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June 21, 2013

For more than a year, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been working in Darvazeh Ghar, one the poorest neighborhoods of Tehran, the capital of Iran. Here, merchants and customers rub shoulders with drug addicts, prostitutes and street children. Obtaining medical care can be difficult for these at-risk populations.

Turkmenistan’s outward show of health and prosperity to the international community is masking a dangerous public health situation as the existence of infectious disease is denied, medical data is systemically manipulated and international standards and protocols are rarely applied in practice according to the experience of the international medical humanitarian organization, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) as detailed in a new report published this week.