Rwanda Rolls Out Rwf 14.8 bn Project to Fight Malnutrition

Rwanda Premier Murekezi unveiling the masterplan in Kigali on Thursday

The problem of stunting is an issue that the Government of Rwanda is determined to eradicate at any cost, page a senior official has revealed.

Prime Minister Anastase Murekezi made the statement this Thursday at Mille Collines Hotel while launching the Gikuriro Project, medicine a five-year, cialis 40mg Rwf 14.8 billion project designed to improve the nutritional status of women and children under five years of age.

“The Government of Rwanda decided to put in place the National Nutrition and Food Program Coordination Secretariat that will start in the coming months under the supervision of the Ministry of Local Government” said Prime Minister Murekezi.

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He added that the Secretariat will serve as a technical support to the Social Cluster in Central Government, to the Districts, Development Partners, Churches, and Civil Society organisations, all working together in nutritional programs implementation.

“Malnutrition is a very complex issue, relating to insufficient food security, health, education, water and sanitation, saving failure, as well as mindset behaviour. We must mobilise ourselves all together to fight malnutrition” said Prime Minister Murekezi.

Adequate nutrition is essential in early childhood to ensure healthy growth, proper organ formation and function, a strong immune system, and neurological and cognitive development.

Economic growth and human development require well nourished populations who can learn new skills, think critically and contribute to their communities.

Research reports seen by ChimpReports indicate that child malnutrition impacts cognitive function and contributes to poverty through impeding individuals’ ability to lead productive lives.

Like any other African country, malnutrition remains also a serious concern

Premier Murekezi said that Rwanda has done some good steps in fighting malnutrition.

The findings of EICV 4, Rwanda has made tremendous improvements in the use of safe drinking water, 85 percent compared to 74 percent in EICV3, and sanitation 83 percent compared to 75 percent in EICV3,” the Prime Minister noted.

Speaking about Government strategies and policies, Anastase Murekezi said that apart from 1000 days campaign launched in 2013 to sensitize families to provide adequate nutrition from pregnancy through to the first two years of a child’s life, Rwanda has other program to fight malnutrition.

They include among others, the Joint Action Plan to Eliminate Malnutrition (JAPEM) and the District Plan to Eliminate Malnutrition (DPEM) as well as the Crop Intensification Program for improved agricultural productivity.

This launched USAID project will cover eight districts across Rwanda which are Kicukiro, Nyarugenge, Rwamagana, Kayonza, Ngoma, Nyabihu, Ruhango and Nyanza.


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