July 9, 2019
On July 9, 2019, the Grant Agreement for "the Project for Improvement of Ambulances in the Republic of Tajikistan" was signed by Mr. Faiziddin Qahhorzoda, the Minister of Finance and Mr. Hideki Tanabe, the Chief Representative of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Tajikistan. Understanding the importance of improving emergency medical service in Tajikistan, the Government of Japan has allocated 771, 000, 000 Japanese Yen (about 7.1 million USD) through JICA to support the said Project. The goal of the Project is to improve availability and quality of ambulances in order to ensure effective emergency medical service accessible to all people in the country.
Minister of Finance from the left side and JICA Chief Representative from the right side
The Project plans to provide about 90 ambulances with necessary on-board equipment for lifesaving such as defibrillator, patient monitor and resuscitation set. The ambulances will be provided to hospitals throughout the country; district central hospitals, oblast hospitals, National Medical Centre, Dushanbe City Emergency Hospital, the Research Institute for Obstetrics, Gynecology and Perinatology, etc.
Highlighting the importance of Tajikistan-Japan cooperation, Mr. Qahhorzoda stated that the agreement is historical as it is the first time for Tajikistan to receive such big number of ambulances as grant. Mr. Tanabe informed that JICA would continue supporting the health sector through Grant Aid and Technical Cooperation Projects. Both sides agreed on importance of proper management and maintenance of ambulances to ensure their sustainable use and operation.
Minister of Finance from the left side and JICA Chief Representative from right side
It is worth mentioning that Tajikistan is currently facing the problem of insufficient number of quality ambulances to meet the growing need of emergency care to its population. Having set the priority on access to quality health services, the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Population has requested and cooperated with JICA for designing and developing the Project.
For long years, JICA has been providing medical equipment to contribute to improvement of health services in Tajikistan. Besides this new Project for ambulances, JICA previously provided equipment to maternity department of hospitals in Khatlon and Maternity Hospital No 1 of Dushanbe as well as National Medical Center.