Policy - National Nutrition Policy

Published by:
Ministry of Health
Published year:
October 2005
Is the policy document adopted?:
Adopted by:
Government of Rwanda
Type of policy:
Comprehensive national nutrition policy, strategy or plan


Goals, objectives or targets related to nutrition: 

General objective: The general objective of the national nutrition policy is to improve the nutritional status of the Rwandan people.


Specific objectives:

- Promote practices favorable to the improvement of the nutritional status
- Reduce the prevalence of diseases linked to nutritional deficiencies and excesses
- Prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV through appropriate breastfeeding and infant and young child feeding practices
- Assure adequate treatment of malnutrition due to nutritional deficiencies and excesses
- Provide nutritional care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS


Expected outcomes and the link to the Millennium Development Goals:

Goal 1: Reduce poverty and hungry
• The prevalence rate of protein-energy malnutrition in under five of age children is reduced from 45% to 30% for stunting, 22% to 15% for underweight, 4% to 2% for wasting.

Goal 2: Ensure primary education
• The prevalence rate of anemia is reduced by from 56% to 37% in children and from 33% to 22% in women.
• Iodine Deficiency Disorders are eliminated from 26% to less than 5% of total goiter.

Goal 3: Reduce Infant Mortality
• Increase the proportion of women exclusively breastfeeding for the first 6 months with optimal complementary feeding up to 24 months from 17,4% to 60%.
• Reduce Vitamin A deficiency in children under five from 25% to 5% in children under five years.

Goal 4: Reduce Maternal Mortality
• Reduce Vitamin A deficiency (night blindness) in pregnant women from 7% to less than 1%.
• Reduce the prevalence of anemia in pregnant women from 33% to 22%.

Goal 5: Combat HIV/AIDS and other diseases
• Nutritional support is provided to PLWA and other vulnerable people.
• Nutrition related chronic diseases are prevented.

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