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Chief of Party, Local Health Systems Sustainability (LHSS) Project, Kyrgyzstan

Cholpon Asambaeva has 22 years of experience managing development projects in health, reproductive health, health promotion, health communication, and human resources (HR). Her key focus areas are project management, analytical work, and technical expertise in HR in health. She participated in drafting the Kyrgyz Law on reproductive health, the National Perinatal Health Strategy, and the Ministry of Health (MOH) strategy on healthcare quality. She has managed one regional health project in Central Asia and four bilateral health projects. Clients included the United Nations Population Fund, GIZ, United Nations Development Fund for Women, United Nations Development Programme, and the World Health Organization.

Asambaeva manages the $6.5 million Local Health Systems Sustainability (LHSS) Project in Kyrgyzstan. She supervises a team of seven full-time staff on financial and technical teams. She has overseen the strengthening of epidemiological and laboratory surveillance systems and human resources, engaged communities in the fight against COVID-19, and promoted vaccine administration and supply. She guided the MOH on digital solutions in response to COVID-19, helped introduce the Universal Nurse Model, and helped build the capacity of almost 1,700 healthcare workers in COVID-19 management and diagnostics.

Before assuming her current role, Asambaeva contributed to the introduction of the World Health Organization’s Safe Motherhood program in Kyrgyzstan, which significantly decreased obstetrics complications and improved the quality of perinatal health. The resulting strengthening of midwifery services enabled the Kyrgyz Midwifery Association to become a member of the International Midwives Confederation and actively participate in the confederation’s Congresses in several countries. Under the GIZ-funded Promotion of Perinatal Health in Kyrgyzstan program, in partnership with Danish Maternity Foundation, she managed adaptation of the Mobile Application on Safe Delivery to the Kyrgyz health context, its introduction among midwives, and its integration into the medical education system. As part of the GIZ program, she also oversaw development and introduction of the first HR strategy for the tertial level perinatal center.


  • Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Family planning
  • Perinatal health
  • Health Communication
  • Human resources in the health sector
  • Project management

Key Projects:

  • Global Abt Project, Local Health System Sustainability in response to Covid-19
  • Bilateral Project “Promotion of Perinatal Health in Kyrgyzstan”
  • Regional Program “Health in Central Asia”
  • Sexual & Reproductive Health program
  • Improvement of Community Reproductive Health Services in the northern regions of Kyrgyzstan
  • Capacity building for addressing the gender dimensions of HIV/AIDS in Kyrgyzstan
  • Health Promotion/Health Communication program, WHO Country Office
  • Mass Media in a period of reforms and transitions in Central Asia


Countries Served In:

  • Kyrgyzstan
Cholpon Asambaeva