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  • Community approach to food security and natural resources
    Jun 13, 2018

    The 1992-97 civil war deepened the impacts of the transition to market economy on both rural communities and the protected area system in Tajikistan. The collapse of state infrastructures led to an overutilization of natural resources and the civil war increased the socio-economic hardship and ecological devastation caused by ad hoc processes of de-collectivization by displacing population into these protected areas.

  • 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.

  • Fostering Agroforestry Measures and Sustainable Livelihoods  through Eco-Agriculture Micro-Loans
    Jun 13, 2018

    Managed by the regional microloan foundation (MLF) “Imdodi Rushd” established in 2009 under the Gissar Biodiversity project, the eco-agriculture microloan system has helped rural community members in four target jamoats – namely, Rabot (Tursunzoda city), Sabo (Shahrinav district), Khonakoi Kuhi (Gissar district) and Romit (Vahdat city) – build environmentally sustainable livelihoods. As a non-commercial financial institution, the MFL has so far disbursed microloans on agricultural, SME, livestock and horticulture activities in 66 villages of the target jamoats. As such, the eco-agriculture microloan system is designed to support small individual or group-based projects that both generate income and increase the capacity of the local population to adapt to climate change and climate variability through agro-forestry.

  • Learning emergency first aid skills on the northern border of Afghanistan
    Jun 13, 2018

    Afghan Border Police (ABP) officers do not receive any first aid training during their basic and post-academy training. Some 92 per cent of officers on the Afghanistan/Tajikistan border have no knowledge of critical lifesaving skills. Officers often work in remote areas under extreme winter and summer conditions while facing insurgents and drug traffickers without ready access to emergency care.

  • New Opportunities through Renewable Energy
    Jun 13, 2018

    The Jamoat Burunov in Vahdat district, to the east of the capital city Dushanbe, suffers from the challenges most rural communities in Tajikistan face: the lack of access to reliable energy. Almost every winter, as a result of its dependence on unreliable electricity imports, the country suffers from an energy crisis. It is estimated that over 1 million people live in rural areas with little or no access to adequate energy supply, which considerably hampers access to health, education and entrepreneurship. Large parts of the rural population are forced to increasingly turn to the burning of conventional biomass and fossil fuels to meet their energy needs.

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  • 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.

  • Teaching Human Development at University
    Jun 13, 2018

    The Tajik Youth, as a social group, has distinct characteristics, which are linked to the difficult adaptation to modern socioeconomic conditions like professional self-determination, employment and housing issues. The lack of employment creates great difficulties for young people, but also their families. Up to date there are no structures to protect and support young people in their quest for meaningful careers and affordable housing. Therefore, “Social protection of the youth is very important to support young people, their families and public structures, working with youth”, Mr. Faizulloev Negmatjon, student of the economic faculty of the Tajik National University, stressed. He was one of the participants of the national scientific-practical conference on “Challenges of the Human Development Management and Youth”, organized in Dushanbe with the support of UNDP. Mr. Faizulloev Negmatjon is one of the students studying the special Human Development Course organized in the Tajik National University, with technical and advisory support of UNDP within the project “Mainstreaming Human Development in Tajikistan”.

  • 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”.

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