Our Stories

  • Strengthening the capacity of the local partners to tackle TB issues in Turkmenistan

    UNDP provides knowledge and skills to staff of state and non-state institutions as part of its Capacity Development Programme. This is a key component of the project “Purposeful strengthening and Expanding of Qualified Services on TB Diagnostics and Treatment in Turkmenistan”, funded by the Global Fund.

  • Learning Leadership - Inspiring course for Women with Disabilities in Turkmenistan

    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.

  • Helping people with disabilities move forward

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

  • Role modeling: My disability does not own me

    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.

  • 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.

  • New Successes in Tackling TB in Turkmenistan

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Full Integration of Hearing Impaired Students in Turkmenistan

    In September 2016, Turkmenistan introduced a ground-breaking new measure to enable hearing impaired students to share classes with those who aren’t.