SUN Countries


Joined Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement:

September 2013

National multi-stakeholder platform for nutrition:

Multisectoral Coordination Council (MSCC) for Scaling Up Nutrition

Country nutrition status

  • Yes
  • In process
  • No
  • Costed
  • M&E framework

National multi-stakeholder platform (MSP)

Date established
MSP annual action plan exists

Subnational nutrition coordination mechanism

Subnational MSPs exist
Subnational MSPs have annual action plans

SUN networks in-country presence

SUN Civil Society Network
SUN Business Network
UN Nutrition
SUN Academia Network
SUN Donor Network
Others: e.g. youth, parliamentarian, media

Finance for nutrition

Resource mobilization strategy exists
Budget tracking exercise done this year
Funding gaps identified this year
Domestic expenditures on nutrition tracked

Country priorities 2022

  • Funding the national school feeding programme.
  • Conducting a detailed nutrition programme and budget analysis for advocacy purposes.
  • Consolidating the national Civil Society Alliance and SUN Business Network, and building subnational SUN platforms.

Progress towards SUN 3.0 Strategic Objectives (SO)


Nutrition issues are comprehensively included in the National Mid-Term Development Programme for 2021–2025. The Government has approved the Multisectoral Plan of Action for Nutrition 2021– 2025, as well as micronutrient deficiencies and school feeding programmes. The composition of the MSCC has expanded.


Tajikistan developed, aligned and implemented five shared priority actions for nutrition:

i) Obtain Government approval to implement the Multisectoral Plan of Action for Nutrition to improve nutrition status.

ii) Expand the MSCC and create regional MSCCs.

iii) Organize a fifth National Nutrition Forum.

iv) Set up a national coordinating committee as well as regional and local steering committees to implement the National Communication Program for the “First 1000 Days of a Child’s Life in the Republic of Tajikistan for the Period 2020–2024”.

v) Develop a school feeding programme for 2021–2027.


The capacity of nutrition human resources was strengthened by integrating nutrition, maternal nutrition and infant and young child feeding as key topics into medical school curricula. An integrated training manual and module (Healthy nutrition for newborns, children and mothers) was developed for health professionals working in health-care facilities and is now also available via an online platform.

Subnational coordination mechanisms on nutrition were set up in the Khatlon and Sughd regions. Meetings were held with subnational authorities and health departments to build capacity and help integrate nutrition in regional work and development plans.


The SUN country networks hold regular stakeholder meetings where updates are provided on the implementation of the various national nutrition programmes, such as the 1,000 days communication programme. These update reports are directly linked into the Ministry of Health’s accountability mechanism and reporting requirements to the Government of Tajikistan, which monitors the overall progress and success of these national programmes and plans. This system ensures that collective resources are aligned and contribute to achieving national nutrition targets.

2021 shared country good practice

School feeding and MSP expansion

1) Scaling up a national self-funded school feeding programme.

2) Expanding the MSCC (the MSP) to the subnational level to strengthen the integration and implementation of nutrition programmes and policies.