Training on rehabilitation management for children with communication difficulties in Tajikistan

WHO/Satish Mishra

The WHO disability rehabilitation team, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the Population of Tajikistan, conducted a three-day training course on rehabilitation management of children with communication difficulties in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on 20–22 December 2016.

The course had 48 participants, who were responsible for rehabilitation in Tajikistan and worked in different Ministry of Health and Social Protection rehabilitation centres and Ministry-supported community-based rehabilitation programmes. Its objective was to equip rehabilitation personnel with skills in communication and language development, oral stimulation, feeding and interventions required to prevent progress of hearing impairment. The course’s key message was that rehabilitation interventions promoting total communication can play an important role in optimizing developmental outcomes, with far-reaching implications for children’s participation in education and community activities.

This training contributed to further strengthening the quality of service provision in rehabilitation centres for people with different impairments and disabilities. The initiative is part of a disability rehabilitation programme implemented by the Ministry, with technical support from WHO and financial support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).