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Tajikistan

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  • Photo: Jason Sangster for Mercy Corps

Our strategy

Strengthen the economic development of communities by focusing on improved health services and youth empowerment.

The context

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.

Our work

  • 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

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