Our work in Turkmenistan began in 1991 following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Project HOPE was one of the first organizations to help during this difficult transition by supplying critically needed medicines and medical supplies, an effort that has continued in recent years. Since 1991 Project HOPE has donated more than $8 million of medicines and medical supplies to Turkmenistan.
Project HOPE opened an office in 2000 in Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan. TB infection rates had grown substantially in the Central Asian Republics since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. In response to this problem, Project HOPE developed a three-year, multi-country program including Turkmenistan in 2001 to reverse the high rate of TB infections in the region by incorporating the Directly Observed Therapy - Short Course (DOTS) method endorsed by the World Health Organization.
Other past programs in Turkmenistan have also included the six-year, multi-country Healthy Family Project, launched in 2002. The Healthy Family Project in Turkmenistan expanded access to maternal and child health care and reproductive health care through improvements in service delivery and community mobilization activities.
Our most recent programs have been focused on strengthening the TB laboratory network, introducing a distance learning system, advocacy activities and strengthening of the management system for TB medicines.
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