Strengthen the economic development of communities by focusing on improved health services and youth empowerment.
Tajikistan remains the poorest nation in Central Asia. Its civil war in the 1990s severely damaged the country’s already weak economic infrastructure and caused a sharp decline in industrial and agricultural production. Uneven implementation of structural reforms and widespread unemployment have kept the economy in a fragile condition and left families struggling with extreme poverty, poor healthcare and isolation. The country is also vulnerable to earthquakes, floods, avalanches, mudslides, energy shortages, locusts and crop failure leading to increasing food insecurity.
- Conflict & Governance: Creating community cohesiveness by engaging groups on water, land and energy improvements
- Disaster preparedness: Helping remote villages create response plans in the event of natural disasters
- Health: Supporting clinics and training health workers to improve childbirth outcomes and address postpartum depression
- Women & Gender: Educate adolescent girls about their rights and the risks of early marriage and pregnancy
All stories about Tajikistan
Tajikistan: Fingers crossed that the road will be open... June 20, 2009
Moving 800 metric tons of wheat flour, oil and lentils across eight districts in Tajikstan — with its limited infrastructure — is just plain challenging. For four weeks, we’ll be distributing these staple foods to nearly 5,000 women who are pregnant or have children under the age of two.
Tajikistan: En route to the Rasht Valley and rumors of militants June 15, 2009
Tajikistan: Keeping Tajiks healthy January 27, 2009
Tajikistan is one of the poorest republics of the former Soviet Union, with a weak economy that is reflected in the poor health and low standard of living of the population. Many villages do not have adequate health services or information.
Tajikistan: Improving Health, Empowering Women October 20, 2008
In the Rasht Valley, thousands of families live in small communities located miles from a main road.
Tajikistan: Help Families Braving Extreme Cold in Tajikistan March 5, 2008
Families in some of Tajikistan's most remote areas are braving food, fuel and water shortages triggered by record cold temperatures in the Central Asian nation.
Tajikistan: Roots of Change February 7, 2007
Even at the venerable age of 54, Sangimoh Safarova doesn't shy away from hard physical labor. Hoe in hand, this spry woman eagerly scrapes eastern Tajikistan's rocky soil to dig up the last of her bumper potato crop.
Tajikistan: Improving Health, Empowering Women November 1, 2006
In a remote region of Tajikistan, a Mercy Corps program is chipping away at the mountain of silence that prevents women from leading healthier lives.
Tajikistan: Spreading a Message of Peace September 23, 2006
Tajikistan: Beauty Will Save the World August 31, 2006
Tajikistan: Protecting Mothers' Lives March 24, 2006