A damaged hospital in Ukraine is repaired and reopens

‘It’s Like A Gift From Heaven’: Shelled And Looted Ukrainian Hospital Reopens Its Doors February 03, 2023  By Current Time Neil Bowdler A hospital in the city of Balaklia in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region has reopened after state and international funds were used to repair and reequip it. Medical staff say the hospital was shelled by …

Yurts for Ukraine from Kazakhstan

More Yurts For Ukraine As Kazakh Donations Pour In February 03, 2023  By Reuters RFE/RL Traditional shelters and other supplies are being collected for shipment from Kazakhstan to Ukraine as Astana distances itself from Moscow amid its ongoing invasion. 1 This February 1 photo shows Kazakh volunteers carrying a “tunduk,” the central portal of a yurt, …

Child labour in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan: Widespread child labor persists away from the fields The problem is linked to the lack of systemic support for low-income families and the government’s refusal to ease hurdles to registering a non-profit. Published by Eurasianet Jan 30, 2023 Boys playing in Tashkent (David Trilling) As late as 10 p.m. on a weekday, girls aged …

Moscow: teenagers left without parental care are becoming social volunteers

Teenagers left without parental care are becoming social volunteers   In 2023, teenagers from Moscow centres for the promotion of family education will try to work as social volunteers.   25.01.23   Nine types of volunteer groups have been prepared for the teenagers. Here they will be able to help people with disabilities, children, the …

Russia: Youth Rights Protection Centre opened

Youth Rights Protection Centre opened   The centre works under the chairman of the State Duma Committee on Youth Policy, Artem Metelev.   25.01.2023   Artem Metelev explained that the centre will be helping young people who need legal support. Young people can access help through a 24/7 chatbot.   “Young people often face violations …

Moscow-Helsinki Watch Group dissolved

Moscow City Court has dissolved the Moscow-Helsinki Watch Group   At the end of 2022, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation demanded the dissolution of the Moscow-Helsinki Watch Group.   25.01.2023   The newspaper Kommersant quotes the court’s decision “to grant the Ministry of Justice’s petition to dissolve the human rights council”.   …

Kazakhstan – investment in healthcare up in 2022 after sharp drop in 2021

Investments in health care up 35% in 2022 in Kazakhstan 24 January 2023   ASTANA. KAZINFORM – Capital investments in healthcare grew in 2022 in Kazakhstan despite the drastic slowdown the previous year, Kazinform cites finprom.kz. Investments in fixed capital in health care and social services in January-December 2022 totaled KZT273 billion, a 35% year-on-year …

Polygamy in Tajikistan

Tajikistan: In a world of unreliable men, polygamy offers uneasy answer Polygamous marriages can grant women some financial stability, but no legal protection if they are abandoned. Published by Eurasianet, 20 January, 2023 Lola, 43, says being a second wife has worked out well for her. When she met the man that she would go …

Healthcare in Central Asia, air pollution, and child deaths

EurasiaChat: Healthcare is collapsing in Central Asia and doctors are being blamed A series of podcasts, 17 January 2023 Aigerim Toleukhanova, Alisher Khamidov In our podcast this week, hosts Aigerim Toleukhanova and Alisher Khamidov discuss the connection between dangerous air pollution, unusually cold weather, and the regionwide energy crisis. Experts agree on some straightforward causes …