Rwanda signaled its commitment to join the SUN Movement on 22 December 2011.
The Government of Rwanda has displayed ongoing commitment to improving nutrition. A Presidential initiative to address malnutrition was launched in April 2009 and was followed by the First National Nutrition Summit in November 2009. The government has also set up various convening bodies for nutrition, including multi-sectoral nutrition committees which are established at central and local levels bringing together mayors, district directors of health, nutritionists, agronomists and officers from social protection, veterinary, hygiene and sanitation sectors.
The Ministry of Health is mandated to provide overall coordination for implementing the National Multi-sectoral Strategy to Eliminate Malnutrition (2010-2013) and a comprehensive joint action plan to fight malnutrition under the Office of the Prime Minister provides a common results framework for nutrition. The action plan takes a multi-sectoral approach incorporating nutrition-specific interventions with nutrition-sensitive actions in six community-led sectors including infant and young child feeding, home fortification, growth monitoring and promotion, screening and treatment of acute malnutrition, nutrition support for HIV/AIDS, nutrition integration into agriculture and links with cooperatives. The plan is being implemented throughout the country and has a monitoring and evaluation element. Multi-sectoral District Plans to Eliminate Malnutrition are also being implemented in all districts.
The Government of Rwanda has signed a memorandum of understanding with the European Union for USD 10 million to support nutrition over the next three years. Various partners are also leveraging funds from donors both in-country and outside and it is estimated that Rwanda may receive up to USD 12 million per year for nutrition over the next three years.