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  • Jul 20, 2017

    Participants of 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 Blin Society of Turkmenistan (DBS) prove that disability is not an obstacle and inspire by their personal stories, drive and courage.

  • Jul 20, 2017

    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.

  • Jul 20, 2017

    The past 20 years have seen an increase in the spread of drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) throughout Central Asia. This strain of TB, cannot be cured by basic antibiotics. It needs to be treated with ‘second line’ drugs. It needs to be detected at an early stage through drug susceptibility testing (DST) by trained staff at specialized TB laboratories using sophisticated equipment in a highly controlled environment.

  • Jul 20, 2017

    Over fifty women with disabilities participated in a special 20-day course to promote social inclusion and greater engagement of people with disabilities in policy-making. The training was designed to strengthen the leadership capacities of women with visual and hearing impairments from the Deaf and Blind Society of Turkmenistan.

  • Jul 20, 2017

    A programme in Turkmenistan that teaches disabled people employable skills is helping improve their job prospects.

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