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Photo essay: The First 1,000 Days of Life

UNICEF Rwanda/2017/Mugabe

The 1,000 days between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s second birthday offer a unique window of opportunity to build healthier and more prosperous futures. Nutrition during pregnancy and in the first years of a child’s life provides the essential building blocks for brain development, healthy growth and a strong immune system.

The Government of Rwanda’s “First 1,000 Days” health campaign, supported by UNICEF and funded in part by the Government of the Netherlands, aims to combat malnutrition in this critical window. The campaign involves mass media, community health workers, and behaviour change mobilsation to promote good nutrition and hygiene to combat disease.

Over 50 Rwandan youth attend the third annual “Reading Data with Children” event

UNICEF Rwanda/2017/Rusanganwa


The room was abuzz with discussion. Pens scratch hurriedly on note pads to jot down important notes and questions they do not want to forget. Over 50 young students whisper to each other, discussing topics like the rate of school dropouts per district and national levels of malnutrition. They wait excitedly for their opportunity to take the microphone and share their thoughts. As an important curtain-raiser for Africa Statistics Day, “Reading Data with Children” has become one of the most important events for the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR) and UNICEF.

Budget Briefs - Investing in children in Rwanda 2017/2018

Budget Briefs


A set of four budget briefs explore the extent to which the Government of Rwanda’s budget addresses the needs of children under 18 years of age. The brief analyses the size and composition of budget allocations for the 2017/18 fiscal year under health (including nutrition), education, social protection, and water and sanitation. The budget briefs aim to synthesize complex budget information and offer recommendations to strengthen budgeting for children.

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