COVID-19 has arrived in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, home to Boulder’s Teahouse

No corner of the Earth has escaped Covid-19, including Tajikistan. Despite a long denial of the virus’s existence in the country, closing its border and the reality of people dying of “pneumonia,” the Covid -19 virus arrived.  The Tajik government finally admitted the presence of the virus in the country on April 30 and ordered quarantine. It was a very late date with little prior preparation.  The government has been unable to meet the needs of the situation. In this vacuum, it has fallen to civil society to take action.  Entrepreneurs are organizing to provide food to doctors, medical staff and patients isolated in hospitals. They are also organizing the production of PPE, which is in short supply, and are raising funds to purchase equipment and other needed medical supplies. There are many huge logistical challenges due to bureaucracy, the geographical isolation of the country, mountainous terrain and the ill equipped medical and public health system but these entrepreneurs are creative and determined to help.