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  • 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.

  • Modern village as a countrywide model of local self-governance
  • 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.

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