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The Netherlands Gov’t Facilitates Training Of District workers on Malnutrition

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Civil Society organization Sun Alliance has organized the training of district workers across the country on how to curb malnutrition.

The training is being facilitated by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and cooperation through SNV who in turn is working with Sun Alliance to implement.

The program that had a week back taken place in Southern province was July 19 in Musanze district, Northern Province is part of National program called District Plan to Eliminate Malnutrition (DEPM).

SNV works with civil society organizations like CARITAS RWANDA,ADECOR, IMBARANGA and many others.

At the event Dr. Anita Asiimwe, the National Coordinator of the National Early Childhood Development Program told the trainees who included  district officials in charge of health, hospitals, nutrition, agriculture, gender, social protection officers and development partners that there is need to coordinate and evaluate the relationship between each of the segments to its impact on malnutrition.

“If you do something like you have given out a cow in the social protection program then you need to evaluate the impact in feeding habits, gender tendencies and what needs to be improved in each of the existing programs and activities,” DR. Asiimwe noted.

In his remarks Jean Marie Vianney Gatabazi, governor of Northern Province called for an aggressive mobilization and performance on nutrition, family planning and measuring stunting cases.

He noted that the responsible workers at the district were not doing enough to fight malnutrition.

The workers from Burera, Gakenke Gicumbi, Musanze; Rulindo districts of northern province and  Gasabo, Nyarugenge,Kicukiro districts in Kagali city are taking part in the training.

After the southern and Northern provinces the program will be taken to western and eastern provinces

Currently, malnutrition statistics stand at 38 % of children under 5 in Rwanda.

Though Rwanda has failed to hit the target of reducing Malnutrition from 51% in 2001 to 18% in 2018 the country has managed  to reduce malnutrition by 3% annually





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