Jamilya Ismoilova is a country representative for Project HOPE in Tajikistan, where she is responsible for coordinating ongoing projects and leading efforts to identify new opportunities to expand current programs and develop new ones. Jamilya also negotiates country agreements and manages country-specific administrative issues such as labor laws, local contracts and import procedures for the donated medicines arriving in country.
“After the collapse of the Soviet Union and the civil war in Tajikistan, the medical system of Tajikistan was destroyed, including the Republican Tuberculosis Hospital located near the capital, Dushanbe,” explains Jamilya. “Many international organizations were trying to help Tajikistan in this difficult time to fight the epidemic of infectious diseases, but no one organization was helping to fight tuberculosis.”
In 2001, when Project HOPE began the implementation of the Directly Observed Treatment Short- Course (DOTS) strategy in Tajikistan, only one department at the Republican TB hospital was maintained and equipped with all necessary supplies for treatment of TB patients. Since then, many years have passed. With the help of Project HOPE, thousands of TB patients’ lives have been saved. The Republican TB Hospital is now one of the modern hospitals equipped with the latest technology in Central Asia.
“Everyone, including the management of the hospital and staff, remember and appreciate the contribution of Project HOPE in the restoration of the destroyed hospital,” says Jamilya. “Project HOPE’s TB program gave hope to both the medical staff and patients, and lives were saved.”
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