UNICEF, EU and the Government of Uzbekistan recommit to equitable health care for mothers and children
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, 19 July 2012 – UNICEF, the Government of Uzbekistan and the European Union (EU) signed today a tri-partite agreement for the implementation of phase II of the EU-UNICEF Development Cooperation Programme ‘Improvement of Mother and Child Health Services in Uzbekistan (IMCHS)’. The agreement embodies a joint commitment by the three partners to strengthen health governance, improve quality of care for mothers and children, and promote health-seeking practices among families and communities.
In Uzbekistan, children learn proper hand-washing to prevent worms and other diseases
FERGHANA VALLEY, Uzbekistan, 5 June 2012 – Some 900,000 children between ages 6 and 11 received deworming tablets during Hygiene Promotion and Deworming Week, and event held in Andijan, Ferghana and Namangan provinces of the eastern Ferghana Valley.
In Uzbekistan, a UNICEF-supported child protection program helps reunite families
SAMARKAND, Uzbekistan, 15 March 2012 – In the city of Samarkand, two boys and their father sat at a table in their garden, sipping tea. On the other side of their father was his new wife.
In Uzbekistan, child-friendly preschools are engaging children and improving education
BUKHARA, Uzbekistan, 2 February 2012 – In Bukhara, southern Uzbekistan, music and laughter drifted across Preschool Number 11.
In Uzbekistan, expanding health care to the most vulnerable and hardest-to-reach
KARAKALPAKSTAN, Uzbekistan, 20 January 2012 – In the remote Khujayli District of Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan, the Saparova family can often be found in a traditional yurt at the back of the house, escaping the worst of the summer heat.
A child-centred approach to learning in Uzbekistan
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, 15 December 2011 – It was one of the noisiest games of the session. As a team, a group of adolescents raced to guide a long metal rod – supported by just their extended index fingers – down to the ground without dropping it. It was a test of concentration and co-operation, and it was the highlight of the morning at this UNICEF-supported team-building camp at Tashkent’s School No. 66.
A day care centre in Uzbekistan helps children living with HIV break their isolation
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, 30 November 2011 - The room was filled with toys, books, pictures. Indeed, everything that could possibly stimulate a child was provided and the youngsters in the noisy play session were certainly responding.
Disaster readiness training for the children of Uzbekistan
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, 2 November 2011 – At the Kimyogar summer camp, in the Tashkent region of Uzbekistan, a boy winced with pain as a nurse applied a bandage to his arm. Around them, a group of children watched intently, listening as the nurse explained how to attend to his injury.
Eight million children vaccinated against measles and rubella during national campaign in Uzbekistan
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, 29 September 2011 - Eight million children were vaccinated against measles and rubella (MR) recently, during a week-long campaign in Uzbekistan. With the aim to protect all children between the ages of one and 14 years, against the two highly contagious diseases, vaccination points were opened in all primary health facilities, schools, preschools, and orphanages across the country.
European Union parliamentarians see improving maternal and child health in Uzbekistan
SYRDARYA PROVINCE, Uzbekistan, 3 May 2011 – Sixteen members of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Union (EU) visited Uzbekistan last week, where they heard feedback from beneficiaries of the Mother and Child Health (MCH) project.
Day care centres give hope to children living with HIV in Uzbekistan
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, 10 December 2010 - Azim, 12, has been living with HIV for two years. He currently attends the Boychechak Day Care Center, which provides services for people affected by HIV/AIDS in the eastern province of Namangan in Uzbekistan. Since June 2010, over 550 children like Azim who experience stigma and discrimination because of their HIV status have found solace in such centers. They have also found a chance to enjoy their childhood once again.
European Union and UNICEF support maternal and child health in Uzbekistan
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, 24 November 2010 – Improving maternal and child health services is a key priority for the Government of Uzbekistan, and UNICEF and European Union support is helping – as highlighted during an EU delegation’s visit to the country last week.
UNICEF trains social workers to help Uzbek families provide for vulnerable children
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, 18 November 2010 – In a suburb of the Uzbek capital, Tashkent, social worker Elena Vorobyova enters an apartment block in a quiet neighbourhood to visit a family that has endured a tragedy from which they are now recovering – with the help of social workers trained in a UNICEF-supported programme.
Nationwide training in Uzbekistan prepares children in the event of a disaster
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, 11 NOVEMBER 2010 - In the boys and girls dormitory huts of the Kimyogar Summer Camp, the young campers appeared to be taking an afternoon nap. However, the intermittent giggles and elbow nudges hinted that all was not as it seemed.
European Union parliamentarians applaud Mother-Child Health project in Uzbekistan
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, 2 November 2010 – Members of Parliament from the European Union visited Tashkent in October to see the positive results that Uzbekistan’s Mother and Child Health (MCH) project has produced – including improvements in safe motherhood and survival of newborns and children under the age of five.
Programme of improvements assures quality in mother and child health across Uzbekistan
NAMANGAN, Uzbekistan, 26 October 2010 – In the delivery room at the regional hospital here in Namangan one day this past summer, Tukhtabaeva Margubu’s labour with her first child was already well along. Her expression alternated between understandable anxiety and pain from the contractions.
Joint initiative in Uzbekistan improves mother and child health
NAMANGAN, Uzbekistan 20 October 2010 – Watching her newborn baby sleep in the special care unit at Namangan Perinatal Centre, young mother Bobokhanova Madina wears the kind of loving smile that can only come from someone who knows how lucky she is to be a mother.
A package of simple changes boosts child survival across Uzbekistan
NAMANGAN, Uzbekistan, 18 October 2010 – At the Namangan Children’s Multi-Profile Medical Centre in eastern Uzbekistan, early morning is the busiest time in the admissions department.
Health workers build a network of support for new mothers in Uzbekistan
GULISTAN, Uzbekistan, 18 August 2010 – Two-month-old Abdulaziz is sleeping quietly in the arms of his mother, Dildora Rakhmankulova.
As Uzbek refugees return to Kyrgyzstan, UNICEF airlifts aid to affected region
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, 28 June, 2010 – Mashura Mamakhanova’s thumb and index finger seem impossibly large as they caress her daughter’s tiny hand in the incubator where the newborn sleeps. Born 10 weeks premature, the baby weighs just 900 grammes, but doctors at the Perinatal Centre in Andijan, Uzbekistan had no choice but to induce her birth.
As temperatures rise in Uzbekistan, UNICEF and partners step up refugee health aid
PAKHTAABAD, Uzbekistan, 23 June 2010 – Temur, 1, is crying. Medications have not helped to bring down his high fever.
Aid reaches displaced and refugee families in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, and KURGANPATA, Uzbekistan, 24 June 2010 – Despite concerns about security, UNICEF has organized a continuing airlift and overland distribution of supplies to people displaced by violence in Kyrgyzstan. At the same time, a significant proportion of the ethnic Uzbek families that fled the country into neighbouring Uzbekistan have now returned home – though thousands are still refugees.
UN and UNICEF take humanitarian action in response to Kyrgyzstan crisis
NEW YORK, USA, 18 June 2010 – As the crisis in Kyrgyzstan enters its second week, there are reports that violence against ethnic Uzbeks in the southern part of the country is gradually declining. However, the situation remains volatile and could still deteriorate.
Amidst violence in southern Kyrgyzstan, a mother and son seek refuge
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan 16 June 2010 – At 3 a.m. last Sunday, Malika and her son Emil, 8, left their house in Osh, Kyrgyzstan. The moonless night concealed ruins and dead bodies scattered near their home. Caustic fumes spread from the neighbouring burning houses, reminders of the atrocities that had been raging in the town for days.
Refugees pour into camps in Uzbekistan, escaping Kyrgyz clashes
ANDIJAN, Uzbekistan, 16 June 2010 – Navruza, 14, seems calm but her eyes are full of sorrow. Along with her mother and two brothers, she managed to escape deadly clashes in the town of Osh, in southern Kyrgyzstan, and find refuge across the border in neighbouring Uzbekistan.
UNICEF Deputy Regional Director helps launch a second round of polio vaccines in Uzbekistan
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, 9 June 2010 – Following a major polio outbreak in Tajikistan –Europe’s first since the region was declared ‘polio free’ in 2002 – a committed global partnership is working hard to keep neighbouring Uzbekistan free of the disease.
In Uzbekistan, first polio campaign in eight years targets nearly 3 million children
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, 18 May 2010 – Health authorities in Uzbekistan are working to keep polio at bay following a recent outbreak of the disease in neighbouring Tajikistan. Close to 3 million children under the age of five are being targeted in Uzbekistan’s first national polio campaign since the country was declared polio-free in 2002.
Child-friendly schools making inroads in Uzbekistan
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, 5 April 2010 – Children from 850 schools in Uzbekistan will enjoy reading the classics as part of a child-friendly schools programme being implemented there with UNICEF and IKEA Social Initiative Fund support.
Helping children be prepared for natural disasters in Uzbekistan
FERGHANA, Uzbekistan, 27 May 2009 – Pupils at Secondary School Number Three in Ferghana know the dangers posed by natural disasters in their region. Uzbekistan is prone to earthquakes as well as landslides, flooding, mudflows and man-made disasters.
Fostering trust to help prevent HIV in Uzbekistan
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, 20 May 2009 – Yurunatuz is a Roma community in Margilan, Uzbekistan. Drug use is a real problem here, and 10 people of a population of 810 recently died of AIDS.
Improving care for mothers and newborns in Uzbekistan
FERGHANA, Uzbekistan, 4 May 2009 – Maftuna Yakubova beams with pride over her newborn baby boy in the maternity ward of the Perinatal Centre in Ferghana, eastern Uzbekistan.
‘Framing Our World’ workshop trains young photographers in Uzbekistan
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, 8 January 2009 – Fifteen Uzbek children recently studied the elements of photography with renowned photographer Giacomo Pirozzi through a workshop called ‘Framing Our World’, sponsored by UNICEF and the Uzbekistan Ministry of Public Education.
At Uzbekistan conference, Central Asia unites against mother-to-child HIV transmission
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, 16 July 2008 – Central Asia’s HIV/AIDS epidemic is on the rise. Major outbreaks among children have occurred recently in hospitals across the region, mainly in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. One reason for the outbreaks is the transmission of the virus from mother to child.
Uzbekistan fortifies foods to protect children against anaemia
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, 4 January 2008 – Dilafruz Ashurmatova gently grasps the tiny thumbs of her five-month-old daughter, who smiles and tries to grasp her hands in return. Not long ago, even such a simple exchange was impossible.
UNICEF Representative in Uzbekistan receives National Friendship award
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, 14 December 2007 – UNICEF Representative in Uzbekistan Reza Hossaini has been awarded a presidential order of National Friendship, or Do‘stlik.
Uzbekistan’s Health Week campaign educates 6 million youths on proper nutrition
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, 26 June 2007 – In view of the urgent need to raise awareness about proper nutrition in children, a national campaign called Health Week was conducted this spring in almost 10,000 schools throughout Uzbekistan.
Uzbekistan tackles iron deficiency
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, June 2006 – To reduce serious nutritional deficiencies among women and children, the Government of Uzbekistan, aided by industry contributions and international support, is implementing a national flour fortification programme that began in 2005, financed by a $2.8 million grant over a three-year period.
Uzbekistan’s first Special Olympics challenges stigma against children with disabilities
NAVOI, Uzbekistan, 10 April 2006 – Over 90 young athletes from all over Uzbekistan came together in Navoi late last month to compete in a historic celebration, the country’s first-ever National Special Olympics.
Uzbekistan launches UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, 26 October 2005 – Nearly a million cell-phone subscribers in Tashkent received an intriguing ‘wake-up call’ today through an SMS message asking: “Why are so many young people contracting HIV?”
Uzbekistan: $2.8 million for fortified flour will help fight iron deficiency
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, 11 August 2005 – With international support, the government of Uzbekistan has launched a $2.8 million flour fortification project, in order to reduce serious nutritional deficiencies among women and children over the next three years.
An eyewitness account from Andijan
ANDIJAN, Uzbekistan, 24 May 2005 – After passing through a number of heavily armed security check points, we finally arrived in Andijan. Schools and colleges have been closed for a week. Most people are hesitant to talk to foreigners. It was clear to us that any movement inside – or for that matter, outside – the city was being tightly controlled.
Civil conflict spurs concern for children
ANDIJAN, Uzbekistan, 16 May 2005 – Schools are closed today in Andijan, the fourth largest city in Uzbekistan, as a result of the violence that occurred when a demonstration was forcibly dispersed by government soldiers on Friday. Children’s safety and well-being in the crisis are UNICEF’s top priority.
Study examines the situation of children with disabilities in Uzbekistan
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, 29 March 2005 – Uzbekistan is taking a closer look at the situation of its children living with disabilities.