The Right Training and Equipment Save Tajik Triplets' Lives

By Khosiyatkhon Komilova,
Communications specialist
May 02, 2019
Meet the first surviving triplets in the history of this region of Tajikistan.
Parvina Usmonova never planned to have five children.
The 32-year-old gave birth to her first daughter at the regional maternity center in Balkhi, her home district in southwestern Tajikistan. However, the poor quality of the services led her to have her second daughter at home.
In 2017, pregnant once again, Parvina was shocked to learn she was pregnant with triplets.
“I didn’t know what to do," she says. "I was sure that our district doctors were not capable of this kind of delivery, and my family’s financial situation is difficult. We live far from any maternity hospital and we can’t afford to travel for health services.”
Parvina’s mother-in-law was equally worried. “Triplets can come earlier or be smaller than other babies," she says. "Our entire family was concerned about Parvina’s and the babies’ health.”
The mortality rate for premature infants has decreased by 32%.

The family’s concerns were justified. Until 2016, hospital maternity wards in southwestern Tajikistan did not have the capacity to provide care for premature or low-birth-weight babies. Most of these children, including triplets born in 2015, died within their first six days.
In 2017, the IntraHealth International-led Feed the Future Tajikistan Health and Nutrition Activity (THNA) dramatically improved the maternity ward at the central hospital in Balkhi and at other hospitals throughout the project’s 12 target districts with specialized equipment and extensive training for health workers.