New York, NY—The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) announces a program with the Government of Rwanda to work with food producers to combat malnutrition.
With the introduction of the new program, CHAI will assist governments in Africa and Asia to reduce chronic malnutrition among infants and pregnant and lactating women, to reduce the occurrence of infant mortality and stunting.
The program will help create local companies that will produce nutritious, high quality foods using locally produced agricultural goods that will in turn be distributed throughout the country. The program will also promote exclusive breast feeding for babies during the first six months of life, and continued breast feeding thereafter, to be complemented by these nutritious foods.
The program promotes economic development by increasing incomes of small holder farmers and creating world class food processing industries in Africa, both to serve local populations and for export.
The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) began in 2002 as the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative to address the HIV/AIDS crisis in the developing world and strengthen health systems there. Taking its lead from governments and working with partners, CHAI has improved markets for medicines and diagnostics, lowered the costs of treatment, and expanded access to life-saving technologies – creating a sustainable model that can be owned and maintained by governments. CHAI has since expanded this model to increase access to high-quality treatment for malaria, accelerate the rollout of new vaccines, and lower infant mortality. Today, more than 5 million people in more than 70 countries are benefiting from medicines purchased under CHAI agreements.