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Transforming Lives

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The first water runs through this channel in a decade.

The long-awaited dream of Kuban Akmatov has come true—this spring his apple and pear trees bloomed for the first time in a decade.

SPRING project is working with the Kyrgyz Ministry of Health to help 27 health facilities achieve the “Baby-Friendly Hospital” designation.

In the Kyrgyz Republic, the high rate of facility-based childbirth presents an excellent opportunity to improve child nutrition by strengthening the counseling and services mothers receive before and after delivery. Although 99 percent of births are attended by a skilled provider, only 60 percent of newborns are breastfed within an hour after birth and only 41 percent of children under 6 months are exclusively breastfed.

Cows that were producing 9 liters of milk are now producing up to 17 liters

In just eight days, volunteer offers feasible, effective solutions to local dairy farmers.

Minister of Economy says that guarantee funds provide incentives for businesses to grow

In the Kyrgyz Republic, almost 50 percent of potential borrowers cannot get loans from banks because they do not have enough collateral. Often, these are small businesses that have good potential for growth but do not have the assets necessary to secure additional financial resources.

Training of TB lab workers from Talas oblast

Each year in the Kyrgyz Republic, over 5,500 people are diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB), an infectious disease that can be deadly if untreated. Until recently, however, the country did not have laboratories that met the high requirements of the international laboratory standard known as ISO-15189.