Advancing Nutrition (Kyrgyz Republic)

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USAID Advancing Nutrition works to improve the nutritional status of women of reproductive age (ages 15–49) and children under 5, with a specific focus on the 1,000-day window of opportunity.
USAID Advancing Nutrition works to improve the nutritional status of women of reproductive age (ages 15–49) and children under 5, with a specific focus on the 1,000-day window of opportunity.
Olivier Leblanc

USAID Advancing Nutrition is USAID’s flagship multi-sectoral nutrition project seeking to improve the nutritional status and health of vulnerable populations around the globe. The five-year project began in October 2018 and our headquarters are in Washington, DC. With expertise across sectors and contexts, JSI Research and Training Institute, Inc. and its diverse group of partners help strengthen nutrition outcomes in development and humanitarian response settings. We bring together global nutrition experience to design, implement, and evaluate programs that address the root causes of malnutrition.

Our Work in the Kyrgyz Republic

Malnutrition among children and women in the Kyrgyz Republic is an urgent problem with negative long-term consequences for socio-economic development. USAID Advancing Nutrition works to improve the nutritional status of women of reproductive age (ages 15–49) and children under 5, with a specific focus on the 1,000-day window of opportunity. Working closely with partners in national and local government, village health commit­tees, district-level health centers, and with 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.

IMPLEMENTATION PERIOD: October 2019–August 2023

WHERE WE WORK: Bishkek City, Batken Oblast, Jalal-Abad Oblast

 These goals will be achieved through two objectives:

  1. Improve nutrition-related behaviors through enhanced social behavior change at the individual, household, and population levels
  2. Improve the quality of nutrition services within the health system.

Achievements to Date

  • Advocated for the inclusion of nutrition counseling indicators into the routine health reporting system, based on data from primary health care providers. The indicators were officially adopted on September 2021 by the Ministry of Health.
     
  • Trained over 2,000 community volunteers in collaboration with the Kyrgyz Association of Village Health Committees. The volunteers deliver key nutrition and hygiene messages to households, particularly those with pregnant and lactating women and/or children under 2. These volunteers have reached more than 52,000 community members in Batken and Jalal-Abad Oblasts. Household visits are currently taking place via WhatsApp due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
     
  • Trained 784 primary health care workers across Batken and Jalal-Abad Oblasts on the national infant and young child feeding (IYCF) curriculum and on adolescent and women’s nutrition and anemia.
     
  • Selected 30 health workers as mentors for supportive supervision of their peers. In Batken Oblast, the project completed two rounds of IYCF supportive supervision for 665 health workers. The mentors from Batken Oblast completed supportive supervision on adolescent and women’s nutrition and anemia for 311 health providers, totaling 925 evaluations for pregnant women, adolescents, and women of reproductive age. In Jalal-Abad Oblast, the mentors have started the IYCF supportive supervision and completed supporting 255 health workers so far.
     
  • Established an active presence on Facebook with the aim of reaching key audiences with nutrition and hygiene messages and campaigns to influence improved nutrition practices.
     
  • Aired regular television spots with nutrition and hygiene messages through regional television stations in Batken and Jalal-Abad Oblasts.
     
  • Supported the Republican Center for Health Promotion to update its social and behavior change strategy for nutrition during the first 1,000 days.
     
  • Supported the update of the national anemia technical guidelines.
     
  • Partnered with USAID’s primary reading project, USAID Okuu keremet! project, to produce age and reading-level appropriate books for primary school students.
     
  • Completed a baseline survey among women of reproductive age with children under 2 in Batken and Jalal-Abad Oblasts. The survey established baseline levels for indicators associated with the 11 nutrition-related practices, highlighting those where prevalence of healthy behaviors is low, and where program interventions can effectively focus.

Last updated: March 26, 2021

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