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May 11, 2020

Food insecurity, combined with the lack of knowledge about nutrition severely affects the lives of many families in Tajikistan, resulting in high levels of malnutrition especially among young children in rural areas. Faizina, a 29-year-old woman from Ayni district, previously worked as a seamstress, but when her two-year-old daughter, Omina began losing significant amounts of weight, she had no other choice than to stop working to take care of her daughter. Faizina recalls how her daughter’s health situation deteriorated: “Omina was so thin and exhausted that I could not believe that any medication would help her. She had no appetite and she would not gain weight.”

April 29, 2020

In Tajikistan, the strength of the community is based on tradition. Traditions are what bind people together, creating shared experience and reminding everyone that they are part of something larger than themselves. Elderly men and women act as stewards of these traditions, ensuring that they are incorporated into everything, from weddings to ceremonies that celebrate the birth of a child. While these traditions are important to honor, bringing together thousands of people for Friday prayers at the mosque or hundreds of people for a traditional wedding amidst the COVID-19 pandemic can put individuals at increased risk of sickness and even death.

April 16, 2020

High rates of labor migration in Zafarobod village of Tajikistan leave many families without their primary breadwinners; some men never return home and abandon their wives and children. Another issue faced by the community of Zafarobod village is access to meals for school children. 

April 16, 2020

Sayohat Islomova, 39 years old, lives with her three children in Kapali village of central Tajikistan. Kapali village is a place where women traditionally do not work outside the home and most households depend on men for financial support.  However, difficult economic situations have driven some men to search for opportunities outside of Tajikistan, some of which never return home abandoning their families. Women are left to pick up the pieces and find ways to support their families. 

April 3, 2020

Ruzigul Mamatkulova is a nurse at a primary health center in Muminobod of the Khatlon province, a village in the Nosiri Khusrav district in Tajikistan. She had never thought about the importance of latrines at medical facilities until the USAID-funded Feed the Future Tajikistan Health and Nutrition Activity organized a health fair for patients from the surrounding villages. The activity is working to improve water, sanitation, and hygiene conditions in the Khatlon district. It integrates quality maternal, newborn, and child health care at the family, community, clinical, and national levels, with an emphasis on nutrition, sanitation, and hygiene.

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Last updated: October 22, 2021

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