The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched Cash for Work projects to support 15,000 vulnerable people in eastern Tajikistan who have been affected by the socio-economic shocks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The projects are implemented in partnership with the local authorities of the Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAO), the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH), Mountain Societies Development Support Programme (MSDSP), and local public organisation “Imdodi Dehot.” The projects will provide 3,000 participants and their families with cash assistance for three months in exchange for their work on rehabilitating or constructing community assets such as irrigation canals, drinking water supply systems and forestry areas in the targeted communities.
Aga Khan Agency for Habitat
The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) Tajikistan has received a donation from the Government of Poland of emergency and medical items to be used in preventing and decreasing the spread of Covid19 in Tajikistan. CEO Hadi Husani accepted the donation on behalf of AKAH Tajikistan from Dr. Wojtek Wilk, Head of the Poland Emergency Management Team. He noted how vital this support was, saying "AKAH Tajikistan teams and volunteers have been working tirelessly in various communities across the country to provide the necessary assistance to set up quarantine centres, raise awareness, and distribute vital medical and humanitarian items.
On 4 July, the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat Tajikistan made a significant donation of medical and emergency response supplies worth over TJS 255,000 to the Regional Hospital of Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO) in Khorog.
On 4 July, the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) Tajikistan provided humanitarian aid to the hospital in Khorog. The assistance included different supplies such as refrigerators, air conditioners and mattresses. AKAH Tajikistan and the other agencies within AKDN, are continuing in their support to the Government of Tajikistan and various local institutional by mobilising resources, improving capacities, and distributing critical care during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak across the country.
The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) Tajikistan has presented medical and emergency response items to the local governments of Khatlon and Sughd to aid ongoing COVID-19 response efforts in these regions. The donations are AKAH’s first official COVID-19 support to the Khatlon and Sughd local governments. The donations come as local institutions and communities in the region are ramping up efforts to curb the spread of the virus.
The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH), which has worked for decades across this region, understands why building resilience in urban settings such as Khorog in the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO) is vital. It has launched a new initiative, in partnership, with national and local government authorities, that incorporates these risks into the town planning of Khorog.
The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat Tajikistan presented medical and emergency response items to the local governments of Khatlon and Sughd to aid ongoing COVID-19 response efforts in these regions.
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) have jointly provided emergency assistance to the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the Population (MoHSPP) of public of Tajikistan to strengthen its capacity to reduce nosocomial infection, and establish appropriate treatment systems at hospitals in Khatlon province. AKAH played a vital role to facilitate the logistics of the delivery, as well as monitoring of the assistance that aims to supplement the MoHSPP’s effort to realise improved sanitary and clinical environment for mothers and children in the hospital.
On 17 June, The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat Tajikistan held a one-day training course on emergency response during a pandemic for officials from the Committee of Emergency Situation, with 16 participants in attendance. The course will help the various responsible agencies manage the coronavirus outbreak in Tajikistan.
In Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral in Northern Pakistan, the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) and the Aga Khan Health Services, with support from Better Shelter, are setting up six COVID-19 rapid response centres using prefabricated materials and modular designs. The urgent nature of the pandemic demands rapidly deployable, easy to build, adaptable technologies. While AKAH has the expertise and effective construction solutions to build structures quickly for emergency response that are adapted to remote mountain environments, Better Shelter has the modular, flat-pack, soft-structure shelter units that are easy to transport and install in humanitarian relief operations.