Bakhadur Paluaniyazov Area Manager via web
N Volunteers (UNV) as part of the UN Joint Programme “Sustaining Livelihoods Affected by the Aral Sea Disaster” have worked for a long time in the Aral Sea area to promote volunteerism as an important part of community-based disease control for tuberculosis (TB). Late last year community health volunteerism was added to the curricula of three local educational institutions. The Karakalpak State University named after Berdakh adopted volunteerism and tuberculosis prevention to their valeology courses. A total of 6 academic hours is dedicated to teaching community-based disease control of tuberculosis, volunteering work and healthy lifestyle. Two hours of the education will be in a form of lecture, 2 hours will be practical work and 2 hours will be home work for the students.
UNV in partnership with the medical professionals at the Ministry of Health of Karakalpakstan prepared a short training day for valeology teachers of Karakalpak State University. The training included information about both disease control work and volunteerism. The trained teachers updated their knowledge on tuberculosis treatment, symptoms and prevention, heard about the experiences of medical students, who volunteered to increase TB case detection in the rural areas, and about the database of 1,700 community volunteers maintained by the Ministry of Health. UN Volunteers told about volunteers’ and media’s role in disease control work and about legal aspects of volunteerism; and emphasized the importance of wide and intensive cooperation with all partners battling together for the same cause; to defeat the disease. UNV also used the opportunity to tell teachers to encourage their students to volunteer and told about the benefits of volunteerism both for the development of society as well as for an individual. For a young student volunteer work can offer important connections and experiences, it can be a first step to work life, and lead even to an international career.