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U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda Erica J. Barks-Ruggles visited Ruvugizo Village in Kinazi sector in Huye this month to promote U.S. government-funded activities to combat malnutrition.During her visit in December,the Ambassador observed Growth Monitoring Promotion activities conducted at the village level along with Positive Deviance Hearth activities, which focus on identifying good behaviors practiced by mothers and caretakers of well-nourished children.
美国驻卢旺达大使Erica J. Barks-Ruggles本月访问了卢旺达Huye县Kinazi乡Ruvugizo村，以促进开展美国政府资助的对抗营养不良的相关活动。在12月访问期间，大使参观了在村级开展的生长发育监测系列活动，以及“正向偏移/家庭行动（Positive Deviance Hearth）”系列活动，后者旨在识别营养良好孩童的母亲和照料者的良好行为。
The visit also allowed Ambassador Barks-Ruggles to participate in a Farmer Field School demonstration of kitchen gardens.The Ambassador distributed garden and kitchen tools to community members and helped serve a nutritious lunch to participating children.
The U.S. Embassy in Kigali awarded a 250,000 dollars (RwF 210 million) grant to Francois-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Rwanda in September to improve nutritional behaviors as well as water sanitation and hygiene and to combat malnutrition in all 14 sectors of Huye.
The project is expected to assist 53,000 children under the age of five and 10,000 pregnant and lactating women.It will also promote male engagement in the nutrition of their children. The project started in Gishamvu sector in October and will be completed in 2019.
This program is part of the U.S. Government-wide approach to accelerate progress in nutrition. Through USAID-funded programs, such as Community Health and Improved Nutrition and Feed the Future, the U.S. Government is helping strengthen and expand community-based nutrition programs to prevent undernutrition in young children and in pregnant and lactating women, as well as to promote agricultural productivity across Rwanda.
The United States is proud to work with its partner Rwanda to help meet the critical nutritional needs of the Rwandan people.