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The Russian Federation contributes 2.1 Million US Dollars to help address micro-nutrient deficiencies amongst women and children in Tajikistan

DUSHANBE, 13 June 2013 – UNICEF Tajikistan received a 2.1 Million US Dollar grant from the Russian Federation to address child malnutrition and micro-nutrient deficiencies amongst women and children in Tajikistan.

Despite significant progress made over the last decade, malnutrition among children and women remains a major challenge for the country.  The 2012 Demographic and Health Survey showed  little improvement in the nutritional status of women and children in recent years.

The contribution from the Russian Federation will be used to improve the micronutrient status of women and children through targeted micronutrient supplementation with iron, folic acid and other micronutrients. In addition, the donation will contribute to promotion of good nutritional practices, including optimal breastfeeding and adequate and timely introduction of complementary feeding, through capacity building of health staff and community members. The Russian contribution will also help to prevent and treat severely malnourished children through strengthening of therapeutic feeding centres and through community-based interventions in the most affected areas.

The project will be implemented in close collaboration with the Government of Tajikistan during the next three years and will target 200,000 children aged 6-24 months and 150,000 pregnant and lactating mothers, 300,000 caregivers of children aged 0-24 months and 600 primary health care workers across the country.

“This donation from the Russian Federation will contribute to achieving the fourth and fifth Millennium Development Goals in Tajikistan - Reducing Child and Maternal Mortality. Improved nutritional status of children and mothers will contribute to better health and education outcomes and will reduce the economic losses the country suffers as a result of malnutrition”, said Laylee Moshiri, UNICEF Representative in Tajikistan.  

This year’s contribution is the second grant that UNICEF in Tajikistan receives from the Russian Federation in the last two years. In 2012, the Russian Federation allocated 1 Million US Dollars for the national diphtheria immunization campaign to prevent a potential diphtheria outbreak and for  improvement of routine immunization services.

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