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  • Fighting HIV at its root the promotion of Opioid Substitution Therapy
    Jun 13, 2018

    The HIV epidemic is growing quickly in Tajikistan, with cases significantly up from the 429 officially registered in 2005 to 4674 in 2012. HIV prevalence is highest among at risk groups of population. Of particular concern is the high prevalence among Injecting Drug Users (IDUs), 13.5% in 2011. Tajikistan is one of the major smuggling routes for Afghan opiates, in particular heroin, and unsafe drug use is high. These high prevalence rates among IDUs has made injecting drug use the driving force of the epidemic, and interventions aiming to arrest the epidemic’s development need to focus on the needs of IDUs.

  • Jun 13, 2018

    Tuberculosis (TB) is a wide-spread and lethal disease in Tajikistan. Increasingly Multi-Drug Resistant (MDR) TB is developing and challenging health system and peoples’ lives. MDR-TB develops during TB when the normal course of antibiotics is interrupted and the levels of drug in the body are insufficient to kill all bacteria. This can happen when treatment is improperly administered or when people stop taking their medicines early. Unfortunately MDR-TB is hard to treat, and full treatment can take up to two years and is complex, expensive, and dangerous.

  • Jun 13, 2018

    Tajikistan is listed among the 27 countries with the highest burden of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). 16.8% of all new TB cases and 61% of retreatment cases are resistant to the first line treatment regimen and thus require longer and much more expensive treatment. TB in penitentiary facilities is assessed at 50 times higher than among the civil population.

  • Tuberculosis treatment is enhanced micro-loaning practices boost the income of patients
    Jun 13, 2018

    Saidsharif Pirov, a father to seven children – three sons with disabilities and two elder sons infected with tuberculosis (TB), resides in Chorbog village of Vose district. For years, the main source of family income was three hectares of land, where mainly food crops were grown to barely sustain the family. Although there was a working potential in the family, opportunities remained limited due to a lack of financial means. Hope for a better life has glimpsed once UNDP introduced an initiative that supports families with TB patients by providing favorable loans for honey beekeeping and small business through Micro Loan Organization (MLO) “Rushdi Vose”.

  • Jun 13, 2018

    The public organization “Svon+” located in Kulyab city, Khatlon oblast, has been established by the initiative of injecting drug users (IDUs) in 2011 with the purpose of reaching IDUs with quality harm reduction services. This is the second public organization in Tajikistan that has been founded by former (and active) IDUs who wish to support their peers in recuperating healthy lifestyles and re-cultivating practical skills. Taking into consideration the novice initiative and keen enthusiasm of the group, the UNDP Steering Grant Committee has selected “Svon+” as a sub-recipient to provide HIV low-threshold services (such as meals, laundry, recreation, accommodation, and daily information sessions, group meetings, counseling, referral to other health facilities, social support of clients via outreach and self-help groups) to around 300 IDUs in and around Kulyab city.

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