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Last updated: June 16, 2021

May 3, 2021

On May 3, world over, we celebrate World Press Freedom Day. To learn about the freedom of speech and journalists’ rights in Central Asia, USAID’s partner, Internews, interviewed Shakhlo Akobirova, Managing Director of the public organization Khoma to understand the challenges journalists face and what work is being done in Tajikistan to improve the situation.

May 2, 2021

Maternal and newborn care in Tajikistan remains a major public health concern that is greatly affected by the limited information available to make informed decisions. The USAID Healthy Mother, Healthy Baby Activity partnered with the Tajikistan Ministry of Health to adapt and digitize the World Health Organization’s paper-based Rapid Health Facility Assessment. Digitization simplified and expedited the data collection across a variety of areas including infection control, equipment use, and compliance protocols, and increased access to high-quality information. 

March 31, 2021

In the district of Qubodiyon in the Khatlon region of Tajikistan, Uzbek is the predominant language. However, five-years ago, some schools in this area began to teach students in Tajik, the national language. Transitioning to a new language is challenging for students and the lack of Tajik reading materials makes it difficult for teachers to teach in a language they do not normally speak.

March 16, 2021

When Shahlo Rahmonova received a diagnosis stating she had drug-resistant tuberculosis, her life changed abruptly. Due to misconceptions about tuberculosis, Shahlo faced shame and abandonment. However, she later found the strength to inspire others to fight TB and with the support of the USAID Eliminating Tuberculosis in Central Asia Activity, Shahlo contributed to the wellbeing of her community and inspired hope.

February 25, 2021

Muhammadrabi Muzaffarov, a 46-year-old farmer, lives in a village at the border with Afghanistan. He is married and has three daughters, three sons and two grandchildren. Muhammadrabi’s household also includes his parents. Like many other farmers in the area, he grew cotton for a living. In recent years, however, Muhammadrabi has seen the revenue from his 12 hectares of land in Khojadurbod in the Khatlon Province decline due to the drop in the price of cotton. While exploring new farming opportunities, he learned that the USAID Agribusiness Competitiveness Activity in Tajikistan was promoting persimmon drying technologies to farms in his area.