456 people were assisted through DARK's Methodical & Consulting Service.
DARK, in coordination with the Ministry of Public Health and Soros Kazakhstan Fund,
developed a Methodical Manual for educational programs in Diabetes School.
DARK met with a number of top state officials and deputies to discuss ongoing issues of diabetes
prevention and prophylaxis and budget planning for public health in Kazakhstan.
By invitation of IDF Europe, DARK's President participated in the 1
meeting of European
Diabetic Associations held in Saint Petersburg (June 5 6) and shared Kazakhstan's experience in
the prevention of diabetes.
DARK took an active part in discussion of the draft Laws On State Social Delivery, On Social
Partnership, and On Social Protection of Invalids. In addition, the Association analyzed
legislation in the field of social provision and public health and submitted related adjustments to
Ministry of Public Health and Mazhilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Internal Capacity Building
Starting in April the Methodical Cabinet was transformed to Consulting Service consisting 7
qualified experts able to render a comprehensive assistance to its clients.
2003 Strategic plan was designed on the base of recommendations of Saint Vincent Declaration,
World Public Health Organization, and International Diabetic Federation, experience of national
diabetic associations of Russia, USA, and England, updated scientific designs on diagnostics and
treatment of diabetes.
The 12 month project proposal Public Awareness of Realization of the State Program
Diabetes : transparency in utilization of state and local budgets in the regions with large
number of diabetes diseased people was designed and submitted to the Contest of Innovational
Ideas of the World Bank for $42,600.
The 8 month project proposal Conducting of Budget Training for 16 Managers to Strengthen
Internal Capacity of DARK & Public Awareness and Involvement in Developing of State and
Local Budgets was designed and submitted to the Eurasia Foundation for $29,430.
DARK's internal personnel regulations and Charter were adjusted in connection with
development of new strategies in medical and social aid delivery, and were designed on the base
of recommendations made by ICNL.
4. Young Leaders Association (YLA)
YLA took part in a Conference on Leadership from May 1 5 in Almaty. The event gathered 257
participants from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan using the Youth Teaches Youth methodology.
The regional contests of the program UN Model were supported by an informational campaign
conducted by YLA and UN.
The Sunday meetings on various youth issues were conducted on regular basis in the
Association's hub office and regional branches.
In partnership with IFES, YLA prepared traditional summer camps on the program Student Action
Committees that are to be organized in North Kazakhstan (August), and Almaty (June).
YLA staff participated in the program School Councils and set the foundation for the creation of a
network in Kazakhstan. There are 4 experimental schools in Almaty, Astana, Shymkent, and
Ozerki Village of Semey region.
YLA trainers conducted seminars on PCA and Project Design in ZHALGHAS Counterpart.
Organizational work was done in the framework of UNICEF's program Equal To Equal.
Effective May, a YLA employee was seconded to UNESCO to coordinate their project on civil
education for children of Central Asia.
YLA, in coordination with the parents's organization Protection of Children' Rights, implements
a Soros Kazakhstan Fund project to promote local self management.
A series of articles covering the Association's activity and programs was published in the
newspapers Vremya Molodykh (Time of Youth) and Obuchenie (Education).
The head of YLA and branch Directors participated in Kazakhstan's Youth Congress in Almaty.
In April, YLA conducted a seminar on organizing summer vacation for summer camp managers.