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									                       News                             Issue No 8

The following briefs were gathered from: The new Times,,, rwanda information agency, UN communication Group week October 12 -17, 2009.

              Swine flu outbreakes in Rwanda                                              UN photo exhibition unveils at UTC

Recently, Rwanda national laboratory confirmed cases                          The UN opened a photo exhibition at the Union Trade
of the Influenza A H1N1 also known as Swine flu in the                        Centre (UTC) on Thursday 15 October, in a bid to show-
country. The Ministry of health has identified 29 cases,                      case UN in action under the ‘Delivering as One’.
with the first case confirmed on October 9.                                   The photo exhibition, named ‘a thousand words in a
We are all recommended to take precautionary measures                         country of a thousand hills,’ is presented in six themes,
and proper hygiene practices while those who develop                          each of them focusing on an area of the UN operations in
severe symptoms of influenza such as; fever, sore throat,                     Rwanda. “This event was the first of a series of events to
are advised to seek treatment at the nearest health facil-                    mark the UN Week Celebrations

Imperative Points to remember                                                     Heavy rains cause damages. UNFPA responds

•   Everyone should remember to cover their noses and                         Torrential rains destroyed schools, houses, banana plan-
    mouths when sneezing and coughing.                                        tation and other crops in East and Western provinces last
•   Proper hygiene such as washing hands at all times                         week. Residents were left traumatized and some students
    must be emphasized while unnecessary greeting                             were admitted at Zaza Health Centre.
    styles like hand-shakes, hugging and kissing should                       The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has
    be stopped until the flu episode passes,”                                 responded to the need of residents whose houses were
•   Call 3334 or 3335 if you have flu and have developed                      destroyed by donating various home basics items.
    fever (temperature above 38oC)                                            Stuff made of blankets, hygienic kits and several other
                                                                              stuff were handed over to by the UNFPA Office in Charge,
                                                                              Mr. Benson Morah, last Wednesday.
 Immunization campaign against polio

Mrs. Jeannette Kagame launched special immunization
                                                                                 17 October: International Day for the Eradication
campaign against polio and measles in Bugesera district,
Eastern Province. During the course of the campaign, over                                           of Poverty,
one million children under 5 years were expected to be
immunized and acquire Vitamin A to prevent blindness                             Statement from the Message of Thoraya Ahmed
and worms related diseases. Also, about 300,000 pregnant                               Obaid, UNFPA Executive Director
women were to receive iron and folic acid supplements in
a bid to prevent anemia.                                                       “This year, as we mark the International Day for the
                                                                              Eradication of Poverty, an unprecedented financial and
                 No NGO in political affairs
                                                                              economic crisis continues to spread around the globe…..
                                                                              The number of people living in extreme poverty is esti-
The Lower Chambers of Parliament has approved an                              mated to be 55 million to 90 million higher than was fore-
amendment to the law that seeks to prohibit NGOs from                         cast before the recession. …… There are more than half
having any political inclinations.                                            a billion adolescent girls in the developing world and
NGOs are prohibited from fundraising for any political                        they can make a powerful contribution to ending extreme
party” said Government Minister, Christopher Bazi-                            poverty. If they are able to stay in school, postpone mar-
vamo. However, he clarified that individual members of                        riage and delay pregnancy, they will seek opportunities
the NGOs have a right to have political affiliations and                      to improve their lives and the lives of their families.
a right to express their opinions and views on national
 COMING SOON                                                                  26 October 2009, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia : High Level Meeting on Maternal
 19 October 2009 - 23 October 2009, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: ICPD at 15         Health - MDG 5
 Regional Africa Meeting - Expert Group Meeting followed by Ministerial       27 October 2009 - 28 October 2009, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia : 4th International
 Meeting                                                                      Parliamentarians’ Conference on the Implementation of the ICPD

                                                    Compiled and designed by: Didier Habimana

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