persons with disabilities’ daily experience. A very low number of persons with disabilities are employed or attend universities. The stereotyping of and prejudice against them are still widespread and their families experience social stigma so that many persons with disabilities have to stay at home. In society, there is a genuine and widespread lack of understanding that most persons with disabilities could in fact function effectively at work, school, and with society, if given adequate support. … Read more

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