Manasi Sharma Manasi Sharma, Assistant Program Officer for South and Central Asia Manasi Sharma’s stories 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: In Central Asia's hidden treasure As a Desk Officer going on a field visit for the very first time, I could not have asked for a better place to visit than Tajikistan. I’ve come to think of it as a lost and/or hidden treasure in the middle of Central Asia. Pakistan: Worse than the tsunami? You've probably heard that UN officials have said the scale of the current disaster in Pakistan may exceed that of this year's earthquake in Haiti, the 2004 tsunami and the 2005 Pakistan earthquake — combined.