Strengthening the skills of rehabilitation personnel in Tajikistan

WHO/Rahima Mukairshoeva

Staff of rehabilitation centre receive occupational therapy training for people with disabilities, November 2014, Tajikstan.

Rehabilitation centres in Tajikistan are receiving assistance from international occupational therapists to improve the quality of disability and rehabilitation services for children and adults with disabilities in line with international standards and norms on disability rehabilitation.

Six weeks of training at the centres for therapists, nurses, doctors, people with disabilities and their family members in November–December 2014 will be followed by a 3–day national workshop on occupational therapy practices and interventions for rehabilitation centre staff from all over the country.

Rehabilitation centres managed by the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the Population play a key role in providing assessment and rehabilitation services (physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, psychotherapy) to children and adults with disabilities in Tajikistan. The overall aim is to maximize the functional independence of people with disabilities.

The training is part of a 3-year disability and rehabilitation programme to improve the provision and access of rehabilitation services for people with disabilities and thereby contribute to improving their quality of life in Tajikistan. The programme is being implemented by Ministry of Health and Social Protection, Republic of Tajikistan and WHO through support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). It focuses specifically on development of a national rehabilitation strategy, capacity development, service delivery strengthening and community-based rehabilitation.