From August 18–21, 2020, Tanzania’s Minister of State, the Honorable Jenista Mhagama, joined a USAID Advancing Nutrition team and other nutrition stakeholders on a journey to Iringa and Ruvuma regions. She took part in a high-level supportive supervision visit to observe how nutrition activities are carried out in communities and health facilities. The two regions have some of the highest rates of malnutrition in the country. Minister of State Mhagama’s visit put a focus on nutrition as a priority for the local government. The nutrition activities in Iringa and Ruvuma regions are part of Tanzania’s National Multisectoral Nutrition Action Plan (NMNAP)(2016–2021), which aims to address the unacceptably high levels of malnutrition using a multi-sectoral approach.
In mid-March 2020, the Kyrgyz Republic government declared a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This led to a nationwide lockdown and prohibition of any public events, community meetings, or other gatherings. Health care facilities were overwhelmed by the demands and priorities of the COVID-19 outbreak, and qualified evidence-based nutrition and hygiene information became more difficult for the general public to access.