Malnutrition was highlighted as a key national priority by the President of Rwanda in 2009. The Rwanda Multisectoral Strategy to Eliminate Malnutrition (2010-2013) demonstrates the Government's commitment to eliminate all forms of malnutrition in the country and to ensure better health and development for children, pregnant and lactating mothers, and people living with HIV/AIDS.
REACH Rwanda started in late 2011. Support includes assistance to the Rwanda District Plans to Eliminate  Malnutrition (DPEM) and development of nutrition management information systems to better manage the problem and to increase accountability.

REACH objectives

  1. Facilitate the operationalisation of DPEM in selected districts through assisting with multisectoral planning, mapping and monitoring at district level.
  2. Facilitate multisectoral and multistakeholder coordination of nutrition actions at both policy and technical levels to support the operationalisation of the Rwanda Multisectoral Strategy to Eliminate Malnutrition. These efforts will enhance existing mechanisms, in particular by improving the functionality of the National Coordination Committee (NCC), and strengthening its capacity for intersectoral coordination.
  3. Support to improve multisectoral nutrition monitoring systems that link district-level implementation management systems with an improved Child/1000 days monitoring system, capitalizing on new technologies.
  4. Support 'One UN' coordination on nutrition actions and the multisector coordination mechanisms for food and nutrition security.
  5. Strengthen nutrition policies/plans at national, sectoral and district levels.
  6. Support the development of a joint advocacy strategy with an emphasis on stunting and on the critical 1000 days (vulnerability, risks and consequences, prevention and role of women), particularly targeted to adolescent girls and youth.


  • REACH supported the first national nutrition summit in November 2011, which has been instrumental in assessing the challenges and gaps of the implementation of the National Multisectoral Strategy to Eliminate Malnutrition
  • REACH helped mobilizing resources from the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation for the ‘One UN' project to effectively fight chronic malnutrition in two districts of Rwanda, using REACH country coordination mechanisms under the umbrella of 'One UN'.


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Poverty & nutrition facts

  • 39.1% of population lives below poverty line
  • 37.9% of children under 5 are stunted
  • 2.2% of children under 5 are wasted
  • 9.3% of children under 5 are underweight

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