Tajikistan and ADB sign grant to improve maternal and child healthcare

DUSHANBE (TCA) — The Government of Tajikistan and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have signed a $32 million grant to help Tajikistan improve healthcare services in three districts of Fayzobod, Rasht, and Shamsiddin Shohin, ADB’s country office said on January 3.

The grant agreement was signed on 31 December 2018 by Tajikistan Minister of Finance Mr. Fayziddin Qahhorzoda and ADB Officer-in-Charge for Tajikistan Mr. Raza Farrukh.

Healthcare coverage in Tajikistan has improved over the last few decades, but it still lags global and subregional averages on maternal and child health. The country’s child mortality rates are 20 neonatal and 37 infant deaths per 1,000 live births, compared to the Sustainable Development Goals target of 12 neonatal and 25 infant deaths per 1,000 live births. The maternal mortality rate is also higher in Tajikistan at 32 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2017 than in other Central Asian countries, which average 23 deaths per 100,000 live births.

The Maternal and Child Health Integrated Care Project will help address key issues affecting Tajikistan’s health sector, such as inadequate funding, outdated infrastructure and health facilities, as well as a lack of qualified medical professionals and healthcare providers, especially in rural areas.

The project will also modernize infrastructure and equipment in central district hospitals and rural health centers, and improve health education and behavior in communities. It will support the government’s efforts to establish a national equipment management system.

Total cost of the project, which is expected to be completed in 2025, is $35.2 million, with the Government of Tajikistan providing $3.2 million.

Tajikistan joined ADB in 1998. To date, ADB has approved around $1.8 billion in grants, concessional loans, and technical assistance to the country. ADB and Tajikistan’s development partnership has restored and built the country’s new transport and energy infrastructure, supported social development, expanded agricultural production, and improved regional cooperation and trade.

Sergey Kwan


Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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