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Fight against child malnutrition in Rwanda

2019.05.21 //

The Foundation is renewing, for the ninth year in a row, the maintenance project of the Rukara nutrition center, a city located in the east of the country, which serves more than 200 children with severe malnutrition on a monthly basis.

Rwanda, a country in the interior of the African continent, is characterized by endemic poverty and chronic and widespread malnutrition. For this reason, almost 45% of children under 5 years of age have some symptom of malnutrition.

For 9 years, the Foundation has paid for the center’s operating and food expenses, with a budget of 20,000 euros per year. In addition, it also finances the salary of a local doctor, Dr. Richard Kwizera, the only doctor of the Health Center, who deals in a special way with the most complicated cases in the maternal and child area, apart from being a fundamental reference for the continuous training of all the health specialists who work in both the Health Center and the Nutrition Center.

The Nutrition Center, managed by the Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts, has undergone great progress and has effectively helped reduce infant and perinatal mortality.

However, not only children need help, but also adults. Therefore, aside from financing the cost of the local doctor, we take charge of the Rwandan public medical insurance, the Mutuelle, to benefit more than 3,000 people; thanks to this insurance they have access to the public health service of the country and can access both medical consultations and the acquisition of necessary medicines free of charge.