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Investițiile în micuțul Radu sunt investiții în viitorul Moldovei

Anna Akhalkatsi's picture
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Moldova Human Capital

Întrebați pe oricine din Moldova despre cele mai importante atracții ale țării și, probabil, vor menționa vinăriile moldovenești, inclusiv beciurile de la Cricova, aflate la o distanță de aproximativ jumătate de oră de mers cu mașina de la Chișinău și cunoscute pentru cele 120 km de tuneluri subterane. În 2002, complexul vitivinicol Cricova a fost distins cu Ordinul Republicii pentru contribuția sa la dezvoltarea economiei naționale.
Totuși, adevărata bogăție a Moldovei nu este subterană. E situată chiar la suprafață, reprezentată de oamenii săi.

Investing in young Radu is investing in Moldova’s future

Anna Akhalkatsi's picture
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Moldova Human Capital

Ask anybody in Moldova about the country’s most-popular attractions and they’ll likely mention Moldovan wineries, including the Cricova Wine Cellars, located about half an hour’s drive from Chisinau, and famous for having 120km of underground tunnels. In 2002, the Cricova wine complex was awarded the Order of the Republic for its contribution to the development of the national economy.
Moldova’s true wealth, however, is not underground. It’s well-above ground, in its people.

Sada je pravo vrijeme za prestanak pušenja: Dobro je za vaše zdravlje i za vaš džep!

Cesar A. Cancho's picture
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Maglovito je poslijepodne u Sarajevu i zvuk zvona označava kraj nastave za taj dan.  Učenici tehničke škole žureći izlaze iz zgrade, i dok se većina razilazi u različitim pravcima, neki od njih odlaze ka obližnjem kiosku.

Quit smoking – not only good for your health, but also for your wallet!

Cesar A. Cancho's picture
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It is a foggy afternoon in Sarajevo and the sound of the bell signals the end of classes for the day. The engineering school students rush out of the building, and while most scatter in different directions, some of them head to a kiosk nearby.

For Central Asia, investing in children’s health is the best investment for the future

Lilia Burunciuc's picture
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Millions of children around the world are prevented from reaching their full developmental potential because of poor environment and nutrition. In the more extreme cases, these children face stunting — a condition that arises when children grow much less than is expected for their age.

In 2016, an estimated 155 million kids – about one quarter of all young children worldwide – were affected by stunting. Sadly, undernutrition claims about 3 million young lives every year – representing almost half of all deaths of children under the age of five.

Young children who lack access to pre-primary education also lack access to essential services that support a healthy childhood. Kids who are poorly nourished, who are stunted, and who do not receive adequate stimulation before their fifth birthday are likely to learn less at school and earn less as adults. They are also less ready to compete as adults in an increasingly digital economy.

In Central Asia, I am glad to say that we are starting to see progress on the path toward eliminating childhood stunting. In every country in the region, the share of children who are stunted is on the decrease. This is a remarkable achievement, due in large part to the commitment of governments and communities to address malnutrition. We must remain determined to ensure this progress continues.

The high toll of traffic injuries in Central Asia: unacceptable and preventable

Aliya Karakulova's picture
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Did you know that in Kazakhstan we live in the country with the deadliest roads? Every year, 3,000 people die on roads in Kazakhstan, and over 30,000 are injured. Imagine if an airplane crashed every month! Would you fly?

We are 11 times more likely to die in a traffic accident in Kazakhstan than in Norway. Indeed, the numbers for road deaths are high in all Central Asian countries.

The High Toll of Traffic Injuries in Central Asia
Source: WHO, 2013

Globally, road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death among people aged between 15 and 29 years. Not cancer, not heart diseases, and not wars.

Life changing injuries and deaths affect countries in terms of health care and economic costs – the annual economic loss of road deaths in Central Asian countries is estimated at around 3-4% of GDP.

But beyond this monetary value, lies a person’s life. 

Confessions of an Armenian (aspirational former) smoker

Vigen Sargsyan's picture
no smoking Armenia
First confession: I am a seasoned smoker.

Next confession: I have long dreamed of adding “former” to that status. From time to time, my inner struggle reaches a crescendo, but then the momentum vanishes until the next wave of self-examination.
Smoking is the worst, if not the most stupid habit I have. I definitely understand that the damage caused to my health from smoking cannot be undone. I suspect my habit is a bit generational: my father was a smoker – until the doctors came up with a verdict – and the smell of smoke has been at home since my childhood. My son picked it up too, unfortunately. The only change between the generations is that my dad smoked at the table; these days we lean on the balcony.

Do the right thing: Tax tobacco!

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Both my grandfathers smoked when they were young. My father’s father was a shopkeeper who smoked a pipe and my mother’s father was a smallholder who smoked cigarettes. Both died of heart failure and left my grandmothers as widows. My father grew up as a little boy in an atmosphere of pipe smoke and sometimes I wonder whether this contributed to his asthma and his own heart problems. My mother became a doctor, a cancer specialist, and she always used to tell my brother and me that we should never smoke, because she saw every day what smoking had done to her patients.

Să facem ce e corect – să taxăm tutunul

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Ambii mei bunici fumau în tinerețe. Bunelul din partea tatălui fuma pipa, iar cel din partea mamei era fermier și fuma țigări. Ambii au lăsat bunicile văduve fiind răpiți de atac de cord. Tatăl meu a crescut într-o atmosferă unde permanent inhala fumul de pipă, și uneori mă întreb dacă aceasta a contribuit la problemele lui astmatice și de inima. Mama a devenit medic, specialist în domeniul cancerului și permanent ne spunea, mie și fratelui, să nu fumăm niciodată, deoarece ea zilnic vedea cum suferă pacienții săi din cauza fumatului.

Proud to celebrate 25 years of partnership for a more prosperous and equal Romania

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In 1991, the World Bank Group opened its resident office in Bucharest and this November we will celebrate 25 years of continued presence in Romania. Romania joined the World Bank in 1972, yet it is really 1991 that marks the opening of the institution’s presence in Romania and our new role in a free and democratic nation. 

A quarter century is the measure of a generation and it is as an important milestone for an institution, as it is for a human being. Our presence in Romania has matured together with the country’s first generation of people born in a free economy and society. The challenges they faced, where the face of our support for change.