The United Nations Children's Fund

Established in 1994, UNICEF in Kyrgyzstan became the Government’s main partner to improve the overall situation of children and to ensure the fulfillment of their rights, as enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The current 2012-2016 programme in Kyrgyzstan aims to create strong and sustainable policies; ensure that such systems are reaching the most excluded children; and empower youth and facilitate their participation in decision making and peace building processes.

 

Agency News

  • Kyrgyzstan is one of the countries with low breastfeeding rates

    Kyrgyzstan is one of the countries with low breastfeeding rates

    Bishkek, 1 August 2017 –UNICEF and World Health Organization (WHO) jointly with other academic institutions have conducted research “The Global Breastfeeding Scorecard” which evaluated 194 nations and found that only 40 per cent of children younger than six months are breastfed exclusively (given nothing but breast milk) and only 23 countries have exclusive breastfeeding rates above 60 per cent. According to UNICEF research in Kyrgyzstan, only 41% of children under 6 months are exclusively breastfed, and the number of children who are on predominant breastfeeding, comprises 69,5 per cent.

  • Countries meet to accelerate progress in maternal and newborn health in Central Asia and the Caucasus

    Countries meet to accelerate progress in maternal and newborn health in Central Asia and the Caucasus

    BISHKEK, 20 July 2017 - Health experts from around the world have come together in Bishkek to an intercountry Symposium to discuss ways and opportunities to accelerate maternal and newborn health in Central Asia and the Caucasus regions, all part of the strategy to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • Peacebuilding programme for youth launched by UNICEF and the UK Government in Kyrgyzstan

    Peacebuilding programme for youth launched by UNICEF and the UK Government in Kyrgyzstan

    BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, 18 July 2017 – A new programme for youth and children to build social cohesion and prevent violence was announced today in Bishkek by the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, the UK’s Department for International Development and UNICEF.

  • UNICEF Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, Ms. Afshan Khan visits Kyrgyzstan for first time

    UNICEF Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, Ms. Afshan Khan visits Kyrgyzstan for first time

    Batken/Osh/Bishkek, 13 July 2017 – UNICEF Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, Ms. Afshan Khan will visit Kyrgyzstan from 13 to 18 July, 2017.

  • UNICEF and the European Union strengthen the resilience of 700,000 children to cope with natural disasters in Central Asia and the South Caucus

    UNICEF and the European Union strengthen the resilience of 700,000 children to cope with natural disasters in Central Asia and the South Caucus

    BRUSSELS/ BISHKEK, 6 July 2017 – More than 1 million people including 700,000 children are better prepared to cope with natural disasters in eight countries prone to earthquakes, floods and landslides in Central Asia and the South Caucus as the result of a UNICEF programme supported by the European Union.

  • More than half of young children deprived of play and early learning activities with their fathers - UNICEF

    More than half of young children deprived of play and early learning activities with their fathers - UNICEF

    BISHEK/NEW YORK, 16 June 2017 – More than half – or 55 per cent - of children aged between 3 and 4 years-old in 74 countries – approximately 40 million – have fathers who do not play or engage in early learning activities with them, according to a new UNICEF analysis. In Kyrgyzstan, 61 per cent of children of this age lack play and early learning activities with their fathers.

  • #СуперАта: UNICEF launched a worldwide campaign to emphasize the important role of fathers in early development of children

    #СуперАта: UNICEF launched a worldwide campaign to emphasize the important role of fathers in early development of children

    BISHKEK/NEW YORK, 9 June 2017 – UNICEF launched a new campaign to celebrate fatherhood, and highlight the importance of love, play, protection and good nutrition for the healthy development of young children’s brains. David Beckham, Hugh Jackman, Novak Djokovic and famous fathers in Kyrgyzstan Mirbek Atabekov, Janar Akaev, Kairat Primberdiev, Ilyaz Abdrazakov, Semetei Sultanov joined the initiative #SuperDads #EarlyMomentsMatter.

  • At least 2.7 million children are living in residential care worldwide, UNICEF says

    At least 2.7 million children are living in residential care worldwide, UNICEF says

    GENEVA/NEW YORK/BISHKEK, 2 June 2017: At least 2.7 million children live in residential care worldwide according to official records from 140 countries, according to a new estimate by UNICEF. Yet the figures published today are likely to be just the tip of the iceberg, with wide gaps in data collection and accurate records found in the majority of countries.

  • Children of Kyrgyzstan - the Link of Times

    Children of Kyrgyzstan - the Link of Times

    BISHKEK, 1 June 2017 – UNICEF together with Bishkek City Administration and News Agency ‘ Sputnik Kyrgyzstan’ launched a photo project “Children of Kyrgyzstan – the Link of Times”. This interactive project includes photos depicting the life of Kyrgyz children from different parts of the Republic in the period of 1900-1990.

  • Kyrgyz mountain village is unlikely base for Australian child disability specialist

    Kyrgyz mountain village is unlikely base for Australian child disability specialist

    The number of children with cerebral palsy is several times higher in Kyrgyzstan than in Western countries. At a Soviet-era sanatorium, located in a remote mountain valley, an Australian paediatrician is introducing new approaches to prevention and rehabilitation.

  • In Kyrgyz mountain village hospital, UNICEF  helps resuscitators save child lives

    In Kyrgyz mountain village hospital, UNICEF helps resuscitators save child lives

    ‘We don’t forget these cases’, says Dr. Arstanbek Karybekov. ‘When we save a child’s life, we feel such joy; the child’s family becomes our family.’ Thanks to a UNICEF-supported effort to bring down child mortality in Kyrgyzstan, he and his colleagues are now able to save lives they could not before.

  • On Kyrgyz-Tajik border, peaceful relations are built with mortar and bricks

    On Kyrgyz-Tajik border, peaceful relations are built with mortar and bricks

    Tairbek Abdilashim uulu, 22, lives in a village in south Kyrgyzstan, a few hundred meters from the Tajikistan border. “It’s so close, but until a couple of years ago, we didn’t interact with our neighbors; we didn’t even say hello,” the 22-year-old recalls.

  • Children from the border areas of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan holding a forum-theater

    Children from the border areas of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan holding a forum-theater

    April 27, 2017 - A forum-theater is held in the border school named after B. Khojaev in the village of Aksay in Batken Oblast with the participation of schoolchildren from the neighboring school No.62 of Vorukh enclave, Tajikistan, as well as officers from the State Border Services of Kyrgyzstan. Forum-theaters will be conducted in 19 schools of Batken Oblast, where 1,000 adolescents and community members living in border areas will learn rules for crossing border and undisclosed border areas.

  • Vaccines Work!

    Vaccines Work!

    Kyrgyzstan joins the World Immunization Week to raise awareness on importance of the vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. Immunization saves millions of lives and is widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions.

  • UNICEF unites children from cross-border communities of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to achieve sustainable peace

    UNICEF unites children from cross-border communities of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to achieve sustainable peace

    The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Kyrgyz Republic unites children and families, living in cross-border communities of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to promote peace by teaching them the language of friendship and collaboration.

  • Jalal-Abad hospitals receive resuscitation equipment to save child lives

    Jalal-Abad hospitals receive resuscitation equipment to save child lives

    Minister of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic Talantbek Batyraliev, Governor of Jalal-Abad province Kyanbek Satybaldiev, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Kyrgyz Republic Yoshihiro Yamamura, and UNICEF Representative in the Kyrgyz Republic Yukie Mokuo took part in the handover ceremony and provided life-saving medical equipment in the amount of US$40,000 to the Jalal-Abad Oblast Hospital.

  • Child Rights Award 2017: A call to broadcasters

    Child Rights Award 2017: A call to broadcasters

    KUALA LAMPUR/HONG KONG/BANGKOK/, 7 April 2017 - ABU, CASBAA and UNICEF are calling for entries for the 17th Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award from broadcasters and producers in the region. Eligible countries in the CEE/CIS region include; Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

  • UNICEF and the Football Federation of Kyrgyzstan continues cooperation in the interests of children

    UNICEF and the Football Federation of Kyrgyzstan continues cooperation in the interests of children

    Bishkek, 24 March 2017 – The Asian Cup 2019 qualification football match between Kyrgyzstan and Macau will be devoted to health and survival of children following the joint initiative of the Football Federation of Kyrgyzstan and UNICEF. Children, including prematurely born ones, will escort the footballers of the national teams of Kyrgyzstan and Macau to open the football match, which will take place on 28 March at 19:30 in Bishkek.

  • In Kyrgyzstan, 60 percent of adolescents are confident with their own ability to stay safe while using the internet

    In Kyrgyzstan, 60 percent of adolescents are confident with their own ability to stay safe while using the internet

    Bishkek, 23 March 2017 – In Kyrgyzstan, 60 percent of adolescents are confident with their own ability to stay safe while using the internet according to the results obtained from the M-report survey conducted by the National Institute for Strategic Studies and UNICEF. 462 respondents took part in this survey representing all 40 districts in the country.

  • The United Nations and the private sector in Kyrgyzstan: exploring areas for potential partnership

    The United Nations and the private sector in Kyrgyzstan: exploring areas for potential partnership

    Bishkek, 22 March 2017 – International Business Council (IBC) arranged a roundtable to discuss the ways of building effective partnerships between the UN agencies and Kyrgyz businesses. The representatives of the UN Children Fund (UNICEF), the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and mining companies, cellular operators, financial institutions, as well as hospitality and tourism companies participated in the round table.