Investing in better care during babies' first days is saving lives in Kyrgyzstan
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, 3 November 2017 – “She is the daughter I dreamed to have,” says Nargiza. “When I reach into the incubator, I touch her hands, her legs, to give her my love.” Inside the incubator rests little Omurkal – Nargiza’s first child – who was born at 30 weeks.
In Kyrgyzstan, girls lift shroud of shame on menstruation
VASILEVKA, Kyrgyzstan, 26 May 2017 – Menstruation is a taboo subject in Kyrgyzstan. Girls enter puberty without understanding what is happening to their bodies, and suffer in shame and despair as a result. Many do not attend school during their periods, affecting their educational performance.
Vitamin enriched flour to help prevent birth defects in Kyrgyzstan
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, 3 March 2017 – Ever since Abdurahim* was born two months ago, his mother Alima has been struggling to understand why. Why her boy was born with spina bifida, a severe neural defect.
In Kyrgyzstan, promoting community care for children with disabilities
OSH, Kyrgyzstan, 3 December 2016 – Guliza’s welcoming smile floods the room like the sun piercing through a long night. She hugs us, snaps a selfie, and breaks into a brash but pitch-perfect rendition of a hit by the popular American singer, Ariana Grande.
Community kindergartens address preschool education gap in Kyrgyzstan
BATKEN/KARAKOL, Kyrgyzstan, 26 October 2016 – Four-year-old Malika has been going to community kindergarten in the village of Yrdyk, Issyk-Kul province for the past several months. “I play there with girls and draw letters. I like it in kindergarten,” she says.
Young people bring positive change to a post-conflict area of Kyrgyzstan
KADU, Kyrgyzstan, 9 October 2012 - Erkin Japashev says he spent most of his early teenage years engaging in mindless village bouts.
Disaster Risk Reduction training helps build a culture of safety in Kyrgyzstan
CHENGEN, Kyrgystan, 9 November 2011 - In the village of Chengen in southern Kyrgyzstan, the sights and sounds of the continuing clean-up are everywhere. Less than two weeks after a massive mudslide ripped through here, claiming scores of homes, the memory of it is still intensely painful for 10-year-old Ruslan Omurbaev and his three brothers and sisters.
Over a year later, children return to rebuilt school in post-conflict Osh, Kyrgyzstan
OSH PROVINCE, Kyrgyzstan, 1 September 2011 – Hundreds of children from Shark village have settled down in the new Tolstoy School following a year-long journey.
UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake visits youth centres rebuilding lives in Kyrgyzstan
OSH, Kyrgyzstan, 29 June 2011 – In spite of the heat, the smiles on the faces of the children performing their dance of welcome were genuine. They betrayed no hint of the psychological scars they may still be suffering.
Construction of proper latrines contributes to cultural change in Kyrgyzstan
OSH, Kyrgyzstan, 17 March 2011 – Sanitation remains a cultural taboo in Kyrgyzstan, where it is seen as disgusting and shameful.
Young people help build lasting peace after conflict in southern Kyrgyzstan
OSH, Kyrgyzstan, 11 March 2011 – More than 300,000 people were displaced by civil conflict in southern Kyrgyzstan last June. The fighting caused a humanitarian crisis for more than a million people, including an estimated 400,000 children.
Doctors in Kyrgyzstan learn new treatments to fight top child killer
OSH, Kyrgyzstan, 12 October 2010 – The lives of children in southern Kyrgyzstan, an area which suffered from recent civil strife, are now under another threat: diarrhoea.
In the wake of conflict, polio immunization campaign protects children in Krygyzstan
TOICHEBEK-CHEK, Kyrgyzstan, 27 July 2010 – An outbreak of poliomyelitis in Tajikistan earlier this year is potentially threatening the health of children across the border in southern Kyrgyzstan. In the wake of the ethnic violence that tore through the region in June, communities here are coming together in support of a national immunization campaign to protect children from the deadly disease.
In the wake of violence, home visits ensure social assistance for families in Kyrgyzstan
OSH, Kyrgyzstan, 23 July 2010 – From the outside, the walled compound of the Kozybaeva household looks relatively undamaged, raising hopes that unlike most of the neighbouring houses, this one might be intact. But just beyond the gate is the burnt-out shell of what used to be the family car. And beyond that are the ruins of what was once the family home.
Child-friendly spaces for learning and playing without fear in Osh, Kyrgyzstan
OSH, Kyrgyzstan, 13 July 2010 – After weeks of violence in southern Kyrgyzstan, Osh is beginning to witness tiny signs of a return to normal life: The streets are filling up with people and cars. Some rush to the market to buy food, others go to visit their relatives and share their blankets and clothes with those who lost everything.
UNICEF helps displaced families start afresh after violence in Osh, Kyrgyzstan
OSH, Kyrgyzstan, 6 July 2010 – Viewed from the hill that dominates the centre of Osh, it’s hard to imagine the violence that swept through this city in mid-June. The plumes of smoke that hung over the skyline have long since gone, but when you look more closely, you notice the blackened patches of entire neighbourhoods that were burned out.
After violence tears apart communities in Kyrgyzstan, a brittle calm settles in
OSH, Kyrgyzstan, 1 July 2010 – All along the Alisher Navoi Street, the scene is similar from house to house. Some of the buildings are just charred walls. Some have collapsed completely. Others bear bullet holes from intense gunfire.
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.
For displaced families in Kyrgyzstan, a difficult road back from the brink
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, 25 June 2010 – The civil unrest in southern Kyrgyzstan has not spared any household in Djalal-Abad province.
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.
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.
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.
UNICEF trucks supplies to ethnic Uzbeks fleeing violence in Kyrgyzstan
NEW YORK, USA, 15 June 2010 – UNICEF Representative in Uzbekistan Jean-Michel Delmotte has described a chaotic situation as thousands of ethnic Uzbeks, mostly women and children, flee ethnic violence in neighbouring Kyrgyzstan.
A Kyrgyz local hero fights to protect the rights of street children in Bishkek
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, 24 August 2009 – A recent morning for Alexei Petrushevski went something like this: He met a high-ranking city official to get approval of a project ensuring that all of his wards at the Bishkek Centre for Street Children will eventually get birth certificates and other necessary paperwork. Then he rushed off to negotiate the purchase of football jerseys – at discounted rates, of course – for the centre’s new children’s soccer team.
Families in Kyrgyzstan hit hard by global recession
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, 6 August 2009 – Every day, Turganaly Kenjebaev stands on a bridge beside a busy main road, hoping that someone will stop by and offer him a job for the day. If he’s lucky he’ll earn $4.
Teenager advocates for child-care reform at regional forum in Kyrgyzstan
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, 14 May 2009 – Maftuna, now 15, was only four years old when her mother died, but she remembers many things from her childhood.
Kyrgyzstan enacts law on flour fortification to fight ‘hidden hunger’
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, 13 April 2009 – The Kyrgyz Republic recently became the 57th country in the world to approve legislation requiring flour fortification. Under the legislation, all flour producers in the country will have to fortify top-grade and first-grade flour with vitamins and minerals approved by authorized health agencies.
Promoting 'baby-friendly' practices for modern mothers in Kyrgyzstan
BISHKEK, Kyryzstan, 15 January 2009 – In a small delivery room at Kyrgzstan's National Maternal and Child Health Centre, Nargiza Umuralieva is in labour, awaiting the birth of her second child. Her sister Jibek is there for help and support. She quietly massages Nargiza's hand.
Sold for $12,000: Tackling child trafficking in Kyrgyzstan
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, 19 November 2008 – Rumilya's life changed when her mother was detained for theft. Rumilya, then 12, and her sister Lili, then 16, were sent to be cared for by different people. One of the so called ‘caregivers’, Madina, had other ideas.
As cold weather nears, UNICEF and partners shelter Kyrgyzstan earthquake survivors
NEW YORK, USA, 10 October 2008 – Five days after a 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck the town of Nura in the Alai Rayon region of southern Kyrgyzstan, UNICEF, its partners and the Ministry of Emergency Situations are working around the clock to provide relief to quake victims.
Children bear the brunt of earthquake in Kyrgyzstan
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, 7 October 2008 – Hundreds of children and their families have been left homeless and need urgent assistance following the severe earthquake that struck eastern Kyrgyzstan on 5 October.
Children no longer have to separate from their families to attend school in Minoruk
MINORUK, Kyrgyzstan, 17 July 2007 – With the closest secondary school 16 km away, 10-year-old children in Minoruk have been forced to choose between the comfort of home and the importance of education. Now, for the first time in the history of the small village, children will not have to leave their families in order to attend school.
UNICEF Executive Board witnesses progress for at-risk children in Kyrgyzstan
ISSYK-ATINSKIY, Kyrgyzstan, 1 May 2007 – Following on the heels of missions earlier this year to Liberia, Panama and Peru, members of the UNICEF Executive Board have just returned from Kyrgyzstan, where they visited UNICEF-supported projects to help at-risk children and families.
Cartoon takes Kyrgyz children on a ‘Magic Journey’ and teaches life lessons
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, 3 January 2007 – For Kaniet, 4, and his mother, it is a very special day. At a children’s recreation centre in Bishkek, they are watching the first animated series to be produced in Kyrgyzstan in 20 years.
Young Kyrgyz journalists interview their President
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, 5 September 2006 – A group of child journalists in Kyrgyzstan had the privilege of interviewing their president after winning the Child Truth competition, supported by UNICEF. Youths were asked to submit an article entitled, If I were president then I would….
Communities in remote Kyrgyzstan help students stay in school
NARYN PROVINCE, Kyrgyzstan, 18 August 2006 – The noonday sun scorched Askat, 13, as he used all his strength to finish building a hay pile. The last five bales were extremely difficult as the heavy mound threatened to topple over. After the job was done, he still faced a long walk home. At home, Askat found his grandmother serving tea to three guests. They had come to talk about his problems with school attendance.
Counselling eases the pain for troubled children in Kyrgyzstan
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, 13 July 2006 – Jyldyz, 12, recently visited her psychologist without an appointment. She came not as a client but as a friend, with a sense of pride, because she had something special to show: her sixth-grade diploma.
Kyrgyzstan: Children teach adults about poverty
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, 6 December—For the first time ever, Kyrgyzstan, a former Soviet Republic in Central Asia, has put child poverty at the centre of its national poverty debate. The country plans to make the plight of child poverty part of its next National Poverty Reduction Strategy.
Football fights AIDS and drug abuse
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan/NEW YORK, 20 September 2004 – Under the slogan “Kyrgyz Young Football Players Against Drugs and HIV/AIDS,” the final of the Kyrgyz President’s Cup 2004 – the biggest young people’s football tournament in Kyrgyzstan – brought to a conclusion a successful campaign to raise public awareness of key issues for young people. A key goal of the campaign was to stimulate action to help create a healthy environment for young people, allowing them to develop to their full potential.
Young volunteers support Radio Salam – a vital channel of information for Batken
BATKEN, Kyrgyzstan, 20 September 2004 – Batken is not an easy place to reach, nor is it an easy place to live. Natural disasters and inclement weather do little to help. Surprisingly, the rocky soil does nourish lush gardens of apricots in the pockets of flat land surrounded by mountains. For the local people, Batken means rocky soil, apricots and Radio Salam – a UNICEF supported radio station that highlights the concerns of young people.