USAID Advancing Nutrition, or USAIDдин "Мыкты Азыктануу" долбоору, has worked in the Kyrgyz Republic since October 2019, with a focus on Batken Oblast. We work to improve the nutritional status of women of reproductive age and children under 5 in the Kyrgyz Republic, with a focus on the 1,000-day Window of Opportunity. Working closely with partners in national and local governments, village health committees, district-level health centers, and other nutrition stakeholders, we aim to—

  • improve knowledge, attitudes, and motivation related to healthy nutrition practices, including increased use of facility-based nutrition services
  • improve demand for a variety of nutritious foods while increasing access to these foods year-round
  • improve the capacity of the health system to plan, deliver, and monitor nutrition services
  • build the capacity of local institutions that deliver nutrition services
  • advocate for improved policies and resource allocation for nutrition services.

UNICEF and USAID Advancing Nutrition, with the support of the Infant Feeding in Emergencies (IFE) Core Group represented by Save the Children and Safely Fed Canada, have developed a counselling package, Infant and Young Child Feeding Recommendations when COVID-19 is Suspected or Confirmed. The Kyrgyz Republic has created an adaptation of the package. A full overview of the package is available by scrolling up from the link.

Photo of Bagyshova Shakarbubu from Kulundu village with her family.

Kyrgyz Republic: Going Virtual to Reach Families with Nutrition Information during the Global Pandemic

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…

USAID Advancing Nutrition Kyrgyz Republic's public communications contest, "Breastfeeding is the Best Start," engaged community members to promote positive breastfeeding messages.
Infant and young child feeding programming adapts to safeguard nutrition gains in the face of COVID-19
While breastfeeding is a natural process with proven benefits, it is not always widely practiced in the Kyrgyz Republic.