U.S. Ambassador to Tajikistan, Ken Gross, local government representatives and Counterpart Staff at Duoba opening.

By Jennifer O’Riordan

New windows and doors have been fitted, flooring has been laid, interiors painted and roofing repaired at two key healthcare facilities in Tajikistan’s Faizobod District.

The local healthcare centers in the villages of Duoba and Jonvarsuz held reopening ceremonies on Oct. 26, after renovations were completed with the help of Counterpart and the U.S. State Department. Both facilities provide a vital resource to village residents and to those living in the surrounding area of Javonon Jamoat.

“The centers mean a lot to the communities, without them, access to healthcare in the area would be very limited. Counterpart is delighted to be able to help renovate these facilities,” says Rang Hee Kim, Director of Humanitarian Assistance at Counterpart.

The Jonvarsuz health center, located 70 kilometers southeast from the capital Dushanbe, has been taking care of patients in the area since 1991. However, the facility, which caters to 10,500 local residents, was desperately in need of repair. The roof had to be fixed; doors and windows required replacing and the center’s power supply had to be updated.

The Duoba clinic serving some 11,000 residents of Duoba and nearby Obi Sangbur, also situated 70 kilometers southeast from Dushanbe, was in a similar state of disrepair. Now both centers have been rehabilitated and are better equipped to offer improved health service to patients from the surrounding areas.

With funding from the State Department and contributions from the Faizobod District government, Counterpart’s Community and Humanitarian Assistance Program (CHAP) organized the repairs and managed the reconstruction projects.

The district government’s contributions of $6,000 made possible the installation of new roofs on both facilities. Through its commodity distribution program, Counterpart will also provide furniture and medical equipment to the Jonvarsuz and Duoba healthcare centers.

The U.S. Ambassador to Tajikistan, Ken Gross, along with Deputy Minister of Health Saida Jobirova, Head of the Faizobod District Health Department Karomatullo Sharipov, Counterpart Country Director Mumin Sidikshoev and representatives from the Tajik government and civic institutions attended the opening ceremonies.

Meanwhile, on Nov. 1, the Republican Boarding School for Orphans in Shahrinav District celebrated the completion of a similar project. The school building was in need of essential repairs and refurbishment, which Counterpart managed with funding from the State Department.

The boarding school serves 366 orphans, foster children and kids from vulnerable families with more than 300 of them living at the school.

In addition to the structural and electrical repairs, new showers and four 100-liter water heaters were installed, as well as new water heaters and washing machines for the on-site laundry facility.

“Three hundred and sixty-six students in our school now have access to wonderful hygienic conditions and the school’s personnel have the opportunity to work in a good environment,” said Musharafa Sharifova, the school’s director. “The rehabilitated facilities have significantly improved the school’s infrastructure. On behalf of the boarding school’s administration, staff and children, I would like to express our sincere gratitude.”

Counterpart has been working in Tajikistan since 1998 and has distributed more than $66 million of humanitarian assistance to nearly 3 million at-risk people.

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