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UNICEF Deputy Regional Director for CEE/CIS visits Tajikistan to review progress in UNICEF’s collaboration with the country

Dushanbe, 15 March 2013 - UNICEF Deputy Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS), Ms. Kirsi Madi, is visiting Tajikistan on the occasion of the Mid-Term Review of the Country Programme of Cooperation between the Government of Tajikistan and UNICEF.

Today’s Mid-Term Review meeting was attended by representatives of key ministries, civil society organisations, development agencies and members of diplomatic missions. It was chaired by the Commission on Child Rights of the Republic of Tajikistan along with the UNICEF Representative in Tajikistan.

The Mid-Term Review meeting assessed progress made to date under the current country programme (2010-2015) and discussed the situation of children in the country. The participants reviewed the proposed changes for the rest of the Country Programme based on recent changes in programmatic areas of cooperation and lessons learned. 

UNICEF Tajikistan Representative Ms. Laylee Moshiri delivering her speech during the Mid-Term Review of the Country Programme of Cooperation between the Government of Tajikistan and UNICEF (from L to R: Ms. Latofat Kenjaeva, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Protection of Tajikistan, Ms. Tojinisso Mahmadova, Deputy Minister of Education, Ms. Kirsi Madi, UNICEF Deputy Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS), Ms. Dilorom Mirsaidova, Deputy Chairman of the National Commission on Child Rights, Ms. Laylee Moshiri, UNICEF Representative in Tajikistan, Khairinisso Yusufi, Head of Committee on Social Issues, Family and Healthcare in the Parliament of Tajikistan).

Speaking on this occasion, Ms. Kirsi Madi stress ed UNICEF’s determination to use all resources at its disposal effectively and efficiently. UNICEF will continue to pay special attention to reaching the most disadvantaged and vulnerable and help these children realize their rights to reach their full potential. She thanked all the participants of the meeting for their continued partnership in support of children’s rights.

During her three-day visit to Tajikistan, the Deputy Regional Director will meet with officials of the Ministries of Education, Health, Justice, as well with the Ombudsman’s Office and UN agencies in Tajikistan. The main purpose of these meetings is to discuss the future partnership of UNICEF for the benefit of children and women in this country. 

Ms. Madi will visit Kurgan-Teppa to familiarise herself with UNICEF’s support to the development of services for Children with Disability, as well as work to strengthen maternal and child health care. She will also meet journalists who have recently been trained on Child Rights by the Union of Journalists of Tajikistan. In Dushanbe, Ms Madi will meet with the parents of children with disabilities and will visit the central Baby Home to familiarise herself with initiatives to prevent and reduce institutionalisation of children under three.


About the MTR process

In the framework of the Programme of Cooperation between the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan  and UNICEF 2010-2015, the Government and UNICEF signed the Country Programme Plan of Action (CPAP), which establishes the expected results, strategies and activities that will be implemented during the programme period. The Mid-Term Review is a structured, rigorous and consensual process between the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan and UNICEF to review the performance and relevance of the Country Programme. Its main purpose it to verify and evaluate its strategic contribution to the respect, protection and fulfilment of children and adolescents’ rights in the country, taking any necessary corrective measures for the second half of the Country Programme and making strategic recommendations for the next programme cycle.

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF work in Tajikistan visit Follow us on

For further information, please contact:

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Tajikistan:

Ms. Parveena Muhammedkhajaeva

Communication Officer

Tel.: +992 (918) 31 00 71

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