USAID helps Turkmenistan fight drug addiction

Politics Materials 3 February 2009 10:31 (UTC +04:00)

Turkmenistan, Ashgabat. Feb. 3/ Trend , E. Hasanov/

Ashgabat hosted a workshop on preventing the spread of HIV among drug addicts as part of a project financed by USAID, the U.S. embassy said.

Turkmenistan has a long border with Afghanistan, which produces over 90 percent of the opium on world markets according to United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) statistics.

Representatives of all Turkmen regions, including medical and educational specialists and experts from addiction clinics and the national AIDS prevention center attended the workshop.

The workshop participants were informed about ways to treat drug addiction and prevent the spread of HIV among vulnerable groups of the population. The project assists the Turkmen Health Care Ministry to build infrastructure to fight HIV/AIDS.

USAID has operated in Turkmenistan since 1993 and helped the country improve its health care system, develop agriculture and support local community initiatives.

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