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Last updated: May 25, 2022

May 25, 2022

Abdullo Sodikov used to work as an ATM maintenance engineer in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, but always had dreams of becoming an IT developer and contributing to the development of the country’s growing IT sector. As he found himself less and less interested in his day job, he realized he was ready to take the next step towards his goal of becoming a web and mobile application developer.

March 9, 2022

At the tender age of 17, Zulfiya Ergasheva from Tajikistan’s Panjakent stood up for her constitutional right to education after recovery from tuberculosis. Zulfiya Ergasheva had always dreamed of wearing white scrubs and helping people recover from disease. On a serene autumn day in September 2019 in Tajikistan’s mountainous Panjakent, Zulfiya was celebrating her first month in the nursing department of a local medical college. However, her spirit was broken when she noticed her health was deteriorating. Zulfiya experienced a severe loss in energy and strength, and she started to suffer from symptoms similar to those her brother had felt— cough, weight loss, and night sweats. Zulfiya’s brother, Ismoil, was being treated for drug-resistant tuberculosis at the time. Zulfiya went to see a doctor and after a series of tests, was also diagnosed with drug-resistant tuberculosis.  

February 3, 2022

Worldwide, over 14 percent of patients with drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) do not complete their course of anti-TB medication. This, along with other factors, including inappropriate treatment regimens, are contributing to the rise of DR-TB, a form of TB that does not respond to traditional anti-TB drugs. Previously, patients with DR-TB typically have had to take a long course of therapy that was often poorly tolerated and with painful daily injections. 

January 12, 2022

Firuz Khudoberdiev, a 37-year-old resident of the Chagev village in Tajikistan’s Badakhshon region, says that his entire family has been involved in the beekeeping business, in one way or another. 

January 12, 2022

Niyozbegim, a 58-year-old woman, lives in Roshorv village of Rushan in Tajikistan’s Badakhshon region her entire life. Rushan is located in the Bartang Valley, one the most remote and underserved areas of Tajikistan, where most residents are elders who spend their days farming and tending livestock yet barely make ends meet. Because of a lack of local job opportunities, young people have left the area to find jobs in larger cities like Khorugh and Dushanbe, or have left Tajikistan to find work in Russia. Most of the households remaining in Rushan rely on remittances from family members working elsewhere.