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WFP Joins UN Agencies In Fight Against Malnutrition And Anemia In Rwanda

Fighting Malnutrition

Four UN agencies have joined forces to reduce chronic malnutrition and anemia in two of Rwanda’s poorest districts. Here Jan Delbaere, WFP’s deputy country director, tells people in the Nyamagabe district about the project, which aims to cut malnutrition rates by 5 percent in children under 2.

Swiss Funding

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has provided US$ 3 million to fund the three-year project. Here Philbert Mugisha, mayor of Nyamagabe district, Dr. Katharina Jenny, deputy regional director of the SCD, and WFP’s Jan Delbaere sign the agreement.

Helping Children

These children came to watch the launch in Rutsiro, where stunting rates among children under 5 years are estimated to be above 60 percent. The joint project also aims to reduce anemia prevalence by 20 percent among pregnant and nursing mothers.

Boosting Food Security

The initiative will improve food security and resilience for vulnerable households by providing supplementary feeding, helping to build kitchen gardens and providing small livestock, like goats, to improve protein intakes.

Better Diets

The project will use micro-nutrient powders to improve children’s diets, and also run education campaigns to promote the consumption of healthy foods. “The project seeks to promote a model showing that an effective combination of interventions by UN agencies can be delivered and brought to scale by government, with support from national and international partners,” said WFP’s Delbaere.

Joint Effort

WFP’s Jan Delbaere shakes hands with Rutsiro Mayor Gaspard Byukusenge while SCD Regional Director Giancarlo de Picciotto looks on. The four UN agencies – WFP, UNICEF, the Food and Agriculture Organisation and the World Health Organisation – are contributing US $ 320,000 to the project.

WFP joins UN agencies in fight against malnutrition and anemia in Rwanda