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Women’s Empowerment Through Antenatal Care

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Women’s Empowerment Through Antenatal Care

Garden’s for Health’s Antenatal Care (ANC) Program plays an integral role in the comprehensive, long-term solution to chronic childhood malnutrition. The program focuses on preventing malnutrition in the first 1,000 days of a child’s life, from conception to age two, by equipping pregnant women with the knowledge necessary to raise healthy and thriving babies. The ANC Program, which began last August, teaches an abridged and adapted 6-week version of GHI’s Health Center Program trainings, with an emphasis on good practices for pregnant women....

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Women as Drivers of Change in Malnutrition

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Women as Drivers of Change in Malnutrition

Malnutrition is a complex and pervasive global health crisis. While food aid remains crucial for populations in crisis and famine conditions, longer term solutions are vital for ending chronic and acute malnutrition in communities that may be politically stable, but remain food insecure and nutrient depraved. People, not rations or food supplements, will solve malnutrition; and women are the change-makers on the frontlines of this battle.   Women are the primary caregivers in most societies, including Rwanda, and thus bear the primary...

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Early Childhood Development and GHI

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Early Childhood Development and GHI

Blog by Steven Alajajian Translation by Monica Mutoni   Upon entering the Early Childhood Development (ECD) hall, dozens of children dressed in green and blue T-shirts stood and began clapping their hands and singing a welcome song. They then sat back down on benches and mats. Above them, drawings and coloring pages were taped to the brick wall. The children were lively and engaged.   The Gardens for Health International (GHI) Health Team spent a day in late August visiting the Association of Volunteers for International Service...

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World Food Day 2017, Migration and Rural Development

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World Food Day 2017, Migration and Rural Development

This year’s World Food Day theme appropriately focuses on migration, at a time when human displacement both within and across nations is at the highest rate in half a century. Conflict, poverty, and exceptional weather changes are prompting movement across the globe, and food insecurity is one of the largest contributing factors forcing people from their homes. Many of the world’s most impoverished and food insecure populations live in rural areas where lack of economic opportunity forces families to relocate in search of better conditions....

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How Malnutrition Affects Cognitive Development in Children Under Two

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How Malnutrition Affects Cognitive Development in Children Under Two

Garden for Health International (GHI) targets Rwanda’s most vulnerable families for comprehensive nutrition intervention within the first 1000 days of a child’s life. Acutely and chronically malnourished children under two are the primary demographic GHI identifies when enrolling new families into our agriculture and health trainings. This is largely due to strong evidence linking early childhood malnutrition with impaired cognitive development. Nutritional intervention in earlier stages of malnutrition increases the chance of a child...

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Staff Spotlight Series: Anysie Ishimwe

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Staff Spotlight Series: Anysie Ishimwe

Staff Spotlight Series: Anysie Ishimwe This month, we will be featuring several of our staff, fellows, and interns in a special series to highlight both the various aspects of our work as well as the amazing individuals who make it happen. As our work is interdisciplinary in nature, so is our staff. This series will underscore just how important the many moving pieces are to fulfilling our mission and work at Gardens for Health. We truly operate under our motto: “Turi Kumwe”- we are together! Our first staff spotlight features Anysie Ishimwe!...

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Food Source and Consumption Patterns in GHI Partner Families

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Food Source and Consumption Patterns in GHI Partner Families

According to the Rwanda Environment Management Authority [REMA], (2009), over 70% of the land of Rwanda is used for agriculture. However, Rwanda also has one of the highest population densities in Africa. According to the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (2015), in 2012, there were about 645 inhabitants per square kilometer. Because the population of Rwanda continues to increase, this puts pressure on the land and the ability of families to grow their own food. As a result, household access to food varies from one family to another...

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Helping a Family have a Home Through a GHI – GHC Partnership

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Helping a Family have a Home Through a GHI – GHC Partnership

Housing and health are intricately linked, and poor housing conditions have major negative impacts on human health. Examples of key housing-related risks include respiratory and cardiovascular diseases from indoor air pollution; communicable diseases spread because of poor living conditions; and risks of home injuries for both children and elderly people. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that nearly 2 million people in developing countries such as Rwanda die from indoor air pollution alone. The scientific evidence on the links...

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GHI Celebrates World Refugee Day

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GHI Celebrates World Refugee Day

The number of refugees around the world is at a record high. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that there are 21.3 million refugees globally over 65.3 million forcibly displaced people. Conflict and persecution forces an average of 33,972 persons per day (or 24 people per minute!) to leave their homes in search of protection elsewhere. Each year on June 20 the United Nations, United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and countless organizations celebrate World Refugee Day in order to draw the...

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Q&A on Fatherhood

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Q&A on Fatherhood

This Father’s Day we sat down with GHI’s Deputy Country Director, Kamanda Kamiri, for a discussion on fatherhood, the importance of engaging fathers in our work, his own experience as a father, and how GHI has impacted his family.   What are your children’s names? My two gorgeous daughters are Kamanda Portia (meaning offering in Latin) and Kamanda Nita (meaning Grace in Hindi). Portia is 2.9 years and Nita is 1 month old.   What does being a father mean to you? My two little angels are my motivation to wake up every day. They...

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