Sumary of Rwanda: How Rwandan Communities Are Tackling Malnutrition:
- Five months ago, Jeanne Nyiramuhire enrolled her two-and-a-half-year-old daughter at an Early Childhood Development (ECD) centre in Gahondo cell located in Nyanza District..
- At the centre, a home-based facility, children found to be undernourished get special attention to improve their wellbeing for no payment..
- To easily ascertain the level of a child’s nutrition status, Community Health Workers regularly measure weight and height, using a length mat colored in red (chronic malnutrition or stunting), yellow (undernutrition) and green (healthy)..
- It is after categorizing the child according to their nutrition status that recommendation is made on what they should be fed..
- Before the ECD centre, Nyiramuhire’s Karama village had 20 undernourished children, and according to Ruth Uwibogoye, a community health volunteer, but today “all children are in green;.
- Since 2018, Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC), the National Child Development Agency and the World Bank have been implementing an anti-malnutrition project in 13 districts with the highest rate..
- The child development programme aims at ensuring proper breastfeeding until a child turns two years and feeding a balanced diet until five years, among other things, to prepare children for primary school..
- Sign up for free AllAfrica Newsletters But for Solange Uwanyirigira, a Catholic nun who runs Sovu Health Centre in Huye District, the problem of stunting has various causes….