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Last updated: December 28, 2021

December 27, 2021

Sustainable water use is essential in the arid Central Asia region, especially for maintaining vital food security. Marat Beksultanov, founder of AgriTech Hub, launched a geographic information system (GIS) platform to help farmers, policymakers and investors of Kazakhstan’s Turkistan region make better decisions on water consumption. Combining satellite sensing technology with big data analysis, this platform optimizes field-level water productivity on Turkistan farms, and maximizes crop-per-drop yields.

December 23, 2021

“There are many rejections this year, there has never been anything like this,” says Dr. Kanymkul Amangeldievna Alzhanova, Deputy Chief Doctor for Maternal and Child Health at Shymkent Polyclinic No. 11. The doctor, who has been responsible for immuno-prevention for the past 25 years, watched disconsolately what was unfolding at the beginning of the school year. Parents, fearing that first-graders would be vaccinated against COVID-19 without their consent, turned down routine revaccinations against tuberculosis.

December 22, 2021

Yelena Berezinskaya-Abilova is one of the 200 Public Council members across Kazakhstan who benefited from the USAID-funded Kazakhstan Rule of Law Program. Today, at the age of 50, she is a proactive businesswoman and co-founder of a social accountability initiative to protect business and counter corruption. She was born and raised in Oskemen, East Kazakhstan and spent her entire life there.

December 21, 2021

“After the course, my self-esteem improved and I am more confident. I accept myself the way I am and am not so influenced by or dependent on the opinions of others,” says Milana Tushkanova, a 16-year old who is in her second year of studying electrical engineering at the Mining and Metallurgical College in Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. Milana is also one of the first graduates of the USAID-funded Life Skills Training Program which completed in February 2021. As a result of the program, Milana saw how important it is to strengthen her family relationships, friendships, and connections with the people in her life.

December 21, 2021

Tuberculosis (TB) continues to remain a high burden for Uzbekistan, particularly for multi drug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) patients. In the last decade, Uzbekistan has made significant progress in the diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up monitoring of TB and MDR-TB patients. Uzbekistan is committed to eliminating TB by 2050. Yet, the country ranks among the top 30 countries in the world for harder-to-treat drug-resistant TB cases. TB is still stigmatized and misinformation about the disease is widespread.