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 group Kyrgyz women in folk-outfits on stage and singing at the event.

Promoting Good Nutrition with National Influencers and Public Events in the Kyrgyz Republic

USAID Advancing Nutrition in the Kyrgyz Republic works with national influencers and hosts public events to raise awareness on nutrition topics.

Three mothers holding their small children, while they are smiling outside

Establishing a Women’s Diets Learning Agenda

The project aims to generate global learning, evidence, and innovative practices on how to improve women’s diets.

Woman breastfeeding child while nurse is supervising

Building Political Will and Accountability for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative

Conducting case studies on implementing Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative national responsibilities in Malawi and the Kyrgyz Republic.

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.

From June 13 – 17, USAID Advancing Nutrition hosted an all-country learning retreat with eight of the project’s Chiefs of Party.
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.