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UNFPA in Kyrgyzstan

   UNFPA is the lead United Nations agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled. UNFPA expands the possibilities for women and young people to lead healthy and productive lives. The strategic goal of UNFPA is to achieve universal access to reproductive health care and rights and reduce maternal mortality to improve the lives of women, adolescents and youth, enabled by profound analysis of population dynamics, observance and protection of human rights, and promotion of gender equality. 


The 2018-2022 UNFPA strategic plan reaffirms the relevance of the current strategic direction of UNFPA, the goal of which is universal access to reproductive health and reproductive rights, focusing on women, adolescents and youth. Current strategic plan describes the transformative results that will contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, and, in particular, to good health and well-being, the advancement of gender equality, and the empowerment of women and adolescent girls, with a focus on eradicating poverty. UNFPA has prioritized 17 Sustainable Development Goal indicators to align the UNFPA strategic plan to SDGs.



UNFPA presence in the Kyrgyz Republic dates back to 1992, and it has assisted the country by supporting the preparation of the first national census, by delivering reproductive health commodities and by building national capacity in integrated SRH and youth-friendly health services, in the development of policies in youth and gender equality areas, and on data collection and analysis.


UNFPA country program for Kyrgyzstan considered key achievements of the previous programs as well as the lessons learned and recommendations highlighted in the country programme evaluation. It emphasis has shifted from training individuals to strengthening the institutional capacity of national entities, and orienting training programmes towards improving the practical skills of professionals; to the implementation of existing policies; and expanding Country Office (CO) work with parliamentarians and other stakeholders to maintain a favourable environment for reproductive health with the emphasis on family planning, HIV, youth and gender equality. 


Country program 2018-2022 for Kyrgyzstan was jointly developed by UNFPA and the Government in close consultations with national partners including civil society partners and approved by the Executive Board of UNDP, UNFPA, and UNOPS. The programme covers the five-year period from 2018 to 2022. The programme is aligned with national priorities (the National Development Strategy 2040), Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The United Nations strategic planning process and corporate UNFPA theory of change analysis, has been the basis for development of the country programme, which focuses its strategy on advocacy, knowledge management and capacity development. 


Kyrgyzstan Country Programme Document (CPD) for 2018-2022 includes three programmatic areas: reproductive health services, gender equality, and population and development with respective outputs.


Outcome 1. Sexual reproductive health

The outcome of this component include the following outputs:

Output 1: Strengthened institutional capacity of health and education service providers in delivering high-quality integrated gender-responsive sexual and reproductive health services and information for women and young people, including vulnerable and marginalized populations.

Output 2: Improved evidence-based policy formulation, implementation and advocacy for sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, gender equality, with a focus on women and young people, including vulnerable and marginalized populations.



Outcome 2. Gender Equality

The outcome of this component include one output, namely:

Output 3: Strengthened national capacity to promote the rights of women and adolescent girls with focus on prevention and response to gender based violence in the development and humanitarian context.



Outcome 3. Population and Development

The outcome of this component include the following output:

Output 4: Strengthened national capacity to generate, disseminate and effectively use quality-disaggregated data for evidence based policy formulation, decision-making and monitoring of SDGs.



The composition of 2018-2022 Country Programme is based on the Government of Kyrgyzstan the National Development Strategy 2040, contributes to Kyrgyzstan’s achievement of SDG 3 on good health and well-being, SDG 4 on quality of education, SDG 5 on gender equality and SDG 10 on reducing inequalities, SDG 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions, and advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The country programme contributes to outcomes 2 and 4 of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework 2018-2022. UNFPA will focus its strategy on advocacy, knowledge management and capacity development in its assistance to the Government.


The key partners of the agency:

UNFPA Country Office works closely with the Kyrgyz Parliament, the Kyrgyz Government and relevant ministries and agencies to improve the production, dissemination and analysis of data for policy development. The Country Office also successfully works with civil society institutions and UN agencies.


Ms. Giulia Vallese is Representative for Kazakhstan & Country Director for Kyrgyzstan & Turkmenistan. Head of UNFPA Kyrgyzstan Country Office is Mr. Azamat Baialinov.