Her husband went to Russia as a seasonal migrant worker and, upon his return to the Kyrgyz Republic, medical tests showed that he contracted a drug-resistant form of the disease. Weeks later, Kurbanova found out that she was infected as well. Kurbanova shared her story in one of many USAID-supported self-help groups set up to help patients cope with psychological problems and adhere to long treatment courses that can reach two years. The effort also advocates for outpatient care that allows patients to remain in their communities to receive treatment without interrupting their lives.
Taliban, weather, geopolitics: Afghanistan’s Kyrgyz wrestle with ‘stay or go?’ | Eurasianet
For the last six months, 17 year-old Zarina Barinova has worn a Muslim-style headscarf whenever she goes out in northern Kyrgyzstan's Chui province. A confident and outspoken student from the town of Karabalta, Barinova defies the common stereotype in Kyrgyzstan that women wearing "hijab" or Islamic are shy and retiring, mostly from rural backgrounds, and raised only to be obedient housewives. I went to a Russian-language school, I've done well at my studies and I'm involved in various activities at college. Women in urban areas are more likely to know Russian, the lingua franca, in addition to Kyrgyz or a minority language. Barinova knows that when people see her head-covering, they may jump to conclusions. But that does not matter to her.
Communities fight Tuberculosis in Central Asia
One day this April, when thick snow still covered the high-altitude Alai Valley, the small village of Taldy Suu saw a rare visit from a high-profile guest: President Sadyr Japarov. At the meeting, he talked about bringing the last thousand-odd Kyrgyz from Afghanistan by the end of the year. The first group of Afghan Kyrgyz arrived in Kyrgyzstan in October , after more than a decade of negotiations with Bishkek.
Doctor Nina Solomatina is caring for Manarbek Kushtobaev, Tuberculosis is increasing in Central Asia at an alarming rate. Ivan Golovko was a bus driver in Kara Balta city, western Kyrgyzstan. Last August Ivan noticed that something was wrong.