Russia has handed over mobile medical units to Tajikistan.  An official handover ceremony took place in the Istiqlol Medical Center in Dushanbe on August 10, according to the press center of Russia’s Trade Representation in Tajikistan.

The ceremony was attended by Andrey Shirokov, acting CEO of EFSD, Shamil Shamsutdinov, Chargé d'Affaires of Russia in Tajikistan, Yevgeny Korenkov, Trade Representative of Russia in Tajikistan, Jamoliddin Abdullozoda, Minister of Health and Social Protection of Tajikistan, and Yusuf Majidi, Deputy Minister of Finance of Tajikistan. 

The mobile medical unit, equipped with X-ray, diagnostic, dental and other equipment, have been handed over to Tajikistan in the framework of a grant agreement signed between the Government of Tajikistan and the Eurasian Development Bank (EBD).

Within the framework of the first competition for the Eurasian Fund for Stabilization and Development (EFSD) grants for projects in the social sphere, the EFSD Council adopted a decision of December 29, 2018 to approve funding of the Caravan of Health project in Tajikistan (hereinafter referred to as the Project) in the amount of US$2 million.

The aim of the Project is to improve prevention and detection of diseases in rural and remote areas.

The project involves: 1) enhancing the institutional capacity of medical care facilities in the area of diagnostics and prevention of diseases in rural and remote areas through the acquisition and delivery of two road trains, each consisting of three mobile medical units and a crew vehicle; 2) developing all the relevant organizational and methodical documentation and outreach materials for the operation of the road trains; and 3) performing initial medical screening examinations and implementing public health education campaigns using the road trains over a period of one year.

The project provides for the allocation of US$2 million by December 31, 2020 for the acquisition of two road trains, each consisting of three mobile health clinics and a crew vehicle, for the clinical hospital named after S. Kutfiddinov in Sughd province and the regional clinical hospital named after B. Vohidov in Khatlon province and the operation of these road trains for one year.  During that period, the beneficiary is to perform preventive examinations, primary disease prevention and public health education activities in rural and remote areas of the country using the road trains, as well as to prepare and launch a mechanism for further financing of the project from its budget.

The implementation of the project is expected to ensure a sustained expansion of the coverage of preventive examinations in rural and remote areas of the country.