Strengthening the ability of health facilities in Tajikistan
A hospital safety workshop under the Japan project took place 6-7 December 2011, entitled, “Strengthening the ability of health facilities along the Tajik-Afghan border to deliver care during and after crises”.
In the beginning of 2010, the government of Japan provided 1.5 million US dollars to WHO to develop a project on improving the capacity of 16 facilities along the Tajik-Afghan border to deliver care during crises and to increase their surge capacity to handle disasters.
The WHO Country Office, Tajikistan conducted this project in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Tajikistan aiming to increase the hospitals’ level of preparedness to deliver care during and after disasters by:
- training health management staff in disaster management and disaster risk reduction (DRR);
- improving the provision of public health services during disaster prevention;
- increasing the safety of hospital infrastructure; and
- augmenting the supply of life support equipment and supplies to deliver care in emergencies.
Activities that supported these objectives included public health emergency management training courses and disaster risk reduction planning with the development of a five-year DRR plan for each facility.
The current workshop was organized by WHO/Europe for health specialists from central district hospitals from the Khatlon and GBAO oblasts in Dushanbe. The workshop provided hospital managers and ministry of health staff an opportunity to review this past year’s work on preparedness and DRR, and to develop practical links in support of response capacities and recovery planning for the health system.
A number of current challenges in preparedness, response and recovery for the health system were debated, expanding the current understanding of these issues. The need to build upon current capacities in disaster management also included the need to expand capacities in mass-casualty management and the future strengthening of emergency care in the country.