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MSF in Turkmenistan, 2004
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In December 2003, MSF phased out its involvement in the DOTS (Directly Observed Treatment Short-course) tuberculosis program that it had run in Dashoguz since 1999, handing over all remaining activities to the ministry of health.
MSF then started a new project providing care for children in the economically deprived eastern town of Magdanly. Work started in April 2004 in the local hospital in the pediatrics and children's infectiousdisease wards, as well as in the children's intensive care unit. Primary emphasis is placed on implementing more rational drug use and improving diagnostic techniques, with education for health care workers as an additional component. MSF staff members are now refurbishing some of the hospital wards and plan to improve its water supply and waste management system.
MSF was forced to halt abruptly its support to projects in Afghanistan from the Ashgabad Logistical Support Office in Turkmenistan following the brutal murders of five MSF staff members in Afghanistan in June 2004. During the first six months of 2004, that office had handled approximately 120 tons of cargo.
MSF has worked in Turkmenistan since 1999.