Drying up of the Aral Sea has produced not only environmental but economic disaster in the region. Thousands of families have experienced the dehydration effects in the region.
The impact of the Aral Sea crisis on the health and nutrition of mothers and children was discussed at the round table by representatives of UNICEF and the Ministry of Health of Turkmenistan. Particular emphasis was placed on the situations in Dashoguz and Northern Lebap regions, which are also part of the Aral Sea region.
Specialists of the “Sanigest” company, who conducted monitoring of the health and nutrition of mothers, noted the positive impact of the country’s policy in the sphere of health and environment on the situation in the region. Making a presentation, experts of the Scientific and Clinical Centre of Mother and Child Health confirmed the colleagues’ findings, presenting research results in Northern Lebap.
But the country has much to strive for. Further reform of the health system, the legal basis and the implementation of the “Health” State Program, as well as further cooperation with relevant international structures, including UNICEF, should contribute to the achievement of better results.
Today, Turkmenistan and the UN Children’s Fund are developing a Joint Country Cooperation Program for 2020-2025, which will also reflect the planned steps to further compensate the situation in the Aral Sea region.
But, as the UNICEF representative in Turkmenistan Ms. Christine Weigand noted, saving the Aral Sea is the task of the entire world community. And it is possible to reduce the negative impact of the crisis on the surrounding areas and the ecosystem of the world as a whole only by joint efforts.