Published on the World Health Organization Country Page for Tajikistan
"The first official autism trainings were held in Tajikistan in November 2014. As a result, significant progress has been made towards developing effective systems the will ensure children with autism receive an appropriate diagnosis and access to early intervention....
Until recently, autism has not be recognized or well understood in Tajikistan, which resulted in children being misdiagnosed and without access to appropriate services. Prior to the training, professionals were unable to officially diagnose autism.
Key outcomes of the training and the autism initiative
- Professionals in all key regional centres of the country are now trained to diagnose autism and have practical skills for providing early intervention.
- The Ministry started the process of having autism added to the official list of disabling conditions in Tajikistan.
- A working group was formed to collaborate with the Ministry on the development of a clinical protocol for diagnosing autism and a system for recording the prevalence of autism in Tajikistan.
- Plans for a network of professionals working in the area of autism were made."
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