2020 UNICEF Situation Reports on COVID-19 in Rwanda

Updates on UNICEF actions to support the Government of Rwanda in preventing and responding to COVID-19

Marianne Kankundiye feeds her adopted 2-year-old son, Igisubizo, a healthy diet.   Especially during COVID-19, it's important for children to receive well-balanced meals after 2 years.   If parents feel sick or have a confirmed case of COVID-19, they can practice respiratory hygiene while feeding their children by wearing a mask.


In 2020, UNICEF Rwanda has appealed for US$ 5 million to support the Government of Rwanda’s National COVID-19 Response Plan. Without additional funding, UNICEF will not be able to address the most urgent needs of children and families in Rwanda who are affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

In this update:

  • The Government of Rwanda is gradually reopening schools. As of 2 November 2020, primary grades 5 and 6 and secondary grades 3, 5 and 6 resumed in-person classes.
  • UNICEF supported home-based individualized learning for 7,282 children with disabilities.
  • UNICEF procured over 30,000 additional bottles of 500 ml hand sanitizer for community health workers.
  • UNICEF provided critical WASH/IPC supplies to 22 hospitals, including three tonnes of chlorine powder for disinfection and 1,500 litres of hand sanitizer.
  • UNICEF provided critical hygiene supplies to 484 children aged 0-3 whose mothers are detained, 560 detained minors over the age of 14, and 2,069 children and youth with disabilities in institutional care.
  • UNICEF distributed PPE (masks and sanitizer) to all 29,674 child protection community volunteers (Inshuti z’Umuryango) to facilitate them continuing home visits, awareness raising, and case referral.
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