Japan gives Rwanda $28m to fight malnutrition

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Through the Japan International Cooperation Agency, the Japanese government has today given  Rwanda twenty eight million dollars to fight poor nutrition.

The funds will also be helpful in ending stunting among children.

The packages is part of a $93 million three year loan to Rwanda which JICA committed to fighting malnutrition and stunting. The loan is facilitated in phases 40 %, 30% and 30% respectively each year starting 2019.

Maruo Shi, JICA Country representative, said this year’s phase will be useful to people in rural and urban communities that are need of such support especially due to the temporary COVID-19 stay-home program.

In Rwanda the largest percentage of stunted children is  elaborate in Rutsiro, Rubavu, Burera, Nyaruguru, Ngororero, Nyamagabe, Nyamasheke, Gakenke, Gisagara, Gicumbi, Musanze and Ngoma respectively.

Stunting has from 2012 only reduced from 42% to 35% in 2018 among children between three months and five years.

Rwandan government wants to reduce stunting to 19% by year 2023/2024.

 

 

 

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