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FOR THE FIRST TIME THE SOCIAL WORK COURSE FOR STUDENTS OF TAJIK NATIONAL UNIVERSITY UNDER THE TITLE – “SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH PEOPLE AFFECTED BY HIV AND AIDS” PRESENTED IN DUSHANBE

Post-Release from 30.08.2016

26 August 2016, Dushanbe, Tajikistan–United Nations Development Programme in Tajikistanthrough UNJoint Advocacy Project on HIV/AIDS and withtechnical support from theSocial Work Department of the Tajik National University (TNU) conducteda National Round Table to present the firststudy course for students of the Social Work department of the TNU.

The Round Table aimed at presenting and discussing the recently established course and its syllabus on social work practice with people affected by HIV and AIDS introduced by professors of the TNU. It was mentioned that the following program will be used by students and professors of social work department during the theory and practical courses.

Around 30representatives 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), Tajik National University, international organizations, localCSOs and Mass Media tookpart inthe round table.

During the introductory session, Mr. Kudratullo Kurbonov, head of Social Protection Department of MoHSPP emphasized,“any progress in the social sector is impossible without trained specialists, especially in social protection.Today we are happy that we have such tools to involve and train students. It is very important that we will qualify the professionals to work with vulnerable groups of population. We are confident that the Social Work Department of the Tajik National University will cope with all tasks and train a new generation of social work professionals dealing with the cases of PLHIV”.

Mr. Nazarov Rustamkhon,dean of the Faculty of Philosophy under Tajik National University mentioned “today we are dealing with very important issue- the issue of prevention of HIV and AIDS and work with people living with HIV (PLHIV). Our department has developed the training programme “Social work practice with people affected by HIV and AIDS, as well as the MethodologicalGuideline for case management”

Mr. Furkat Lutfulloev,UNDP Program Analyst welcomed all participants and in his opening statementhas supported the social work profession progress in the country and mentionedthat“UNDP expresses its confidence that course syllabus and training program developed by Tajik National University in cooperation with MoHSPP and SCOs will assist young specialists/students of social work department to get familiar with the preventive services and rights of PLHIV. UNDP assures that the current successful partnership between UN team, National University, the Governmental and CSO partners will be continued within the framework of the approved UNDAF and UNJAP addressing the needs of PLHIV under the health and social protection sectors.

During presentations from the Department of Social Work of the TNU, the participants of the Round Table have got familiar with theoretical content of the training course and social work syllabus which consists of 18 topics. It was mentioned thatin the curriculum of the department, this elective course will be called “Social Work for People living with HIV” and to be studied from September 2016.

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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