Michael Foley of SPRING describes its work to a USAID delegation visiting Oblast Merged Hospital Maternity Center in the Kyrgyz Republic.

USAID VIP Delegation Visits SPRING in Kyrgyz Republic

On April 5, 2015, SPRING welcomed a USAID delegation—led by Jonathan Stivers, Assistant Administrator of USAID, and Michael Green, Mission Director, and including representatives from USAID’s Country Office and offices of Economic Development, Health, and Education—to the Oblast Merged Hospital Maternity Center in the Kyrgyz Republic.

The maternity center, which conducts over 6,000 deliveries each year, is one of the health facilities where SPRING is providing training and supportive supervision to improve nutrition counseling and services for new mothers and families.

Michael Foley, SPRING/Kyrgyz Republic Chief of Party, and Nazgul Abazbekova, Technical Coordinator, met with Mr. Stivers and provided an overview of chronic malnutrition and anemia in the Kyrgyz Republic. They also discussed SPRING project activities aimed at reducing malnutrition by strengthening services and practices for women of reproductive age and children under two at the national level, as well as in Jalalabad and Naryn oblasts (regions).

The Director of the Oblast Hospital and the Jalalabad Oblast Deputy Governor also attended and expressed their appreciation of USAID and SPRING’s support.