The Prime Minister Dr. Pierre Damien Habumuremyi has initiated a 1000 days campaign to eradicate poor nutrition in mothers and children in Gakenke district.
This campaign was initiated on this Saturday the 28th Sept 2013 with the PM working with Gakenke local people in making vegetable gardens.
The PM noted that vegetable gardens are the solution to poor eating habits in families and can as well be the source of a family’s income.
An expectant mother needs well balanced food
“I appeal to representatives of Women Councils to keep following up on the issue of vegetable gardens so that every family in the country can have such a garden” said the Prime Minister.
“For the problem of malnutrition to be completely solved, there is a need for families to work together and for children and expectant mothers to eat as required for better health. This should go along with antenatal care, breastfeeding for at least 6 months and feeding them well with all requirements” says the PM.
Many types of food on display
The PM called upon all local people to participate in the village nutrition classes where they are taught how to make well balanced diets with the little food available in each village.
This campaign will increase the women’s knowledge on preparation of well balanced and nutritious meals using the foods that they produce. The campaign will also train men to change their misconception towards caring for pregnant women and children.
Leaders planted vegetable gardens
The malnutrition problem in Gakenke district is no longer affecting as many people as before. According to the recent research in the district, 131 children are malnourished while 2 years back about 2000 children were affected by malnutrition as Deo Nzamwita the mayor explained.
The mayor said they intend to completely eradicate malnutrition by increasing the farming Program of giving livestock to as many people as possible additional to 7.650 cows in Girinka program.
This function initiating the 1000 Campaign was attended by the Prime Minister, the Minister for Gender and Family Promotion, state ministers from MINALOC, MINISANTE, MININFRA, MINEDUC and representatives of UNICEF Rwanda.