A total of 147 under-five children in Nyaruguru district, Southern Province are reported to suffer from Kwashiorkor, a number said to have been reduced from 2632 in 2012. The number of children with stunted is also said to have reduced from 45.4% of 2015 to 41.6%.
This was unveiled yesterday as Rwanda Biomedical Center staff visited some of the districts having outstanding progress in reducing health risks.
The president of community health workers in Nyaruguru district, Karemera Athanse said such achievements emanate from established programs and working with policy facilitators visiting families.
“Community health workers follow up various programs including birth control, hygiene, health insurance subscription and nutrition. They have forms to fill when they visit a household indicating whether it has problems or not. If a household is found with one or more problems, it has to agree with community health workers how to solve them. Each village has 15 policy facilitators visiting each household depending on the nature of its problem to seek together a solution,” he said.
He explained that the filled form helps village and other leadership to understand each household’s situation and make a follow up.
Mushimiyimana Colette, representing one of associations of parents with children having malnutrition problems working under the auspice of Kibeho health center said the groups contributed a lot to addressing malnutrition.
“We have a kitchen at Kibeho health center where we get trainings on preparing balanced diet once per week. We plant fruits to be used when we meet to cook. We have offered pigs and rabbits to some of our members to combat malnutrition. We also have programs of visiting parents in villages to seek whether they respect recommendations of preparing balanced diet,” she said.