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
Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Tajikistan: Deadly earthquake strikes northeastern Afghanistan
A powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit northeastern Afghanistan, with deadly effects both there and in Pakistan. We are ready to assist in relief efforts as needs become apparent.
Tajikistan: From healthy pregnancy to happy baby in rural Tajikistan
We're working to help new mothers in rural Tajikistan learn about childhood nutrition, diet diversity and the importance of breastfeeding their newborns.
Tajikistan: Food supplies dwindle as extreme winter drags on
In the high villages of Askalon Jamoat, there is no food left in the shops, and households are completely reliant on their own dwindling supplies as access is completely cut off.
Tajikistan: A new hope for new mothers
Traditionally, new mothers in Tajikistan were taken care of for 40 days after giving birth, kept from household chores and even brought food in their room, where they spent all their time bonding with and caring for their newborn.
Tajikistan: A bridge collapse severs villages from the outside world
On July 18, a 50-year-old suspension bridge over the Khingob River in Tajikistan collapsed when a truck carrying food and other supplies was crossing. The driver and three passengers were able to escape the truck with only minor injuries, but the bridge was destroyed.
Tajikistan: Expectant mothers helped by Mercy Corps' Maternal and Child Health program
Expectant mothers and mothers-in-law at a focus group discussion in Gonchi district, Tajikistan
Tajikistan: Back in Tajik land
I’m back in Tajikistan, six months after my first visit. This time, I’m here to support our field team with the midterm evaluation being conducted for our Maternal and Child Health program. Accompanying me is Donna Sillan, a consultant we have contracted to write the evaluation.
Tajikistan: Have a little faith in flexibility
Crouched next to the fire, I warm my hands as my Afghan neighbor fans smoke into the heavens. The moon illuminates the mountains, and then the valley swallows the light before it can reach us. Ramadan began last night with the new moon and we’re breaking our first daily fast.
Tajikistan: Village pediatrician takes the lead in battling childhood illness
Dr. Hasan Hojiev gestures passionately as he speaks about childhood illness and nutrition. He exudes the bubbly enthusiasm of a fresh medical graduate, but has been a rural pediatrician in northern Tajikistan for over ten years now. Dr.
Tajikistan: Spiritual leader doubles as public health educator
“It’s a sin to live a passive life. If you see a blind man walking towards a well, it’s your duty to say something,” Mullah Salohideen said with conviction — looking up from studying a brochure on childhood illness in the village clinic’s only empty room.