USAID began providing assistance to Uzbekistan in 1993, soon after the country became independent. Since the beginning, USAID programs have partnered with the Uzbek people and government to build a more stable, prosperous and healthy nation. During the early years, USAID helped the government of Uzbekistan restructure the rural primary health care system and make immunizations more effective; improve water management; increase the quality of basic education; and reform the banking system, modify the foreign exchange policy, and restructure fiscal analysis and tax policy. USAID helped create credit unions and microfinance organizations that expanded access to finance for small- and medium-sized businesses. Currently, assistance focuses on increasing private sector competitiveness through trade and targeted agricultural assistance, preventing the spread of infectious disease, and building more responsive governance.
Over the past two decades, USAID has supported the development of civil society, including organizations that champion women’s issues, disabled rights and the environment. USAID has also protected survivors of human trafficking and helped communities and local governments improve service delivery. As a result of previous partnerships with USAID, nearly 400,000 women improved their child care and health practices. USAID also assisted in the implementation of WHO strategies for tuberculosis (TB) control, including updating electronic tracking of TB treatment and improving TB laboratory capacities.
Last updated: November 15, 2013