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

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.

HIV: Living behind a disguise

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Filed under: Health HIV Social inclusion

In many ways Sherzhod is the face of Uzbekistan’s younger generation. He is a tech-savvy 22-year-old with big plans for the future, ideally with a career in medicine.  Like many of his peers in Uzbekistan, he wants to get married and start a family, but for now his goal is to pursue his career and… Read more »

Preventing domestic violence in Tajikistan

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Filed under: Gender equality Health HIV Human rights Poverty Social inclusion

Is violence against women becoming the norm in Tajikistan? According to the Millennium Development Goals Women and Men in the Republic of Tajikistan (pdf) report, approximately half of all women in Tajikistan believe that violence by a husband against his wife is acceptable. The rates are even higher among rural residents. This is not acceptable…. Read more »

Young people at the forefront of HIV prevention in Uzbekistan

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Filed under: HIV

Zebiniso Muhsinova is only 21. Nevertheless, she conducts her HIV awareness mini-sessions among schoolchildren with the confidence and flair of a prominent trainer. “Active participation of young people, their eagerness to learn and protect themselves from HIV, sexually transmitted diseases and drug abuse are amazing. Practice shows that our students are generally aware of these… Read more »

3 ways to tell when we’re actually going to ‘end AIDS’

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Filed under: Health HIV Human rights Migration and remittances Social inclusion

UNAIDS released their annual report this week on the state of the global AIDS epidemic, and the media headlines were universally optimistic. ‘Ending AIDS’ is possible in our lifetime. Possible, yes. But we are not on pace for it quite yet. Indeed the achievements reported are real, and they’re saving millions of lives and promoting… Read more »