Launch of rehabilitation project in Tajikistan

WHO/Tahmina Alimamedova

The Ministry of Health, WHO Country Office and USAID have joined forces to develop physical rehabilitation programmes for polio survivors in Tajikistan. There was an outbreak of polio in Tajikistan in 2010, eight years after the European Region was certified as polio free. Right from the beginning of the outbreak, planning began for enhancing Tajikistan’s capacity for polio rehabilitation. Disability organizations such as Operation Mercy and Handicap International played a key role organizing regular training for health care workers and parents.

Strengthening the health system

The official launch of the rehabilitation project, which will help train doctors to manage patient recovery, took place on 26 June 2013 in Dushanbe. Dr Pavel Ursu, WHO Representative/Head of WHO Country Office thanked the Ministry of Health, USAID, and all the other collaborating organizations, saying: “Providing recommendations to the Government of Tajikistan for the development of rehabilitation services and putting efforts into this area are important aspects of health system strengthening, saving many people from disability.”

USAID Tajikistan Country Director, Katie McDonald noted, “Since 2010 USAID has supported victims of the polio outbreak, and continues to support them through the rehabilitation project.”