Habumuremyi: Home-grown Solutions Spurring Dev't


discount geneva;”>“Homegrown solutions such as Girinka (One Cow Per Poor Family), sildenafil VUP continue to play a central role in promoting healthy and sustainable communities across Rwanda, side effects ” said Dr. Habumuremyi.

He said this on Tuesday as he appeared before members of both chambers of Parliament to present what the Government achieved in the last fiscal year and projections for the next five fiscal years on programs related to social protection.

The Prime Minister indicated that the government has embarked on EDPRSII, a second, five year program (2013-2018) to eradicate poverty in Rwanda.

‘‘Under EDPRS II, the number of Rwandans living under poverty will drop from 44.9 percent to 30 percent by 2017 and the number will drop further to 20 percent in 2020 respectively while those living under extreme poverty will reduce from the currently at 24 percent to 9 percent by 2017.’’

He added: ‘‘This program aims at reducing the number of children under five who are malnourished from 44 percent as it was indicated by the 2010 Demographic Household survey to 15 percent by the year 2020.”

The Prime Minister also revealed that the government intends to increase the beneficiaries of various programs including VUP, Girinka and FARG.

‘‘Our aim as a government is to increase number of families supported under the VUP program from 57,000 to 105,000 whereas the number of families receiving cows under Girinka program will increase from the current 172,237 to 350,000 by 2017. In the next five fiscal years, FARG will renovate 3,036 houses for families of Genocide survivors,” he assured the MPs.

It should be noted that Vision 2020 Umurenge Program (VUP) focuses on ensuring growth by creating economic opportunities for the poorest through public works, credit packages and direct income support.

Dr. Habumuremyi confirmed that under VUP, between 2008 and 2013, Rwf 10 billion has been given to families living in extreme poverty where a family composed of five members receives at least Rwf 21,000 per month.

This scheme has also seen about Rwf 14 billion released in the form of loans and a total of 181,229 families have benefited from this scheme.

In terms of health care, in the last fiscal year alone, the government covered 23 percent of the total number of insured countrywide. It also managed to build 77,009 houses for people who lived in grass thatched houses in collaboration with the citizens.


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