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  • Expert opinion on UNDP’s “Social Inclusion through Leadership Skills for Disabled Women in Turkmenistan”
    Dec 7, 2015

    Arkadi Toritsyn, Specialist on the education for children with special needs of the Ministry of Education of Ontario, Canada. Mr. Toritsyn assessed the “Social Inclusion through Leadership Skills for Disabled Women in Turkmenistan” project of support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Deaf and Blind Society of Turkmenistan (DBS).

  • Hearing-impaired students excel in Turkmenistan’s first integrated curriculum

    The new curriculum kicked off at the Textiles College in Ashgabat, supported by UNDP, the Ministry of Textiles, and UNDP national partner the Blind and Deaf Society of Turkmenistan. The first of its kind in Central Asia, it allows hearing impaired students to develop skills at the same speed as others and showcases the possibility of zero-stigma in academic environments across the country.

  • Recovering from multidrug-resistant TB in Turkmenistan

    Sometimes TB patients develop multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB). Between 2013 and 2015, 563 MDR-TB patients were enrolled in treatment in Turkmenistan. This strain of TB cannot be cured by basic antibiotics. It needs to be treated with “second-line” drugs. This long and challenging process requires the strength of the patient and enormous support from the family.

  • MDR-TB patients get support with fight against the disease

    Amanbagt, a 28 year old woman, and Babaly, her 63-year old father, live in the outskirts of Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan. Amanbagt fell ill in February 2013 when after few oddly cold winter days she felt weakness and tiredness. Amanbagt did not pay attention to those symptoms for several months, hoping to get her stamina back after summer vacation. However by September 2013 her health steadily worsened and she started coughing. At that time her father took Amanbagt to the Centre for TB Treatment and Prophylaxis in Ashgabat.

  • Reaching higher education: Inspirations from women with disabilities

    Shabibi Osmanova, with visual disability since her birth breaks the stereotypes and fights social stigma. Shabibi recently became a full time student at the university in Belarus and completed the first semester of schooling.

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