Gairat Hudaishukurov represents a new generation of young Turkmen artificial insemination specialists – ones that fully harness the training provided by the USAID Agriculture Technology Program to build their business enterprises and employ best practices. Gairat is making the most of the 50-day training he received from project-trained specialist, Mr. Yusupbay Ahmedov, to become a regional expert on artificial insemination.
Mrs. Maysa Salarova and her husband Dovran live in the Altyn Asyr Farm Union in the Mary region of Turkmenistan. Like most households in their village, they also own a small herd of five cows that supports their livelihood. Last year they witnessed from their neighbors and relatives in the village how using artificial insemination services to breed their stock can produce beautiful, healthy Holstein calves.
Bahar Roziyeva always dreamed of a career in international relations, but knew that she would first have to perfect her English language skills in order to fulfill her professional dreams. In 2011, she completed secondary school in Mary, Turkmenistan, and applied to the English department at a local university but was not admitted. Disheartened, Bahar felt that her career ambitions were unattainable.
In Ene Myahri Maternity Hospital, which means “Mother’s Gentleness” in Turkmen, Mahym Muradova successfully and happily gave birth to her second child in May 2011. “I felt safe and confident. The midwife was helping me a lot, and the medical staff was supportive, watching my status and listening to my child.”
The Ministry of Health in Turkmenistan is committed to investing in its future by improving children’s health. The government wants to prevent common childhood conditions like diarrhea, acute respiratory infections, anemia, measles, and malnutrition. This commitment is why the government has strongly supported the “Keeping Children Healthy” campaign, a collaboration of USAID, UNICEF and the World Health Organization. The campaign shares key health messages with mothers through community health care providers.
USAID and Chevron have partnered together to improve the lives of youth through offering centers where they can engage in positive activities. The goal is to provide knowledge of healthy lifestyles to adolescents. The youth center gives young people access to free courses in the English language and computer literacy. They receive many enthusiastic calls from parents making sure that the courses are truly free.
I first came to the center in October 2011. It was a stormy day, and my feelings toward the world around me were as stormy as the weather outside. I was completely worn-out by problems in my personal and business lives. I am not used to friendliness from my peers, as I live in a dog-eat-dog world. All my peers living in my neighborhood relieve their stress by smoking, using drugs or drinking alcohol.
Beshim Tanniyev has been working in his family’s greenhouse since 1978. For over 20 years, his family planted local varieties of cucumbers that were not resistant to most plant diseases found in Turkmenistan. He wondered if he would ever be able to increase his income and provide better opportunities for his family.
Maral is one of many outreach workers engaged in HIV prevention education for sex workers and drug users in Turkmenistan. Twice a week, she meets up with sex workers to conduct mini-sessions on HIV prevention and invites them to visit the drop-in center. At the center, they can join a monthly discussion group, consult with a psychologist, participate in trainings and get referrals for treatment of sexually transmitted infections.