UNICEF nutrition briefs

Five 2017 briefs capturing lessons learnt to reduce malnutrition in Rwanda, sharing voices from real world experiences.

A child in Musanze, Rwanda stands next to their cow while drinking porridge.


UNICEF efforts to reduce malnutrition in Rwanda focus on six main interventions:

  1. Supporting monthly community growth monitoring and promotion sessions, including cooking demonstrations, to teach caregivers how to prepare a diversified diet from locally available ingredients.
  2. Distributing of micronutrient powders, Vitamin A and de-worming tablets to improve the micronutrient status of children and reduce anaemia.
  3. Managing severe acute malnutrition in children, including screening, referral and treatment.
  4. Training caregivers of young children to establish kitchen gardens and raise small livestock to supplement the family‚Äôs diet.
  5. Establishing community saving and lending groups for caregivers of young children to increase access to financing and income-generating activities.
  6. Supporting the national and district government in monitoring and evaluation, training in operational research, and capturing best practices to identify drivers and barriers for effective nutrition interventions.  

These nutrition briefs were commissioned to capture lessons learnt in Rwanda on themes central to these nutrition interventions:

  • Behaviour change
  • Multi-stakeholder engagement
  • Decentralised planning
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Innovation

The briefs were designed to elicit both technical information and expertise on which interventions have been most effective and which required improvement, as well as to capture and document the experiences of people who have benefited from project interventions.

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