Bakhadur Paluaniyazov Area Manager via web
Last year United Nations Volunteers of UN Joint Programme “Sustaining Livelihoods Affected by the Aral Sea Disaster’ trained 1,730 community volunteers in rural areas of Karakalpakstan as message deliverers on tuberculosis and other respiratory diseases. For several years the volunteers have been helping local authorities to prevent and control the spread of tuberculosis.
During the period of June 10-23, 2015 the representatives of the Ministry of Health of Karakalpakstan, Womens' Committee and United Nations Volunteers gathered to thank the best community volunteers for the great work they are doing in their community, and provided them bikes to continue their devotion to the important work.
Out of 1,730 volunteers 12 community volunteers from Nukus district, 18 from Kegeyli, 10 from Shumanay, 8 from Karauzyak, and 7 from Muinak district were rewarded as the Best Volunteers.
The best volunteers were identified with the following criteria: the number of households visited by a volunteer, the number of people the volunteer sent to medical examination and the number of patients identified after screening. All community volunteers were delighted to receive bicycles, because the households in the rural areas are located very far from one another. Now, having the means of transportation, volunteers, being not afraid of far distances, are even more motivated to volunteer and thus help their community.
During the ceremonial events of rewarding the best volunteers, the volunteers presented activities organized in their communities and shared their success stories with local people. The events were joyful and memorable for the volunteers; not only for being rewarded for their devotion, but the volunteers also had a chance to be recognized in front of their community for the important work they are doing to end stigma around tuberculosis and to help those in need to get cured.