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April 16, 2020

Sayohat Islomova, 39 years old, lives with her three children in Kapali village of central Tajikistan. Kapali village is a place where women traditionally do not work outside the home and most households depend on men for financial support.  However, difficult economic situations have driven some men to search for opportunities outside of Tajikistan, some of which never return home abandoning their families. Women are left to pick up the pieces and find ways to support their families. 

April 16, 2020

In the Kyrgyz Republic, as elsewhere in the world, the government has resorted to quarantine measures in an effort to prevent the spread of the COVID-19. Unfortunately, many families were not able to stock up on food and supplies before the quarantine was enacted. Large families from vulnerable groups have been hit especially hard by lost income due to quarantine measures, leaving many without sufficient access to food.  

April 14, 2020

Nilufar Artikova is a lawyer whose daily life consists of helping people in difficult circumstances. Her employer Istiqbolli Avlod (“Youth of the Future”) is a non-government organization (NGO) that provides free legal assistance to vulnerable populations such as migrant workers and victims of human trafficking and domestic violence. Istiqbolli Avlod was awarded a grant in February 2020 through the USAID Legal Reform Program to support their work.

March 29, 2020

Central Asia is one of the few regions in the world where the HIV epidemic continues to grow. Currently, most infections occur within concentrated high risk groups, including people who inject drugs (PWID) and their injecting and sexual partners. Sixty percent of the cumulative HIV cases in the region have been reported among PWID. The epidemiological data show that female sex workers (FSW) and men who have sex with men (MSM) are also disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS relative to the general population.

March 3, 2020

The Safe Migration in Central Asia activity uses evidence-based practices and cross-border connections to strengthen the mutual accountability and effectiveness of governments, NGOs, and the private sector to prevent trafficking in persons, protect survivors, and promote safe migration, as part of USAID’s Asia-wide suite of counter-trafficking interventions. Safe Migration in Central Asia is a five-year activity implemented by Winrock International in Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

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Last updated: September 29, 2022

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