Tajikistan is benefiting from a range of U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) programs designed to build resilience in the spheres of health care, water management and economic development.
In October 2020, acting USAID Administrator John Barsa announced new bilateral missions in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan to promote reform-oriented development that would contribute to regional security.
“Missions are the hubs for USAID’s work and demonstrate that the United States is dedicated to building direct and meaningful relationships with a country’s government and people. In Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, these missions will also help ensure that our work in the region is coordinated so that no country in Central Asia is left behind,” Barsa said.
USAID also lauded the success of the HIV Central Asia Flagship program, which improved the health of thousands of Tajiks over the past five years. USAID used rapid saliva tests to evaluate 55,500 people for HIV, and 2,900 people started lifesaving treatment.
“We must be mindful of the many vulnerable people around us in need of our care and support, including people living with HIV and those at higher risk of infection,” U.S. Ambassador to Tajikistan John Mark Pommersheim said.
Tajikistan also participates in the newly launched USAID Regional Water and Vulnerable Environment program that will spend $24.5 million over five years to promote water sharing and conservation among Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
The water program will build on the results from earlier USAID investments in regional water cooperation in this semiarid region.
Sources: USAID, U.S. Embassy in Tajikistan