Tajikistan is the poorest of the former Soviet Republics. The economy has deteriorated dramatically since the end of Soviet rule – and was further hurt by civil war during the 1990s and extended periods of drought. The Khatlon region is home to some of the poorest and most vulnerable people who live at a subsistence level. Oxfam is working with communities here to help them produce more food, and be better protected when threatened by natural disaster.
How Oxfam is helping in Tajikistan
InTajikistan, our focus is on working with communities:
- to enable them to build longer-term sustainable ways of earning a living;
- to enhance public health provision; and
- to engage with, and provide resources for villagers to withstand natural disasters.
In all of this Oxfam is working with people to help build a stronger Tajik civil society.
Oxfam began working inTajikistanin 2001, following two years of drought. Our program is concentrated in Khatlon Oblast in the south west of the country, where migration rates are high, and where people earn a living from agriculture and livestock farming. Crucially for a disaster-prone region, where drought and earthquake activity is common, we aim to improve health and general living conditions, particularly in the area of reducing the outbreak of water-borne diseases.