Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are the two Central Asian countries most in need of outside support to help prop up crumbling healthcare systems. Yet amid rising evidence that officials are stealing international aid, donors are increasingly wary of extending assistance.
It was the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict that drew Roger Ohanesian to Armenia for the first time back in 1992. He came from California not to fight against Azerbaijan, but to help Armenians amid a public health crisis.
Under an icon of St. Nicholas hanging on her wall, 97-year-old Anna Belova drew her final breath. She passed away in her Bishkek apartment in the presence of a few neighbors and her two nieces, her last remaining family.
Seven-year-old Azamat is playing with his siblings at home in a village in southern Kazakhstan, tumbling around on the sofa and giggling. His parents would have found it hard to picture the scene six years ago, when they first learned that their son was HIV-positive.
Tbilisi resident Maya Sartania was already in the third stage of breast cancer when, some 14 years ago, she went to a doctor to see about a lump in her chest. An immediate mastectomy saved her life, but not all Georgian women are as lucky.