KEU Empowers Student Health with Swiss-Funded Grant for Health Promotion

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KEU Empowers Student Health with Swiss-Funded Grant for Health Promotion

The Swiss-funded project “Effective Management and Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases in Kyrgyzstan” allocated over 2 million soms for 5 Bishkek universities to promote healthy behaviors among students through a Small Grants Program.

The Small Grants Program among the universities was announced in October 2022 with 14 universities competing for the grants. The program’s main goal is to promote health and prevent non-communicable diseases among students. Creating a supportive environment at universities to promote physical activity and healthy nutrition helps to reduce the main behavioral risk factors of noncommunicable diseases. Five Bishkek universities were awarded with a grant for their health promoting activities:

  • SRU Kyrgyz Economic University named after M. Ryskulbekov – setting up an area for mixed yoga, fitness and choreography, table sports. Opening a "Phyto Tea and Salad Bar" for students to offer healthy food and promote healthy nutrition.
  • Kyrgyz State Technical University named after I. Razzakov – installation of a workout area on the campus;
  • International Kuwait University – installation of a workout playground and outdoor fitness equipment, acquisition of sports equipment for the sports gym;
  • Adam University – equipping a gym for students to support sports activities of students;
  • Ala-Too International University – equipping a gym for students to promote physical activity;

VIDEO from Opening Ceremony

By now, all universities have already installed their sports and healthy nutrition opportunities. As a part of the Small Grants Program, universities provided information campaigns and conducted health days/ health fairs at the universities to promote the health of students.

Non-communicable diseases are chronic, slowly progressing diseases. These include cardiovascular diseases, cancer, lung diseases, and diabetes. In 2020, cardiovascular diseases were a major reason of mortality in Kyrgyzstan, making up 52% of all death cases in the country. Cancers occupied the second place with 10.8%, followed by respiratory diseases with 6.9%. Physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, alcohol abuse, and smoking are the main behavioral risk factors that can lead to non-communicable diseases.

The project “Effective Management and Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases in Kyrgyzstan”, financed by the Government of Switzerland, is aiming to improve the health and wellbeing of the Kyrgyz population through better access to quality primary care services and promotion of healthier lifestyles. The project's first phase since 2018 covered Chui, Naryn, Talas, and Issyk-Kul regions. Starting from July 2022, the project is implementing its activities in Osh, Jalal-Abad, Batken regions, Bishkek and Osh cities. For more information, please visit Facebook: