A new US$1.5 million project to make 16 health facilities and the staff working in them better able to deal with humanitarian crises is being rolled out along the Tajikistan-Afghanistan border.
project is being funded by the Government of Japan and implemented by the World
Health Organization and by the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development
(ACTED), a French nongovernmental organization active in
"Natural disasters, including flooding, in southern Tajikistan and conflict in neighbouring Afghanistan endanger the health of thousands of people and over-burden hospitals and clinics, many of which can't cope with extra demands to deliver health care," said Dr Santino Severoni, WHO's Representative to Tajikistan. "The aims of this new project are to equip and prepare health facilities to provide health care during and after crises and to train health staff to prevent and treat diseases."
The project has
two components. The first, being led by WHO, is to improve the ability of 16
Tajik hospitals in vulnerable districts along the 1200 kilometer border with
Afghanistan to withstand disasters and emergencies and provide health care in
their wake. More than 1.2 million Tajik people are expected to benefit from the
project through having access to better health care, as well as refugees
displaced by conflict in
The second component is being run by ACTED to help communities in the Panj and Kumsangir districts recover from severe flooding that occurred in 2009. Primary health care facilities damaged in the flooding will be rehabilitated, staff will be trained in combating water-borne diseases, preventing and treating childhood infectious diseases and promoting good hygiene, and medicines will be bought and distributed to prevent diarrhea and other similar illnesses.
Heart disease, hypertension
and respiratory infections are the top three causes of death in
deterioration in rural food security in
Dr Santino Severoni
WHO Representative to
Health Cluster Coordinator
WHO Country Office,
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WHO Regional office for
Office: +45 20 45 92 74
Health Action in Crises