DUSHANBE, March 14, 2022 – The Government of Tajikistan and the World Bank have signed a $ 25 million grant agreement additional funding for the Tajikistan Emergency COVID-19 Project, which has supported Tajikistan’s efforts to respond to the health, social and economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic since 2020. These additional resources will support the procurement and delivery of COVID-19 vaccines. The agreement was signed by Tajikistan’s Finance Minister Faiziddin Qahhorzoda and World Bank Governor Ozan Sevimli.
“I am very pleased that, with the support of the World Bank, we will be able to help the people of Tajikistan access safe and effective vaccines against COVID-19 and remain healthy and protected,” he said. Ozan Sevimli, Governor of the World Bank in Tajikistan. “This is particularly critical as the country paves the way for a more resilient and sustainable post-pandemic recovery and economic growth.”
Currently, about 53 percent of Tajikistan’s population has received a single dose of the vaccine, and 48 percent have received two doses and are considered fully vaccinated. The additional funding will help Tajikistan close its COVID-19 vaccine gap and meet the recently expanded national target of vaccinating all citizens over the age of 12.
The additional funding will also cover the cost of vaccine delivery, distribution in Tajikistan, the cost of key consumables (needles, syringes, safety boxes), the expansion of the electronic vaccine and COVID-19 test registration system, and the printing of vaccine certificates. It will also help provide COVID-19 tests, additional PPEs, and supplies such as medicines and hospital supplies to COVID-19 patients. In addition, the authorities will be able to expand their communication activities to address the hesitation with vaccines and misinformation related to the pandemic.
That original Tajikistan Emergency COVID-19 Projectwith a total funding of $ 11.3 million. was approved in April 2020and in February 2021 the World Bank approved an additional $ 21.2 million for the project. These resources have helped to strengthen Intensive care units at 10 hospitals across the country through equipment, medical supplies, personal protective equipment and minor rehabilitation work. The necessary investments were made to improve the oxygen supply in 15 hospitals throughout Tajikistan to help seriously ill COVID-19 and other patients receive life-saving oxygen therapy. As part of the project, one-time emergency aid was provided to over 214,500 poor households across the country to mitigate the effects of food price shock caused by the pandemic. In addition, 650,400 doses of the Moderna vaccines, obtained through COVAX, were delivered in early 2022, and significant investments were made to prepare Tajikistan for the broader vaccine rollout. The project also provided one-off emergency support to fill a budget gap for the provision of vaccines against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) for children. The project continues to provide critical support to strengthen national capacity in COVID-19 communication and public dissemination, with 50 journalists and over 490 community volunteers trained so far.
The World Bank is currently funding 25 projects in Tajikistan for a total of $ 1.39 billion. Since 1996, the World Bank has provided over $ 2.44 billion in IDA grants, very lenient credits and trust funds to Tajikistan. The World Bank is committed to continuing its support as the country strives to improve lives and meet the aspirations of its young and growing population.
World Bank Group’s response to COVID-19
The World Bank Group is taking broad, swift action to help developing countries strengthen their pandemic response, increase disease surveillance, improve public health interventions and help the private sector continue to function and maintain jobs. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Banking Group has committed itself over $ 157 billion to combat the effects of the pandemic, the fastest and greatest crisis response in its history. Funding helps more than 100 countries strengthen pandemic preparedness, protect the poor and jobs and set in motion a climate-friendly recovery.
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