Health of youth

The joint project on expanding young people’s access to financially sustainable youth-friendly services in Tajikistan was launched on 11 June at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dushanbe. The project will be implemented by the Government, WHO, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Population Services International (PSI). It is intended to improve the quality, accessibility and efficiency of health care services for young people.

The project launch was chaired by Ms Dilorom Mirsaidova, Head of the Department of Youth, Sport and Tourism of the Executive Office of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, and attended by Ms Saida Jobirova, First Deputy Minister of Health; Mr Shavkat Sohibov, Deputy Finance Minister; Dr Santino Severoni, WHO Representative in Tajikistan; and Mr Saleban Omar, manager of the implementation of the project of the Global Fund To Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Tajikistan.

“Young people comprise one of the most vulnerable groups in society, so the Government of Tajikistan implemented a number of national and sectoral programmes to provide health services for them. I hope that this project will take into account all the perceptions and perspectives that the project has developed and will provide good and valuable results,” said Ms Mirsaidova at the launch.

“The project must be sustainable and form part of the permanent work of the Ministry of Health,” concluded Ms Jobirova, stressing that the Ministry of Health of the Republic is actively working to improve the health of young people.

The launch of the project included presentations on such topics as the need for an advisory department on young people’s health, the organization of health counselling offices for young people, the financing of medical and advisory departments as part of the medium-term programme of state spending, legislation on reproductive health of young people in Tajikistan and the role of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in increasing the access to services of young people at risk. In addition, discussions were held.