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Pictures Of Health: Real State Of Turkmen Medical Care A Far Cry From Official Images

The Month of Health and Sports is under way in Turkmenistan, with thousands of people throughout the country taking long walks in parks and participating in compulsory physical fitness classes at their workplaces. The campaign is part of health-care initiatives launched by President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov. Since coming to power in 2006, Berdymukhammedov has invested tens of millions of dollars to modernize his country's health-care sector, building gleaming new medical facilities filled with state of-the-art technology. For many ordinary Turkmen, however, the reality is far less shiny.