Samyra Roder Samyra Roder, Program Officer, Tajikistan Samyra Roder’s stories 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. Tajikistan: Train a teacher, teach a community Faiziniso Ruziboeva has always dreamed of becoming a doctor. However, there is only one medical school in all of Tajikistan, which located in the nation’s capital, Dushanbe.