November- December 2015

In this issue of our program update read the newest blog posts at At Saglyk we are working to promote the culture of sharing information and commenting - both of which are in their infancy in the Turkmen online culture. Please contribute to the process by forwarding this newsletter  and website to your Turkmen friends and by commenting on health and societal issues that matter to you. Your opinion matters!

World Toilet Day - November 19th.  All you need to know about toilets in A Community Guide to Environmental Health in Turkmen.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women - November 25th. Saglyk developed a series of blog posts relating to the violence against women and girls. On that day Saglyk engaged on social platforms with its followers to advance understanding that violence against women is not acceptable and violence in any form cannot be justified by traditions and culture. Violence against women takes different forms and assaults on women's dignity. This also includes a growing trend of using "virginity tests" in the Turkmen society. The World Health Organization  condemns the practice as discriminatory and unscientific.  In a November 2014 WHO handbook "Health care for women subjected to intimate partner violence or sexual violence",  the WHO stated that health workers should never use "virginity tests."
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The Saglyk Program Team