First 1000 days of a child's life in Republic of Tajikistan

National communication program for the period 2020-2024

Mother with a child
UNICEF Tajikistan/2020/ M. Ruziev


The National Communication Program for the “First 1000 days of a Child’s Life in the Republic of Tajikistan for the period 2020-2024”  is a document that defines
necessary changes in social and behavioral norms in relation to the development of children under two years of age in Tajikistan.

The Program’s development was initiated by the Global Scaling Up Nutrition Movement (SUN) in Tajikistan aimed at achieving Sustainable Development Goals #2: ensuring food security and nutrition, as well as at reducing malnutrition and poor nutrition indicators in Tajikistan and #6: healthcare .

The Program clearly describes the approach for battling stunting among children in the country. The current program focuses on aspects of behavior, specifically on particular segments of the population most in need of changes in their behavioral patterns in order to lower stunting indicators. The Program offers a distinct approach to changing behavior among all levels, from healthcare management to healthcare employees and community leaders and families.

The proper and timely behavioral practice change of these people will lay a foundation for accelerated improvements in children’s health nationwide. The ten target behaviors should be supported through the services provided at local level. The development of the Program and its relevant legal acts were based on provisions including the Global Nutrition Indicators of 2025 (World Health Assembly), the Consolidated Series of Policies and Strategies, as well as on the Strategy of Nutrition and Physical Activity in the Republic of Tajikistan for 2015-2024.

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The Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the Population of the Republic of Tajikistan
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English, Russian, Tajik