Gasabo: 200 families receive Rwf 11 million worth of food, hygiene items to mitigate coronavirus effects

By Elina Jonas Ruzindaza
On 31 August 2020 at 06:50

The Community Socio-Economic Development Initiatives (CSDI) has provided food and sanitation facilities worth Rwf 11 million to 200 needy families, composed of about 800 people, affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in Jabana Sector, Gasabo District.

Foods, rice, cooking oil, maize flour, sugar, and salt, as well as hygiene items including soaps, sanitary pads, and masks, were provided to the families.

The beneficiaries include families with people living with HIV. The items were handed over to Kabuye Health Center in Jabana Sector which is regularly monitoring them.
Those who take antiviral drugs are among the most affected by Covid-19 and the medications they take require proper nutrition.

CSDI Director-General Leon Pierre, said they were already working in the Sector, seeking funding to provide them with food after realizing that their livelihoods had stalled.

It is an initiative of CSDI in partnership with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, AHF, which already works with 30 health centers across the country.

Director of AHF in Rwanda, Dr. Brenda Kateera Asiimwe, said the support is in line with their plan to deliver food to people living with HIV in the health centers they work with.

“Today we have helped CSDI deliver food and other items to the community but we are usually working with 30 Health Centers. We are also supporting them to deliver food to those affected by Covid-19 especially those with HIV and other people in need. ”

One of the recipients of the grant said it has come in handy because the ARV drugs they take need a person to eat well.

The donation is valued at $ 12,000 (over Rwf11.6 million).