Improving the emergency response capacity of hospitals along the Tajik-Afghan border
On 25 July 2012 an official ceremony was held in Shakhrituz, Tajikistan, to celebrate successful results and completion of a significant portion of a project to strengthen the health system's capacity to respond in times of crisis. The ceremony took place in the Central District Hospital of Shakhrituz district, one of the hospitals targeted by the project.
In early 2010, the Government of Japan provided financial support to WHO to develop a project on improving the capacity of facilities along the Tajik-Afghan border to deliver care during crises and to increase their surge capacity to handle disasters. Within this framework, WHO/Europe in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of Tajikistan has conducted a series of capacity-building activities in 15 pilot district hospitals of GBAO and Khatlon oblasts of Tajikistan. Activities have included:
- technical assistance in planning and preparing for emergency response;
- procurement and delivery of health care kits to increase the hospitals' capacity to provide emergency and trauma care to patients in emergencies and disasters;
- a series of medical personnel training sessions aimed at improving the health system's timely response to public health emergencies.
A significant portion of the project funding was utilized for improving health facility safety and restoring hospital infrastructure (such as water and electricity supply to critical areas), and rehabilitation of medical gas supply in emergency departments.
Project results reduce the consequences of disaster
At the official ceremony, His Excellency Mr Hiroyuki Imahashi, Ambassador of the Government of Japan in Tajikistan, expressed his appreciation for the work, saying: "WHO made a very good project for answering basic human needs in Tajikistan. It is a great honour for Japan to finance and support it". Also participating in the ceremony were Dr Pavel Ursu, WHO Representative/Head of the WHO Country Office in Tajikistan, Dr Azamjon S. Mirzoev, Deputy Minister of Health, Mr Saidanvar Ibragimov, Ministry of Health Disaster Preparedness and Response Unit, and Dr Isroil Sharipov, Head Doctor of the Shakhrituz Central District Hospital.
In his speech, Dr Ursu, underlined the importance of the project: "Given the fact that Tajikistan is a country exposed to natural disasters and extreme weather events, such as earthquakes, frequent landslides and floods, it is important to make sure that the health system is prepared to respond to crisis situations and is ready to maintain the health care system's stability. I am pleased to see the significant progress achieved in this area and I am confident that our joint efforts and further actions should be more focused on achieving the set goals".
Dr Mirzoev added: "All provided assistance makes it possible to increase the quality of medical services rendering in hospital emergency departments, and these activities will also reduce the consequences of disaster".
Contact persons for this project:
WHO Country Office in Tajikistan
Tahmina Alimamedova, WHO Communications Assistant
Tel.: (+992) 907 78 01 19
Ministry of Health of the Republic of Tajikistan
Fatima Goibova, Press Officer
Tel.: 992 (44) 600 60 02 (office); (992) 918 214 646 (mobile)
Embassy of Japan in the Republic of Tajikistan
Ms Nargiz Zikriyaeva
Tel: (+992) 93 884 04 23