How do we combat environmental myths and misperceptions?

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Filed under: Central Asia Environment Health Peace and security




In Central Asia, after the Soviet Union’s collapse, uranium enrichment largely stopped in former Soviet countries like Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. This left behind “yellow hill” tailing sites storing huge amount of low grade processed uranium ore. Water, soil, and air pollution due to tailings have had critical impact on everyday life for years in this region.

New hope for healthcare in Kyrgyzstan

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Filed under: Central Asia Health HIV




For over five years, I have been working for access to essential medicines. I have always been amazed to see how it is the poor countries that often must pay the most when it comes to keep their citizens healthy. Consider antiretrovirals – these live-saving medications are crucial for keeping HIV a chronic and treatable… Read more »

Loud and clear: Rethinking service design in Georgia

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Health Social inclusion




112 is one of the most dialed phone numbers in Georgia. In 2013 alone, over eight million emergency calls were made to this national response hotline. Their website lists emergency services available for children, a video tour, and frequently asked questions for those who may need immediate help. They provide everything for everyone – except… Read more »

Good intentions, bad results: How inadequate laws in Central Asia violate human rights

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Filed under: Central Asia Development Health HIV Human rights and rule of law




I have lived and worked in Eastern Europe and Central Asia for most of my professional life. As a human rights lawyer, I am always happy to observe when adequate legal solutions are found, paving the road to progress and development in our region. It is equally difficult for me to see the process in… Read more »

Healthy choices: Optimizing decisions in an area of uncertainty

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Filed under: Development Guest posts Health HIV




Early last month, I was honoured to have the opportunity to represent Bosnia and Herzegovina at Observatory Venice Summer School 2014, a six-day networking and educational event. Thanks to the financial assistance of UNDP in Europe and Central Asia‘s HIV, Health and Development team, I was able to meet with more than 40 specialists from the global health… Read more »

Checking our shoe size: Reducing the carbon footprint of our health programmes

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Filed under: Environment Health HIV




Climate change is everyone’s problem – and we are stepping up. UNDP is fully committed to reducing the carbon footprint of all programmes. When it comes to HIV, health and development – we’re working to deliver the vital services that millions count on – while at the same time minimizing their environmental impacts.