USAID Advancing Nutrition, or USAIDдин "Мыкты Азыктануу" долбоору, has worked in the Kyrgyz Republic since October 2019, with a focus on the Batken and Jalal-Abad Oblasts. We work to improve the nutritional status of women of reproductive age (ages 15-49) and children under 5, focusing on the 1,000-day Window of Opportunity. Working closely with partners in national and local governments, village health committees, health centers in oblasts and districts, as well as other nutrition stakeholders, we aim to:

  • Improve nutrition-related behaviors through enhanced social behavior change at individual, household, and population levels
  • Improve the quality of nutrition services within the health system

At the national level, the project advocates for improved policies and resource allocation for nutrition services and works to strengthen local implementing partners. In communities, we improve nutrition services by strengthening health care worker capacity, and we improve nutrition behaviors by mobilizing communities around nutrition, facilitating interpersonal communication, and spreading knowledge through mass media.

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In the Kyrgyz Republic, USAID Advancing Nutrition conducted an art contest to help promote breastfeeding during World Breastfeeding Week 2021.
USAID Advancing Nutrition produced a short film about former medical worker Zhumakan Kaldarova, who joined USAID Advancing Nutrition as an activist.
On June 7‒10, NUTRITION 2021 LIVE ONLINE gathered thousands of participants from 87 countries, including the Kyrgyz Republic team of USAID Advancing Nutrition.