The USAID Agro Horizon project will raise smallholder farmers’ incomes by expanding markets and increasing the competitiveness of value chains for fruits, vegetables, and dairy. The project will increase employment in the agricultural sector, especially for women and youth, while improving the availability of nutritious foods and market share of the targeted crops in both domestic and foreign markets.
The project will focus on creating a dialogue space where civil society groups from different countries of Central Asia can discuss issues relevant to their everyday work, share information, collaborate in training and networking, and conduct joint advocacy activities. Specifically, the central purpose of this project is to strengthen and/or build capacity of civil society organizations (CSOs) in the Central Asian region, so that they can effectively participate in a dialogue with their respective government counterparts on all aspects of national and regional democratic debate and policy-making.
Over the past decade, TB morbidity and mortality indicators in the region have significantly improved, with fewer cases and even fewer deaths attributed to TB. According to the 2012 WHO Global TB Report, estimated cases of TB (incidence) in Kyrgyz Republic fell from 249 (per 100,000) to 128 between 2000 and 2011; similarly, the estimated mortality rate (per 100,000) fell from 24 to 12 from 2000 to 2011. However, rates of MDR-TB are increasing in Central Asian region as a whole, as well as in the Kyrgyz Republic.
On November 12th, at 10 am, the launch of the new Defeat TB program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will take place at the Republican Scientific Medical Library in Bishkek. Representatives from the Ministry of Health and other branches of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, the U.S. Embassy and international organizations will be in attendance. The five year Defeat TB program will promote international standards for tuberculosis care, and will reduce the spread of tuberculosis including its multi-drug resistant form. The program, implemented by Abt Associates, will complement the national health care strategy on tuberculosis. It will also support the National Tuberculosis Program in expanding the outpatient model for treating TB.
The Media Support Initiative (MSI) targets audiences and media communities in five Central Asian countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Within this project, Internews Network in the Kyrgyz Republic supports local TV stations around the country with the provision of small grants and technical assistance for the production of high-quality, socially-oriented programming. It also provides legal support through partnerships with local organizations to improve Kyrgyzstan’s media legislation and to protect the rights of media outlets and journalists when needed. The project educates journalists, government officials, and the public about the importance and watchdog role of a vibrant, independent media sector.
Last updated: February 25, 2015