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Strengthening Health Security: The Role of Infection Prevention in Tajikistan’s Healthcare System

In an attempt to bolster health security in Tajikistan, there is a collaboration between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the World Health Organization (WHO). This partnership aims to safeguard Tajikistan’s population from infectious disease outbreaks and other health emergencies. These efforts bore fruit on May 8 when a joint visit to one of Tajikistan’s largest maternity hospitals allowed the members to witness the importance and results of their project firsthand.

Particularly, they visited the National Research Institute for Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Perinatology of the Republic of Tajikistan in Dushanbe. This visit not only demonstrated the significant achievements of the health workers and development partners, which were celebrated with theater and dance performances, but it also shed light on the vital role of infection prevention and control.

Dr. Rosa Nodirshoyeva led a tour of the maternity hospital, showcasing the correct measures and techniques in place to prevent and control infections. The rigorous implementation of these protocols is crucial in ensuring the safety of patients and health workers alike from healthcare-associated infections and in maintaining a high standard of care.

Infection prevention and control is a cornerstone to robust health security systems as it limits the spread of diseases within communities and healthcare environments. Successful deployment of these measures safeguards individuals from infections and contains outbreaks at their origin, thereby preventing them from escalating into more widespread epidemics or pandemics.

A healthcare system with steadfast infection prevention and control protocols can build resilience against emerging infectious threats on a global scale. Proper administration can also preserve the effectiveness of antimicrobial medicines, critical for treating infections.

WHO, in cooperation with USAID, Local Health System Sustainability Project (LHSS), Family Health Initiative 260 (FHI 360), and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), is striving to equip Tajikistan in better responding to potential future pandemics. Their approach includes early detection of infectious disease threats, swift and efficient response to outbreaks, and prevention measures. Strengthening infection prevention and control in healthcare facilities is a key objective of this process, thus remaining a vital part of the USAID-funded health security project executed by WHO.

The significant strides made at Tajikistan’s maternity hospital are a testament to the efficacy of the USAID-funded program on health security and highlight the need for continued efforts to enhance health emergency preparedness and response within the country.


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