UNICEF handovers nine ambulances funded by ISDB to the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Population

06 July 2022
People standing near the newly handed over ambulance
UNICEF/Tajikistan/2022/M. Ruziev
UNICEF demonstrates the newly procured ambulances to the Deputy Minister of Health and Social Protection of Tajikistan.

Dushanbe 5th of July 2022 – The official handover ceremony of nine Mercedes Benz Sprinter and Toyota Land Cruiser ambulances procured with the financial support of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) within “Improving Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health (MNCH) Services in the Four Districts of the Khatlon Region” project to the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the Population of the Republic of Tajikistan (MoHSP RT) took place in Dushanbe.  This procurement was organized by UNICEF in Tajikistan as part of the first component of the project, which aims at provision of equipment and medical supplies and development of health facilities infrastructure in targeted regions of Tajikistan. The ambulances are equipped with modern medical equipment, which will provide timely and specialized medical care to the population.

The handover ceremony was attended by Deputy Minister of Health and Social Protection Abdukholik Amirzoda, representatives of the IsDB Project Implementation Unit under the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the Republic of Tajikistan, representatives of UNICEF, as well as partners in the healthcare sector.

Man standing next to the open ambulance.
UNICEF/Tajikistan/2022/M. Ruziev
Deputy Minister of Health and Social Protection of Population of Tajikistan is introduced to the newly procured ambulance.

 “The four-year project on Improving Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health (MNCH) Services in the Four Districts of the Khatlon Region is being implemented with the financial support of IsDB, the Government of Tajikistan and UN agencies (UNICEF, UNFPA and WHO) . The issues of protecting the health of mother and child remains one of the most important priority in the country, and thanks to common efforts, these indicators are improving. Fruitful and mutual cooperation has been established between the MOHSP RT and UNICEF, where UNICEF provides technical support in this project. The purchased vehicles will help improve the provision of timely medical care and improve the referral system.”- Deputy Minister of Health and Social Protection of Population, Mr. Amirzoda

The use of new ambulances will improve the population's access to timely and high-quality emergency medical care. Two vehicles each, will be transferred to the Central District Hospitals of the target areas of the project - Norak, Dangara, Baljuvon and Khovaling, as well as the Republican Clinical Hospital of the Dangara District to provide quality medical services to the population.

“The procured ambulances will serve not only to the pregnant women and children, but to the whole population of four districts in Khatlon region, covering estimated 317,000 total population with the birth rate of up to 30% consisting of 9,945 pregnant women and about 9,010 children.”-Zainab Al-Azzawi, Deputy Representative of UNICEF Tajikistan.

The Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the Population of the Republic of Tajikistan is implementing the Islamic Development Bank’s project on “Improving Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health (MNCH) Services in the Four Districts of the Khatlon Region” which is aimed at reducing maternal and child mortality rates in the target districts of Dangara, Norak, Baljuvon and Khovaling with the main focus of improving maternal and child health at the primary and secondary health care level, including community mobilization for behavior change.

Cars parked in the yard.
UNICEF/Tajikistan/2022/M. Ruziev
Nine ambulances purchased by UNICEF for the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Population with the funding from ISDB in Tajikistan.

The project will assist the Government of Tajikistan in implementation of the National Development Strategy (2016-2030) and the National Health Strategy (2010-2020) aiming to gradually reduce maternal and infant mortality rates and burden of infectious diseases. It would also follow the country’s constitutional provisions on "the right to health care to all citizens of Tajikistan by ensuring the provision of free medical services through public institutions".

The specific project objectives are: 

  • Enhancing availability/accessibility of Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health (MNCH) services; 
  • Institutional and Human Resources Capacity Building in the targeted health facilities; 
  • Improving Public Awareness of Health-seeking Behavior; and, 
  • Establishment of a functional referral system.

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UNICEF in Tajikistan
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