Despite the trend towards improvement, the main health indicators of the Tajik population remain the weakest in the WHO European Region. Malnutrition and waterborne diseases are other serious challenges across the country, in particular in rural areas.

The breakup of the Soviet Union led to the collapse of Tajikistan’s free healthcare service – a service characterised by a costly hospital based model and little attention to preventive and family medicine. Tajikistan’s government has defined a National Health Strategy, which aims, by 2020, to move the country towards a family medicine model, offering affordable primary health care throughout the country.

Switzerland is supporting this reform in a number of ways, among them by working with the Ministry of Health and Social Protection to develop family medicine services. Re-training and support is being offered to health professionals, along with assisting in the necessary rehabilitation of primary health care facilities. In addition, advice is being provided on how to finance health services in an efficient and transparent manner.

Smiling mother and child in Nigeria
Smiling mother and child in Nigeria ©SDC/Olivier Lassen

The health gap between rich and poor continues to widen. In many parts of the world, the progress that has been achieved in public health over the years is being reversed.

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