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Turkmenistan is a Turkic country in Central Asia. Until 1991, it was a constituent republic of the Soviet Union, the Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic . It is bordered by Afghanistan to the southeast, Iran to the southwest, Uzbekistan to the northeast, Kazakhstan to the northwest, and the Caspian Sea to the west. The name Turkmenistan derives from Persian, meaning "land of the Turkmen". The name of its capital, Ashgabat, means "the City of Arsaces" in Persian. It also loosely translates as "the city of love" or "the city that love built", derived in folk etymology from the Arabic ishq for "love" with the Persian suffix abad for "inhabited" or "built". Turkmenistan's GDP growth rate of 11.5% ranks 11th in the world, but official government statistics on which this estimate is based are widely regarded as unreliable. Although it is wealthy in natural resources in certain areas, most of the country is covered by the Karakum Desert. It has a single-party system, and was ruled by President for Life Saparmurat Niyazov until his sudden death on 21 December 2006. Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow was elected the new president on 11 February 2007.

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UNICEF schools boost learning in Turkmenistan - Ashgabat
UNICEF schools boost learning in Turkmenistan Two years ago Aigul, Nurgozel and Sahypjemal had never used a computer. Now they use the internet to browse English-language websites. These 13-year-olds are so proud of what they know that sometimes our reporter doesn't know who is interrupting who to tell us about their school and all the things they do there. And, most remarkably, the girls speak English so well that they almost make our interpreter redundant. In an enthusiastic flurry of English and Russian words, the girls tell us about how they have learnt to speak English, about their new textbooks, how much they like to spend time at the after-school activity centre and even about their plans for the future. So how did all of this come about at rural sch...

Different Issue face by Children of Turkmenistan - Ashgabat
Different Issue face by Children of Turkmenistan Immunization rates in Turkmenistan for the most common childhood diseases are 97 per cent or above, and universal salt iodization has made Turkmenistan the first country in Central Asia to achieve optimum iodine nutrition. More than half of Turkmenistan's maternity hospitals are certified as “Baby-Friendly,” accounting for about 60 per cent of all deliveries. But only 55 per cent of the population has access to safe drinking water; in rural areas, the number is 24 percent. Issues facing children in Turkmenistan Acute respiratory infections and diarrhea are the leading causes of infant mortality. Hospitals lack sufficient obstetric supplies and emergency medicines. Less than half of young people know h...

Engaging youth in Turkmenistan - Ashgabat
Engaging youth in Turkmenistan Seventy young people aged 14 -16 recently gathered in the capital city Ashgabat to participate in the 2nd National Children's Forum. For two days, the young people discussed and recommended actions by which issues that affect their health, education and protection could be addressed by all concerned including the policymakers, program planners and local-level authorities. “This two-day Forum is a key step in the process of engaging children and young people in advocating for policies that will ensure the realization of child rights in Turkmenistan,” said UNICEF Program Coordinator Regina Molera at the opening ceremony. For participant Alexander Zasorin, 14, the Forum was an opportunity to present his vie...

Turkmenistan marks the National Breastfeeding Week - Ashgabat
Turkmenistan marks the National Breastfeeding Week Turkmenistan has started celebration of the National Breastfeeding Week that will last throughout September 7. The Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan in joint partnership with UNICEF will run a week long campaign through broadcasting programs on benefits of breastfeeding, disseminating information materials and conducting workshops among new mothers and health workers. The breastfeeding campaign is aimed at promoting exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life which yields tremendous health benefits, providing critical nutrients, protection from deadly diseases such as pneumonia and fostering growth and development. Continued breast feeding after six months, for up to two years o...