RVF is currently working with the Tajik Ministry of Health to further support deworming efforts through continued training and evaluation of the H. Nana parasite.
At the request of the Tajik Ministry of Health (MOH), the Foundation agreed to assist in conducting a baseline study on helminth infection among the general population. This baseline infestation will allow the MOH to determine the effectiveness of the nationwide deworming campaign, which concluded at the end of 2012. This mass campaign against soil-transmitted helminthes was modeled on the Foundation’s successful deworming campaign in neighboring Kyrgyzstan. The deworming program targets nearly 4.5 million individuals throughout the country, with a special focus on school-aged children. The goal of the campaign, which was conducted according to WHO guidelines, was to decrease the infestation level of helminthes through direct treatment as well as intense educational activities for children and their families highlighting effective sanitary-hygienic practices designed to prevent reinfection.
The Foundation’s current activities in Tajikistan are as follows.