Kyrgyzstan accelerates inter-sectoral coordination in the area of nutrition
BISHKEK, 14 December 2012 – With UNICEF support, the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic today holds a National Round Table on the state of nutrition in the Central Asian country.
For the first time nutritional issues will be discussed by a wide range of representatives of state structures and organisations chaired by the Parliament members and representatives of the Prime Minister’s Office. Among invitees are politicians and specialists in the area of healthcare, agriculture, finance, economic development, customs and taxation, business, civil society and Media.
The main objective is to improve coordination in the area of nutrition at the national level and to discuss the draft of the National Strategy on Nutrition for 2013-2017. The participants will also talk about causes of child and infant mortality, possible interventions as well as on-going programmes on nutrition such as flour fortification and micronutrient sprinkles.
UNICEF Representative Jonathan Veitch acknowledges the achievements of Kyrgyzstan within several sectors and draws attention to low intersectoral coordination: “It seems like Kyrgyzstan has a solid platform and a vast range of experiences to improve the nutritional status of children. However, we are still among the countries with high level of malnutrition. The stunting rate among children under 5 is 22 per cent. What is missing is a strong understanding of how we should interact among us. No matter how successful we are within our own sectors, we will only succeed through joint efforts”.
At the end of the Round Table, it is expected that the participants will elaborate a Resolution with commitments of various sectors.