Russia: disabled people deprived of wheelchairs and other aids

“What wheelchair – there’s a war going on”   People with disabilities in Russia have been waiting months, even years, for the rehabilitation equipment they need. Officials are using the war in Ukraine as an excuse but the problems really started much earlier.   06:05, 15 September 2023   Source: Meduza   Owen Mcguigan / Alamy …

Kyrgyz NGOs urge rejection of Russian-Style ‘Foreign Representative’ Law

More Than 100 Kyrgyz NGOs Urge Rejection Of Russian-Style ‘Foreign Representative’ Law September 16, 2023 By RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz Service Asel Supataeva’s picket against the “foreign representative” law on June 10 in Bishkek. Some 120 nongovernmental groups have publicly appealed to lawmakers in the Kyrgyz parliament, the Supreme Council, to reject adoption of a law that …

Downside Up celebrates its birthday

26 years of good deeds: The Downside Up Foundation celebrates its birthday   CSO sector: 14.09.2023   The Downside Up Foundation was established in September 1997, providing psychological, educational and social support to families who have a child with Down Syndrome.   Having begun its work offering professional support for 18 Moscow families with young …

Zelenska’s mental health summit in Kyiv

World’s first ladies, gentlemen discuss mental health at Zelenska’s summit in Kyiv Published by Kyiv Independent by Daria Shulzhenko, September 7, 2023  (In this version the number of photos has been reduced, for brevity) Estonian First Lady Sirje Karis (L), Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska (C), and Lithuanian First Lady Diana Nausediene photographed during the …

Ukraine: staying the course on universal health coverage amidst war

Published by WHO 6 September 2023  On 31 August, some 50 experts from Ukrainian governmental bodies gathered in Bukovel, a town in the Carpathian Mountains in western Ukraine. The goal? To ensure affordable health care, spare people living in the war-torn country from financial hardship, and make sure Ukraine stays the course on its march towards …

Amputees run to raise money for injured children

Amputees Run To Raise Money For Injured Children In Lviv Charity Race September 04, 2023  By RFE/RL EPA-EFE AFP Dozens of amputees took part in a charity half-marathon in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv on September 3 to help raise money for children who have suffered traumatic injuries during the Russian invasion of Ukraine. …

Ukraine: couple adopts 4 children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

Published by Hromadske, 20 August 2023  The Sentsov familyhromadske The Sentsov couple from Chernihiv has six children. The eldest sons, 14-year-old Sviatoslav and 8-year-old Vsevolod, are biological. The rest are adopted: 5-year-old Veronica and siblings Angelina, 9, and Nicole, 6. 6-year-old Lev is still living in a foster home. All foster children are diagnosed with …

Open dialogue with parents in Azerbaijan allows increase in number of vaccinated children

Published by WHO 15 August 2023 “Due to the frequent illnesses my children experience, I had doubts about vaccinating them. But today, the doctor put my mind at ease, assuring me that this should not prevent them from getting vaccinated,” says Afsana Aliyeva, a parent who attended one of the outreach activities in Azerbaijan during …

Countrywide survey on drug-resistant tuberculosis in Uzbekistan to strengthen treatment and elimination plans

Published by WHO 14 August 2023 The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and WHO have joined forces to provide assistance to the Ministry of Health of Uzbekistan in conducting a crucial drug-resistance survey. The survey aims to determine the prevalence of tuberculosis (TB) strains resistant to anti-TB drugs, including rifampicin, isoniazid, fluoroquinolones, bedaquiline …