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The guidelines for social workers and health care professionals on case management technology to work with people living with HIV presented in Dushanbe

13 June 2016, Dushanbe, Tajikistan–United Nations Development Programme in Tajikistanthrough UNJoint Advocacy Project on HIV/AIDS and withtechnical support from theNational Association of Social Workers “Faroshturuk” conducted a round table discussion in Tajikistan. This round table presented the first methodological guidelines for social workers and health care professionals on case management technology in social work activities with vulnerable groups.

Round table aimed at presentation of the results of the trainings conducted in Dushanbe, Republican Subordination districts, Khatlon and Sughd Regions from May to August 2016, which assisted on improving the quality of services through integration of social work case management techniques in the functions of CSO service providers working with people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) and presentation of the draft of the methodological guidelines for social workers and health care professional on case management technology.

Around 20representatives from the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the Population of the Republic of Tajikistan (MoHSPP), National Coordination Committee to combat HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in the Republic of Tajikistan (NCC), Republican AIDS Center, Tajik National University, international organizations and localCSOs tookpart inthe round table.

Mr. Yusufzoda Fakhriddin,head of Social Protection Department of the MoHSPP welcomed all participants and in his opening statementhas mentioned“Today we discuss the results of the project which assisted in capacity building of local SCOs, students and social workers on case management of vulnerable groups of population. Case management technologyinsocial work with vulnerable groups is the topic to be further developed by the MoHSPP in cooperation with CSOs”.

Mr.Muratboki Baknazarov, the Secretary of the National Coordination Committee on prevention and fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria (NCC) in Tajikistanemphasized,“All our activities, includingthe following Round Table directed to prevention of HIV/AIDS. The role of social workers is crucial and our initiatives with UNDP to link the health with social protection sector are valuable step to make needs based services to PLHIV”.

During presentations fromAssociation of Social Workers it wasmentioned thatcase management is a collaborative process of assessment, planning, facilitation, care coordination, evaluation, and advocacy for options and services to meet an individual’s and family’s comprehensive health needs through communication and available resources to promote quality cost-effective outcomes.

It was mentioned that the methodical guidelines are designed for social workers and public service organizations that offer social services directly to vulnerable groups of the population. The guidelines can also be used by staff and students of higher education institutions dealing with social work during the practical trainings in the field of "social work" and "social services".

It is commonly agreedthat methodicalGuidelines will be provided to the Department of Social Work under Tajik National University (TNU) to be used for further development of theacademic program“Social work with people living with HIV".

For more information, please contact: Mr. Bakhtiyor Mirzoev, Advocacy and Communication Officer, UN Joint Advocacy Project on HIV/AIDS in Tajikistan at: Bakhtiyor.mirzoev@undp.org or Mr. Furkatjon Lutfulloev, UNDP Program Analyst    at: furkatjon.lutfulloev@undp.org

 

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