The Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion (Migeprof) and its stakeholders are in the process of revising the existing family policy to make it more responsive to issues on the ground and improve family welfare and gender promotion.
The new draft policy will focus mainly on the protection of vulnerable children and scale up provisions of social and psychosocial services for vulnerable families. It will also focus on the fostering stable and harmonious family environments and strengthening the economic wellbeing of families to support for basic needs.
Once approved, the policy will replace the 2005 family policy dates which doesn’t attend to some of the changing social aspects and policies, which Rwanda has adapted in the recent years
The permanent secretary in Migeprof, Henriette Umulisa, says that many aspects that have changed in the family over this time and the new policy is timely and the changes are a strong reason for revising the policy.
“The new policy will have more emphasis on children in the family and place child welfare at the forefront especially eliminating poverty in families” Umulisa said adding that this will also involve putting emphasis on changing the mindset of the community to have both parents play an equal role”
According to the draft policy, Rwandan children are still victims of issues like domestic violence, sexual abuse, and other types of abuse. This is combined with issues of increased teenage pregnancy from four to six percent from 2005 to 2010, among the issues that should be addressed in the new policy.
Another issue that has picked government attention is malnutrition among children. In a new drive that aims at eradicating malnutrition in Rwanda, the Government has launched an initiative called Thousand Days in the Land of a Thousand Hills. The objective of this campaign is to improve the nutrition status of the vulnerable populations. The campaign, which will end by October 2016, targets children less than five years, pregnant and lactating mothers as well as school-going children, in efforts to reduce morbidity and mortality related to malnutrition.
Malnutrition is a key public health issue and is one of the major causes of infant, child and maternal morbidity and mortality. According to the most recent statistics, the 2010 Rwandan Demographic and Health Survey (RDHS, 2010), 44% of children under the age of five years chronic suffer from malnutrition or stunting
A consultative meeting of stakeholders, this October 2013, discussed the new draft family policy draft before being presented to the cabinet for approval. They called for need to continue educating people on family issues, especially child care.
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