Tajikistan: REACT News Bulletin No. 9, 18 Nov - 02 Dec 2009


At a glance

- Preparing for H1N1 in Tajikistan

- Over $400,000 for housing in Khuroson

- Cash, food and in-kind aid for 716 families

- Donations by Slovakia and Sri Lanka

- Disaster Risk Reduction in Central Asia

Current issues

Preparing for H1N1 in Tajikistan

The Tajik Ministry of Health has confirmed 8 cases of H1N1 influenza so far; it is estimated that many more cases go unreported. No severe cases or deaths have been registered.

In preparation for the pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) is helping to strengthen the surveillance capacity of the country by providing the national laboratory with equipment, reagents and other supplies. Laboratory specialists were also trained. A nationwide surveillance system was established with twelve health facilities in strategic locations providing inputs. WHO provided equipment, training and financial support to the sites for the collection and transport of samples.

Standard Operating Procedures for surveillance, case management, infection control and preventative measures were distributed to all health facilities and 13,000 doses of Tamiflu were made available. Two international Intensive Care Unit specialists were deployed; they trained health workers on the management of Severe Acute Respiratory Infections in the capital and in Khorog, Khujand, Kulyab and Kurgan Tyube.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is implementing an array of public information activities on influenza. Two TV and radio spots are being broadcasted across the country, while over 200,000 leaflets were distributed to children, travelers and the general population. A social mobilization campaign and community-based prevention activities were carried out in the Sughd province in the north and in eight districts. UNICEF also supported a training on H1N1 communication and prevention for 150 health workers.

For more information: gonzalezl.who@tajnet.com or asodiqov@unicef.org