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Laypersons and paramedics can carry out simple acts to halt blood loss, enable normal breathing and prevent hypothermia, medics learned in a recent training in Astana.

Tajikistan, a mountainous, landlocked country in Central Asia, is blessed by nature and awe-inspiring views. But since it gained independence in 1991, it has yet to enjoy sustainable growth.

Almost 4 million Kazakhstanis will receive free medication in 2018 worth 128 billion KZT ($400 million), according to the Health Ministry.

The textbook was developed by USAID, Kyrgyz specialists and the WHO, and provides modern, country-specific information on the treatment and prevention of the disease.

The US government has allocated about $15 million to provide Kyrgyz schools and kindergartens with high quality, nutritious food, according to the US Embassy in Bishkek.

'Indeed, if clean water comes to our village, it will be like a fairy tale turning into reality,' a Chook village resident said.

Tajik doctors treat thousands of Afghan citizens every year on both sides of the border as part of an agreement between the two countries' health ministries.

The government is working to improve healthcare in rural areas by training medical staff and requiring some new doctors to serve in rural communities for three years.

Adequate access to quality health care, education, heating, water and sanitation remains a challenge for many people, especially families in rural areas.

The new measures are meant to improve medical care and root out corruption.