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Press Releases 2010

USAID "Health Outreach Program" Signed Contracts With Local NGOs

May 25, 2010

Dushanbe, Tajikistan: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded a workshop for nine local Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) implementing the outreach for the "Health Outreach Program" in Tajikistan. A total of 35 NGO workers attended the workshop. The workshop cumulated in the signing of contracts with each of the NGOs to begin program implementation.

The workshop highlighted the goals and objectives of the Health Outreach Program and the design of prevention models targeting Most-At-Risk-Populations (MARPs). Participants were trained to use the program monitoring and evaluation tools, and learned the reporting, financial and administrative policies of Population Services International (PSI) and USAID. The NGO representatives signed contracts with the "Health Outreach Program" and received award certificates. Jeffrey Lehrer, USAID/Tajikistan Country Director, welcomed the NGOs and highlighted their key role in this program.

Earlier this year, the Committee on Tenders, consisting of Ministry of Health representatives and international partners such as The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, The Open Society Institute, and UNAIDS, selected these nine NGOs through a competitive and publically advertised process.

The Health Outreach Program is a regional program that focuses on the people who are most at risk to contract HIV and tuberculosis in Central Asia to prevent the spread of these infections among the general population. The Health Outreach Program is being implemented by PSI, Project HOPE, the AIDS Foundation East-West (AFEW) and the Kazakh Association for People Living with HIV/AIDS.

The Health Outreach Program is one of the many development projects supported in Tajikistan by the United States Agency for International Development. Since 1992, the American people through the U.S. Embassy in Dushanbe have provided about $900 million in programs that support Tajikistan's democratic institutions, health care, education, and economic growth.