Tajikistan: Awareness campaign reaching new heights

Publié: 12 juin 2014 10:00 CET

By Red Cross Society of Tajikistan

Passengers on East Air flights from Tajikistan to Russia will now receive information on tuberculosis prevention and treatment as well as legal issues related to being a migrant worker.

That is the result of a pioneering project between the East Air airline, the Red Crescent Society of Tajikistan and The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). Targeting especially the thousands of migrant workers going to Russia, informative leaflets will be distributed on flights from Qurghonteppa and Kulob cities to the Russian cities of Moscow, St. Petersburg, Chelyabinsk, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, and Orenburg and back.

The project is being implemented with support of “AIDS Infoshare” in the frameworks of the Assistance Programme for Countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia in Combating Infectious Diseases.

Mr. Farrukh Kasimov, Migration Programme Manager at IFRC Tajikistan, says: “Lack of basic knowledge about some main health issues, such as awareness and prevention of HIV and TB, and knowledge about healthy lifestyles and sexually transmitted diseases increases the vulnerability of migrants. Being mostly employed on construction sites, many migrants share small barracks unfit for habitation and with highly unsanitary conditions, which in turn makes them more vulnerable to health issues.”

The leaflets contain main and basic information about tuberculosis, how one can avoid being affected, and what are the signs in case you have the disease.

Happy to take part

Mr. Anatoly Galunov, the East Air General Director, says that in recent years this is the first experience in Tajikistan of an air company involved in raising the awareness of a targeted group of the society on health issues.

“We understand the importance of the knowledge about vital issues and we are happy to be part of such honourable and charitable efforts as assisting people to have better health and future,” he says. In our flights we provide our passengers with the information package, which includes these leaflets on tuberculosis prevention and treatment.”

A Red Crescent Society of Tajikistan informational-educational centre for labour migrants and their family members was recently opened in Qurghonteppa under the project funded by the Russian NGO “AIDS Infoshare” and with IFRC support. This is the eighth centre specialised to provide informational and educational services for the targeted population in the country. Beneficiaries can learn Russian language, computer literacy skills, and attain knowledge about their legal rights free of charge. Starting from 2009, more than 20,000 people in Tajikistan benefited from these RCST informational-educational centres created and co-financed through IFRC Tajikistan.