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.
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.
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.