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Photo of a mother in Kyrgyz Republic holding her baby
Photo Credit: Maxime Fossat for USAID 

Globally, poverty, undernutrition, and inadequate care put 250 million children at risk of not reaching their developmental potential. The Nurturing Care Framework recognizes the critical role multiple sectors, especially health and nutrition, play in creating an environment that protects, promotes, and nourishes child growth and development.

Our work

  • Integrates responsive care and early learning with nutrition services, promoting optimal growth and development outcomes for children through a gender-sensitive lens 
  • Strengthens nutrition and health services for delivering nurturing care
  • Contributes to the evidence-base on how to deliver integrated services with quality, equity, and impact  
  • Strengthens capacity for leadership and governance for holistic child development.


Browse a selection of 6 activities from this Focus Area technical team.

Ghana GMP Health Worker counseling a young mother

Strengthening Growth Monitoring and Promotion: A Core Child Health and Nutrition Service

Learning from country experiences implementing growth monitoring and promotion.

community health worker provides counseling to a mother and infant

Project Year 4 Summary: Priorities and Key Accomplishments

Over the past four years, USAID Advancing Nutrition has supported policies, programs, interventions, and systems to realize our vision of a world where countries, communities, and families are well…

Grandmother and Grandfather in traditional Kyrgyz clothing with their four grandchildren of various ages, in a group photo.

Integrating Responsive Care and Early Learning Practices into Infant and Young Child Feeding Activities in the Kyrgyz Republic and Ghana

USAID Advancing Nutrition in the Kyrgyz Republic is piloting its Responsive Care and Early Learning Addendum through facility and community platforms to better understand its feasibility.

On April 26-27, 2023, USAID, USAID Advancing Nutrition, and UNICEF hosted a virtual convening to discuss the importance of and opportunities for supporting the nutrition and feeding of children with…
USAID Advancing Nutrition presented at a forum for caregivers in the Kyrgyz Republic to share Kyrgyz language resources and information about infant and young child feeding, early learning, and…
In celebration of its 25th anniversary, this year’s theme for the conference was “Transforming the Global Health Landscape."