Injury prevention spotlighted in Tajikistan

With technical support from WHO/Europe, the Ministry of Health of Tajikistan is working to address various causes of accidental and intentional injury. A policy dialogue on road safety and a train-the-trainer course on prevention of violence and injuries, both conducted in September 2013, brought together experts from various sectors to develop policy recommendations and capacities for injury prevention and response, respectively.

Policy development

The policy dialogue on road safety was held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on 24 September 2013. It was organized to celebrate the Second United Nations Global Road Safety Week 2013 as a platform to launch the Global Status Report on Road Safety 2013.

After opening remarks by Dr Pavel Ursu, Head of the WHO Country Office in Tajikistan, and Dr Saida Boboevna Jobirova, First Deputy Minister of Health, presentations highlighted the WHO “Pedestrian safety” manual, the “European facts and the global status report on road safety 2013” and country statistics presented by Dr Abduvali Razzakov, national data coordinator for the road safety project.

Forty-six participants representing the health, police, transport and education sectors as well as nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), the media, the United Nation’s Children’s Fund and the ministries of education and transport discussed means to achieve major road safety improvements in urban areas.

Recommendations made to an intersectoral committee included:

  • adoption of quantified targets in the national policy;
  • reduction of the urban speed limit from 60 km/h to 50 km/h; and 
  • improved enforcement of legislation concerning seatbelts and child-restraining devices. 

Training of trainers

In collaboration with the Ministry of Health, WHO organized the 2.5 day train-the-trainer course on 24–26 September based on a special module of the TEACH-VIP (training, educating and advancing collaboration in health on violence and injury prevention) curriculum. Teachers in the health sector, traumatologists, but also police officers, NGOs and governmental representatives were trained in a range of topics related to injury prevention, road safety, intentional injuries and child maltreatment.

At the close of the training, participants discussed possibilities to disseminate TEACH VIP materials and conduct TEACH-VIP courses in their institutions.