JICA launches a three-year Project for Improving Quality of Primary Health Care Services in Tajikistan
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On September 5, 2022, a Record of Discussions that confirms the launch of a technical cooperation project “The Project for Improving Quality of Primary Health Care Services” (referred to as Project for PHC) from the beginning of 2023 has been signed between JICA and the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the Population of the Republic of Tajikistan. The period of the Project for PHC is three years and the intervention areas will be selected after the launch of the Project.
The specific objective of the Project is to improve the quality of health care at primary level
- by strengthening the capacity of professionals working in primary health care (referred to as PHC) service delivery;
- by increasing awareness about mother and child health, nutrition and non-communicable diseases prevention among community members in the target districts and
- by small-scale provision of equipment or rehabilitation in the selected PHC facilities.
Overall, the Project for PHC aims to assist the Ministry of Health and Social Protection in strengthening the PHC system by aligning JICA’s activities with the efforts of other stakeholders.
Since 2017, JICA has been implementing a technical cooperation project “The Project for Improving Maternal and Child Health Care System in Khatlon Region, Phase II”, which will be completed by the end of 2022. The Project for PHC has been formulated based on the lessons learned from the Phase II project and in coordination with stakeholders who are working to improve the quality of PHC.
JICA began its technical cooperation with Tajikistan in 1993 by inviting Tajik officials to gain knowledge and experience on governance and macroeconomics development. As of March 2020, a total number of participants to JICA’s Knowledge Co-Creation Programs, formerly called the Training Programs, has exceeded 2380 people. JICA Office was established in 2006 in Tajikistan and since then various Grant Financial Assistance and Technical Cooperation projects have been implemented more dynamically, aiming at improving living standard of Tajik people for the sectors such as agriculture and rural development, water supply, health, transport, energy, capacity building as well as SME promotion. JICA’s cumulative investment portfolio in Tajikistan in all sectors comprises 45 projects amounting to more than 421.1 mln USD (97.26 mln USD for Technical Cooperation and 324 mln USD for Grant Assistance), including 13 ongoing projects.