Istiqlol Hospital: Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Project status


Upgrades include:

  • New paving
  • High-visibility signage
  • Audio-visual signalised crossing
  • Accessibility ramps
In 2018, two people died and four were injured on the road in front of Istiqlol Hospital in central Dushanbe. More than eight other road collisions also occurred where luckily no one was injured.

The location of the crossing means that many people with limited mobility use it regularly, such as wheelchair users, people using mobility aids, and those with visual or hearing impairments. For this reason, great care has been taken to ensure the crossing meets the needs of all people with audio-visual crossing signals and accessibility ramps.

The new crossing was officially opened in May 2019 by a number of important stakeholders including the World Health Organisation, the British Ambassador to Tajikistan, the Head of EBRD in Tajikistan, as well as representatives of the Road Traffic Police, the Ministry of the Internal Affairs, state TV channels, and Young Road Inspectors from nearby schools.

During the official opening, several passers-by were interviewed for their feedback. They were universally delighted with the improvement. They were all regular visitors to the hospital, and said that for them personally it has been wonderful. One women mentioned that many visually impaired people use the crossing, and that they can now cross easily with the audio signal.

Each day I used to face challenges crossing the road near Istiqlol as I walk slowly. I was always at risk.

I am happy that in constructing this new crossing, the needs of people with disabilities have been considered. It enables wheelchair users and people with reduced mobility to cross freely to reach the hospital.

When we have crossings such as this, people with disabilities, as citizens of the country, can be more active. Not only here, but all across Tajikistan.

Abdullah Asoev

Assistant to the Director of the National Union of People with Disabilities of Dushanbe

people use this crossing every day.


Police data revealed a 60% reduction in crashes in the first year of the crossing's opening.

Project news

New hospital crossing makes “visible and tangible difference” to road safety

A new road crossing has been unveiled at Istiqlol Hospital in central Dushanbe – making one of the city’s most dangerous ‘black spots’ safer for pedestrians.
This project was implemented in collaboration with our local partner the Young Generation of Tajikistan, along with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Dushanbe Mayor’s Office, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and the Safer Roads Foundation.