Although significant progress has been made on tuberculosis (TB) detection and treatment in Uzbekistan in recent years, TB incidence is estimated at 128 per 100,000 people a year—the fifth highest in the European region. In addition, 2010 World Health Organization (WHO) estimates show that case detection remains low at 48 percent compared with the organization’s recommended level of 70 percent.
The USAID Agricultural Linkages Plus Project (AgLinks Plus) and its partners are leading efforts to transform the Uzbekistan fruit tree sector. Working with Uzbek researchers, commercial nurseries and farmers, this public-private partnership that began in 2011 is helping to turn the country's fruit orchards into tranquil oases.
An Uzbek horticultural exchange program initiated by USAID brought 38 farmers, agribusiness owners and employees, nursery owners, extension agents and government officials to California for four seasonal trips timed to coincide with the Uzbek and California 2012 cropping seasons. Each trip focused on a specific theme: pruning and trellising fruit trees and grapes, best nursery practices, best cold storage practices, and grape and raisin production best practices. In summer 2013, USAID will host the first program to bring Californian horticulturalists to Uzbekistan to reconnect with alumni and visit orchards, nurseries and cold storage facilities.
A public service announcement (PSA) on tuberculosis (TB) developed by USAID enabled a young father of two to identify his disease and obtain qualified medical help.
Tursun Jonikulov, an 81-year-old farmer in Samarkand Oblast, was among the first to receive water from a newly built water distribution point. The structure, made possible by USAID, allows for easier irrigation as well as a guaranteed water supply for 824 hectares of farm land owned by 800 people.
Last updated: September 10, 2014