To date, the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) through the Mountain Societies Development Support Programme (MSDSP), has supported the establishment of 84 Village Health Committees and 64 School Health Committees, which disseminate information to improve hygiene and sanitation, ameliorate maternal and child health, increase nutritional status and prevent the spread of common communicable diseases.
High mountain communities tend to suffer from poor diets and significant micronutrient deficiencies. In response, MSDSP is supporting the establishment of kitchen gardens in targeted geographies. 17 vegetable growers groups have been established benefiting more than 200 households.
In order to improve antenatal and postnatal care and increase family and community support and mobilisation in order to improve maternal and child health, the health programme supported the establishment and operation of 24 Birth Preparedness Schools (Parent Schools) in remote areas of Naryn and Osh oblasts.
Parent Schools build awareness among new and expecting mothers on the importance of breastfeeding, nutrition, prevention of anemia, danger signs during pregnancy, and the importance of father’s involvement in pregnancy and child development. Furthermore, since 2011 AKF has promoted the Care for Child Development (CCD) approach. Thus, over 200 local health promoters, including professionals at primary health care level, have been trained on Care for Child Development reaching 1,844 caregivers.
More than 22,000 people from Naryn and Osh oblasts have received health promotion and disease prevention messages on reproductive health, family planning, antenatal and postnatal care, care for child development, nutrition and WASH from AKF/MSDSP-supported health facilities.