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Sustainable Living: More Water for Less Energy

The project “Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for Sustainable Water Management in Turkmenistan” works with technology transfer, investment, and policy reform, towards providing sufficient and…  


Stay Motivated and Save Your Life from MDR-TB

“I spent 8 weeks in the hospital. That was the scariest time of my life. I saw how someone with TB died. That case made me realize, that I want to fight for my health and that I want to live with my…  


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…  


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.  


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…  


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…  


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…  


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…  


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…  


Helping people with disabilities move forward

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


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…  


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…  



Would you Spend Extra USD 500 to Make your House Warmer?

UNDP/GEF project together with its national partners State Concern “Turkmengas” and Ministry of Communal Services develop and promote EMS in some new residential buildings to find the best model…  


A 100-year-old Turkmenistan reservoir gets new life

In the Konegummez village of the Ahal region in Turkmenistan lies the historical 100-year-old reservoir “Ata Eke”. Locals here grow fruit and vegetables, such as apples, pears, tomatoes, pumpkins and…  


Bonding for change and functionality: water users of Turkmenistan

How much would you charge a neighbour for access to water? How many volunteers can you gather to clean up a dam? Who will get access to the biggest water well in the middle of the desert?  


A desert, a mountain, and an oasis in Turkmenistan

Residents of three Turkmen communities are working to increase their resilience to climate change by implementing water efficiency and irrigation measures, and developing water user associations…  


Sustainable Living in the Heart of the Desert

In the Karakum region of Turkmenistan, adaptation techniques address the manmade factors contributing to desertification and help communities adapt to the changing climate.  


New residential building codes and tech promote energy conservation

Following the President’s call to save on Turkmenistan’s abundant energy resources, the construction of energy-efficient buildings became a priority. This wakeup call for the energy-rich nation, where…  


UNDP supports Turkmenistan in reducing risks associated with climate change

Global Climate change is leading to a temperature rise around the world. According to the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, by the end of the century the Earth's temperature…  


Placing a Value on Nature – Evaluating Biodiversity in Turkmenistan

Working closely with the country’s Ministry of Nature Protection, UNDP’s efforts have been focused on the particular project aimed at increasing the knowledge of decision-makers and local population…  


Adaptation Technologies 101: Intro to climate resilient use of water resources by local communities in Turkmenistan

In accordance with the National Strategy of Turkmenistan on Climate Change, adopted in 2012, it is projected that by 2040 temperature will rise by about 2°C throughout Turkmenistan. The rate of change…  


Building national capacity of Turkmenistan for effective management of protected areas system

Residents of Makhtumkuli district of Balkan province of Turkmenistan are increasingly gaining from living in a natural habitat in the Sumbar River Valley, as more and more people from other regions…  

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