Throughout the year 2013, the Turkmenistan Red Crescent Society focused on programmes combatting HIV and tuberculosis (TB) and equipping rural communities with the essential knowledge and skills to prevent communicable diseases and practise healthy behaviours, aimed to strengthen the specific Red Cross / Red Crescent contribution to development of Strategy 2020 of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
The key achievements during 2013 include the following.
The Turkmenistan Red Crescent Society reached almost 21,000 people with information on how to decrease the risks of HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and drug abuse through peer education sessions, community mobilization and advocacy.
The Red Crescent provided direct support to 591 vulnerable people with TB to help them complete the treatment and reached about 32,000 people with valid information about TB and the harm of stigma associated with the disease.
The Red Crescent equipped more than 31,500 people living in rural communities with the essential knowledge and skills on prevention of communicable diseases, reproductive health and first aid.
In the last quarter of 2013, the Turkmenistan Red Crescent Society took part in preparing an application for the DIPECHO-8 competition. The work on the disaster risk reduction proposal was implemented in close cooperation with the German Red Cross, the Central Asian National Societies and the IFRC`s Almaty and Europe Zone Offices. The Red Cross and Red Crescent partners hired a consultant to develop the application and in December 2013 a meeting was convened to discuss the programming details and the budget with the leadership and the disaster management focal points of the National Societies from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.