Tajik and U.S. governments sign memorandum of understanding in Dushanbe

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Nigina Sharinova

2008-10-09

DUSHANBE, Oct. 1 - A memorandum of understanding between the Tajik and U.S. governments was signed in Dushanbe on Sept. 26 by regional USAID director William Frey and Tajik minister of health Nusratullo Salimov. The document is aimed at improving management and cooperation in the health care field.

Funding by USAID for health care in Tajikistan this year according to Frey already exceeds $3.6 million [USD]. Together with educational programmes USAID’s total budget for the country is $5.1 million.

Frey said, “Health care is a priority field in the U.S. government's development strategy and USAID is committed to supporting the Tajik government in fulfilling the country's national strategy.”

USAID is currently cooperating with the ministry of health on eight high-priority programmes across the republic. These include programmes to combat AIDS among vulnerable population groups, to improve reproductive health, to expand access to quality medical services, to implement epidemiological activities, to control the spread of tuberculosis, to provide food, to assist with family planning and to develop an educational programme in personal hygiene and sanitary measures.

“There was no such coordination with our partners earlier,” Salimov said at the MOU signing ceremony that coincided with the 15th anniversary of USAID's cooperation with the Tajik government. According to Frey, “Since 1993, the American people have contributed $300 million to the Tajik economy, health care and education.”

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