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MSF in Turkmenistan, 2008
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The Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) mission in Turkmenistan operates in a restrictive context that limits its ability to implement effective medical programs. There is little reliable data on death and disease in the country: officially, diseases such as HIV /AIDS do not exist in Turkmenistan, and the true prevalence of other infectious diseases is extremely difficult to establish. Meanwhile, people suffering from such diseases have no access to treatment, so their condition worsens and the risks to public health grow.
MSF has been in Turkmenistan since 1999 and is currently working in Magdanly, in the remote eastern Lebap Velayat region. There, MSF is supporting pediatric and maternal health, and laboratory activities at the local district hospital.
MSF works in an advisory capacity and carries out visits to nearby health posts. One of the main activities is the training of local doctors and nurses up to international standards to treat diseases. Teams also refurbished the local medical facilities, and provided drugs, medical materials, and laboratory equipment.
MSF is negotiating to start a new project in Turkmenabad, the second-largest city in the country. This project will focus on treating patients with TB, including drug-resistant strains, and patients who are co-infected with HIV. These will be the first such services to be available in Turkmenistan.
MSF has worked in Turkmenistan since 1999.