The annual report for the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in 2013 in Tajikistan highlights the top-line achievements and constraints during the reporting period.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)’s Country Representation in Tajikistan provides support to the Red Crescent Society of Tajikistan (RCST) in implementing its activities to save lives, protect livelihoods, and strengthen recovery from disasters and crises; enable healthy and safe living; promote social inclusion and a culture of non-violence and peace and implement the enabling actions to deliver those aims.
The disaster risk reduction, and building the capacities of both the RCST and vulnerable communities on disaster mitigation and early effective respond were in the focus on activities in 2013.
At the same time, in 2013 the RCST’s focus area was strengthening its fundraising capacity and tools with special focus on internal sources of funds. The dynamic in humanitarian diplomacy was also continued offering RCST unique opportunities to develop new partnerships with Tajik governmental authorities and non-traditional international stakeholders.
The second half of the year turned out to be very rich and successful in terms of the promotion of international legislation on the response to disasters.
Labour migration remains a key survival strategy and a guarantee of social stability for many households in Tajikistan. Nearly half of the labour force works abroad, primarily in Russia, supporting their families in Tajikistan through remittances. Seven information and education centres run by RCST for migrants continued the provision of consultancy services on legal issues including human trafficking risks, psychosocial support and training in basic computer literacy skills and the Russian language, prevention of HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STI), TB and the rendering of basic First Aid.