Known locally as the USAID/Twiyubake1 Program, the ISVP Program aims to improve the protection of at least 50,000 vulnerable populations from adverse circumstances in 12 target districts of Rwanda. This work reducesthe risk and impact of health conditions like HIV/AIDS on vulnerable populations. Vulnerable populations are defined as people living with HIV/AIDS, Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) and members of the household caring for these two groups, very poor households (especially female- and widow-headed households), and out of school young people, especially girls. The USAID/Twiyubake Program helps these vulnerable groups gain access to health and social services that enable them to live productive lives. Program activities build upon USAID support to the Government of Rwanda (GOR) and civil society partners.
Growth monitoring and promotion (GMP) is a key component of the GoR Community- Based Nutrition Program (CBNP) approach, which is supported by USAID/Twiyubake in three districts, Gasabo, Burera and Musanze. GMP activities aim to reduce malnutrition and improve nutritional outcomes for children under 5 as well as pregnant and lactating mothers.
To commemorate three annually celebrated WASH advocacy days (World Water Day, Global Hand Washing Day and World Toilet Day), the program has launched a six-month WASH campaign across all 12 districts. The campaign was launched in November 2016 and will conclude in April 2017. Materials to support this campaign, including flyers, banners and a checklist, have been shared with the Ministry of Health (MoH) – WASH department for endorsement. CBVs have received a WASH kit consisting of a hand washing station (tippy tap), jerry cans for drinking water and soap, among others, to support community education and sensitization on WASH positive behaviors. The following key BCC messages from the Twiyubake Program’s BCC strategy and World WASH themes will be used during the campaign to promote positive WASH behaviors.
Additionally, FXB, in partnership with local authorities and the communities in Burera and Musanze district, have succeeded in mobilizing support to construct 22 pit latrines in line with the WASH campaign. These have been constructed during monthly community work known locally as ‘Umuganda,’ entirely using locally mobilized resources.