Improving counselling services to boost nutrition of women and children in Tajikistan

WHO/Khadicha Boymatova

A training course for health specialists on growth assessment, infant and young child feeding (IYCF), and nutrition for pregnant and lactating women, was organized with WHO support in the Khatlon Region of Tajikistan on 24–28 February 2014. 

The objective of the event was to build the capacity of regional health centres to provide counselling on healthy nutrition for women and children and to identify potential candidates who could themselves become trainers in this region, which has the highest prevalence of malnutrition of Tajikistan. The course utilized national IYCF guidelines for health workers (in Russian and Tajik), which were recently launched and disseminated among health professionals and partners in the country.  

Over 30 specialists of Healthy Life Style and Integrated Management of Child Illnesses (IMCI) Centers from 12 districts of the Khatlon region took part in this combined course, along with representatives of Mercy Corps, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the WHO Country Office in Tajikistan. 

The event was organized as part of a Technical Collaborative Agreement between WHO and Mercy Corps country offices in Tajikistan in the context of joint activities to improve women and child nutrition. The training was funded by Mercy Corps’ Maternal and Child Health programme in collaboration with the USAID- and European-Union-funded WHO project: Technical Assistance in Support of Health Care Reform in Tajikistan.