Tajikistan organizes national training on low vision and blindness


The WHO disability rehabilitation team in Tajikistan – in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, Ministry of Education and Science and Association for the Blind – conducted a three-day training course in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, from 29 November to 1 December 2016, on rehabilitation management of children and adults with low vision and blindness. The training team was also joined by trainers from international nongovernmental organizations and by private stakeholders working on visual impairment in Tajikistan.

The course was attended by 61 participants responsible for rehabilitation in Tajikistan and working in Ministry of Health and Social Protection rehabilitation centres and Ministry-supported community-based rehabilitation programmes. The rehabilitation centres primarily offer support to people with physical impairments and disabilities, and the course contributed to further strengthening the quality of service provision for people with different impairments and disabilities under one roof.

The objective of the training is to equip rehabilitation personnel with the skills to implement the interventions required for people with sensorial impairment, with a focus on people with low vision and blindness. Its key message is that rehabilitation, with its goal of optimizing functioning, supports those with low vision and blindness to live independently in their homes or communities and to participate in education, the labour market and social activities.

The initiative is part of a disability rehabilitation programme implemented by the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, with technical support from WHO and financial support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).