SBC Works! RCCE response to support maternal, infant and young child nutrition in the context of COVID-19 in Rwanda
Success stories from Eastern and Southern Africa
At the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak in early March 2020, consultations with the nutrition sector partners and a review of existing data from available government reports and mainstream and social media reports were undertaken to assess nutrition-related risk communication and community engagement (RCCE) needs in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Weekly and monthly reports from community health workers (CHW) were adapted to include opportunities to share feedback on community concerns, myths, and rumours related to nutrition in the context of COVID-19.
UNICEF supported the government in analysing the existing capacity to respond to additional nutrition-related needs, identifying gaps and strengths, and planning and implementing tailored interventions. Prominent activities included: (1) Development of simplified MIYCN training; (2) Leveraging all existing channels to disseminate tailored messages, including print and electronic media; (3) Community feedback and monitoring of SBC interventions.