Nutrition is a key component in every child’s development and is an indicator of success for Rwanda’s development. SFH conducts behavior change communication (BCC) across the country in order to promote appropriate nutritional and health behaviors such as 1000 days campaign. Our strategies and approaches bring together community members to ensure they understand the importance of good nutrition and the implications of a lack of good nutrition. In doing this, we are bothered by the present challenge of stunting, wasting, and underweight among children less than 5 years, who are the country’s next future leaders.
According to the Rwanda Demographic and Health Survey (RDHS) the prevalence of stunted children has gradually declined over time to about 38 percent in 2014/15. Wasting (too thin for height), reduced to 2 percent in 2014/15 while 9 percent were underweight by 2014/15 (see graph below).
Although there is a sharp decline of malnutrition levels in Rwanda, a lot more efforts are needed for increased investments to scale up nutrition.