Tajikistan launches the SUN Movement with the support of USAID
On 11th August 2014, the Government of Tajikistan launched the SUN Movement with a national workshop. The launch was supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), as the country’s donor co-convener along with UNICEF Tajikistan.
Representatives from the Ministries of Health and Social Protection, Agriculture, Economy and Trade, development organizations such as the World Food Programme and the World Health Organization, and members of the private sector and civil society participated in the workshop to develop a common understanding of the SUN movement and to launch a multi-sector nutrition agenda in Tajikistan.
First Deputy Minister of Health and Social Protection and SUN Focal Point, Dr. Lola Bobohojieva, opened the event and stressed the importance of nutrition as a critical factor that contributes to the health of women and children.
U.S. Ambassador Susan Elliott delivered opening remarks, underlining the need to involve the multiple sectors in scaling up nutrition, and the economic impacts of poor nutrition on national development. “To achieve nutrition outcomes and food security, it is essential to have strong government commitment to improve health systems, nutrition specific interventions, agriculture development, robust private sector participation, and coordination of various actors and efforts.”
The workshop brought together representatives of the SUN Secretariat as well as representatives from Nepal and Kyrgyzstan where the SUN movement has made great progress in mobilizing a multi-sector response to the problem of malnutrition.
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