This report covers the period 1 January to 31 December 2011.
The programmes supported by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Tajikistan are in line with the Strategy 2020 strategic aims to save lives, protect livelihoods, and strengthen recovery from disaster and crises; to enable healthy and safe living; to promote social inclusion and a culture of non-violence and peace.
The Red Crescent Society of Tajikistan (RCST) continued building its capacities and scaling up its services to save the lives, protect livelihoods and strengthen recovery from disasters and crises. During the implementation of the Disaster Management programme, particular attention was given to introduce and integrate disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation by presenting the global alliance approaches, strategies, climate change concepts, discussing new tools, guidelines and training modules.
The country has committed itself to the Millennium Development Goals related to combat Tuberculosis (TB) and HIV. The programme is part of the national plan to reduce vulnerability of population to TB and HIV infection through community-based approach. TB and Harm Reduction/HIV projects are being implemented under the Health and Care programme component.
The main focus is to raise community awareness on TB, multi-drug resistant (MDR) TB and HIV, its prevention practices, increase adherence to treatment, and encourage care-seeking behaviour in targeted communities.
Twenty participatory hygiene and sanitation transformation (PHAST) trainings were held in Badakhshon, Direct Rule Districts (DRDs), Sughd and Khatlon provinces. PHAST trainings revealed major problems of communities and the lack of safe drinking water remains to be a main problem in the communities. As a result, the thirteen most vulnerable and needy communities with a total population of 37,503 people were selected for improving access to safe drinking water through construction of spring water supply system and laying pipelines from the existing water supply systems.
The National Society finalized the development of salary scale with the support of consulting company “Imkon”. Human resources system was revised, all related documentation updated, existing development and problem areas revealed, and proposals on process improvement of the system worked out. In October 2011, the salary scale was accepted during the Red Crescent Society of Tajikistan Presidium meeting.
The aim of the Migration programme is to improve the situation of labour migrants regardless of their legal status, to advocate for the rights of migrants so as to prevent discrimination, xenophobia and social exclusion, to improve migrants’ awareness on HIV/AIDS, TB and other infectious diseases, as well as to give them First Aid training through provision of needs-based services and to assist labour migrants (regular and irregular) via information and education centres of the National Society.