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Last updated: December 21, 2020

December 16, 2020

Like millions of people around the world, Bagila Akhatova has been working from home since March. Instead of lecturing from a university classroom, she now uses applications such as Teams, Quizlet, Jamboard, Padlet, and WhatsApp, and is available around the clock to her students virtually.

December 1, 2020

Alexander is proof that you can live a healthy and fulfilling life with HIV. The 43-year-old contracted the virus 21 years ago when he used to inject drugs. He has since overcome his drug dependence and now works as a peer navigator in Kazakhstan to help others in his situation.

November 3, 2020

Kazakhstan enjoys the largest economy in Central Asia while serving as a link between fast-growing markets in Asia and those of Russia and Western Europe by road, rail, and a port. At the same time, Kazakhstan continues to have below-average rates of employment, tax revenue and an underdeveloped private sector. Despite institutional and legal reforms, concerns remain about the protection of law enforcement and investors rights in court. Investors have repeatedly cited the need for improved regulations since almost all disputes previously resolved were in favor of the state.

October 22, 2020

To address the emerging needs for psychological support during the COVID-19 outbreak, USAID’s partner, UNICEF Kazakhstan joined Kazakhstan’s National Centre for Mental Health at the Ministry of Healthcare to launch a website that provides information and serves as a platform for individual online counselling services, meeting the needs of the population for psychological assistance, especially during the pandemic.

October 7, 2020

East Kazakhstan is one of the largest regions in the country. It is rich with pristine natural beauty, mineral resources and thriving industries. It is also home to the highest number of prisons and people who inject drugs; both associated with increased HIV risk as well as decreased treatment retention. As of July 31, 2020 nearly 3,200 people living with HIV were registered and only 70 percent of those had received treatment. In March 2020, the local Narcology Center reported that there are around 3,500 injecting drug users. In reality, there are even more, since people avoid registering at the medical facilities due to the stigma associated with it.

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