UNICEF Situation Report on COVID-19 in Rwanda

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

Young Vincent, 7, poses with new bottles of alcohol-based sanitizer, delivered to his care facility by UNICEF.


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:

  • As of 18 May, there were 297 confirmed cases of whom 203 have recovered.
  • The Government of Rwanda has eased the lockdown on May 1st 2020 and movements are now allowed from 5:00 am to 9:00 pm while maintaining some prevention measures.
  • UNICEF essential staff is also gradually back to work and implementing both the COVID-19 response plan and critical activities identified in the Programme Criticality which was finalized by the UNCT in April 2020.
  • Around 3 million people were reached by UNICEF and partners with messaging on COVID-19 prevention and access to related services.
  • 1,983,095 students were reached with radio lessons to support learning at home during school closures.
  • 8,000 caregivers of children aged 0-23 months received counselling on infant and young child feeding.
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