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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Activities

A mother holds her child while receiving health counseling at a health center in the Kyrgyz Republic

Improving Nutrition Services Through Training and Knowledge Sharing in the Kyrgyz Republic

USAID Advancing Nutrition in the Kyrgyz Republic works with health facilities and health care professionals to provide training and knowledge sharing opportunities on nutrition topics.

Local governments in rural areas of the Kyrgyz Republic have pledged financial support to organize public events highlighting USAID Advancing Nutrition’s work.
USAID Advancing Nutrition in the Kyrgyz Republic hosted free concerts dedicated to promoting the health of mothers and children and raising awareness about the first 1000 days.
2021 was a “Year of Action” for nutrition. For USAID Advancing Nutrition, that meant expanding our work to support local ownership of multi-sectoral nutrition programs in 11 countries.