Topic: Health, Education, Social
1 December 2006. Turkmenistan, along with the whole world community, marked the World AIDS Day declared in 1988 with the aim of attracting attention to humankind's major problem. This year, it was marked with a slogan "Stop AIDS. Keep the promise. "A great number of outreach activities, educational events, contests, meetings and seminars held today with the participation of young people throughout the country were devoted to combating and preventing HIV/AIDS. The events were attended by officials from health and power-wielding agencies coordinating work with risk group people.
According to statistics, Turkmenistan remains one of the few countries of the world in which AIDS spread risk rate is almost equal to zero. The fact that there is almost no HIV sufferers in Turkmenistan is, in a sense, a unique achievement, which has been scored thanks to wide-scale preventive work carried out in the country at the initiative of President Saparmyrat Niyazov]. This gives a strong impetus to further development of joint programmes and projects in this area.
The national Turkmen AIDS/HIV prevention programme adopted in September 1999 and the law "On the prevention of diseases caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)", which require a precise state policy in this direction, clearly demonstrate the significance being attached by the government to preventing AIDS and sexually- transmitted diseases. In this regard, it is necessary to note that the local authorities, state and health agencies, NGOs and international organizations are closely collaborating and conducting active outreach work everywhere in order to step up moral and sexual education among people.
"Neytralniy Turkmenistan" newspaper