Tajikistan Annual Report 2014 (MAATJ002)

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This report covers the period from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2014.

Overview The Red Crescent Society of Tajikistan is building its capacities and scaling up its services to assist the most vulnerable people in the country. The Red Crescent Society of Tajikistan’s (RCST) programmes are also in alignment with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ (IFRC) Strategy 2020 (S2020), its strategic aims and enabling actions. The emphasis of the current programmes were on community mobilization, good governance and civil society development through active participation of beneficiaries in design and implementation of the activities and prevention and combating of trafficking in drugs and human beings.

In the field of disaster management, the National Society with support from the International Federation enhanced the disaster preparedness and response capacity of its Emergency Response Centers and branch offices. The vulnerability of communities in high-risk areas to disasters has been reduced as a result of increasing people’s awareness via public awareness printing and distribution of information materials, conducting contests, competitions and educational campaigns.
Disaster Law promotion and international legislation on the response to disasters was introduced to governmental bodies, CoES and REACT representatives in targeted areas through round tables and workshops and participants were introduced to IDRL guidelines in Tajik language and informed about international law on disaster response, IFRC activities and achievements, challenges and recommendations.

With the support of the IFRC, the RCST has continued implementation of “Empowering Central Asian migrants and returnees to improve living and protect dignity” project activities through its seven information and education centres for migrants in 2014. The implementation of migration project enabled RCST to play its auxiliary role to the government in combating the trafficking in human being and advocating for the rights of the migrants and their families.

In March 2014, the RCST with the support of the IFRC Secretariat`s Country Representation and donation of the Russian public organization “AIDS Infoshare” started the implementation of a new migration project “Improvement of sanitary and hygienic and legal awareness of labour migrants on prevention of HIV/STD/Hepatitis B and C and tuberculosis” in Kurgan-Tube city. In the framework of the project activities, a new information and education centre for migrants was established in Kurgan-Tube city, which was properly staffed by qualified specialists and equipped by necessary office equipment.

In November 2014, the RCST with the technical support of the IFRC launched and further started implementation DG DEVCO “Rights of migrants in action” project in Tajikistan.

DIPECHO VIII project procedures and its management, reporting and monitoring system issues, as well as involvement of and cooperation with target beneficiary communities, partners and other stakeholders were discussed at the induction workshop and training for trainers on community based disaster risk reduction (CBDRR) conducted from 4 to 8 August 2014, in Kyrgyzstan and brought together disaster management experts from Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies of Austria, Germany, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Switzerland, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, as well as IFRC specialists. Representatives of the Chinese and Switzerland Red Cross Societies took part as observers and benefited from the information provided to them about current DRR initiatives being implemented in the region.