Parliament set to help reduce malnutrition and stunting.

The Parliament of Rwanda through the Rwanda Women Parliamentary Forum (FFRP) in partnership with UNICEF in Rwanda holds a three-day high-level parliamentarians workshop on nutrition budgeting analysis, aiming at strengthening review and tracking of national resources for programmes which help fight malnutrition within Rwandan society. This workshop is taking place at Kigali Convention Centre, from 07 to 09 December 2020. 

The Speaker of Chamber of Deputies Rt. Hon. Donatille Mukabalisa officially opening this workshop, called for everyone’s contribution in the fight against malnutrition and stunting among children under five years.

She noted that stunting poses a huge challenge to the social-economic development of the country, as it reduces its economic prosperity. She confirmed that the Parliament of Rwanda remains engaged to actively participate in the quest for appropriate and sustainable solutions to the issues of malnutrition and stunting among children. 

In her remarks, Ms Julianna Lindsey, the UNICEF in Rwanda Country Representative, assured Parliament the UNICEF full support in the quest for eradication of child malnutrition and stunting. "There is much we can do together. I am confident this workshop will help you gain skills to further advocate for nutrition programmes, and when action plans are developed, UNICEF will be there to support you wherever possible" She said.

The President of FFRP Hon. Uwineza Beline assured that this workshop will help MPs to continue to better fulfil their responsibilities, especially in exercising their oversight duties on Government programs designed to help the community fight malnutrition and stunting, assessing the effectiveness of these programmes. 

The Government of Rwanda through the National Strategy for Transformation (NST1), has set ambitious goals to eradicate malnutrition and the stunting among children under five years from 38% in 2014/15 to 19% in 2024.