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UNICEF supports health campaigns for improved child survival in Rwanda
KIGALI, 17 December 2009 - During the launch of two campaigns to improve environmental health and sustain child survival in Rwanda, over 140,000 women and children in 85,000 households will benefit from long lasting impregnated malaria nets  - and families will be sensitized nation-wide on improved sanitation and hygiene practices.

UNICEF congratulates Rwanda on being declared first landmine-free country in the world
KIGALI, December 4, 2009 - UNICEF extended its congratulations to the Government of Rwanda today for being the first country in the world to be declared landmine free by the Cartagena Summit on a Mine-Free World.

Key outcomes of Rwanda First National Nutrition Summit
KIGALI, November 30, 2009 - At the end of a historic three day Summit to discuss nutrition as a foundation of sustainable development, over 250 delegates (national and international experts, practitioners and researchers from government ministries, universities and international organizations) came out with a consensus statement that reinforced the main elements of the Rwanda’s National Nutrition Policy and Nutrition Strategy.

Paediatric Conference on HIV focuses on reaching global targets
KIGALI, 16 November 2009 - At the opening of the fifth national conference on children and AIDS, delegates were reminded through a wonderful performance by children of the importance on ensuring universal access to prevention, care, treatment and support services for all children.

Rwanda launches nationwide health and vaccination campaign
BISATE VILLAGE, Rwanda, 3 November 2009 – Bisate village is nestled in the lush valley at the foot of Mount Sabinyo – an extinct volcano that marks the intersection of the borders of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda and Rwanda. Gathered in a large playing field, hundreds of women dressed in colourful ‘kikoys’ of wrapped cloth are clutching rainbow-coloured umbrellas.

UNICEF provides cars to strengthen services for street children in Rwanda
KIGALI, RWANDA, 22 October, 2009 - UNICEF today provided two jeeps to FIDESCO to facilitate the re-integration of street children in their homes.

UNICEF supports national measles campaign in Rwanda
BUGESERA, RWANDA, 6 October 2009 - To continue a tradition launched in 2008, Rwanda today organized the third round of Mother and Child Health Week – with a twist.  Not only will children receive the Mother and Child Health Week standard care of life saving interventions, they will also get inoculation against measles.

UNICEF seeks justice for imprisoned young people
MUSANZE, Rwanda, 14 August 2009 – It was early morning in Musanze when children who had been in prison awaiting trial finally got a legal hearing.

UN welcomes access to legal aid for child detainees in Rwanda
KIGALI, RWANDA, July 27 2009 - As part of a new initiative launched by the Ministry of Justice, supported by UNICEF and the Dutch Government, more than 600 children in prisons throughout the country, will finally have a fair legal hearing this week.

UNICEF-supported initiative helps families living with HIV in Rwanda
KIGALI, Rwanda, 14 July 2009 – “In was 30 years old when my husband died,” recounts Felona. “We had three children, and then I found out that I was HIV-positive. It was very difficult for me to accept.

Rebuilding stronger schools for earthquake survivors in Rwanda
KIGALI, Rwanda, 2 June 2009 – The day began like any other quiet Sunday in the western province of Rwanda. Lake Kivu glimmered in the sun and the hills surrounding it were green and filled with life.

John-Bosco’s journey: Sustainable solutions for street children in Kigali
KIGALI, Rwanda, 19 May 2009 – When rebels entered his village in 1994, John-Bosco, then 11, fled across the border into the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Rwandan teenager does her part to commemorates 15th anniversary of genocide
NEW YORK, USA, 17 April 2009 – Vanessa Umubyeyi, now 15, was only a month old when the Rwandan genocide began, but she knows the stories by heart.

Piped water and clean toilets for half a million Rwandans by 2013
Rubavu, Rwanda, 20 March 2009 - To mark the celebration of World Water Day, the Government of Rwanda officially inaugurated the MIZINGO water supply system in the Western Province of the country. This system will provide improved water and sanitation facilities to over one hundred thousand men, women and children and has been made possible through the support of Aqua Rwanda and Pure Water in Nature (a Dutch NGO) under the management of AquaVirunga.

Historic pneumococcal vaccine shipment arrives in Rwanda
KIGALI, Rwanda, 27 March 2009 – Last week, a historic shipment of vaccines arrived at the Kigali Airport in Rwanda.  Donated by Wyeth Corporation, these vaccines help protect infants and young children from pneumococcal disease – the leading vaccine-preventable cause of death in children under the age of five worldwide.

Four million Rwandan children targeted for life-saving interventions
Rwanda, 24 March 2009 - During a week long campaign launched today by the Minister of Health, children and women across Rwanda will be reached with a package of key life-saving interventions to protect them from preventable illnesses.

Rwanda’s First Lady awards girls for their academic excellence
KIGALI, Rwanda, 24 March 2009—Rwanda’s First Lady, Jeannette Kagame, recently presented the annual Imbuto Foundation Awards in Kigali, which honour academic excellence among primary and secondary school girls.

Communities provide a bigger ‘family’ for orphaned children in Rwanda
Rwanda, 26 February 2009 – Bamporeze is a non-governmental organization that started a community-based protection programme for children orphaned by AIDS in Rwanda soon after the genocide, in 1995. Around 150,000 people live with HIV in Rwanda; 19,000 of them are children.

Empowering communities to protect and promote child rights in Rwanda
KIGALI, Rwanda, 10 February 2009 – Ndayi, 16, lives in a small village about an hour from Rwanda’s capital, and before going back to school, he lived on the streets.



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