Residents in Gisagara district have been urged to embrace village kitchen ‘igikoni cy’umudugudu’ programme as a way of fighting malnutrition among children.
’Igikoni cy’Umudugudu’’ is where cooking demonstrations are organised and parents learn how to prepare nutritious meals for their children.
“We educate parents on the importance of eating nutritious meals and how to prepare them,” said Cecile Mukarurangwa, a community health worker
“Malnutrition has reduced through sensitising residents on making the village gardens and planting fruits,” said Naftal Nzibariza, in charge of Health in Gisagara district
“When my wife started attending the “village kitchen” programme, our child was cured of malnutrition. We include vegetables and fruits in our family meals,” said Pascal Maniraho, a resident.
Malnutrition dropped from 3.4 percent to 0.6 per cent in 2010.Sensitisation is still going on to eradicate malnutrition in the district and Rwanda as well.
In a drive to eradicate malnutrition in Rwanda, ‘Igikoni cy’umudugudu’ programme was introduced.
The programme comes under 1000 Days campaign against malnutrition. The goal of the campaign is to improve the nutrition status of the vulnerable population, children under five years, pregnant and lactating mothers as well as school going children.