World Humanitarian Day and Day of Health Workers in Tajikistan

WHO/Tahmina Alimamedova

Dr Pavel Ursu, WHO Representative/Head of Country Office, honours health and humanitarian workers on World Humanitarian Day, 18 August 2012

A number of events celebrating World Humanitarian Day and the Day of Health Workers in Tajikistan were organized on 18 August 2012 by the Ministry of Health and the Health Worker Staff Association of Tajikistan. 

Among the events was a ceremony to commemorate the birthday of the medieval physician and philosopher Avicenna, attended by the First Deputy of the Minister of Health, Dr Jobirova Saida, and heads and workers of the republican medical health care centres of Dushanbe city. Across the country, flowers were placed at monuments to Avicenna, and doctors acknowledged his great work and contributions.

A celebratory meeting at the State Sanitary Epidemiological Surveillance Service brought together representatives of international organizations, non-governmental organizations and Tajik State Medical University. Dr Salimov N.F, Minister of Health, congratulated all health care workers on this occasion and wished them health, well-being and success in their work. He highlighted the importance of celebration and the marking of World Humanitarian Day and stressed that the medical profession is considered one of the most honoured and noble of professions. 

Dr Pavel Ursu, WHO Representative/Head of the WHO Country Office in Tajikistan, also highlighted that natural disasters, conflicts and other emergencies threaten the lives and health of millions of people every year. In the midst of such crises, thousands of dedicated health workers and humanitarian workers strive to care for those who have been affected and to support local authorities in delivering assistance. Remembering aid workers and acknowledging their great support and contributions in this area is of great importance for the health care system and better health for everyone. 

During the meeting, several doctors were honoured for their achievements with certificates and medals.