We have been reporting on the success of HealthProm’s work in Tajikistan in transforming baby homes into Family and Child Support Centres. Services now include better protection for children vulnerable to abuse and neglect and more opportunities for alternative family care.
The UK Government has been an important supporter of the programme. In their latest feedback just received, they praised the significant achievements made in establishing support services which reflect international best practice. They noted major improvements in children’s social and emotional development and improved speech and language. They emphasised the need for ongoing long-term support and capacity building to consolidate the Tajik government’s ownership and support for children’s services. This has indeed been our plan.
We had hoped that our recent bid for further funding from the British Government would enable us to roll out and reinforce the new services across the whole country. Sadly this bid has been a victim of Government cuts to the aid programme. We are looking at other ways and other donors who can help us continue to this vital support to local partners, families and children.